Sometimes, people get so invested in a TV show that it would break their hearts when it would be canceled. That’s certainly what happened when Netflix pulled the plug on Sense8, one of its original shows, without explanation or a clean finale. The reaction has been so intense with an outpouring of signatures on a Renew Sense8 website and petition. Because of this, Netflix is bringing the show back… for a two-hour finale that will be available starting tomorrow.
9. The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017)
The Greatest Showman tells the story of PT Barnum, the real-life showman who promoted hoaxes in the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film blatantly glosses over the dark side of Barnum (like exploiting minorities and showing hoaxes) but it offers a dazzling look into show business with excellent performances from Hugh Jackman as Barnum, Zac Efron as his partner Phillip Carlyle, and Zendaya as the acrobat Anne Wheeler. The songs are well-written and catchy as hell, and I listened to the soundtrack for weeks after I saw it.
One of my favorite characters from The Lego Movie is Princess Unikitty, a cute unicorn-kitten hybrid brimming with positivity. Now, I can be just as happy because she’s getting her own TV show!
Deception begins with an intriguing start: we are introduced to Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott), a superstar illusionist who describes what magic is. He goes on a monologue about how magic is an illusion while doing card tricks (that work). While his speech may be something we’ve heard before, I was drawn in because of his charisma and the show’s promising story: he works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and uses his tricks to help solve cases.
I first watched RuPaul’s Drag Race when it first came out in 2009. I watched up to the second season but for some reason, I stopped following the show. Now, the show has become a pop culture phenomenon with the 10th season on the way and three All-Star seasons. I wanted to catch up and the only way I can appreciate the growth of the show was to go back to the start.
In a very ambitious move, Netflix goes the sci-fi route with the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film from the Cloverfield franchise that connects Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). This installment is set in space and is meant to tie the three films together. The result is a thrilling watch that proposes an interesting premise and great storytelling.
1. Deadma Walking (Julius Alfonso, 2017)
In Deadma Walking, gay man John Samson (Joross Gamboa) wonders what people would say about him when he dies after he discovers he has cancer. Because of this, he sets up an elaborate plot with his best friend Mark (Edgar Allan Guzman) to fake his own death and attend the wake. You expect it to be filled with plenty of beki shenanigans and it does not disappoint in that department, but it has a surprising heft (Cabahug’s screenplay won a Palanca in 2014) grounded by Guzman’s campy yet tender performance as the best friend. He totally deserved winning Best Supporting Actor at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017.
For Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next film, the studio tackles the rich history of T’Challa in Black Panther. As the titular superhero, he is the newly-crowned king of the fictional reclusive African nation Wakanda. As T’Challa comes to terms with being the new ruler, someone from the country’s past reappears to challenge the throne and harness its precious resources. It may sound like your typical Marvel film but Black Panther is so much more and comes with a unique and empowering story.