Justice League (2017)

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Director: Zack Snyder

Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns

Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Based on: Justice League by Gardner Fox

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 120 mins. (2 hrs)

Production Companies: DC Films, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: November 17, 2017 (USA)

Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Rating: 4/5

 

My Review

I’ve been a huge DC fan ever since I was child and I am not just jumping on the bandwagon of becoming a superhero fan just because it is ‘in’ right now. I remember watching the animated TV series of Justice League every morning on Cartoon Network when I was still a kid. I remember how giddy I would become when the opening credits for that animated TV show starts. So being a young adult and a fangirl of DC comics,  seeing one of my favorite childhood shows become a live action movie was exciting.

I have been anticipating this movie since it was announced and my excitement grew and grew especially with the release of Wonder Woman earlier this summer plus all the hype that happened in San Diego Comic Con 2017, not to mention all the merchandise and promotions invading almost every store, fast food chains and even small franchises.

I spent the first few hours of November 16th browsing the internet and going back and forth Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to read some news about Justice League. Hours before I could even watch it, a lot of negative reviews about the film circulated the internet. I was furious about the harsh criticism the movie was receiving and I can’t help but turn to twitter to express my rage about how some critics are biased assholes (sorry for the profanity). They’re not entirely wrong though, Justice League isn’t perfect and yes it does have a weak villain but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and some Marvel movies have weak villains too but how come they get away with it? It seems like the critics have an immense liking for hating DC films. I even saw several tweets from Marvel fans saying that critics hating on DC feels biased.

I am aware of the negative critical response DC films received over the years, the streak ended with Wonder Woman but, I couldn’t say the same with Justice League, it has minor flaws but it’s definitely entertaining making it a step towards the right direction.

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#FILEDFunOnFleek Art Exhibit

 

For the past few months I’ve been sending some of my works to online magazines and websites to get my artworks, photographs and writings featured but no such luck came to me and all I received were emails saying I didn’t make the cut or nothing at all. Nevertheless, I didn’t let it hinder me from finding more opportunities to get my works out there and inspire people through my works.

Last Monday, November 6, I was stressed and in a hurry to compile all of my blockmates YouTube links for our Job Interview Activity for our Media and Information Literacy subject and send it to our professor by 5pm. Of course, like I anticipated it, some sent their link later than my deadline. After pouring my disappointment in our class group chat and while waiting for the others to send me their links, I decided to check my email and make a draft explaining and apologizing to our professor why I wasn’t able to send the complete list on time.

Tapping the mail icon on my ipad, I instantly saw two unread emails but something caught my attention, one was from an odd email address that is surely new to my eyes; it wasn’t from the usual email addresses I receive containing newsletters and updates. It was an email from marketing@filed.com.ph. My heart fluttered because I wasn’t expecting a reply. I sent my artworks to the team on the day of its deadline and I wasn’t even sure my works are worthy to be placed in an exhibit after not making the cut for Woman Create’s 365 Wonders planner and ALPAS Journal’s literary magazine.  And then I remembered ALPAS Journal’s email regarding my job application last summer and my submission for their second issue informing me that they won’t be able to move forward with my application and that they won’t be able to include my works in the upcoming issue of ALPAS Journal.

I tapped to read the whole email and while it was loading, I lowered my expectation and expected the worst. During those few seconds I said to myself, “Maybe this is another email informing me that my works didn’t make the cut, I am so used to rejection that I won’t be surprised if that email states that my artworks won’t be included in the art exhibit”

So the email finally loaded and as I read through the message, my jaw dropped. I stood my from my seat and spun around like Hermione during the Yule Ball scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire after spending a wonderful night with Viktor Krum. I read the letter twice just to make sure and process all the details. Once I knew that I wasn’t dreaming and the email is legit saying that filed is happy to take care of the printing and inviting me to drop by the event to see my works displayed, I ran into the next room and asked my mom if I could go to Century City Mall in Makati to go to the event on Saturday. Her eyebrows knitted and I knew she was about to question my reasons since first, I have no idea where the venue is and second, she already has plans on Saturday. But her face lit up once I told her that Filed included my artworks for their Planner Launch Art Exhibit.

It was the day of the event and though I wanted to be a walk-in to register and listen to the inspiring and talented speakers who will give talks about business, freelance, branding, blogging and entrepreneurship, I sacrificed it and skipped it to attend my classes.

On our way to the event, we experienced a lot of bumps and bad luck. We had to go through severe traffic caused by road blocking for the ASEAN Summit 2017. It took us three hours to arrive in Makati Circle, from there we went walking around in circle trying to find a ride to Century City Mall.

 

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We arrived at the venue at 4:30. I instantly saw my visual artwork of Holland Roden. After taking a few pictures, I was kind of disappointed because we went through all that trouble just to see a miniature printed form of my artwork but then I saw my watercolor typography of a quote from Rainbow Rowell’s book, Eleanor and Park and my heart jumped seeing it and right beside it was the collage I made for our Contemporary Philippine Arts from the Regions class. Finally, at the very top right corner of the wall, I saw my newly edited artwork of Wonder Woman/Gal Gadot.  I was smiling from ear to ear seeing all four of my artworks displayed in an art exhibit.

It was the first time my artworks got included  in an art exhibit and I would definitely like to thank Filed for making one of my goals in life come true; getting my artworks displayed in art exhibit. It was an exhausting day but the heat, the traffic, the long walks and the pain of my aching legs were worth feeling the euphoria of seeing my artworks displayed in an art exhibit together with my fellow artists as we inspire and bring happiness to the attendees of the events through our artworks.

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

 

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Title: Falling Into Place

Author: Amy Zhang

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 9, 2014

Publisher: Green Willow Books

Synopsis: On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?

Rating: 3.9/5

 

My Review

Falling into Place is one of the books that got me expeditiously hooked just by reading the synopsis at the back. Amy Zhang’s way of writing the pitch for Liz Emerson’s life got my interest and had me wanting to know more about the reason behind Liz Emerson’s decision to crash her Mercedes into a tree. Is her life really that miserable for her to commit suicide? Will she survive? Will she live?

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Farewell to Teen Wolf

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This weekend is the most heartbreaking weekend for fans of MTV’s hit TV Series, Teen Wolf. It’s time to say a final farewell to the beloved show.

Teen Wolf aired on MTV back in 2011 and to be honest, I wasn’t part of the fandom since the very beginning because during that time, I was too busy obsessing over Tween Magazines and Disney Channel TV Shows to give any care about a show called Teen Wolf. Gods, I want to slap my 12-year-old self, she’s missing a lot in life. But that doesn’t mean that I am not a true fan because being a true fan means you’re with the fandom until the very end.

The show already finished airing Season 3B and on its way for a 4th season when I decided to watch the series. The curious fangirl in me wanted to know why this show is becoming so popular. What makes it so intriguing for viewers? Why the hell is everyone going crazy over this actor named Dylan O’Brien and his character, Stiles Stilinski?  It was all over my Tumblr dashboard that I even started shipping Stydia  before I watched Teen Wolf. That’s the impact the show has on me.

Eventually, I became part of the fandom. I became a die-hard fan for this show about a teenage boy’s journey as he navigates his life as a high schooler and a newly bitten werewolf (As if high school isn’t difficult enough).  I became hooked by the end of the pilot episode. I spent the whole summer of 2014 binge watching season one to three and I immediately fell in love with every sarcastic remark Stiles gives, with every outfit Lydia wears, with every story arc and with the bond the characters share.

Teen Wolf gave us six thrilling seasons in the last six years. While some were definitely well crafted, well written and well though of, some seasons—especially the last few were kind of made just for the sake of having viewers. The writing became dull and choppy. Nevertheless, the show is amazing as a whole. Below is my official ranking for all the seasons of the series.

Ranking Teen Wolf Seasons

  1. Teen Wolf Season 3A
  2. Teen Wolf Season 3B
  3. Teen Wolf Season 2
  4. Teen Wolf Season 6A
  5. Teen Wolf Season 1
  6. Teen Wolf Season 6B
  7. Teen Wolf Season 4
  8. Teen Wolf Season 5

When Jeff Davis announced that Season 6 is the last season of Teen Wolf back in San Diego Comic Con 2016, it was like a bomb thrown at us (the fans) and we inevitably can’t dodge it. I knew that one way or another the show will have to end but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. I expected the show to reach 7 or 8 seasons at most. The news was hard to process as I continue to watch the trailer for Season 6A and the only thing running through my mind is that how can this be the final season already?

I’m not prepared.

Nobody is.

It’s been a year since Jeff announced the tragic news and now, we’re only a few hours away from the series finale. THE SERIES FINALE, YOU GUYS! (Curls in the corner of my room and cry my eyes out).

Teen Wolf will always have a soft spot in my heart. It is one of the TV shows that made me realize that I want to work on a TV set/production someday. The only thing that breaks my heart is that I won’t get to experience working on the set of Teen Wolf because by the time I graduate college, it’s over. It’s done. It’s finished. I feel so downcast knowing that I won’t be able to work with the whole cast and crew of Teen Wolf but hearing that they’re planning to have a spin-off of the show gives me hope that I might still be able to experience working in the Teen Wolf universe but still, working for the original is better.

((This might sound embarrassing or inspiring or weird but I already wrote my own story for any additional Teen Wolf seasons. It started out as an idea for a fan fiction but I realized my story can be a good story arc for a 12 episode season. Is it weird that I added original characters and one of them is a direwolf?))

I never want Teen Wolf to end but, alas, all good things must come to an end, right? Looking at it, I am thankful that they still gave us one final season and didn’t immediately cancel the show without having to say a proper farewell.

I am not yet ready to say goodbye to a TV Series that made feel like I am part of something, like I am there—fighting alongside the pack, solving mysteries with Stiles and Lydia, saving Beacon Hills from different threats and just plain enjoying fun moments with the pack and as a resident of the town known as the beacon for all things supernatural.

Please tune in to the series finale of Teen Wolf, even though I know it’s going to be heartbreaking to watch, I’ll stay with the pack until no matter what.

 

 

 

All Time Low: The Young Renegades Tour (Manila 2017)

The first time All Time Low set foot on Philippine soil  and performed in front of thousand Filipino Hustlers was in year 2011. Their second time around was two years ago, August 12, 2015. It was heartbreaking to know that my favorite band will perform (together with The Main as an opening act) at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and I won’t get to see them. Academics, killer and exhausting practice for our Sabayang Pagbigkas prevented me from going. But now, it’s their third time here in the Philippines and I didn’t miss it for the world.

The concert was part of my 18th birthday celebration. Originally, I was supposed to go to Coldplay: A Head full of Dreams Tour but sadly, the concert tickets were sold out even before 2017 came. April 4, 2017 was the day I promised myself that as long as I have money and time, I won’t be #TeamBahay (a term used by Filipinos when you’re not going to an event) for any concerts ever again. My social media accounts were blowing up with Coldplay AHFOD Tour in Manila posts. I never felt such jealousy in my life so when news broke that All Time Low, my fave band is performing in Manila for the third time around, I grabbed the chance and had one of the best nights of my life.

Short prologue prior to concert night, I was anxious (as fuck) because academics kinda got in the way. The night before, I found out that backpacks were not allowed inside the arena, this caused me to ditch my backpack and opt for a small shoulder bag. Thinking about it, this is kind of hassle to my part since I’ll be attending classes before heading to the arena, meaning I have to play Hunger Games with my school stuff—which supplies do I have to ditch and which stuff do I bring with me. Next, I need to get my registration form from the UST SHS Office but office hours resumes at 1:15 pm and my class ends at 12 noon, so I have to wait a little longer before I leave uni. I also have PE class on Tuesdays, from 3-5 pm. It was supposed to be our first swimming class for the semester and I’m nervous about missing out on swimming lessons and techniques. I decided to skip swimming class even though the show starts 7:30 pm and my PE class ends at 5 pm because traffic in the city is unpredictable. But God is good all the time and all my worries went out the window when it was announced that classes were suspended because of monsoon rains.

I arrived at the venue at 3 PM and it was already packed with Hustlers, hustling their way inside the arena. (Yes, pun intended). You can easily identify the concert goers judging from the outfits—denim jackets, denim jackets everywhere!

It was already past 5 PM when I decided to get in line and holyyyy it was damn long line. It was almost seven when I got into the arena and arrived on my seat. My first thought when I sat down was, ‘Wow the show haven’t started yet and I am already broke’. I bought an All Time Low light up crown and the official poster of The Young Renegades Tour and you guys know what? I am broke but happy.

At exactly, 7:30 PM, the band, As It Is came out on stage and started the show. To be honest, I wasn’t really familiar with the band. I’ve heard some of their songs once and that’s it. I really wished it was The Maine performing up there or even Tegan and Sara but after seeing them perform live, they made me think otherwise. I promised myself that as soon as I got home, I’m gonna download their songs and rock out to the tune of their music.

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It was a long wait before All Time Low finally took the stage. The lights went out, the screen on stage started showing visuals, the band came out on stage and then Last Young Renegade’s tune erupted and everyone went wild.

All Time Low Young Renegades Tour Set list:

  • Last Young Renegade
  • Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
  • Runaways
  • Backseat Serenade
  • Dirty Laundry
  • Nice2Knou
  • Missing You
  • Cinderblock Garden
  • Vegas
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • Therapy
  • Weightless
  • Life of the Party
  • Lost in Stereo
  • Good Times
  • Kids In The Dark
  • Drugs & Candy
  • Dear Maria, Count Me In

When Last Young Renegade was being played, I felt like I was on cloud nine. I was filled with so much euphoria all I can think about that time was how I am very lucky to see my favorite band live. It was exhilarating living in the moment, dancing and singing with the band and fellow hustlers after a lot of things tried to prevent me from going.

‘I am here. I can’t believe I’m really here’

Confession time: I almost teared up when Therapy was played. Therapy is one of my go to songs when I feel sad, alone and when nothing feels right anymore and hearing Alex Gaskarth play it live, it’s really emotional–it’s sentimental.

I really wished they played ‘Somewhere in Neverland’, ‘If These Sheets Were the States’, ‘Afterglow’, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Ground Control’ (and low key hoping Tegan & Sara would come out and surprise us) but there’s always a next time sooo wink wink

When Alex announced that they only have three more songs left, I was like: ‘Wait, what? It’s almost over? That can’t be!’ I guess it’s true that time flies by so fast when you’re having a good time. Alas, all good things must come to an end.

The show concluded with everyone singing Dear Maria Count Me In at the top of our lungs and being showered with confetti. And I. Want. More. The band didn’t have an encore, but one thing’s for sure, when they come back in Manila for a fourth show, oh my, Dear Maria, count me in.

 

Baby Driver

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Director: Edgar Wright

Screenplay: Edgar Wright

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm,
Jon Bernthal

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Rating: R-13

Running Time: 113 minutes (1 hr & 52 min)

Release Date: June 28, 2017 (USA)

Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Rating: 3.8/5

 

My Review

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning on seeing this movie on the big screen despite the numerous positive reviews I’ve read on the internet. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a score of 95% and labelled it as ‘Certified Fresh’. IMDb gave it a 8.2/10 while Metacritic gave it a rating of 86%.

The first reason why I decided to skip this one out once it hit theaters in my country is because I’m kinda short. I’m an eighteen year old girl who basically threw all my money on Wonder Woman movie tickets, Wonder Woman shirt, SpiderMan Homecoming movie ticket, art materials, fandom stickers and merch and Papemelroti products during the first half of my summer and now I’m left with little amount of cash. Second, I’m not really a big fan of the ‘crime‘ movie genre and would rather save up for movies like ‘Justice League’ this coming November. But hey, I won three movie invites to Jack TV’s Special Screening of Baby Driver and who couldn’t say no to that?

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Spiderman: Homecoming

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Director: Jon Watts

Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris
McKenna, Erik Sommers

Story By: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon
Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 133 minutes (2hr 13 min)

Studio: Marvel Studios

Release Date: July 7, 2017

Based on: Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Synopsis: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.

Rating: 4/5

 

My Review

We first saw Tom Holland as Peter Parker A.K.A. your friendly neighborhood Spider Man on last year’s Captain America Civil War and since his debut in the said film, everyone is psyched to see more of Tom Holland play this iconic character and now, a solo movie about the web-slinger hit theaters last July 6 and  it’s already making headlines everywhere.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating: 3.7/5

My Review

Sometimes I wonder if Rainbow Rowell was watching me and decided to turn my life into a novel, thus creating Fangirl. From the title itself, I already knew that this book is made for me and even before I had it, I knew that this book will be one of favorite contemporary young adult novels.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Director: Patty Jenkins

Screenplay: Allan Heidberg

Story by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Connie
Nielsen, Elena Anaya

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr & 21 min.

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny

Rating: 5/5

 

My Review

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Can this be the only thing I write for this review? Because it truly is. The DC Extended Universe or DCEU has been receiving a lot of negative reviews from viewers especially DCEU’s last release on August 2016, Suicide Squad. Batman V Superman is a very anticipated movie but even the excitement of DC fans didn’t save the movie from critics, given a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But Wonder Woman really brought the DCEU into a higher level receiving a lot of positive reviews from movie critics and people around the world.

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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

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Title: Anatomy of a Misfit

Author: Andrea Portes

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: September 1, 2014

Publisher: Harper Children’s

Synopsis: Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Rating: 4.7/5

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