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Binge-watch worthy films and TV series to keep you by this summer

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While patiently waiting for the academic year to kick in, peacefully start the vacation with a number of exceptional binge-watch worthy movies, shows, and documentaries.

Get those socks on and find a snack as we dig into a list of shows to eye on before August starts!

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1. Always Be My Maybe | 1 hour 42 minutes

Genre: Comedy, romance

Director: Nahnatchka Khan

Synopsis: Although starting early is a good thing, keeping the sparks could be challenging. Ali Wong and Randall Park stars in a movie where in childhood sweethearts are reunited after 15 years and are reconnected as adults. Since the couple lived in different worlds, adjusting with each other’s growth became a challenge.

Review: Although a laugh-out-loud romantic film, Always Be My Maybe shares a good dose of cultural observations concerning Asian-American culture. 

 

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2. I Am Mother | 1 hour 53 minutes

Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi

Director: Grant Sputore

Synopsis: I Am Mother is a one hour sci-fi chiller. After an apocalyptic cataclysm wipes out the human race, only a single human is left alive. Robots called “Mother” are tasked to take care of a single girl, or so they thought.

Review: The movie exhibits great visuals in technical aspects. Low on budget but shares caliber visuals. The movie features clean appearances of robots which shows that the production stretched out its budget and capabilities on making the film. 

 

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3. My First First Love (Korean series)

Genre: TV Drama, Coming of age drama, romance

Director: Oh Jinseok

Synopsis: Mutuals of five will leave you guessing what life can bring with this coming-of-age drama. Different teens with different privileges and personal endeavor tries to cope through living outside their family’s house and finds a home through friends.

Review: This drama contains eight episodes. Short, but never short on life lessons which are surely relevant for college students. It tackles family life, financial problems and the hardships and trust needed of standing on one’s feet. 

 

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4. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (Korean series)

Genre: Comic-based Drama, Romance

Director: Choi Sungbum

Synopsis: Im Soohyang and Cha Eunwoo radiates the beauty and developed personality of their characters. A mellow high school teen suffers bullying and rejection due to physical appearance. After surgery, the teen enters college but the past still haunts her from people who knew her before surgery emergence.

Review: Cosmetic surgery is a fast-paced trend. People tend to judge whether or not the surgery is ethical or socially acceptable. This drama of 16 episodes focuses on the psychological effects of beauty standards and the before-and-after reaction towards people with the surgery.

 

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5. Friends (comedy show)

Genre: Sitcoms, Comedy

Creators: David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Synopsis: Different individuals of six ended up living off of each other and later on ended up as friends. They are individuals who lived in the heart of New York with different goals. They steadily aim for their own career paths and future goals.

Review: The long running series does not only let the viewers grow; the characters also grow with the audience. Learning and failing, and learning all over again is a cycle which was shown where the audience could light a bulb from.

 

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6. That 70’s show

Genre: Sitcoms, comedy

Creators: Mark Brazill, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner

Synopsis: A bunch of 17 year olds with interconnected relationships, diverse traits and beliefs spent most of their time in the basement. Friends of nine individuals revolved their time in the series thinking about life, family, and future plans while bumping into adventures and mishaps.

Review: Throughout the show, the series did not only showcase different plots but also exposed the continuous development of the characters with their acting. If watching Friends left you craving for more comedy series then start again with this show. 

 

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7. What The health (Documentary) | 1 hour 32 minutes

Genre: Food and travel

Directors: Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

Synopsis: Fast food is surely not healthy, and so is meat. Kip Andersen, a filmmaker, shares what he found about the real effect of meat in our bodies and why such information is hidden from the masses.

Review: The 1-hour documentary searched for a dire truth. It did not only expose the negative effects of some so-called nutritious food, but also exposed what money can do and what money is doing and is willing to compromise.

 

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8. Busted (Korean variety show)

Genre: Mystery

Creators: Cho Hyojin, Chang Hyukjae, Kim Joohyung

Synopsis: Cameos, great comedians, idol members, mystery, mind games and a little bit of horror makes ‘Busted’ unique. The hosts are supposedly there to act as so-called detectives but due to uninvited guests and gunshots, they turn into rookie detectives and starts solving for the continuous mysteries at the end of every episode.

Review: Sliding off from the usual Korean comedy variety shows, this show comprises of ten episodes which will leave the viewers amazed with the answers of each mystery and will help the viewers work their minds throughout the show. 

 

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9. Knowing brothers (Men on a Mission) (Korean variety show)

Genre: Talk show, Comedy

Director: Choi Changsoo

Synopsis: With seven hosts from different fields of the entertainment industry, they too welcome different personalities from various areas such as entertainment, business or even sports.

Review: ‘Knowing brothers’ is a variety show with a classroom set up and introduces different games for both guests and hosts. At the end of every episode, a team faces the consequences and another indulges their win which every viewer would have fun watching out for.

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13 “Mood” Tweets Celebrating UST’s Stepladder Win Against UP 

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The UST Growling Tigers were not alone in the celebration of their win against UP Fighting Maroons as the support of the whole Thomasian community was roaring from every University building and every nook of social media, especially Twitter. 

We compiled several tweets that express their congratulatory remarks in a creative way. 

1. UST CSC President Robert Gonzales tweeted a photo that shows a letter jokingly addressed to the Secretary General with the hope of suspending classes following game day. 

2. A tweet also explained the science behind the opponent’s failure to score a three-pointer.

3. Ah, yes. A self-degrading reply that explains why it isn’t science at all. 

4. Here’s some motivation gained from Subido’s clutch win! Way to go, Thomasians! 

5. The competition is not just between UST and Ateneo. 

6. Even Internet’s child, Scarlet Snow Belo, couldn’t pick one! 

7. Renzo Subido has swept not just the win, but also fans’ hearts. 

8. Honestly, we’re not offended. (paano_kapag_walang_class_chz.jpeg)

9. It doesn’t matter if you’re illiterate in the basketball language, as long as you cheer and support your team!

10. Indeed, the Growling Tigers strutted through opponents with a “tabi-dadaan-kami-attitude”. 

11. Whilom, who? Oh wait. It’s a word.

12. UST may have won against them, but their toilets are about to take a huge feat.

13. And of course, the classic Thomasian move: ghosting.

The fight is not over as the Growling Tigers try to hustle against Ateneo Blue Eagles in a best-of-three finals which commences this coming Saturday, November 16. 

Whether support will be shown by attending the game or by cheering for the winning team through convenient social media accounts, the Thomasian spirit will surely bleed through a swarm of blue.  

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Fighting Back, One ‘OK, Boomer’ at a Time

Just like the statement “men are trash,” the phrase “OK, boomer” is attacking a system rather than an individual. It challenges the mindset of the boomers that refuses to embrace change; ones who still cling to discriminatory remarks and outdated ideologies.

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It started as a TikTok meme. Then, a New Zealand lawmaker used it to address a rude comment in parliament.

The youth has often been the subject of judgment because of their tendency to be politically-correct and woke, especially from elders who view them as “overly-sensitive snowflakes.” 

What’s the youth’s response? “Ok, boomer.”

Recently, the phrase “OK, boomer” has been circulating around the internet, and has become the rallying cry of the youth against the older folks and the system they perpetuated over the years. 

The said phrase mocks baby boomers; the generation born between 1946 and 1964. The generation got its name from the huge increase in birth rate after World War II, and is considered as a prosperous time.

The popular use of the phrase circulates in TikTok where it is used to mock elders and their prejudices towards the youth. 

It became more popular when media outlets highlighted the term after Chlöe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old lawmaker from New Zealand was discussing the Zero Carbon Bill, which aims to cut the carbon emissions of New Zealand. In the video, a heckler commented about her age, in which she went off-script to retort “OK, Boomer.”

Netizens also used the phrase to call out the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. after cursing out a journalist on Twitter.

“OK, boomer,” later on became a perfect response to the generation on being problematic. An old, rich man complaining about millennials destroying everything? OK, boomer. An aunt of yours mocking your liberal arts degree, commenting on how easy it is? OK, boomer. Some random professor accusing you of being a “dilawan” and red-tagging you because of your Facebook posts? OK, boomer.

However, critics are crying foul over this phrase, with complaints mostly coming from older people. Some even compared the phrase to a racial slur, saying that it promotes ageism and discrimination. Critics think that it’s a below-the-belt attack against the boomers, a foul remark akin to bullying and racism. Well, sorry to say but it’s not.

To set the record straight, the boomers also fought for peace, racial equality and women’s empowerment at their time. What “OK, Boomer” addresses is not the people itself but their outdated way of thinking that is harming our society. 

Just like the statement “men are trash,” the phrase “OK, boomer” is attacking a system rather than an individual. It challenges the mindset of the boomers that refuses to embrace change; ones who still cling to discriminatory remarks and outdated ideologies. It wants boomers to  acknowledge that they have collectively done actions that contributed to societal issues such as climate change and worsening economy. It attempts to shake the narrative, making an older generation acknowledge the voice of the youth, making them act because they have the power and experience to do so.

This meme-worthy clapback is not just a collective sigh towards the problematic views of the old or a funny catchphrase hurled towards killjoy boomers—it is a statement, a call for action, a protest against problematic beliefs and actions.

It is a warning to the older that the kids aren’t alright and they are fighting back, one “OK, Boomer” at a time.

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Films to watch in Cinema One Originals 2019

Returning to cinemas and theaters on its 15th year, Cinema One Originals has launched its roster of films ranging from the genres of thriller, romance, and more! The film festival showcases various stories that will surely make the viewers’ minds wonder what lies beyond the trailers.

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Over the past decade, Cinema One Originals has given rise to a number of films that marked the hearts and minds of the Filipino. Through the artistry and expertise of Filipino filmmakers in cinematography and production, it has already showcased great films which became hit to the public like Imburnal (2008) by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Violator (2014) by Eduardo Dayao, That Thing Called Tadhana (2014) by Antoinette Jadaone and Paki (2016) by Gian Carlo Abraham. These films have been lauded for its excellence, exception plots, and its appeal to viewers alike. 

Returning to cinemas and theaters on its 15th year, Cinema One Originals has launched its roster of films ranging from the genres of thriller, romance, and more! The film festival showcases various stories that will surely make the viewers’ minds wonder what lies beyond the trailers. So, Hurry up! Gather your friends now and buy your popcorn as Cinema One Originals proudly presents the following films for this year’s festival!

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo by Denise O’Hara

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Relevant to the relationship which the generation engages today, Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo portrays the relationship of two individuals who share sensual experiences and romantic gestures with each other. However, both of the characters in the film do not share the same sentiment when it comes to commitment. In the end, they both part ways in the realization that such intimacy cannot just be shared with just anyone.

Yours Truly, Shirley by Nigel Santos

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After hearing a song by popstar Jhameson, Shirley is convinced that the popstar is a reincarnation of her late husband, Ronaldo. In the film, Shirley is seen to invest time and effort as she obsessively admires the popstar in the event of coping up with the pains and struggles of losing her beloved husband. 

Metamorphosis by J.E. Tiglao

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Metamorphosis reveals not a lot but says so much in its trailer. As it depicts the metamorphosis of a butterfly, there is a teenager in the background showing its life on a daily basis. It tackles the life of an individual born with male and female genitals.  

Utopia by Dustin Celestino

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Set in the dingy and dark parts of the city, Utopia depicts the meeting of a rookie police officer, vlogger, and an undercover agent as they try to uncover the delivery of dangerous and illegal substances. Utopia is about crime, thrill, wit and reality all in a perfect sandwich ready to keep you at the edge of your seat. 

O by Kevin Dayrit

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Pleasant in the forms of the soft sweet piano songs, sleek sofas and white linens, O talks about the story of a beguiled morgue intern Maria who is forced by the vampire Matilda to be a blood pusher and sell blood to other vampires. Twisted and unconventional, Maria is driven to do vile actions to accumulate blood in exchange for knowledge about the creatures roaming in the dark. 

Tia Madre by Eve Baswel

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Tia Madre takes in the form of a middle-aged woman who ardently loves her daughter. However, Emilia, the mother of a 10-year old girl, is a harboring alcoholic who abhors to be called a mother. Her daughter tries to compensate with her mother in the hopes that things will turn back to normal, as it should be.

Lucid by Natts Jadaone, Victor Villanueva, and Dan Villegas

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Ann Cruz is a typical individual who leads a monotonous life. She works a nine to five job, goes home, and the cycle repeats. However, when she sleeps, she is not just the Ann Cruz in her waking life. At night, she is a lucid dreamer who goes on dates and engages in scenarios that favours her. She later on meets a man who challenges her to dream more than she does.

Sila-Sila by Gian Carlo Abraham

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Sila-Sila is a coming-of-age film that tells a story of a 30-year old man who attempts to reconnect with his past friends and ex lovers in a class reunion. 

The screening of the eight films will run from November 7-17, 2019. Indeed, November is another exciting month for cineastes out there!

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For the full list of screening schedules and further details, visit the Cinema One Originals Facebook page or their website regarding the event.

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