Binging Filipino movies for August (+ recommendations)

I can’t believe August is already ending. Why does time feel relatively slow and fast all at the same time? MAKE IT MAKE SENSE.

Hello, lovely people. It’s been a hot minute here on The Ultimate Fangirl, huh? A lot of things… happened. But that story is for another day. For the meantime, I want to focus on something close and dear to my heart. Here in the Philippines, August is a dedicated month for our national language: Filipino. Back when we were still allowed to go outside, schools tend to be very festive and you can anticipate scheduled festivities encapsulating the area. For me, our school often has this rule where we have to wear Filipinianas every Monday. Every 9th and 10th grader should be preparing for Sayawit and Sabayang Pagbigkas, as every section is trying to covet the prize of… bragging rights (and a trophy and prize money, if your school was that fancy).

Note: Sayawit roughly translates to “dance and song”, as this activity requires students to create an interpretative dance to the beat of a traditional Filipino song. Sabayang Pagkigkas on the other hand translates to “choral recitation”, wherein students usually recite a poem that is correlated to the theme of the overall celebration. These doesn’t exactly sound tense, but believe me when I say that A LOT of things can happen when everyone is preparing for this.

But I’m not in high school anymore. Those events are only part of my memories now. So I made up for the hollow feeling in my chest by doing three things: 1) Join Wikathon, 2) only watch Filipino movies, and 3) focus on locally produced media. I hope to also share posts regarding the other two, but I want to start on the one ‘prompt’ I actually stuck with. Since the start of the nationwide imposed quarantines, movies had been my primary source of escape. Most of the time, it gives me that serotonin boost that I badly need after seeing an angry man on the TV telling his constituents to inhale gasoline to prevent themselves from getting sick. And since working from home, I’ve been trying to balance the time I spend for work and for leisure. Which is why I decided to dedicate my weekends to watching Filipino films.

The ‘prompt’ I set for myself is simple: just choose a Filipino movie that catches your interest. It’s not that hard to do. To cop out on it would be a shame, since it’s the only designated task I set for myself during the weekend. Plus with the addition of streaming platforms stocking up a lot of Filipino movies in their arsenal, I had no excuse not to bask myself in the glory of Philippine cinema. It also helped that Cinemalaya (an annual film festival here in the Philippines) was held virtually this year. I was able to watch more movies than I ever did for any month, which was a pretty spectacular feat.

So here’s a breakdown of what I’ve seen as of writing:

*titles in bold are highly recommended for viewing

Full-length films

  • Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (The Story of Us That Never Was)
  • Sana Dati (If Only)
  • Exes Baggage
  • Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank)
  • Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is not Enough (The Woman In The Septic Tank 2: Forever is not Enough)

I was able to watch these films through iFlix and iWant. Both streaming platforms have free films available, but iWant also offers premium movies for a really cheap price.

Short films

Cinemalaya Short Feature:

  • Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert (The Broken Vinyl Record of Old Bert)
  • Pabasa Kan Pasyon (Chanting the Passion)
  • Tokwifi (Star)
  • Fatigued
  • Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Under the Sun)
  • To Calm The Pig Inside
  • Living Things
  • Utwas (Arise)
  • Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss
  • The Slums

These films were all amazing, but Quing Lalam Ning Aldo really takes the cake for me.

Cinemalaya Premiere

  • Basurero (Dump)
  • Nang Em
  • General Rizal


  • Igib (Fetch)
  • Jepoy
  • Ang Meron Sa Wala (Beyond Nothing)
  • Pinakanakapagpapabagabag-damdamin (Most Disturbing Feeling)
  • Sakmit (Seize)
  • Dama de Noche
  • Grand Gestures

Now since most of the movies I’ve listed are not exactly accessible at the moment, I thought I could share some of the other Filipino movies I have seen and enjoyed this year. I highly recommend these, especially if you would want to hold a Filipino movie marathon on your own pace:

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (2011)

Directed by: Marlon N. Rivera

What is it about: Two budding indie film makers and their silent PA want to make an internationally-acclaimed film that features the portrayal of the poverty in the PH.

What I liked about it: I loved how we got a glimpse of how films were made. On the bright side, I love the subtle mockery of the adamant poverty films. And Eugene Domingo definitely stole the show with her portrayal here.

Where to watch: Free on iWant

Lola Igna (2019)

Directed by: Eduardo Roy Jr.

Trigger warnings: Discussion of death

What is it about: A grandmother who was simply waiting for her time to go gets her world toppled when it was told she was in the running to be the oldest person in the world.

What I liked about it: Not going to lie that films that feature grandparents always hit me very hard. But I liked the rekindling journey that the grandson did here, and the scenes that featured Lola Igna’s smile were so heartwarming and pure.

Where to watch: Netflix

Smaller and Smaller Circles (2017)

Directed by: Raya Martin

Trigger warnings: death, serial killings, murder, violence

What it’s about: Two Jesuit priests investigate on the serial killings of young boys happening in Payatas.

What I liked about it: While I personally haven’t read the book yet, the movie was still a haunting tale that discussed a lot of issues etched in Philippine society. The actors were brilliant, and it was a mystery that could really keep you on your toes.

Where to watch: TBA Studio‘s Youtube channel

Cuddle Weather (2019)

Directed by: Rod Marmol

What it’s about: A prostitute takes in an apprentice who was initially swindled by his recruiter.

What I liked about it: Partially recommending this because I loved Sue Ramirez’ (the main actress) acting. Though that being said, I liked how the imperfections of finding love shined through. It’s that kind of rom-com that is perfect for the cold and rainy nights.

Where to watch: Netflix

Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)

Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina

What it’s about: Four sisters reunite and plot against their own baby brother to stop him from getting married.

What I liked about it: Given that this movie has already reached god-tier status, I just want to point out the fact that this movie just deserves to be seen. Want to see a great Pinoy family movie? This is it.

Where to watch: Netflix and iWant premium

Now that was an invigorating! It has been a while since I’ve actually made a cohesive recommendations post and it is just so fun to curate. What other movie recommendations would you want to see?


#Project14Lists: Best Movies I Watched in 2018

This is the strangest morning before Christmas that we’ve ever had. We’re not even preparing a Christmas dinner… which is odd but in return gave me the time to actually sit down and type this blog post. Oh well. Anyways, it’s Day 6 for me doing Project 14 Lists! This lovely event is organized by the one and only Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch. The goal of this wonderful event is to write and post a bookish list every day from December 18th to December 31st, leading to a total of 14 lists. A challenge indeed and a challenge accepted. (But I’m running behind lol)

For today’s list, and since it’s the 24th, I want to be a little festive. For the next two days, I’m going to be sharing my best of 2018 in various forms. However, the best of the best is reserved for the end of this challenge so we can at least end this year with a bang haha. Today, I’m listing down the best movies that I have seen in 2018. Originally I wanted to share at least 10 but according to my stats, I only have 6 movies that I rated a full 5 stars. As much as I would love to include my 4.5’s, I got 20. At least I can enunciate myself and elaborate why I love these movies very much. Also as I’ve noticed with my last post, a lot of you were asking for some movie recs / best movies that I saw for this year. I hope this list clears that up. 😉 Let’s get to it!

The Help (2011)

proxyI had to watch this movie for my World Literature class. Sometimes it’s a bore doing papers, but this movie changed the game and I have never had that much fun in writing a critical analysis. I honestly didn’t know what to expect because while I know it tackles racism, all I knew was the reputation that this movie gained in my old circle as that one movie with the poop pie. (No joke, because high school and ignorance.) But after watching it, The Help made me feel all kinds of emotion – anger, relief, restlessness, sadness, and contentment. I was blown away by everyone’s performance, especially Viola Davis’. It was something else with what it wants to convey, and I was deeply moved with the story it presented. While I still have questions with the entire premise of the movie in general, this movie just hit me real hard. So if you haven’t seen this one yet, THEN WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING HERE??

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

the-grand-budapestIf I probably didn’t see this available on Netflix, it would’ve taken me years of convincing to try and watch this movie. To my luck, I was just that into whatever floats my boat. That random decision of mine introduced a whole other dimension that is Wes Anderson’s filming style, technique, and method. Watching The Grand Budapest Hotel made me feel surreal, like I was witnessing a painting come to life. My eyes lit up the moment I saw the pastel colors that encompassed the screen. There’s always a certain focal point, an array of characters, and a dash of exaggeration. It was like the screen didn’t want me to miss a single detail, and I loved every aspect of it. I can finally see why everyone’s like, “Hey have you watched that new Wes Anderson yet? I MEAN DUH YOU HAVE TO.”

Coco (2017)

coco_ver6_xlgWho doesn’t love a good animation? I was only able to see it this year because I avoided Coco like the plague. Why? I don’t know… because I have feelings like a normal human being and Pixar’s life force is actually human tears and I don’t want to give them the satisfaction? Kidding aside, celebrating Dia de los muertos* will always have a place in my heart and any story dealing with family, loss, and remembering will make me shed a bucket of tears. Miguel’s journey to self-discovery through learning more about his family was funny and full of shenanigans, but it was also heartwarming and unforgettable. (DARN IT, I’m remembering it again. 😭) But seriously though, don’t be like me. Coco deserves all of the accolades that it has received and for a good reason. You can never go wrong with this one.

*We also have a dedicated “Day of the Dead” here in the PH, usually on November 1st.

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Murder-on-the-Orient-Express-poster-3-600x888Just to be clear, I haven’t read the book. I love a good mystery, and I actually spoiled myself before watching this movie. I know who did the killing, but it was the investigation and the execution of the crime that made me chime in until the end. I have the simplest pleasures in life. While some panned this movie, I enjoyed all of it. In fact, I managed to see it twice because I was in awe. While the acting can be a bit better, it’s the cinematography and the use of colors that really had me hooked. I really hope they do another one because I’ll take it over any day.

Black Panther (2018)

black-panther-posterProbably one of the best decisions that I made this year was to convince my best friend (and movie buddy) to watch Black Panther while it was still in theaters. I’m more of a DC fan actually, but after the underwhelming mumbo jumbo that is Suicide Squad and Infinity War looming ahead then, I decided to catch up and watch this movie. Now, if you will excuse me, I will be screaming for a bit.

GUYS THIS MOVIE IS JUST AMAZING. THE WOMEN IN THIS MOVIE WERE ALL STELLAR AND I JUST WANT THEM TO ALL BE DEEMED QUEENS. I am really all for the conflict in this movie, because damn Killmonger had some strong points and T’Challa had to choose between tradition and cementing himself as a king in his own right. Would you believe that it’s the first time I actually really REALLY enjoyed a Marvel movie?? Okay, borderline is: watch it. If you already did: AGAIN.

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (2018)

Goyo_Ang_Batang_Heneral_poster(English title: Goyo: The Boy General) For everyone else, Goyo is a historical film about one of the youngest generals here in my country whose name is Gregorio del Pilar. It continues a chapter in the Philippine-American War, concluding in the Battle of Tirad Pass. After the fiery Heneral Luna in 2015, Goyo easily became one of my most anticipated movies since the lead actor for the movie appeared in the mid-credits scene of the previous film. (It works like the Marvel Cinematic universe with the teaser in the end and all.) Though calmer in tone and in color, Goyo still asks the same questions presented by its predecessor. But this time rather, it asks the question of what really makes one an idol and a hero. Not only did it kill it with the historical accuracies and the technical aspects (and liberations for that matter), but it also left audiences in awe, thinking how deeply entertwined a historical film was with the climate of today’s society. I honestly can’t wait for the third movie in this series because the studio that makes these movies just gets it. If you’re interested in seeing a Filipino film, I highly recommend this one and its predecessor film Heneral Luna (2015). You can watch this movie alone, but seeing Heneral Luna gives it more of an impact.

Alright, everyone. 😊 That’s my list for today. I hope I was able to share the feels with you all with these favorites of mine. Or if not, hopefully I gave you an idea or an extra push to finally watch these movies. I just love the warm feeling after watching a really great movie. Hope you can join me again tomorrow for the usual programming? 😉

What are some of the best movies that you have seen this year? What do you think you’ll definitely watch next year?

#Project14Lists: Recommending Movies Like My 2018 Reads

Welcome to Day 2 of Project 14 Lists, created by the one and only Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch. Project 14 Lists is a 14-day event where the goal is to be as creative as you can be with posting lists. Know more about the details of this event here.

Now despite having a scheduled post for today, I decided to throw caution to the wind and ditch it for the meantime. As I said in my previous post, I want you guys to leave with a smiling face after reading this list. What better way to do that than recommend movies? I know there’s this whole thing with books and movies – the debacle never ends. Yet sometimes it’s nice to just sit down, relax, and enjoy a good movie. Nothing beats an hour or two of anticipation and seeing beauty unveil on your preferred screen. So I thought hey, if I loved a particular book and then I could compare it with this movie, it’s a win-win right? The way this recommendation goes is that I have to have watched the movie and read the book in 2018. Now let’s get onto the list and have some fun!

Also I may have been too relaxed with updating my Letterboxd account with all of the movies that I watched this year. It was a lot. Stats to come.

If you liked Wildcard by Marie Lu but want more of the virtual reality experience, go for Summer Wars (2009).

Wait a minute there B… You didn’t like Wildcard right? Well, yes. But it doesn’t change the fact that I am all about stories that tackles the subject of virtual reality. It’s the real deal nowadays, and both of these stories present societies that incorporated their lives with a virtual world. Both stories also feature a main lead who deliver an impact to the world, causing a string of events to spiral down. Yet in the case of Summer Wars, chaos is unleashed when a virus called Love Machine infiltrates the system because of our main lead named Kenji. It’s thrilling, it’s funny, hijinks ensue with its large cast, it has heart, and it is downright entertaining. Not only that, but the various animation styles mesh well together and it compacts the story further. If you want a piece of virtual reality action, go for Summer Wars because at least this one packs just a little bit more of a punch.

If you were also rendered speechless by the fanaticism of All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor, then you’ll enjoy watching Black Swan (2010)

Both of these stories still gives me the heebie-jeebies when I remember what went down. Though All of This is True is not exactly a psychological thriller, but it delivered a story that rendered me speechless. The same thing can be said with Black Swan and its stunning… everything. The story messes with you – it makes you second guess yourself on where the story wants to go. While I don’t think you should watch Black Swan after reading All of This is True (because why would you want to fry your brain from all that processing??), it is a great movie to watch if you want to see a portrayal driven by being the best. Certain topics such as competition, obsession, and manipulation are both present in these thought-provoking pieces. (Trigger warnings for both the book and the movie: mental illness, self-harm, sexual assault, gore, and suicide.)

If you love the family dynamics and the self-exploration in Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X, there’s no doubt that you should go for Lady Bird (2017).

What I loved seeing in both The Poet X and Lady Bird is the way they find themselves and doing what they want to do. Xiomara finds herself in her poems, while Lady Bird wants to be her own person by proving that she can achieve what she envisions. Both stories also explore the protagonist’s sexuality, albeit what it means to become a woman in the environment that they grew up in. Equally powerful stories in their own right, the experience that these stories offer are heartfelt and worth all the great accolades that they rightfully achieved. I cannot stop talking about what a sensation The Poet X is, and I think Lady Bird also encapsulates that same incredible power.

That’s it for now, folks! It dawned on me that I also don’t watch a lot of fantasy movies. Even my movies consist of mostly historical and/or contemporary stories. Some things just never change. I do hope you enjoyed these recommendations of mine, nonetheless. It was fun to compare and contrast stories on both lists, but it also made me realize that I watched way too many movies and read a lot less this year. I hope to make more of these type of lists in the future (and maybe switch it up and insert some anime in there *wink* *wink*) which I hope you guys will also enjoy.

Now the question remains: What movies remind you of a particular book? Any recommendations for my ever-growing TBW pile?


The Ultimate Quarterly Wrap-Up (January-March 2017)

I can only tell you that life is unpredictable. But here I am, and I’m rolling over stuff like a cinnamon roll. How long has it been since I posted a wrap-up? I have not posted one since… oh god who knows? Eh. Who cares anyways? As long as I am happy with books, and anime, and manga, and my other fandoms, then it’s the only thing that matters.

In that chaos, I have decided to mesh my wrap-ups into quarterly posts, hence my wrap-ups will only appear four times every year now. I was having a hard time balancing with posting a wrap-up every month, so here’s to hoping that this one will work more efficiently. I will be also be including every ‘else’ in my wrap-ups. It could be a new series, newly discovered music, or a new obssession. Fangirling done right. So if you’re looking for a post that you have to sit through, then you’re probably going to need popcorn because this is going to be a while. Now let’s start!

Wrap-Up (January)

January has been a rollercoaster ride and that is just the first month of 2017 for you. It has been exhausting, exhilarating, exhausting, and exciting. (Yes, I am aware that I said exhausting twice.) I wouldn’t say that it is the loveliest of all the months, and it was a pretty upbeat start.

Wrap-Up - Books

I have read 6 books in January, and I have to say that I am impressed because I generally read 4 books every month.

Also me: But self, aren’t majority of those short stories?

Ugh, me from the past. Can we just agree to disagree? Short book or not, let’s list down the books.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I found it interesting but I was honestly torn because I seem to have a love-hate situation with the writing style. But this book has intrigued me enough to continue on with the series.

Break-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza – It was short and sweet, but I was expecting a little bit more. I wish it had a full story, but “I mean duh, self. It was a short story, you cynical nerd.”

We Go Together by Carla de Guzman – The book was a light and fluffy read, but I had a few issues regarding the pacing and the overall execution. I don’t know much about Much Ado Nothing by Shakespeare, but it was an interesting take. Maybe I just had a hard time imagining what DC looked like?

Someday With You and other stories by Ines Bautista-Yao – Charming, heartbreaking, and reminds me of slice of life animes. Each story had a unique tweak on it, and it was definitely fun to read each one. Plus, how can I not resist this one? All of the stories are spearheaded by Filipino male MCs! About time I read about guys from my own country. I gushed about it in my full review [here].


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – How do I say this? I was choking and sobbing at 3 am while rendering our thesis. I have never been extremely jealous with a character before Molly Peskin-Suso came into the picture. My feels are with this book. Full review coming to you this April! I am so excited.

Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know by Filipiknow – Informative for just about anyone. If one’s not into history but wants to read about badass stories, then you have come to the right place. Look, I’m just a simple history nerd. This book is gorgeous, informative, and straight to the point.

Wrap-Up - Series

Yuri On Ice – The definition of perfection because it is just the coolest thing ever. Even real-life figure skaters adore it. That is how good this anime is.
One Punch Man – You may think that I will fall in love with Genos, but no. I freakin love Saitama. I would marry that dude in a heart beat.
Class – I only watched one episode but it looks so darn good. This may or may not make me watch Doctor Who.
Mr. Robot – My brain cells hurt when I saw this guy hacking into systems, and I was pretty bummed out because it reminded me a lot of that one subject where I hated everything. I think it was assembly. Still a pretty good show, but I stopped. I don’t know why either.

Wrap-Up (February)

I had no time to breathe in February. I did not pick up a single book. It was the month of our last defense. I am so done with my thesis. But of course, that one will bite me later. On the side note, I may not have read anything, but I did get the chance to meet some of my favorite people on the internet.

Last February 18, I got to meet some #romanceclass authors for their #SparkNA releases. I finally got to meet Carla de Guzman,  Dawn Lanuza, and C.P. Santi. I even had my books signed yay! I also met blogger senpais at the event namely Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Sab from The Book Eater. I also saw Dianne from Oops, I Read A Book Again at the event.

I hope I could share more, but I decided to fully recap after the more feels event this coming April. Soon! ❤

Wrap-Up - Series

Riverdale -Despite being busy, I made time for Riverdale. Archie is basically my childhood, so I live for this series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Watched the first episode and I’m all “Eh. Maybe in another time.”
Horrible Histories – I binge watch this every time my exams are getting near. Instead of reviewing, I binge watch all of the 5 seasons.

Wrap-Up (March)

March was that point in my life where it has been messy. One day, I was posting non-stop and then suddenly schoolworks like projects, exams, and thesis approvals hit me in the face and then BAM! I have been practically gone for the whole March after posting non-stop for a week since my hiatus. It was then that I thought that the wrath of my academe is over, but little did I know that the worst was yet to come. Don’t worry, I overcame the final wave, and it’s time to put all of those things behind us.

On the bright of every little happy thing, I have so much love for March because after my finals, I finally had the time to read all of the books.

Wrap-Up - Books

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I had too many tears for Blade and his crew. This book tore me apart and built me back up again. I mean, I don’t even know how to fully describe this book coherently in my review. But yes, a lot of feels were involved. Review [here].


History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – Again, another tear gushing book. I swear, I could fill a bucket with my tears. I just love every character in this book, and I want to hug them all. Full gush [here].


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz –  It was my first time to read from an audio book where I tried my best to fight my will to not sleep. I loved every bit, like it was my first time to read Ari and Dante again. Lin-Manuel Miranda as a narrator was spot on. Why can’t we have more audio books read by him???


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Where do I even begin with this book? It was amazing, stunning, bloody well done, gorgeous, stupendous, magnificent, ridiculously spontaneous, sinister, and magical. I love everything about it, and I love to hate all of the dregs. Every single one of them is precious. I am not even sorry of dropping the 5 star rating right then and there when I finished, even if it had a terrible cliffhanger. SIX OF CROWS IS JUST TOO DARN GOOD.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t remember how long it was since I read this book but it felt like it was such a long time ago. It felt like I was reading for the first time again. I knew what was happening, but it felt like I was only processing the information as I was reading it. I was able to manipulate what I thought should be in the movie. It was so easy to digest everything, because I normally take days to read a book. But this one only took me two days, and that’s because I have classes and I only read in intervals. I cannot wait to reread Catching Fire as well. And then I will know if I will finally read Mockingjay or not. We’ll see.


Wrap-Up - Movies

Moana – I must be the black sheep when it comes to this movie, but I did not find it entirely okay. Maybe I got too overhyped by it, and I really did not want to see the movie just because Lin-Manuel Miranda produced the music. Granted, the music was the best part, but don’t worry. I n will probably rewatch this one soon.

Beauty and the Beast – My eyes tear up every time I dare mention this movie because it was so darn beautiful. I was crying from start to finish because it remained true to it’s foundation. Everything was so darn perfect. Should I do a full review for this one? I guess I should (because I want to properly fangirl over Dan Stevens please).

Wrap-Up - Series

The Crown – I am a sucker for anything historical, and anything related to British monarchy. So with that, I loved this series very much. The history nerd in me is very satisfied indeed.

Riverdale – WHAT IS GOING ON? I am sad that they took a break the same time as I did for school. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?

Wrap-Up - Announcements

  • I have been dying to scream about this since I was chosen, and I can finally say it. I am now a co-blogger at Stay Bookish!


  • Before I even started, it has been one of the blogs that I sincerely look up to. It inspired me to blog in the first place. And now,  I am actually part of the blog squad! It is honestly a dream come true for me, because I would not have picked anywhere else to step up and co-blog.
  • Don’t worry, of course I am not leaving this lovely blog of mine. Think of it this way: there is more than one place where you get to hear me fangirling over books. But I have been debating something else entirely.
  • The Fanboy Book Club is currently under construction! Or is it still even called that? More news in the future soon!
  • I will be going to another April book event soon, this time for romance books. I cannot wait to feel all of the feels!

Okay, I guess that’s about it for the past 3 months? So how about you guys? Everything went well for the first half of the year? Let’s talk about it!


Suicide Squad: Yay or Nay?

I am not mad. I am just disappointed. Next to Deadpool, this movie was one of the few that I was anticipating for 2016.  I would not say that it was a lucky shot, but if you catch a film on the first day of the release, it is something to boast about. And then there’s Suicide Squad. I did not hate it. But I did not feel like I should love it either.


suicide-squad-movie-2016-posterMovie: Suicide Squad

Directed by: David Ayer

Screenplay by: David Ayer

Released: August 4, 2016

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie,

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%


Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.



Suicide Squad is not a bad movie, but it has the fair share of low points. I want to start with the positive notions first so that we can weigh in this movie.

What I liked about it: 

The connection with the DCEU. You’re in for a treat. The film features an array of cameos that will make your fanboy/fangirl hearts in a flurry. It means that Suicide Squad is not a movie of it’s own. It answers the question on what is happening to the DC world after Batman VS. Superman.

The unique cast. That is what Suicide Squad is all about. The characters were represented perfectly. Thumbs up for the actors portrayal of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, El Diablo, Katana, Rick Flag, and Killer Croc. The Joker is so-so for me, because I need to see more if I want to make a full judgement. The cast had this chemistry that manifests itself in the screen. They really are a band of misfits that fit together, with perfectly cast actors who did them justice on the screen.

The hidden plot. If you are going to see the movies expecting it be like the trailer, then you’re in for a ride. The creative marketing that they did for this movie is unique enough to please every age. I did not expect that one character caused all of that chaos and mayhem in the movie. It was brilliant in the sense that they got to hide elements of the story and they still got to deliver a solid plot.


What I didn’t like about it:

The misleading marketing. A character (or characters rather) is barely in the movie. It got people to expect something and it gets them a whole bag of worms. I am one of those people. And by watching Suicide Squad, waiting for something to happen, it did not sit well with me. Why market a character if he barely speaks?

The fast-paced, head scratching story line. Suicide Squad is unique because of the story, bad people doing something that they don’t even want to do in the first place. But it was crammed in really fast. The movie got to the point where we do not know what was going on. Some even said that they needed subtitles. Is this DC’s thing? Do they only release the good stuff on the extended editions?

The editing. *insert facepalm here* How much slow-motion is too much slow-motion? Why on earth did you have to make it feel like the movie was one huge megamix of songs? In some cases, it felt like the editing was rushed and compiled in a certain way that was a little disruptive. I left the theater thinking that the editing department spent more time making the credits than the actual film.

DC, please lighten up. Maybe just a little bit. I respect David Ayer’s creativity and honestly, he did a great job on some of the main aspects. Maybe you guys should have let him do what he wants to do and direct a kick-ass movie without the kryptonite you pushed on him.

In retrospect, Suicide Squad is a guilty pleasure movie. On some days, you might like it. On some days, you may hate it. At least get in the average. If you want to watch it, it’s a good stress-reliever movie. But in my case, I wish the theaters gave a 50% refund for my ticket because my expectations were so darn high.


(Know more about my rating system here.)

Images via Screen Rant and sdccblog.

All of the opinions in this blog post are mine.



Fictional Crushes Tag

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Update: I totally forgot to put a header.

I love Valentine’s Day.

Did you guess that I was sarcastic? Hahaha.

On the bright side though, at least we can dedicate a day where we could celebrate a day where we can freely swoon over our book crushes. Luckily, I was tagged by Keira at Signing On to do the Fictional Crushes tag, where I can swoon over every character that I fell in love with.


The Most Romantic One

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Any reincarnation of Romeo Montague.

Has anyone never swooned over a Romeo Montague? I believe not. By definition, these guys are over-the-top with the romantic gestures. A little creepy on the first two, but come on. The second one is Leonardo diCaprio. Who does not love Leonardo diCaprio? And the anime version? I liked him so much, I became an otaku.

The Dark and Moody Bad-With-A-Good-Side One


Grey Fullbuster

Non-otakus may not relate to this one but this guy is one hell of bomb. He has a bit of a backstory that is maybe a wee bit dark (wait, I should have answered Jellal). He also has a bit of a sadistic side, but like everyone else in the Fairy Tail world, he is sweet. But yeah, he strips a lot. Made my nose bleed once or twice.

The Paranormal One

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Dae Woong

Dae Woong was one of my first crushes whilst watching Korean dramas. When I watched My Girlfriend is A Gumiho, I immediately fell in love with him. I don’t know why, but he has this amazing aura. Plus, he’s so cute and derpy.

The One You Want to Tame


Ted Mosby

Wait, why do I want to tame Ted Mosby? Well, I want him to slow down. I want him to analyze everything, even if that is what he practically does all the time. I love Teddy Westside, but if he was not such a long story-teller, I would have not felt so weird while watching the finale. But still, ladies love Teddy Westside.

The One You Friend-Zoned


Chaol Westfall

See? I had my reasons on why I did not include Douglas Booth’s Romeo on the list above. He speaks Chaol to me. Though, he works as Dorian Havilliard, too. I love Chaol, and I actually ship him and Celaena so much that being one of my book crushes, I cannot let him go. But at the same time, I want him to end up with Celaena. So I had to friendzone him. I know. How hard can my life get? //shot

Your Soulmate


Charlie Kelmeckis

Yes, no list is complete without me including Charlie in it. I will never stop talking about The Perks of Being A Wallflower, and I will never stop loving it. Though I am getting tired of mentioning it every time, but nothing else fits.

Charlie Kelmeckis is my soulmate. He speaks to me as the truest person that sometimes I wonder if he is actually a real person. Charlie, I love you so much.

The One You Want to Elope With


Kenji Kishimoto

I would kill to be on a date with Kenji Kishimoto. Despite not being in good terms with the Shatter Me series, I was pulled into reading it because of Kenji. He is the only one who makes sense to me. And he is the best character of the trilogy. And if I elope with him, I know that I will live because he is such a resourceful person. He has such a witty sense of humor, and he knows when he has to be serious. Which is why I love him.

The One You’d Venture Anywhere With


Ezra Mason

I know I got the picture wrong, but hey! Who wouldn’t want to go with an adventure with Ezra Mason? He’s a pilot, so he can basically take you anywhere. Plus, he’s tall. I do not know why I even stated that, but that’s his plus one. Like, “What do you love about your boyfriend?” I will be all, “He’s tall.”. Is that even okay to say?

The One You’d Want to be Stranded on a Desert Island with


Leo Valdez

I will never be bored. I will live like a Queen. Leo Valdez is my King. I know that my twin already called dibs on him… but he’s just so perfect. And if you have to choose anyone, you have to pick Leo Valdez. That bag has everything. And you won’t even feel cold because he is hot. Literally and figuratively.

The Most Badass One


Neville Longbottom

Do I need to explain?

I am drowning in my own tears. This tag is too much for a fangirl to handle. I mean, I basically cannot think of anyone to tag right now. This is your chance to take advantage of the opportunity to do this tag. And I say to you,


Any crushes that you want to add to this list? Tell me all about it!


The Ultimate Wrap-Up


6 months. I have been blogging for 6 months. Inconsistently and ridiculously slow. How timely that it is already the end of the year to have hit this certain milestone? Then I made a book club. Plus, I have befriended some of the most amazing bloggers that I used to admire from afar (circa not blogging yet). Nevertheless, I deliver you The Ultimate Wrap-Up. Where I highlight shenanigans and what became of most of the fandoms I am in. I know. This should have been posted in 2015. But, I’m that girl. Sometimes I feel like I should take the title, “The Ultimate Procrastinator” because of this attitude. Be warned. This is a long post. I did not take the title “The Ultimate Fangirl” if I did not dare to live it. Believe me, I did.

TV Shows

This year has been great for television.  Although some did deliver, some didn’t. Here are some of the ones that ultimately caught this fangirl’s attention.


Friends – I know that some of you have binge-watched this on Netflix and I don’t blame you. It’s ridiculous! The show is so good that if you have the luxury of time, you can watch all 10 seasons in just a month. True story. (I know I did. And yes, I still have a life.) It was countless hours of uncontrollable laughter.

Scream Queens – What started off as a bomb ended up as a fluke. Scream Queens got mixed emotions and reviews as the finale aired. A bit… disappointing, since the story is as unique as can be. Yet, they turn to a very typical red devil. And it was just… sad.


How I Met Your Mother – This is one of the series that I did not go with the hype. And it has been approximately two years since the show’s controversial finale. I am still not done with all of the 9 seasons but I am currently starting on the 8th season after Christmas break.

AND OH MY DEAR LORD. HOW DARE PEOPLE COMPARE THIS TO FRIENDS? IT IS TOTALLY NOT A RIP-OFF. Maybe if you watch Friends first like I did… And I was this close to giving up on it during Season 1. Best decision ever not to disregard it.

The Big Bang Theory – I never thought that I survived this long without knowing who Sheldon Cooper is. All the nerdiness manifested into one gargantuan show. I never want to not know what is going on in this show. I love it to bits. Take me to The Big Bang Theory heaven!

Saturday Night Live – This show delivered the most nostalgia, as it celebrated it’s 40 years on a Sunday. And they delivered the most awesome reunion ever. It was delightful to see the older featured players back on SNL. Aside from getting a few frowns for getting Donald Trump to host, SNL got some laughs out of me that made my day more brighter.


The Awesomes – Season 3 made me scream more than the finale of Scream Queens. If one needs a visualization, picture little Anna saying, “THIS IS AMAZING!” No spoilers. No hints. But I will redirect you to a Fangirl Corner where I practically glorified the show.

Sherlock – I finally joined the hiatus gang! At first, I was all… “Am I missing any episodes? Why is this only 3 episodes? Are you telling me that you have been waiting for 2 years for the next one? How do you even breathe?”

Once I watched Sherlock, I felt the strong connection. A series so good… and they make you wait for the next season for so long. Aye Sherlock. Why do you do this?



Jess Glynne – This gal dropped the bomb on us this 2015. Last September, she released her first album which is “I Cry When I Laugh”. And her songs all gave me an eargasm. Since I heard her collaboration with Clean Bandit, I cannot stop listening to her. I love her music too much! Side note: It has been two years since “Rather Be” came out. Yes, I still consistently listen to it.

Taylor Swift – “1989” came out in 2014 right? And yet Taylor still ruled 2015 with all of her music videos! From Bad Blood to opening the new year with Out of the Woods, she slayed 2015 with her mighty glamour.

One Direction – What an emotional rollercoaster us Directioners have been this year, am I right? From Zayn’s ultimate departure to their hiatus announcement to the new album and to all their music video releases, all I can say is “God help us all.”


I discovered way too many movies this year. Charlie Chaplin to Eddie Redmayne. Go figure, my lovelies. Name them (especially the ones on the IMDB top 100), and we can discuss about them.


I will continue on with my usual wrap-up.

Books In The Freezer



Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The story is enticing, but my silly neurotic mind is hard to handle. So to finally finish it, I hope I get to buy it. And because Sarah J. Maas is coming to the Philippines. I just… asdfghjkl.


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I survived reading a series through e-book format! Thank you, messed up brain. The final chapter of the Grisha trilogy is here. My feels may or may not handle this well. And this is why I’m buddy reading this with my friends, Maan from The Pigeon Reads and Trisha from The Bookgasm Blog. (They’re also co-running The Fanboy Book Club)


Slippery Things by Lane Baker

I received this book as a review copy and I have been reading it until my phone got broken. But that’s not going to stop me from finishing it before the end of the month. Huzzah!

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Books I Read


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

My full review will be up soon. My feels can be summed in three words though.


The ultimate OTP. Caution: Do not read this while you are somewhere public. Book will make you cause a scene.


Shadow and Bone AND Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Ruin and Rising, I will post my reading experience for this trilogy. Hope you guys stay tuned.


Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson

This was my first eARC from Netgalley and this is also the first book that I gave a 3-star rating to. Also, review to come.

Guess that’s about it? I mean, how amazing was that? Well, hopefully 2016 will open up a lot more opportunities for this fangirl. Hope I could read more books, watch more movies and discover more tv shows. Much love everyone ❤





Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Before Watching:

I did not even know that they were going to turn the book into a movie. I just saw the trailer up on Youtube and then I fangirled all over the place. I loved Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because it expressed a lot of thoughts that I was looking for in a certain YA book. Plus, it showcased a male lead, which were bonus points for me. I read the book first before I watched the movie and I already happened to review the book . I also want to add that I have not seen any book-to-movie adaptation before watching this movie.  I turned down watching Paper Towns even. That movie was supposedly anticipated and I gave it a cold shoulder.



Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Screenplay by: Jesse Andrews

Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke


Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

After Watching:

What an absolute tear-jerker. If you have read the book, then we can console each other about it. Tears were streaming down my face even after the movie ended. The ending was just beautiful. I’ve always thought that the movie Greg did was the most horrible movie ever. But the movie changed that perspective.

The movie deepened the relationship Greg, Rachel and Earl had. I was deeply moved on how Earl cared that much for Rachel, because it was a feeling that I did not thoroughly get when I read the book. I like movie Earl better. He was just this flawed guy with a heart. If Earl was my friend, I’d hang out with him all the time. Probably still in Mr. McCarthy’s office because that reasonable adult is also another cool person.

I was just briefly disappointed because Greg and his mom did not get the same subplot. Their bond in the book was stronger and the movie missed expressing their relationship.


Alright look. I’ll just start.

I am just in awe. The movie was heart-wrenchingly beautiful. All of the characters were on point and precise. All of the characters were properly cast and the movie is on point. Well, maybe in some of the scenes. But still, who’s keeping tabs? I am glad that the movie somehow distinguished itself from the book.

As I said earlier, I really liked movie Earl more. A friend of mine said that Earl was very stereotypical, but I disagreed with him. It was Earl who pulled the heart strings. Who knew that he is very kind and caring? Book Earl came out all gangsta on me. But hey, if you could have a friend like Earl, don’t forget about him.

Everything about the movie gave it the right tone of a teen movie. No cheesy, romantic subplots to induce the tears. The friendship alone is enough. Ironically, they spent the smallest screen time. Yet you will still think that they’re like a golden trio. And it is all thanks to Jesse Andrew’s wonderful screenplay and Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke’s performances.

It had the same quirky feeling that the book manifested. And it tugged the heartstrings TFIOS pulled. And if you want to watch a movie that preaches about friend relationships (with no one falling in love with the other), this is the movie for you.


I don’t care if Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the only book-to-movie that I watched this year. It was enough because you can just watch the movie over and over again and not feel any hint of regret.


Movie Musical Recommendations


Welcome to a random blog post with a possibility of returning but I decided not to officially say that it is a part of my nerdy blog. I have been feeling under the weather lately, (probably because it practically rains here every night) and it has lead me to watch a lot of movie musicals. Then it occurred to me: I should probably share this wonderful warm feeling that the musicals have given me.

Roll call:

Singin’ In The Rain (1954)


Starting off with a delightful piece of classic Hollywood musicals, this wonderful piece of craftsmanship can make the blues go away. You will learn to love the rain and you’ll be happy when it pours. From the amazing and marvelous talents of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, a movie such as this will put your heart on a warm summer day. Just think, nothing gets better than Singin’ In The Rain. It’s on the top of a movie junkie’s seen list so make sure you watch it as soon as possible. I mean, it’s practically like a sunny day.

Moulin Rouge (2001)


You would be surprised with this shocker. I have always wanted to watch this movie when I was a kid but the premise that sticked to me was that I thought it was a romantic movie like Notting Hill. Little did I know, the Moulin Rouge is the happiest place to be. If you don’t swoon on a young Ewan McGregor, (young Obi Wan-Kenobi, nerds) then I don’t know what will. I always say this, but frankly speaking and I mean this in a good way: it’s like a movie version of drugs. It is so fast-paced that I felt high watching it. Besides the fact that it is all doomed in the end (not exactly a spoiler because the main lead says it in the first few minutes), it is frankly the best musical mash-up that my eyes have ever seen.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)


Fun fact: The girl who played Christine Daae was only 17 when the film was made. Easily one of the classics that you should definitely choose when planning to watch a musical, The Phantom of the Opera delivers a stunning performance. Despite getting a mix of positive and negative reviews from the press, I found the songs engaging and delightful that I decided to compile it in a playlist. Swoon over Gerard Butler and the creepy orchestra music. I love this movie to bits.

Les Miserables (2012)

Now who has not heard of this majestic piece of cinematography? Not only will it captivate you into reading about the French Revolution or the book itself (which is so long), but it will also get you in the mood to marathon history movies. When I watched this during my 3rd year in high school, I remember crying when it ended. It was so magnificent that I just wanted to be in the movie. They may have sang the whole thing, but quite frankly, it is the factor that made this movie unique.

Any more movie musical recommendations you might want to add? Just to add, The Sound of Music deserves a list of it’s own. *double winks*


Movie Review: Heneral Luna

Watch out, Academy! Filipinos are coming out to play.

Words cannot express how beautiful and tragic this movie is. I will not push through the regular formats of my reviews because I want to make this film the exception. It is because this film is the exception. I have nothing but my support and my whole being surrendered to this movie. Only a fool would say that this movie has lost all its senses. It is the most beautiful Filipino film that I have ever seen.



Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

In 1898, General Antonio Luna ( John Arcilla ), commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. The Philippines, after three hundred years as a Spanish colony, has unwillingly come under American rule. General Luna wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the United States. The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but General Luna and his loyal men forge ahead even as his military decisions are met with resistance from soldiers who are loyal only to President Aguinaldo ( Mon Confiado ). Ultimately, it is the general’s legendary temper and pride that bring him to his death when a pack of presidential guards assassinate him in broad daylight. While American newspapers are quick to point the blame to Aguinaldo, the mystery has never been completely solved and the General’s killers were never put to justice.

The cast:

John Arcilla as General Antonio Luna


Left to right:

Mon Confiado as President Emilio Aguinaldo

Epi Quizon as Apolinario Mabini

Arron Villaflor as Joven Hernando

Nonie Buencamino as Felipe Buencamino


Left to right:

Joem Bascon as Col. Paco Roman

Archie Alemania as Capt. Eduardo Rusca

Paulo Avelino as Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar

Ben Alves as Lt. Manuel Quezon


Left to right:

Art Acuna as Col. Manuel Bernal

Alex Medina as Capt. Jose Bernal

Alvin Anson as Capt. Jose Alejandrino

Ronnie Lazaro as Lt. Garcia


Left to right:

Leo Martinez as Pedro Paterno

Lorenz Martinez as Gen. Tomas Mascardo

Ketchup Eusebio as Capt. Janolino

Mylene Dizon as Isabel


Bing Pimentel as Donya Laureana Luna

I have never seen a war movie like Heneral Luna. As a history buff myself, I expected a lot from this movie. When I heard talks about it, I was eager to wait for it. What got me more excited is that my former history professor and former older schoolmates and classmates raved about it. Truth be told, I have not been that excited for a Filipino movie since… forever? Actually, forever is an understatement. I have never been this excited for a historical Filipino movie until Heneral Luna.

I love history more than any other subject. I even made a report about the Philippine-American War during my first year in college. I could say that I researched extensively because I explained the Philippine-American War in a “cause and effect” format, which is what history is all about. What I did not tell my classmates was that I am intrigued by Antonio Luna. All the articles I read lead to one thing: his tragedy. He was a man out of a Shakespearian tragedy. A Julius Caesar reincarnation, if I daresay call it. Antonio Luna is not JUST another hero in Philippine history, he might have been the greatest one we have.

163I am lost for words. Heneral Luna is all I could have asked for, speaking as someone who knows my history. The vivid imagery of the Philippine-American war was perfectly captured and presented wonderfully to the audience. The film is restricted to people ages 13 and above, but I can assure a lot of people that when the time is ripe, their then not old enough kids MUST watch Heneral Luna in all of its glory. This is what historical films are supposed to be. You can sugarcoat it, but not to the point where it did not really happen. Yes, we cannot deny that there are violent scenes in this movie. But what do you expect? It is a war movie and it is a biopic about a general who did everything he could so that his country could finally be free from the bounds of another country. It made us think to ourselves and it has reawakened our slumbering nationalism.

While watching the movie, I was laughing. I was laughing at the sight of war, (spoiler alert) and at the sight of a man without a head. The humor was there at the right places. Everything was where it should be. It was a history nerd’s dream, right off the pages of a history book. Yet, the movie still surprised me, even if I know what will happen next. It might have been scary that time, but every time he speaks about Artikulo Uno, I just smile and say to the characters on screen, “You’re ****ed.” Better obey General Luna, because he knows what he is talking about. But like all good things, it must come to an end.


Once Antonio Luna reached Cabanatuan, I started to get teary-eyed. And when IT all happened at once, I was in my seat crying. I was in tears because what happened on the screen shattered me. I began to doubt my existence, and what I thought about my fellow countrymen. I cried helplessly because I cannot do anything about what was happening on the screen. I cannot deny the fact that the masterpiece unfolding right before my eyes is our nation’s bloody history that has circulated among power, corruption and bribery. I sat there, crying like an infant who has lost everything. Why did they have to do that to him? All the thoughts raced into my brain, whilst the tears ran down my face. I cried for Heneral Luna, I cried for the people I laughed at, I cried because of the unjustifiable reasoning this country has, and I cried over the fact that it was all true. I got out of the cinema with tears still streaming down my face because the words keep on repeating in my head.

“You killed the only real general you had.”

“I did not kill Heneral Luna.”

“No, you did. And you passed on the guilt to us because until now, no one has solved it.” (A thought in my head)

“Antonio Luna is abusive and boisterous.”

“And so is every Filipino politician.” (Again, another thought in my head.)

“What the hell is Aguinaldo’s mother doing in Cabanatuan?” (Again, thought in the head)


Moving on to the more technical aspects of this movie, I would have rated it 4.9 out of 5 stars. But as one who also loves the cinema, this movie came in the perfect form. From the smallest button on an extra’s shirt to the CGI effects, it is clear that they wanted to be precise and accurate. Everyone who was part of this film deserve an award for being so dedicated to the art of filmmaking. This is how a film should be made. I may be stepping down on the other films that my country has produced, but it is true. Now that Heneral Luna is out to the world, people will be expecting more films of higher quality from each and everyone who works in the industry. We don’t need any more movies that revolve around forgettable characters. We NEED more movies like this. I am not talking about history in particular, but about movies that matter and make a difference.  IT IS TIME TO UP OUR GAME.

Hats off to Jerrold Tarog and E.A. Rocha for bringing back my faith in the movie industry. And also, the casting was just perfect. John Arcilla is the best actor in my book. No one else could have played Antonio Luna better than him. His performance made me stick to the movie like a glue. I was blown away by it. To add, it was not only his performance but the rest of the cast as well. Their names are up there and each one of them deserves a standing ovation. I hope they push through the 2nd and 3rd movie, which, as Jerrold Tarog has proven, will be good. (Seriously, I love his work. I just did not know that I have been watching it since I was in high school.)

Beautifully done. And it practically captured history as if they traveled back in time. I hope more people support this movie.


Good news for people living in the US: The movie will be released there by October/November this year.

(All images via here, the website for Heneral Luna The Movie)

(This is not a paid review, I am willing to support Heneral Luna and Filipino historical movies.)