Love, Simon

 

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Director: Greg Berlanti

Producer: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, , Isaac Klausner, Pouya Shahbazian

Screenplay: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger

Based On: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp,

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hr & 50 min.

Production Company: Fox 2000 Pictures, Temple Hill Productions

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: March 16, 2018 (USA)

Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

Rating: 4.4/5

 

My Review

It’s difficult to act like you don’t know the events that will happen in a movie adaptation when you already read the book. It’s hard to feel surprised and feel the thrill of not knowing who Blue really is and/or if Leah has hidden feelings for Simon or Nick; the only way it could be done is if the movie adaptation completely strayed away from its source material and altered some details but for Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’s movie adaptation, Love, Simon, well…they definitely changed important details that made my jaw drop I almost choked on the food I was eating but for the most part, it was kind of loyal to the novel.

Love, Simon has been creating buzz on the internet since the day of its release. It is popular among LGBTQ+ groups and pages on the internet and was also praised by critics, celebrities and famous personalities for being a teen romantic comedy we needed in this world where the support and acceptance for the LGBTQ is becoming prominent.

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Avengers: Infinity War

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Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Producer: Kevin Feige

Screenplay: Christopher Markus
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Based On: The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 149 minutes (2hrs & 29 minutes)

Production Company: Marvel Studios

Distributed by: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

Release Date: April 23, 2018 (Dolby Theater)
April 25, 2018 (Philippines)
April 27, 2018 (United States)

Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

Rating: 4.7/5

 

My Review

“The movie of the century”

(Warning: Contains spoilers, profanities and very informal way of writing a movie review)

It’s been a month since the movie team up of the century arrived in theaters nationwide and the hype is still real. The internet is still loaded with Infinity War memes, theories, photos, posts and articles. To be honest I don’t know what to write in this movie review because it’s much easier telling my thoughts about this movie through Fangirl Language and facial expressions. Alas, I’m an introverted fangirl who wants to start a reaction vlog about the movies and series I watch but don’t have the courage to do, so I’ll just stick to writing. I’ll try my best to be cohesive and coherent because my reaction and thoughts for this epic movie is exploding and it’s everywhere.

First of all, I was going to watch the movie alone during opening day, but my family wanted to tag along and we decided to watch the movie Friday night, and since it was a Friday night it means it’s the perfect time to go watch the biggest movie event of the century. So my family and I decided to go to the theaters for an 8PM showing, but the theaters were already packed with moviegoers. It was the first time I saw our newly opened local theater packed with a big population of people who are ecstatic to watch a film. The line was just shocking, it almost circled around the place and it got me thinking if this is the situation here then how much chaotic it is in other theaters in the city. I bet that almost all of the theaters within our city (or even the whole Metro) are packed with moviegoers who are there for one thing only, Infinity War.

We opted for a 9:30 PM showing instead of a later schedule of 10 PM because I still have class the following day (Yup, Uni life means Saturday classes are normal). I was still glad I got to experience watching the movie on a big screen while it was still fresh in theaters (and also while beating all the spoilers on the internet) despite not having the best seat in the house (as what my dad would put it), we were seated on the second row meaning we would be having serious neck pains afterwards.

Okay, so here it goes.

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Director: Scott Speer

Screenplay: Jason Filardi

Starring: Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt, Courtney Eaton, Greg Sulkin, Brec Bassinger, Martin Donovan, Diana Bang

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hr and 46 mins

Production Company: OffSpring Entertainment, Brightlight Pictures, Voltage Pictures

Distributed by: Vertical Entertainment

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Synopsis: 

Rating: 2.6/5

 

My Review

The premise for this teen comedy-drama movie is:  “A seventeen year-old boy discovers a magical app that makes his social media updates come true”. But honestly if I am asked to write a premise for this film it would be a gender-swapped version of Zendaya’s movie, Zapped with a dash of High School Musical during the Band Slam event; the finale of the film.

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Lady Bird

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Director: Greta Gerwig

Screenplay: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions, Management 360, IAC Films

Distributed by: A24, Universal Pictures

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Synopsis: A teenager  navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

My Review

There’s something about this movie that reminds me about being a rebellious fifteen/sixteen-year-old and having a complicated relationship with my mom. I think anyone I know had a phase in their life where they had a rough relationship with their mother and sometimes it even extends until they are adults, but here’s the thing, even if we don’t see eye to eye with our mothers or we’re not always on the same page—no matter how much we hate them for blabbing too much we’ll always go back to them. Why? Because we love them.

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Looking for Alaska

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Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: March 3, 2005 (first published)
December 28, 2006

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Synopsis:

             Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . 

              After. Nothing is ever the same.

Ratings: 4.7/5

 

My Review

“Alaska Young is Miles Halter’s Great Perhaps”

Here’s the thing, when I was in 8th grade I was obsessed with fantasy and adventure novels, particularly Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Those were the novels I love back then and it was greatly influenced by my seatmate (who I fangirl with). I wasn’t into ‘contemporary teen fiction’ novels yet. During free period, I decided to do my homework early while she read a novel named “Looking for Alaska”, the title itself was interesting and I had a feeling that it was one of those novels who has a profound meaning or symbolism lying underneath. It kind of confirmed my theory when I saw my seatmate crying. I was baffled, one minute she was just quietly reading and the next she’s crying her eyes out as she continues reading the novel. I asked her what’s wrong, she looked up and smiled, her red puffy eyes staring at me and then replied, “Nothing, it’s this book. It’s sad and beautiful”

I was ecstatic about this book, I was expecting it to be a life changing, philosophical novel and it didn’t fail me, from Dr. Hyde’s lessons to Alaska’s wise words and to their epic prank adventures. If I have read this book during my high school days, I think my whole high school experience would’ve been a little different; more fun and exciting even.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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Director: Wes Ball

Screenplay: T.S. Nowlin

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter, Barry Pepper, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar

Genre: Science Fiction, Action

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 127 minutes

Production Company: Gotham Group, Temple Hill Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: January 26, 2018

Synopsis: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

Rating: 4.1/5

My Review

The Hunger Games, Divergent or Maze Runner? Definitely the last one.

I knew from the beginning that the Maze Runner will be my favorite book and movie series under the dystopian and science fiction genre. Since 2012, when The Hunger Games movie franchise took the world by storm, several dystopian, science fiction young adult films surfaced such as Ender’s Game and The 5th Wave but only three came to the top: The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series and of course, The Maze Runner series.

The hype for dystopian science fiction stories ended a few years ago and probably the reason why Divergent’s third installment, Allegiant became a box office disappointment leading to the cancellation of the series’ final film. That was also my worry for The Death Cure, having been delayed in production due to Dylan O’Brien’s injuries on set while performing a stunt. As the premiere got closer, I was a bit worried it wouldn’t perform well on the box office because the hype for this genre had died down but seeing the numbers Maze Runner: The Death Cure garnered since its release date, I was relieved to find out that it was a success in the box office but I wouldn’t say the same with the critical response from of course, the critics.

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Smart In My Own Way

It’s been a year since my article “Smart In My Own Way” got published on candymag.com. This is the fourth time my work got featured and I still feel like I’m on cloud nine every time I read my name on the byline. I’ve been on hiatus submitting articles on that website because I wanted to prioritize creating content here on my wordpress blog.

Anyhow, here it is. Enjoy!

 

“Smart In My Own Way”

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I don’t get how some people can be so good in Mathematics. They say that you can learn to do all things but trust me, I’ve been trying to understand that subject since I was in grade school. And yet here I am, I’ve been alive for 17 years and I still give my teachers a confused look—narrow eyes, creases on forehead, and furrowed eyebrows every time they discuss they explain something to me.

I started hating the subject more when it became society’s basis for intelligence. Somehow they have forgotten about other things like the arts, creativity, how quick your mind responds to certain situations, leadership, resourcefulness, and a lot of amazing talents and skills which I consider to be very astounding.

After four years in high school, I’ve accepted that I am not really good with numbers. I would cringe at the thought of solving word problems. Sometimes, I would just give up and won’t even bother answering the questions or solving the problems. I would feel down knowing that our lesson for Science is all about Physics; I just don’t get the idea of knowing why balls roll. I would cry after learning that I have to survive Trigonometry

I was losing hope and though I was still doing great in other subjects and maintained my rank in class, I felt stupid—like I’m not smart at all, like I’m worthless. One guy in fifth grade even commented on how bad I was at Math. Back then, I wanted to cry but now I want to turn back time and tell him, “Yes, I know. But it’s not the end of the world for me now, is it?”

And that is true. It doesn’t mean that if something’s weighing you down, it’s the end of the world. We have our own strengths and weaknesses for a reason. They build us and make us different from each other. We have to know our weaknesses and accept them, deal with them, and maybe even find ways to fight them. We should also be familiar with our strengths, enhance them, and use them for good.

I spent my four years in high school honing my skills in writing because it is my strength. It is my way of communicating my feelings and thoughts. I joined our school’s Communication Arts Club and even became the club secretary during my 10th grade. I love attending seminars and workshops about scriptwriting, acting, and movie making. I was our school paper’s managing editor, and I excel both in English and Journalism. I even participated in our Communication Arts Club Indie Film as scriptwriter and as an extra as well.

I focused more on the things I love doing instead of focusing on my weaknesses. Finding out the things I am good at made me enthusiastic about life again.

Intelligence is not only measured by how high one’s grades are or how well someone does in class. True intelligence is knowing who you are and loving every part of you.

It is knowing your strengths, skills, and talents and using them for righteous deeds—being an inspiration or a role model to people or even making the world a better a place.

I may not be smart with numbers, but I know one thing: we are all smart in our own ways. I am smart with words, and I use that gift wisely because I know that words have the power to either inspire people or destroy them.

 

This article was originally posted here: I’m Smart In My Own Way.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

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Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction

Date Published: March 25,2015

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Ratings: 3.2/5

 

My Review

 “It was okay, I guess”.

I read the first few pages of this novel at Fully Booked. It wasn’t sealed and I needed to kill time as  I wait for my parents to pick me up, so I sat down on the carpeted floor of the bookstore, leaned against the bookshelves and started reading…’just to kill time’. To be honest, the first few pages were good enough to make me wonder about Simon’s story and his  life now that he’s carrying the burden of being blackmailed by Martin but not to the point where it intrigued me so much that I stood up, added it to my cart and bought the book immediately before I left the bookstore. It was just one of those books that seems interesting enough to be a ‘filler book’. I have a list of  novels I really want to read and I wanted to prioritize those books first.

A month after Manila International Book Fair 2017, National Bookstore had a sale—a fucking sale where books are 30% off. So, even though I already bough five books from MIBF the previous month, (and still haven’t read any because of uni) I still threw some of money away to adopt more books. And that’s how I adopted Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (It’s 30% off so I had to). A lot of my prioritized novel were still sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read when I decided to read this one first mostly for the reason that a movie adaptation of this novel is coming this year and I wanted to have read the novel before seeing the movie.

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Hey 2017, Thanks.

“Hey, 2017! Thanks, you weren’t that shitty after all.”

You were a blast and I just want to thank you for these amazing surprises and discoveries as well as all the opportunities and risk I took during your reigning year:

  • January 2017: Started ABC’s Daily Journal 
    – Though I didn’t keep it up during the latter half of the year because my schedule and load work hindered me from updating, it was still fun (and tiring) to keep a journal, scrapbook style.

 

  • January 2017: Paper Towns Movie and Movie Soundtrack
    – I had a major hangover for this movie

 

  • January 2017: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    – “This is the movie that didn’t glamorize cancer. It’s beautiful. This is the movie that tells us life is full of unexpected turn of events and it is short. This is  the movie that left me in awe. It’s beautiful.” (Read my review here)

 

  • January 2017: “I Am Smart in My Own Way”
     – another article of mine got featured on candymag.com. (Read it here)

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