Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Did you miss Ethan Hunt? Well, he’s back! Nope, not in Mission Impossible but in The Mummy — the impregnable Tom Cruise that is, and this time as Nick Morton. So get ready!

The Synopsis. Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.

While Tom’s youthful looks and daring stunts still amazes many, of course, there are those who would just base things on his age — which is actually absurd! Hey, if Tom could still do it without looking awkward or something, then just roll the dice!

Still, one thing is apparent tho. The story line. It’s just so common.

The Mummy (played by Sofia Boutella)

A free spirit accidentally wakes up some mummy then chaos follows. Thus, what then would be left to watch as the film has become even more predictable? The cast? The action scenes? The effects? The setting, the makeups?

Well, that doesn’t sound so encouraging. T’is just like t’was filmed for a quick buck which incidentally made a killing — but understandably, not as much as Wonder Woman though. Guess the injecting of Dr. Jekyll with a serum to prevent himself from transforming into his evil alter-ego was kinda dreary and not so good for the film then.

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis

The choice of actors as well as the effects were, well, okay though — but still not enough ‘mummy power’ to be a game changer.

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Consumer Info: 5 Steps to Reverse Cavities and Heal Tooth Decay

Are you suffering from toothaches? Then you must have some tooth decay. Yet do not despair, ‘cause you do not necessarily have to get your tooth drilled and have it saved by some synthetic fillings. In fact, your cavities could actually be reversed naturally.

Seriously.

Okay, we can not really return the enamel that was gobbled up during the decay, after all, a tooth is not a living tissue. So, guess that should have been brought up in this video. However, addressing the causes of tooth decay is certainly a good way to stopping further deterioration on its tracks and strengthening ‘em anew.

Obviously, brushing alone is not enough — and more than flossing, change has to actually come from our diet.

Yes, we already know sweets could ruin our teeth. Thus, watch your donuts, ice cream and soda consumption. Meanwhile, we also know that vitamin C helps strengthen our teeth and bones, so try to eat more fruits and veggies. But for many, what’s new here somehow is the ‘oil pulling’ — which is like gargling with coconut or sesame oil. Well, that’s something worth trying.

Still, another reminder that should have been brought up was with regards to the brushing of our teeth. Mind you, this should be done within 30 minutes after eating a meal. Doing so would help prevent bacteria from camping inside your mouth, or teeth and gums for that matter which is really the start of tooth decay. Also, take note that rice consumption is not just about some ‘diabetes watch’ but about ‘tooth decay watch’ as well. Hey, rice is composed of starch, so?

Take care of your teeth! And make a smile your signature accessory.

Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Looking for a super hero movie to watch? Well, sure you must have seen Wonder Woman! The world has — in fact, it has raked in more than $200M at the box office so far.

Still, how did you find the film? Us, we found it cute especially when Diana kept asking where the war was, or where Ares was. Okay, then let’s have some refresher with this trailer before we move on.

The Synopsis. Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Steve Trevor and Diana

Hmm.. This is just one of those few films where both the patrons and the critics have appreciated it. We say, it’s clean. Even their costume is. It’s got a good plot — as it’s good to start a ‘possible’ series on how everything really began. And it’s got some real cool action scenes, too! Not to mention the perfect choice in Gal Gadot to play the role of Wonder Woman. See, being an Israeli, Gal’s features was just right for someone who is from a fictional island like Themyscira — more so, her accent was more believable to the audience since the Amazons lived in isolation.

And yes, this was dramatic indeed! That’s right from the first battle when Robin Wright (General Antiope, Diana’s aunt) got up in the air and struck 3 arrows on the intruders. Then another Amazon flying and this time throwing out two daggers. Cool, right?! Even Wonder Woman’s using of the lasso in her fights was awesome! Especially when she trampolined to destroy the bell tower with her shield!

Still, we got some questions, too. Like, one, aren’t Wonder Woman’s magic cuffs too long (not to mention, it emits power too when all it really is is for shielding bullets or things like that)? Well, more than Lynda Carter (TV’s Wonder Woman) having a shorter cuff, a longer one can’t just be for style — ‘cause didn’t you notice when Diana accompanied Steve back to London? It’s like she was uneasy with them, you know, it sort of limits her movements. So, they could’ve made the cuffs like malleable when not in use. Magic, after all!

General Antiope leading her warriors

Two. It may not be a focus in the story but wouldn’t the Amazonian women grow old while some would also die in battle? So what would happen to their population? There should be some explanation to it somehow as it would then give us an idea on what could happen to Diana. Three. How about her sword, was that it? Like, it just melted when Diana struck it to Ares? What happened to Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) saying that it was something that could kill a god? Oh, guess she was kinda tricked as only a god could kill another god, huh. Four. Did Steve just die, that’s it? ‘Cause after the war, there was nothing but a picture of him on the bulletin board. There should have been some flashbacks. Five. Having the ability to jump so high along with possessing unusual strength is more believable based on what we know of Wonder Woman — but floating in the air or flying, how could that be? It’s like changing the story all together.

Queen Hippolyta and Diana

Anyway, the negatives. While Ares’ power was magnificent, we did not really like how he transformed. Like, more than robot-like, Ares looked like a too simple and ugly scrap metal walking gingerly in his battle with Wonder Woman. Also, instead of making movie goers feel the loss of Diana’s dying aunt, we actually found the scene ‘funny’. ‘Cause Diana just kept asking ‘what’ to her gasping aunt.

In the end, the moral lessons were something movie-goers should have especially paid attention to. It’s not just as simple as ‘only love can save the world’ — for it’s like a cliche then. But those lines Diana uttered before the love thing. That within man is darkness and light, and that it’s our choices that’s what we make of life..

Fulfilling her destiny

As standing up for what we believe in regardless of outside opinions is what really sets the foundation towards our true destiny.

Food & How To: Fried Tofu Stuffed with Rice (Yubuchobap: 유부초밥)

It’s just about the weekend, and what a long one we would have considering there would be no classes come Monday, as the country would celebrate its Independence Day. So, time for the last of summer outings with a tasty dish to bring along. Yey!

And what do we have? Yubuchobap. A Korean recipe of fried and marinated tofu stuffed with rice. Check this out.

So. So, so simple, right? This is why this recipe is ideal for picnics and even for your kids’ lunch packs. Easy to handle, carry, and generally cheap to make. Just make sure you know where the nearest Korean grocery store is for your Yubuchobap kit.

Yubuchobap kit

However, if there’s no such store in your area, do not worry about the exact ingredients. Instead, just try to use the closest substitutes; otherwise, try to experiment and make them yourselves. Like, the flattening and molding of the tofu wrap for one. Or using chia seeds instead of sesame seeds (this is everywhere, we’re just looking to experiment) to dip your Yubuchobap.

Experimenting is good since you could come up with a tastier dish to your liking instead of continuing with a food monotony. See?!

Consider the benefits of Chia seeds and try experimenting

And speaking of something tastier, remember also that you could still add some spices and vegetables like broccoli, carrot and onion for a more flavorful and healthy Yubuchobap. Just light fry those veggies before mixing them with your rice.

The dipping of the Yubuchobap on the seeds

Still, if you just want to save preparation time, the kit’s ingredients will do without any need to add anything anymore. Just try to use high quality rice not just for its taste but for fluffiness.

Enjoy!

Cocktail: How to Make a Planter’s Punch

Well, let’s start off the month with another summer cocktail — the Planter’s Punch! With the sweetness in Grenadine syrup plus the tartness of citrus in fruit juices and lime, hey, this is like drinking some mixed fruit shake at a mall, huh?!

But of course, there’s more to this cocktail than just fruits — that’s why it’s listed as a cocktail — so let’s first see how it’s done.

Oh, don’t be overwhelmed by the speed of the bartender in making this drink. You could go over the video, anyway. And also, if you are wondering why some Planter’s Punches are reddish or what, this is because of the dark rum — otherwise, it’s in its variations.

Basic Ingredients

Interesting here would be the stirring. I mean, if only for the drink to be immediately cold upon serving, bartenders put ice even before the rum and juices are mixed. Then again, this also dilutes the cocktail beforehand that’s why, and so..

Planter’s Punch

You got a perfect summer drink. A sweet and tarty punch!

Movie Review: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword (2017)

Time for another movie. And this time we bring you King Arthur: Legend of the Sword which stars Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana and Jude Law. Well, specially if you have not seen the film, it’s always good to know the ‘rundown’ to better understand the story.

The Synopsis. After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from the stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.

What can we say, eh? Sword and sandal films are always eagerly awaited, but of course not all of them are really that exciting to watch. Even from a movie-goers point of view, some of them simply lacks the drama. For instance, in Kevin Costner’s Robinhood Prince of Thieves — remember that scene when he shot a ‘burning’ arrow? The closeup and everything. That was dramatic!

How about Mel Gibson’s Braveheart when he was like tortured during execution? And then Mel shouting ‘freedom’ all the more. That was dramatic!

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Jude Law as Vortigern

But in this version of King Arthur, hmm, there wasn’t really that great a scene that made a mark for more ’emotional’ audiences. The fighting scenes and all were just, what, close to ordinary — while the most dramatic was only when Arthur killed a throng of enemies in one swoop through the Excalibur’s power. Or when he was able to pull out the sword from the rock that left him fainted.

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The ‘pulling’ out of the Excalibur should have been more dramatic

Perhaps the cam shots were just bit muddled or somehow lacked the angles, and fact is, a handful of their conversations were also kinda hurried — as in, it’s shown in split screens. So how could there be drama in that?

How ’bout the giant snake, like how come it roared like a lion, huh? See, a monstrous effect could have been all the more effective if things are more realistic. And adding some twists to versions is understandable — no problem — but it shouldn’t be too soiled, otherwise, just change the title.

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Success of Kings are greatly influenced by mages back then

Anyway, whether summer or whenever, it’s always fun to see a movie — and it doesn’t really have to be in theatres to enjoy it. Nor should you watch them at YouTube, it would only make your connection slower and consume a lot of data from your provider like if you’re in some plan. Still, if you couldn’t buy ’em then rent. Enjoy!

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.

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