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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.

‘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 …

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 …

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” …

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Failed to Bite

The first installment of the Jurassic Park – I mean World franchise was a delight mainly because it’s been a long while. Having seen the entire Jurassic Park franchise in theatres when I was younger, I was indeed curious and excited to see what the new one has to offer. Keep in mind that that Jurassic World (2015) is no match to the heart and soul of Jurassic Park (1993) BUT we have to admit the first movie of new franchise was very entertaining. The dinosaurs were more terrifying, scenes were more intense and it was more graphic (*crunch); however, there’s something I noticed that’s making it hard for me see where the franchise will go. If you take a look at the events of the entire Jurassic Park franchise, you’ll see that Jurassic World is repeating what has been told already. But who knows where this film will go, right? Hmm… Now fast forward to three years after the events of the previous film where the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar has …

Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle is Simple and Pure

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island, the Oscar-nominated animated feature film recounts the milestones of a human being. Have you seen Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle? Though I am a fan of Studio Ghibli, I honestly, didn’t hear about The Red Turtle until I stumbled upon it on HBO Go, a TV Everywhere service offered by the American premium cable network HBO. I got real curious with the title so I hit play without checking the trailer or synopsis. I mean, why would you not? Studio Ghibli is involved, the very same studio that produced Grave of the Fireflies, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. But this time, they are not alone. The Red Turtle, a 2016 animated fantasy film directed and co-written by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit was a co-production between Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch. I have to say that this collaboration which is also Dudok de Wit’s feature film debut is a treasure. You see, the story …

Lorenzo Vacirca (2008) – Animation Short Film

Lorenzo Vacirca is a little struggling man willing to take even the most absurd of jobs in the hope of seeing his dream come true: buy a Svamp car (the old Fiat 500.). When he finally manges to buy the car of his dreams, Lorenzo’s life suddenly turns into “Technicolor” but an unpredictable event will end up destroying it all. Lorenzo Vacirca (2008), an animation short and winner of the New Italian Cinema Events Award at the 55th Taormina Film Fest is a classic example of “simple approach but great impact.” I say this because the point of the story is simple. Do not be a slave to material things. Chasing and cherishing material possessions more than yourself is not a good way to live your life. Simple, right? But this animation short winner was able to present everyone’s reality. You see, our protagonist wants to have a car so he works hard, very hard to save up. In fact, he has more than one job a day. The problem with him is that he …

Busted! A Must-Stream Netflix Original

Do you like Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew Mystery Stories? Do you channel your inner detective by challenging yourself and engaging in an elaborate mystery room? This new addition to Netflix Original Series will surely broaden your imagination and exercise your mental muscle. BUSTED! Tackling different mysteries in each episode of this game show, seven sleuths get closer to solving the biggest one of all: What happened to Project D? Busted! is a South Korean variety show that features Yoo Jae-suk, Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, Oh Se-hun and Kim Se-jeong. If you’re a Running Man fan, pretty sure you got very excited when you read Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo. This duo is usually the ones who start the riot but Ahn Jae-wook especially Kim Jong-min are very funny, too. In fact, all the members or shall we say, detectives are charming making their exchanges so natural and fun to watch. But what really made their show great besides the cast is the script. In case you didn’t you know, the people behind Busted! …

Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War

I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the long-awaited team up of the Avengers and the Guardians of Galaxy against Thanos. First things first, have you seen it? If not, don’t worry because this will be spoiler-free. 😉 Ready? An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. We we’re just a few seconds into the film and I already felt the gravity of the situation. As seconds and minutes passed, my mind could not comprehend what was happening anymore because my fan girl heart is being played upon. But I accepted everything that was given to me including the mild comedy and the extreme heartbreak because of their careful storytelling and fast pacing. Yes, it was …