Recap: Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Episode 20 – “It looks weak, like it’s… dying!” and Check-in Review

Recap: Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Episode 20 – Galvanax Rise

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Cosmo Royale welcomes everyone to the season finale of Galaxy Warriors and gives a quick recap of the last episode. Galvanax has severy scrap of Ninja Steel except the Power Stars. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Episode of Stinger an Underwhelming Entry for Uchu Sentai Kyuranger

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
MAJOR spoilers.

I have been thoroughly enjoying Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. At this point, it’s probably, at the very least, number 3 on my all-time Sentai list. It has rarely, if ever, really disappointed me this season. But, that changes now after watching The V-cinema release Episode of Stinger.

Ouch! Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Shinkai’s Ambitious Children Who Chase Lost Voices Misses Mark

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Japanese director Makoto Shinkai has proven what a talented filmmaker and storyteller he is. From his acclaimed 5 Centimeters per Second to his recent blockbuster Your Name.

5 Centimeters per Second was my first Makoto Shinkai experience and I loved it. I immediately followed it up with The Place Promised in Our Early Days (which I must write a review of soon). And then Your Name captivated the world and myself.

Next on my list was Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices (星を追う子ども /Journey to Agartha). Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: The Stunning and Resonant Koe no Katachi/A Silent Voice

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Koe no Katachi/映画 聲の形 (A Silent Voice) is a beautifully affecting work from director Naoko Yamada. Based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima and adapted by Reiko Yoshida, the film uses stunning visuals and impactful auditory cues to bring a heavy, sometimes dark, but important story to life on screen. Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: The Peanuts Movie is an Absolute Triumph

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Being a lifelong fan, the news of the Peanuts Gang returning to the big screen was both exciting and scary.

Exciting because the timeless characters created by Charles Schulz definitely deserve a big screen adventure. But scary because you can never be too sure how “modern” versions and updates to classic stories and characters will turn out.

Fortunately, the team behind The Peanuts Movie (which includes Charles Schulz’s son and grandson) made it a top priority to remain faithful to ol’ Sparky’s original vision. And they succeeded. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: TV5's Baker King Proves the Philippines Can Produce Worthy Adaptations

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
LOTS of finale spoilers! For my spoiler-free-ish First Impression Review, click here. For my Check-In Review with spoilers up to Week 6, click here.

There have been plenty of Filipino adaptations of foreign dramas over the last couple of years. And all to varying degrees of success, both commercially and creatively. From a blockbuster like the original Marimar to creative duds/insults like Maria La Del Barrio.

For Baker King, while being on TV5 may have kept it from being as big a ratings draw as the original was for GMA, it certainly was creatively successful. And maybe, TV5’s Baker King is the best local adaptation of a foreign drama series ever. Yes, ever. Continue reading

First Impression Review: TV5 Carefully Mixes Some Filipino Flavor Into Faithful Baker King Adaptation

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Very, very minor spoilers. Read my review introduction here. For my final, spoilerific Hindsight Review, click here.

After the first two weeks, TV5’s Baker King is off to a very good start. The series, so far, is a faithful adaptation of the blockbuster Korean original with a careful, just right helping of Filipino flavor mixed in.

I’m coming into Baker King having watched and absolutely Continue reading