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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” …

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 …