Ever since I saw the coming-of-age thriller “Birdshot” by Mikhail Red, I’ve been conscious of his works. There are three, in particular, I’m very excited to see – Dead Kids (2019), Block Z (2020), Magic Temple (TBA). On December 1st last year, Netflix finally premiered Dead Kids. What are my thoughts? Based on the details Netflix post on their site, I can say that this movie is indeed dark and suspenseful!
On December 20, The Witcher Season 1 started streaming on Netflix. If you are a Star Wars fan in the Philippines and have been waiting for The Witcher series to drop, you must have been quite torn on that day. So am I! If you’ve been living under a rock, the last instalment of the Skywalker Saga was released for only a few days because of the Metro Manila Film Festival. It ran from December 20 to 22 which they call the Star Wars Weekend but it will be back on January 8, 2020. Having said that, I have to admit I watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker first and a spoiler-free review is now up. Now for The Witcher.
So there has been a disturbance in the Force. Thus, allowing a limited early release of the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga” this Star Wars Weekend which runs from December 20 to 22. Growing up watching the saga, I went to the cinema to watch it on the first day. There is no need to worry. Like what I did with Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), this one is spoiler-free. 🙂
Are you familiar with Mikhail Red’s works? He is the director of the award-winning film Birdshot (2016) which he co-wrote with Rae Red. The coming-of-age thriller is his sophomore feature and won awards such as the CJ Entertainment Award at the Asian Project Market Awards during the 20th Busan International Film Festival as well as the Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. It’s also worth mentioning that Birdshot is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix.
I was elated when the teaser for the Disney classic Aladdin was released. But when the trailer featuring Will Smith’s genie dropped, I got scared. You see when I was in grade school, my grandparents made me watch a classic film every Saturday night and there was this one film that stuck. It is called “The Thief of Bagdad” (1940), a remake of “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924). Don’t get me wrong. This is a magical film and if I’m not mistaken Disney’s Aladdin was influenced by it; however, the Djinn played by Rex Ingram gave me nightmares. Seeing a blue Will Smith, reminded me of that BUT it did not stop me from watching my ultimate favourite Disney film and animated television series.