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#CandyCapsuleReviews: Are 'The Mandalorian' And 'The Two Popes' Worth Watching?

Do these two live up to the hype?
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Curious to know if The Two Popes and The Mandalorian live up to their respective hypes? Read on for our Candy Capsule Reviews!

The Two Popes

WHERE: Netflix

The Two Popes, which deals with the shocking retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, stars Anthony Hopkins as Father Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as the successor Pope Francis. It’s a winning cast that’s enough of a reason to watch the film, and Hopkins and Pryce do not disappoint—they successfully convey the very human side of the two major Catholic figures. The movie is mainly a conversation between them. Although the dialogue and the interaction of the two are largely imagined, the superb acting and the sharp, often humorous banter make The Two Popes feel realistic and exciting. The script itself could have further showed Father Benedict’s scholarly background for a stronger, fairer, and more insightful debate, but overall, the film is a delight to watch.

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The Mandalorian

WHERE: Disney+

The Mandalorian is a space Western TV series about a lone bounty hunter and his adventures across the galaxy. It has stunning visuals and special effects, you’d be surprised you’re watching a TV show, not a movie—then again, it’s what we expect in a Star Wars production. The masked titular character, played by Pedro Pascal, is undoubtedly cool for his built-in gadgets and guns, plus combat skills. But he’s surprisingly endearing and funny too, especially when “Baby Yoda” is involved, so he’s more than just a Boba Fett look-alike. Each episode is 30 minutes short (save for the pilot), leaving viewers wanting more. Hardcore Star Wars fans will love the Easter eggs and how the show incorporates the many things we love about the trilogy—from exhilarating fight scenes and detailed worlds to the short catchphrases (you’ll have something to say aside from “May the force be with you.”).

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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