I just posted some of my own movie reviews from LSS to The Heiress para naman may pagka-movie critic ako in the midst of the pandemic… from Home! Check them out here: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3 (#PPP2019): • #LSSTheMovie: bit.ly/MyLSSReview • #ThePantiSisters: bit.ly/MyTPSReview • #ImEllenyaL: bit.ly/MyImEllenyaLReview Metro Manila Film Festival: • #TheMallTheMerrier: bit.ly/MyTMTMReview • #MissionUnstapabol: bit.ly/MyMissionUnstapabolReview • #3polTrobolHuliKaBalbon: bit.ly/My3polTrobolReview Non-film fest: • #JamesAndPatAndDave: bit.ly/MyJPDReview • #TheHeiress: bit.ly/MyTheHeiressReview Any thoughts? Don't forget to connect by commenting! Enjoy #MovieBingeAtHome! #COVIDMovieCritic
Education Depicted Through Movies
As we go through this pandemic that happens all over the world, we tend to do anything just to fight our boredom. Watching movies is a great way to eliminate boredom. Netflix as a source of different movies can help you learn a lot. It may change the way you see things, it can change your attitude, it can be the reason for you to be inspired doing other things beyond your limitations.
A movie titled "SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME" was based on the inspiring true story of international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear), who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in hopes of saving his struggling marriage to Debbie (Renée Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives.
This is a movie where you can learn the importance of being a honest partner. It can also change the way you see things. Those negative sides can turn into positive. Changes on our attitude are a bit hard to see but time will come that you'll realize the difference between our past and present characteristics. This changes can happen when we are in pain, when we are in guilt, when we are in our deepest and hardest challenges in life. This movie is worth watching because you'll learn many other things that you won't expect.
Another movie from Netflix that I am highly recommending is the movie titled "100 Meters" that is another yet based on a true story of a Spanish man with Multiple sclerosis who tried to finish an iron-man triathlon after being told he wouldn't make it 100 meters. A movie that will tell us to have more determination of what we want to do in life. Never get depress for what would others say, instead make it as your inspiration to do what the others think you cannot. Courage and trust in yourself will bring you to your astonishing success. The movie also portrays how to build a positive relationship with our father-in-law. In a very unexpected situations, we have to adapt in able to learn new things in life.
It is okay to binge watch during this pandemic but don't ever forget being physically fit. After watching try to do some exercise, if possible, invite your family on doing it and have some bonding. Don't pressure yourself on doing heavy load of school requirements, take a deep breath and if you need to relax just watch this movies on Netflix and I am sure that your determination and inspiration in doing those requirements will surely be boosted. Always remember that life is a continuous learning and we should admit that nobody is perfect and at least we tried to be.
Film franchises and TV series you can binge watch during quarantine.
In this collectively traumatic experience we are going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is hooked to our screens to binge watch films or series to keep ourselves sane while we are staying at home due to the widescale lockdown. From animes, kdrama, cartoons, iconic film franchises and good classic western series, I am sure there is something there that will let you have an escape from reality.
If you are looking for something to watch, let me recommend some from my personal playlist:
Marvel Cinematic Universe
This blockbuster hit franchise broke many box office records and stole millions of hearts from fans around the world. Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU is divided into solo films which establish the background for each character and story arc that conjunct into each other in the Avengers film series. If you think MCU is just about goody two shoes heroes kicking bad guys asses, well you're wrong. These superhero films explored the personal and political struggles of the Avenger, earth's mightiest heroes as they fight evil here on earth and worlds beyond. Marvel films are not just superhero films. If you're looking for a fantasy, you can watch Thor films. When you are in the mood for some teenage drama, Spider-Man movies are perfect for you. Looking for some space opera with old school comedy? Watch Guardians of the Galaxy.
Tom and Jerry
Remember when times are simpler? You will wake up everyday to eat sandwich, drink your milk and just watch good old Tom and Jerry. This quarantine would be perfect to reminisce this childhood favorite of many generations since the 50s. Tom and Jerry cartoons are plain and simple yet they nrver fail to make us laugh and forget our problems. A good classic like Tom and Jerry is a reminder to us that kids are never gone, they just grow up.
This crime and mystery BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes became a pop culture icon in the recent years due to its exceptional storytelling and ensemble cast. Unlike previous adaptation of Sherlock Holmes which are usually set in the late 1800's or early 1900's, the BBC hit TV series is set in modern day London where crimes are widespread which compelled Sherlock and his partner John Watson to solve these mysteries roaming around the city.
The Last Airbender A phenomenal childhood classic for millennials and Gen Z kids, ATLA is no doubt one of the most influential series to date. The series is set on an Asiatic world divided by four elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air. In the Avatar universe, the world is devastated by conquest of Fire Nation against the Water Tribe, Air Nomads and Earth Kingdom. Only the avatar, Aang the last airbender, master of all elements can stop them. Avatar is not just an innocent cartoon because it tackles political issues such as imperialism, sexism, racism, genocide, activism, and cultural diversity.
So that's all for my playlist so far. What's yours? Drop your recommendations now on the comment section!
Movies and Shows to Watch During the Quarantine Period
The quarantine period is still on going and most of us have nothing to do or we did everything to keep us occupied and all of us are getting bored and going crazy for just staying in our houses. I personally love going outdoors and going out once in a while to shop and to treat myself, but during this quarantine period I find myself doing none of those. Instead of complaining on how this quarantine will never end, let us look on movies and shows you should watch.
1. Clueless (1995)
This is personally one of my favorite movies. As with the movie title the main character Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, is a girl who is clueless and doesn’t even know that she was falling for Josh, played by Paul Rudd. This movie is great if you are into romance and a little bit of comedy. This movie actually made me clueless because I was wondering why Christian, played by Justin Walker, is not getting the signs Cher is giving and to only find out he was gay and I did not expect that. I was totally clueless! There is even a game where you play a story in an app called “Episode” called “Clueless: School’s Out” where Josh has broken up with Cher and you are her half-sister, while both of you are going to an internship with Donna Chung.
2. Totally Spies (2001 – 2013)
If you haven’t watched or even heard about Totally Spies, then your childhood was not that fun. I mean this show is very unique with each episode being a different plot. It TV show is all about 3 teenage girls, Sam, Alex, and Clover, who were recruited by WOOP to become international spies. They take their orders but Jerry, which is their supervisor or leader. What makes this show a masterpiece is with how unique it is, they have their own spy gadgets which is handed my G.L.A.D.I.S. Each episode there is always a villain and ends with the villain captured. Let us also not forget that the girls have their own villain which is Mandy.
3. Home Alone (1990)
This is one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember saying how smart this kid was. If I was in his position I would be scared to death especially home invasion is one of my scariest fears up to this day. The best scene is when the invaders keep trying to get the boy even though they have been outsmarted many times. This movie is for you if you want nostalgia, comedy, and some family moments.
4. Parent Trap
This is an Disney original movie and is a remake. This is the version I have grew up with and is the best for me. This movie got me thinking wow they are twins and all my life I thought they were real and are really twins in real life, but no, Lindsey Lohan is only 1 and does not have a twin. Movie editing was actually great in the 1990’s. Let us not forget the infamous Meredith, our childhood villain. It is a good thing the twins tried to bring back together their mom and dad. This movie is for the nostalgia seekers.
5. Freaky Friday
Yes, this is another Disney original movie and another Lindsey Lohan movie, but hey this is a great movie. This movie is fun to watch especially the part when Anna and Tess switched lives. Each character get to understand their lives and understand each other. There may be up and downs but family will always come first. This movie is for people who love old Disney movies and of course nostalgia.
6. Escape the Night
Now this is an YouTube Original. This stars Joey Graceffa as the main character and famous YouTube stars as guests. The plot starts with a story line of a decade and it is like an escape room but all but 2 YouTube stars will survive and the rest will die. Each episode is a different scenario and each ending either with a death, 2 deaths, or no one dying. This is for people who love escape rooms like me.
7. Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars is one long storyline. It has 7 seasons and the story is that the main character, Alison DeLaurentis is a “rebel” teen who is wild and this is what leads to her disappearance. Throughout the seasons everyone of her friends, Emily, Aria, Hannah and Spencer, are being harassed by a person called A. They have accused a lot of people of being A but no one knows who she/he really is. It is the goal of the friends to find out who she/he is and to find Alison. This TV Show is for people who love mystery, drama, and a little bit of romance.
To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????