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AIDS is a battle yet to be won: Review of The Normal Heart

Director: Ryan Murphy
Screenplay: Larry Kramer
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina

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The timing of The Normal Heart’s television premiere couldn’t be more perfect: it was shown at a time when AIDS cases are gradually but steadily increasing in the Asia-Pacific region. And although AIDS may not be the biggest problem of most countries in the West right now, it remains a situation that is still left unresolved.

The Normal Heart has reminded us of the brutal reality that AIDS is still something we must fear. (more…)

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Hannibal finale recap: It’s a beautiful bloodbath

The most-awaited season finale of NBC’s Hannibal has already aired and after seeing it, I can safely declare it as one of the best I’ve seen in recent television history.

Just like most Hannibal episodes, the finale entitled “Mizumono” started quite slowly. A lot of intimate moments were played with Will Graham at the center. We learned that he pledged his allegiance to both Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Special Agent Jack Crawford.

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Days of Future Past is a smart, worthy addition to the X-Men canon

Director: Bryan Singer
Screenplay:
 Simon Kinberg 
Cast: 
Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

The scandalous allegations plaguing Director Bryan Singer aren’t enough to deny the fact that X-Men: Days of Future Past is a sleek, bold and intelligent film that can go down as one of the finest superhero films in history.

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Game of Thrones recap: She had it coming

I warned you last week, didn’t I?

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With only four episodes left, we expect only the best from Game of Thrones, right? Sure enough, the seventh episode of the show’s fourth season did not disappoint. (more…)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not amazing at all

Director: Marc Webb
Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner
Cast:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper

My problem with The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is its sheer existence. Why did Sony have to do a reboot when it has already established a superior franchise back in 2002 witn Sam Raimi at the helm? Upon seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, my problem was further reinforced.

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Ferris Buller’s Day Off is a YOLO film for the ages

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Director: John Hughes
Screenplay: John Hughes
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey

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The 1986 hit teen film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off proves that contrary to popular belief, our generation did not create the You Only Live Once consciousness, or simply YOLO as we fondly call it nowadays. Truth is, ‘80s people are doing YOLO before YOLO was actually cool.

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Game of Thrones recap: A (purplish) wedding and a funeral

Those who have read the A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF) books know that King Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell’s nuptial, or the Purple Wedding as it is fondly called by fans, will be one of this season’s highlights. Honestly, I was expecting to see it during the fourth or fifth episode because after the said wedding, the showrunners are left with only few materials to work with for this season. Remember that this season of Game of Thrones is based just on the second half of ASOIAF’s third book and not on its fourth (the fourth and fifth books, I believe, will be told in seasons five and six).

The Purple Wedding being shown in the second episode is tantamount to HBO declaring that there are a lot more to expect this year. So to my fellow fans, we better be prepared for what’s in store for us in the remaining eight episodes.

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And here goes the recap:

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Game of Thrones recap: Arya gets her revenge in the season 4 premiere

The much-hyped fourth season of Game of Thrones is finally here. With legions of fans all over the world, it’s easily the most popular television show at present. But how did the season 4 premiere fare?

Well it didn’t disappoint.

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The episode opened with a two-minute recap of what has happened in the show so far. Well the recap is more like an obituary featuring the show’s most brutal scenes including Ned Starks’ beheading at Balor, the Red Wedding (duh?!) and that time when Jamie’s right hand was cut off.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the finest superhero film sequel since The Dark Knight

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenplay:  Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cinematography:
Trent Opaloch
Cast:
Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson

Move over, Batman. Cap’s here to steal your thunder.

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Captain America isback. But this time, he’s living in the present and his life and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents’ are under threat. Members of terrorist organization HYDRA have successfully infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and made a superhero agent of their own in the form of James “Bucky” Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier. If the name Bucky Barnes rings a bell, that’s because he was seen in the first Captain America film where he fell from a speeding train off a deep cliff. Apparently, the fall didn’t kill him, he only lost his arm which was replaced by a mechanical one. Like Steve Rogers, Bucky was frozen and preserved. Also, he was brainwashed so he would blindly follow HYDRA’s commands.

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Why the Girls season finale left us wanting for more…

…and why the next season is bound to be awesome.

Caveat: This article contains spoilers. For those who still haven’t watched the season finale, go ahead and watch it first. 

The first two seasons of Girls are arguably two of the best seasons we have seen in 2012 and 2013: their episodes are not only solid and fun but they also capture the zeitgeist of this generation.

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