Movie Review: The Covenant (2017)

If you like horror flicks, we suppose that you must have checked out The Covenant that starred Monica Engesser, Owen Conway and Clint James recently. Yeah, never mind if you don’t know ‘em actors, it’s a low-budget film anyway. Ohh.

So, should we assume then that the film was a bust? Well, maybe you should check out the trailer first if it interests you — then we could somehow say if it was really a failure.

The Synopsis. After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.

Like the synopsis? How ‘bout the trailer? Actually the acting, the story and all was kind of dry — and guess it does not really have anything to do with the budget (unless these actors are amateurs) but it’s simply the result of having too common a story in ‘being possessed by evil’ and stuff.

Bath tub nightmares. Creepy basement. Giving birth to ‘evil’.

Monica Engesser (a.k.a. Sarah Doyle)

The makeup of Monica (a.k.a. Sarah) was good enough though, but the crumbling of the house was pretty fake. It went down like faster than you could even crush cookies, like the melting of ice cream. Still, just wished exorcists were given other ways to fight demons other than using holy water or reciting ‘Our Father’ — for those with ‘weak faith’ would just try to memorize such and go to church for the sake of going to church, you know.

Anyhow, the end of the story seemed to indicate that there would be a sequel. Think it would be interesting to hear some news first on how they would operate on this before rushing to cinemas.

Movie Review: Going In Style (2017)

If you’re looking for a movie that emphasizes the value of family and friendships then this is one of ‘em movies. Going In Style. And altho the movie stars three elder statesmen, the story is actually funny and heart-warming.

The Synopsis. Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Like what you just saw? Guess, the oldies’ ‘slowness’ is what makes things funny; whilst their grip on life and values is what makes ’em admirable. Now for our lead characters, while Willie and Joe were cool, think Albert was the odd man out there. You know, his acting was kinda pale. But his side of the story gave us one thing, that having someone in life makes our existence more meaningful.

Anyway, tho life is led by our choices, these choices are sometimes presented in situations beyond our control — as if fate is teasing us, otherwise, simply calling us towards our life’s purpose.

From left: Morgan Freeman (a.k.a. Willie), Michael Caine (a.k.a. Joe) and Alan Arkin (a.k.a. Albert)

And that’s what happened to friends — Willie, Joe and Albert — good citizens who worked their way to retirement only to find out that they can not really expect anything from their pension funds. All because of their bank. With basic needs, illnesses and bills to pay at an old age — that’s stressful!

If it were you, what would you do?

This is not to defend or condemn what ‘em three friends did but they just did what they had to do. Get back at the bank. Still, we have to go with the right choices. And this is simply a reminder that life is unpredictable and so, we got to be ready for eventualities and yes, treasure our relationships. For at the end of the day, its these relationships that would help us pull through in life.

Lifelong partners’ Annie and Albert

Don’t be worried of growing old. That’s life. But be scared of karma. For while there are consequences to what we do, karma may not come in the form that you expect it would.

Hold on to virtues. Share your blessings. Value what really matters.

Movie Review: Before I Fall (2017)

We got another low budget film here in Before I Fall but this one did well though not as prominently as known Hollywood blockbusters. Anyhow, the film stars Zoey Deutch with a good story line to boot.

The Synopsis. Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) seems to have it all: popularity, a loving boyfriend (Kian Lawley) and a seemingly perfect future. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when she dies in a car crash but then magically wakes up to find herself reliving the same day over and over again. As Samantha tries to untangle the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unravel the secrets of the people closest to her and discover how the power of a single day can make a difference.

Understandably so, many of those who have seen the movie didn’t really like the ending. Sam died. Yes, after a day in her life that she had to relive over and over again, in the end, it was only her death that was needed to end the loop. Then again, it’s still one movie that’s worth watching.

A lot of lessons.

One. While youth is many times about adventure and fun, hey, you do not just bully someone just because you find ‘em different from you, or just for the fun of it. You want power? Bullying is not it but simply a sign of insecurity. Think about it.

Two. Life is temporary. This immortal truth has always stared us in the face time and again but still, most of us lives life as if we own our time. As if we own the world. Could it be what we call ‘youthful innocence’? Remember, not everything fun is good. Life has its consequences — and it doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy, or rich and famous — life is still temporary.

Three. Mistakes can be made up for — but fate can not. If it’s your time, it’s your time. Regardless. Thus, it would be best for our souls to sincerely be good. Always. And this is not just about not harming others — but about helping whenever possible. Not just about ‘living life to the fullest’ but about living in accordance with God’s words.

If we do these then there would be nothing to regret about.

Zoey Deutch a.k.a. Sam

Four. Emotional support is actually what keeps us going — whether coming from family, friends or a partner — depending on whom you value. Since life is temporary, happiness and success is therefore about finding that inspiration. Have you ever thought that life could have been different if you have not met that one person?

In the end, we live for a purpose.

Cocktail: How to Make a Pisco Sour

So, how about a cocktail that would somehow reenergize us and get us through a stressful week? After all, our featured drink has an ‘egg’ in it! Aaaand it is no other than the..

Pisco Sour. One of those popular drinks in South America!

The Ingredients

Consider the basic ingredients. Pisco Barsol Quebranta. Fresh lime juice. Simple syrup. Fresh egg white. Angostura bitters. Now, see how it’s done.

Know what would have made the drink a bit more tempting? The glass. He should have changed it with a ‘stemmed’ one or some smaller glass. See in the video, the one used was just a little too big as the drink was about half-full and without rocks in it. Yeah, presentation counts.

Then again, how does it taste anyway?

It’s a bit sharp but the aftertaste is more on the sweet side actually considering that Pisco is made of grapes with some syrup and egg white taming the drink — meanwhile, the term ‘sour’ is simply there because of the lime or the mixed drinks that contain the base liquor, Pisco. So in all, it’s a drinkable cocktail really!

In the end, it’s just a matter of preference — Peruvian or Chilean?!

Movie Review: Free Fire (2017)

Just seen Free Fire recently, and well, it’s a low-budget British action-comedy film that starred Brie Larson and Armie Hammer — and which actually didn’t do well at the box office.

Is it because it’s ‘low-budget’? Well, budget could speak a lot about location settings, so does costumes and equipments used in filming among others — but the foundation is in the script. If the script is flexible enough and open to commercialization (without doing harm to the original story) then of course, it would be best to increase your budget for the box office.

Anyway, let’s first check out the movie trailer..

The Synopsis. Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

The synopsis sounds good. Yes? Yes! But more than casting mostly international unknowns, the single location and dialogues made it kinda boring. Yeah. While to some the story may be funny, it’s in fact too ordinary — and having like all 13 of them get hit (as a result of a melee??) by gun shots contributed to boredom. Well, movie-goers are open to life’s reality as in not having matrix-like reflexes, then again the movie is not a slapstick either yet it’s like everyone is not so smart here. Does that then make it funny?

Perhaps that was also why it didn’t do well at the box office.

1 Timothy 6:10

In the end, the movie only showed that when money is involved, friendships and relationships would likely bear the brunt of its negativity — instead of an understanding that life is temporary.

And it truly is.

2017 NBA PlayOffs: What the SEMIS’ Game 1s Augur

The semifinals’ matchups have actually just completed their second games save for the Warriors-Jazz series which is still in its Game 2 as of this writing.

While there are teams that may be rusty or feeling the jitters in their first game, it actually tells a lot of what is to come in their matchups. This is why X factors become even more important after a loss, and eventually for teams to turn the tide in their favor for the rest of the series. CLICK HERE for ’em semis’ X factors.

Now, let’s check out the first games of the four semifinal pairings.

EAST:  WAS 111, BOS 123

In the first game between the Wizards and the Celtics, we saw the C’s sink 19 threes en route to a Game 1 thrashing of the Wizards.

EAST:  TOR 105, CLE 116

The Cavaliers showed no rust in their first game back after a long lay off instead we saw a familiar, jittery Toronto Raptors team.

WEST:  HOU 126, SAS 99

With 22 made threes, how could the Rockets lose? What was surprising though was the kind of effort the Spurs displayed.

WEST:  UTA 94, GSW 106

This game was more than just the Warriors’ fabulous 4, we all know how explosive they could be — ey, the Jazz was simply star-struck!

Bottom line:  If you can’t get back to your strengths and utilize ’em X factors, it could be time to plan your vacation and go fishing!

In Pictures: Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon (Liloan, Cebu)

There’s really no such thing as all-in-one per se in terms of adventure since earth is not only a division of land and water but land itself has caves, mountains and plains. Thus, in most cases, the nearest thing to an all-in-one could be beach activities (parasailing, jetskiing, and alike) plus camping..

Or swimming and land activities (zipline, wall climbing, and alike); otherwise, you just have to hike to link all ’em activities you like.

And Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon is one that includes a mix of water and land activities without the camping among others.

Horseback Riding: P75 for 15 minutes
Fishing: P100 per fishing rod
400m Zipline: P200 two-way (800m)
Wall Climbing: P100 per 3 attempts
Hanging Bridge: P50 one way
600m Jungle Obstacle: P150 one way
Wakeboarding: P500 per hour
Paddle Boat: P200 per half hour
Swimming Pool: P100 per head

Papa Kit’s is just 20 kilometers north of Cebu City — this is in Liloan, near the municipal hall and just a stone’s throw away from the sports complex. Everyone there knows the place, so just ask if you feel lost.

Rooms are available in 2 rates: Overnight and Day Use

Once you are inside this 93 hectare property, the sights could induce you to spend a night or two — and what a spot?! The rooms are even facing the wakeboarding site! By the way, the entrance fee is P100 per head but it is consumable — so enjoy!

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