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Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin (2019) Keeps the Spirit of the Original Disney Movie to an Extent

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. Advertisements

Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Avengers: Endgame

Have you seen Avengers: Endgame? How are you holding up? I had to write down my feelings, I mean appreciation. If you’re interested, it’s titled To the Biggest Cinematic Saga Ever Told. However, in this post, I will be sharing with you my thoughts on the 22nd film in The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) also known as the final entry in The Infinity Saga. Same with my Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War, this will also be spoiler-free. 😉

See The Bigger Picture: Captain Marvel Jumps Right in Action

Ah, Marvel Studios’ latest film in The Infinity Saga! Some say it’s underwhelming and I see their point. But you also have to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Based on Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), most of the mightiest superheroes have fallen. This means that the last solo superhero film before we reach the end game will have a different approach.

Filipino Films You Can Stream on NETFLIX Right Now

Yes, you read that right. Once upon a time, there were only two Filipino films on NETFLIX – “Birdshot” and “Metro Manila”. If you’ve read my “Birdshot” review by filmmaker Mikhail Red, you know that this is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix. Birdshot (2016) Diego, a rural caretaker, shows his 14-year-old daughter Maya how to shoot a gun to learn self-sufficiency. She ends up killing an endangered Philippine eagle, bringing unforeseen and frightening consequences into their quiet life. Initial release: October 2016 (Japan) Director: Mikhail Red My thoughts: A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red Metro Manila (2013) Oscar flees from a life of poverty and moves with his family to Manila. They fall victim to the hardened locals until Oscar finds work with an armoured car company. Release date: 9 October 2013 (Philippines) Director: Sean Ellis I honestly think (and probably you do, too) that there are numerous Filipino films that deserve to be seen worldwide. If NETFLIX is one of the gateways, then why not? If you have an …

‘Bleach’ Live-Action Adaptation is Now on Netflix

When high schooler Ichigo is suddenly given reaper abilities, he really wants to give the powers back. But he’ll have to reap some souls first. In case you missed it (like I almost did), you can now stream the live-action adaptation of the famous manga by Tite Kubo. Yes! Besides the TV series, the live-action adaptation of BLEACH is now on Netflix! As of 2018, the Bleach manga series has sold over 120 million copies. It’s anime series has a total of 366 episodes which was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. Bleach also have four feature films by the same director which includes: Bleach: Memories of Nobody(2006), Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (2007), Bleach: Fade to Black (2008) and Bleach: Hell Verse (2010). And now they have Bleach (2018) also known as Bleach: The Soul Reaper Agent Arc, a film produced by Warner Bros. under the direction of Shinsuke Sato. The film stars Sota Fukushi as the main protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki and Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki. It was released in Japan …

Erik Matti Continues to Push Cinematic Boundaries

You’ve probably read various reviews of director Erik Matti’s first full-on action thriller, BuyBust. Let me tell you now that I truly enjoyed his latest film. Not only did it bravely tackle the controversial national issue of the war on drugs, but it also gave us a well-crafted in between story that’s more than just a buy-bust gone wrong. Now that may or may not be the real story but it does give the audience a view of the present state of humanity and moral decay. Come on! We all know the world isn’t perfect and we’re at fault… but I digress. In this post, I want to focus on how Erik Matti pushes the boundaries of local cinema. If you check my reviews, there are only a few about mainstream Filipino films and more on independent films and foreign box office hits. Don’t get me wrong. I love Filipino films and all the genres but I won’t pay to watch a film in cinemas if it’s something that can be enjoyed at home. And, …

Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

When her secret love letter somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. If you’re not familiar with “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” besides it being on Netflix, this is actually based on Jenny Han’s 2014 young adult novel of the same title. The author based the story on her love for writing long letters to boys she had crushes during her teenage years. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is followed by two sequels – P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. For now, let’s talk about Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. If you check review aggregation websites, TATBILB has generally favorable reviews. It currently holds an approval rating of 96% based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10 on Rotten Tomato. On Metacritic, it holds an average score of 64 out of 100, based on reviews from 12 critics and a 7.4/10 rating on IMDb. Those are really good …

Thoughts on Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) is the sixth installment of the American action spy film based on the television series of the same name. Fallout is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is McQuarrie’s second film in the franchise following Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. As Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin reprise their roles, they are also joined by Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett. The first Mission: Impossible I watched was the second installment released in 2000. Since then, I watched every film …

A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red

“Birdshot” tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a Philippine forest reserve. Deep within the reservation, she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically-endangered and protected Philippine Eagle (haribon). As the local authorities begin a manhunt to track down the poacher, their investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery. It stars Mary Joy Apostol as Maya, Arnold Reyes as Domingo, John Arcilla as Mendoza, and Ku Aquino as Diego. Birdshot is the award-winning sophomore feature of Filipino director Mikhail Red which he co-wrote with Rae Red. The film is supported by the Doha Film Institute where they won a production grant. Furthermore, the coming-of-age thriller 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. Yes, you read that last part right! Birdshot is indeed the first Filipino …

Thoughts on GMA Network’s Victor Magtanggol

GMA Network’s newest fantasy TV series, Victor Magtanggol finally aired its pilot episode on Monday night, July 30. Prior to release, the “telefantasya” as we call it in the Philippines sparked some Internet backlash after a teaser was released and then a full trailer. I wanted to share my opinion and list the reasons why GMA Network’s telefantasya elicited such reaction; however, I decided not to because it wasn’t released yet. Despite that, a number of people already shared their frustrations online and started dissecting the given details. Esquire Philippines released the article “Alden Richards is Definitely Not Thor in His Next TV Series” where they said a lot and 8list.ph also pointed out “8 Reasons Why Victor Magtanggol Is Eliciting Epic Eyerolls.” Who can blame them? The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently dominating pop culture. Everyone witnessed how Marvel unfolded their “cinematic universe” from Iron Man (2008) up to the latest one – Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). And even if Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was shown months ago, everyone is still in shock …

Comic-Con 2018: Aquaman, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Other Trailers You Should See

Get ready to indulge in some pop culture madness because the San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has unveiled NEW MOVIE and SERIES trailers! Looks like the DC Extended Universe is ready to redeem their films as Warner Bros. released not only one BUT two trailers. One is for the highly anticipated ‘Aquaman’ film AND another for (Say my name!) “Shazam!”. Not only did Aquaman’s trailer introduce us to the young Arthur Curry, but it also gave us a glimpse of the war between the surface and the sea. Shazam!, on the other hand, is here to lighten the mood along with Billy Batson and his new foster-brother Freddy. Speaking of superheroes, we also got to meet director M. Night Shyamalan’s Mister Glass which is included in the Unbreakable series: Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). Moreover, our scaly beast friend is back letting everyone know that he is the king of monsters. Oh, also returning is our favorite duo Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski. Okay, are you ready? Start scrolling and hit play! *Take note that movie release dates are …

I Kill Giants & Sucker Punch: Films That Combine Reality and Fantasy

Hearing the words reality and fantasy, literature and film comes to mind. Why, you ask? Well, both mediums serve as gateway just like when you read a book or watch a movie and you unlock a different world. Sometimes that world doesn’t make sense. But that, my friend is absolutely okay because it’s fantasy. Now you might think of J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. That is, in fact a great example of fantasy and a good film franchise. But what I want to share with you are two films that merges reality and fantasy just like The Fall (2006) and A Monster Calls (2016). Ready? I Kill Giants (2017) Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters. I Kill Giants (2017) is a film directed by Anders Walter with a screenplay by Joe Kelly, based on Kelly and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel of the same name. It stars Madison Wolfe, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade, Rory Jackson and Zoe Saldana. Based on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, “I Kill Giants” …