Film Review: Searching (2018)

At the beginning of the film, we were introduced to David Kim’s family through a montage sets the mood of the film. It makes you root for this family. For this father who lost his wife to cancer and for the daughter that was left behind.

And when said daughter has gone missing, David tried every avenue to locate her including tracking her daughter’s online footprints and this is where the film got that thriller film that it’s almost maniacal at times, like your solving the case with David. I enjoyed Aneesh Shaganty’s way of telling the story via the screens of each gadget used in the film. This is how you make use of these ‘millennial’ stuff properly in a movie, if I may say so.

It is like a puzzle or a computer game with levels-up and it makes you thoroughly involved in it. I know I was trying to guess a twist midway through the film and it actually did not disappoint. It was a bit debatable but it feels new, it feels fresh. It helps that by this time, you’d already be emotionally invested.

Searching is masterfully crafted in a way that the technologies that shared the focal point of the film were balanced out by the sheer emotion behind the main story line. I’d definitely recommend this film especially if you’re looking for a good thriller with modern twists.

Director: Aneesh Shaganty
Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 Episode 5 Recap!

Do not talk about me like that. Do not twist my words – Han

It’s another episode and another day of drama! 😂 Surprisingly, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching it! Here, we see there’s a whole plethora of characters we could dissect.

Han has finally found her voice! Like literally! During the challenge she was one of the most radiant ones and even got a high score from it.

The challenge this week was a screen test for a beauty product. Not surprisingly, Adela won! Listen, this girl is definitely the biggest threat in the competition because she knows how to use her cards well.

Pim and Vy bombed for two different reasons. Pim for being complacent (napping before her shoot) and Vy – well, the language barrier just hinder her progress in the competition.

After the challenge, the girls had a heart to heart convo in their dining area.

Cueu drama SFX.😂 🎬

Now, we’ve got the Thai girls in the hosue – Dana and Pim. If you’ve been observant enough, you’d realized that they’re the one with the most animosity towards Mia. They’re a couple backstabbers, is what I’m saying. I mean, I get it. This is a competition. Based on what I’ve seen so far though, they really are the fake ones. See, Pim initiated the convo this week about being honest and shit *rolls eyes* and remember the incident about Mia’s diary when she uses Jesselyn as her pawn to castigate Mia? Ugh. Pim, I can totally see what you’re doing there. 😌

Then there’s Dana. Forgettable Dana. Oh, she got the best photo this week and I don’t even remember it. Really, I don’t hate her as a model. I just think she’s forgettable and fake as hell. All the side eye and eye-rolling towards Mia. It was so off-putting.

Don’t get me wrong though, I do not think Mia is Mother Teresa and shit. If I were to describe her, I’d say she’s cunning. She doesn’t let her emotions take over her goal in this competition – TO WIN. And she’ve done this before (Austria’s Next Top Model Cycle 7), so as Adela (Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2) so they do know how to play this game. She and Adela are on to something. I won’t even be surprised if they end up in the final two.

The shoot this week wasnt that spectacular. It was a beauty shoot and I do think that they intentionally chose the worst picture of the girls save for the girl/s they wanted to put the spotlight on in the coming weeks – ahem, that is YOU Forgettable Dana.

It was altogether another interesting episode. I didn’t like that Han left before Dana or Vy but I guess, her effort was just too little too late to make it up in the eyes of the judges.

Call-Out Order
First Call Out: Dana
Jach
Vy
Adela
Pim
Beauty
Bottom Two: Mia and Han
Eliminated: Han

ICYMI: Eva Patalinjug and Michele Gumabao’s Pageant Send-Off!

Earlier today, a send-off was held at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center for Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018 Eva Patalinjug and Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 Michele Gumabao who are set to represent the country in Miss Grand International in Myanmar and Miss Globe in Albania later this month.

 

They will be the first Binibining Pilipinas queens  to compete this year for their respective pageants. We’ve yet to win the Miss Grand International crown and the closest we’ve come to winning is in 2016 with Nicole Cordovez placing first runner-up. Ann Colis meanwhile successfully got the first Miss Globe crown in 2015 under the Binibining Pilipinas organization.

Amongst the well-wishers are their Binibining Pilipinas sisters – Catriona Gray, Karen Gallman,  Ahtisa Manalo and Jehza Huelar.

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 Episode 4 Recap!

What can I say? I’m beauty and brains. – Adela

This is by far my favorite episode of the season. Things are shaping up a little bit from here where we see the ones most likely to face the chopping block in the coming weeks.

The rest of the girls went back to the house sans Jesslyn and you can pretty much feel the awkwardness between the “Loud Girls” and Mia. I honestly don’t get the hate towards Mia. I mean, so far she’s doing what she’s supposed to do in the competition. If anything, the “Loud Girls” AKA “Mean Girls” are the one instigating the drama against her which Pim started, FYI. I’m kind of quoting Kween Jade of ANTM here – this isn’t Asia’s Next Top Best Friend. It’s a competition ya’ll and so far, I’m not getting the “evil” edit these girls are trying to pin down on Mia.

Their challenge this week is a Rhythm Cycling Challenge. They were paired in a group of three where they will choreograph a routine and showcase their…well, rhythm. lol

Adela, Jach and Mia ended up winning this and they totally slayed that choreo!
I didn’t like Vy’s attitude here. She’s not very cooperative and she seems to get easily annoyed. I’ve a feeling that this attitude of hers would be her downfall.

The brief for this week’s shoot is for the girls to show their ugly-pretty face while posing with a partner inside a boxing ring. Mia was given the privilege to choose her partner for the shoot which raised the hackles of some of the girls like Adela, Jachin and Dana. Dana was absolutely livid when she was eventually chosen by Mia because she apparently “has good energy” during her initial shoot with Vy. Yeah right, but clever moves Mia! You Go girl! LOL

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Okay, so my livestream got cut off while watching the episode and I decided to watch 1922 on Netflix instead. Lol. Anyway, it looks like the “quiet girls” are on a roll with ‘them’ getting the top 3 spot this week!

They were shot in pairs again (what’s up with this couple shoots anyway?) I’m guessing a beauty shoot real soon, hopefully a solo beauty shoot!

Adela the mother hen (kidding!) Definitely the one you’d most likely get advise from, lead the pack this week with a stunning photo that kinda reminded me of ANTM Cycle 15’s La Lucha Va Voom shoot with eventual winner Ann Ward getting the FCO (nostalgia, nostalgia…)

First Call Out: Adela

As you can see, Adela looks smashing here! Vy’s not to be left behind but due to her poor challenge score, she was relagated to the 8th place.


Mia’s second best photo is a well-deserved one. You have to wonder why everyone’s seems to be wary of her? What are the things the editors and producers aren’t showing the viewers that the girls are so bothered (threatened) about her presence???

This 3rd best photo from Beauty is absolutely stunning! She’s killing it!

I am not a fan of Pim & Jachin’s photo. I find it too bland.

Remove either one of them from the photo and it’d be a perfect shot. I still think they made the right choice of getting rid of Rubini. IMO, Han is more current that Rubini.

*Will update the recap once I get to watch the rest of the episode. Photos from Asia’s Next Top Model/ Facebook.

Film Review: Netflix’s Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)

Sierra Burgess played by Shannon Purser (Stranger Things, Riverdale) received a text from his long time crush Jamey (Noah Centineo) thinking the message was really meant for her until she figured out that the popular cheerleader and nemesis Veronica (Kristine Froseth) is behind it. She could’ve easily talked to Jamey about it but she continued the deception because it makes her ‘happy’ *rolls eyes* I know! I didn’t like it. Talk about cringe worthy.

Having watched Noah Centineo in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, my expectations were set pretty high. I thought the film started out good. I am starting to smile here and there until Sierra made one wrong decision after another. She was supposed to be the smart one for Kavinsky’s sake!

The whole catfishing thing I think is what bothers me the most if I’m being honest. It was borderline creepy and not funny at any point in the movie.

Allowing the whole thing to happen even though she figured out right away that it was all an accident was definitely not her character but I guess, deemed as a ‘loser’ by the popular kids – one can only take so much.

I also thought that her playing the victim at after everything was way off. I didn’t like the fact that she didn’t take full responsibility of what she did. It was just all too convenient for her.

This for me would’ve been a big hit similar To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before if written properly. There’s the execution but the story was on the losing end.

Director: Ian Samuels
Cast: Shannon Purser, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo, Kristine Froseth, Will Peltz, Lea Thompson, Alan Ruck, Lorerra Devine, Chrissy Metz, Alice Lee, Giorgia Whigham, Mary Pat Gleason, Joey Morgan

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Kelsey Merritt becomes the first Filipina to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

Yasss! Filipino-American model Kelsey Merritt makes history today as she was finally revealed to be walking for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this November!

Kelsey was rumored to join the past couple editions of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant but decided to pursue modeling in the US instead and it obviously paid off!

She is represented by Wilhelmina Models in London; Women Milano in Milan, Italy; Supreme Management in New York, and Nomad MGMT in Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California.

ICYMI: Catriona Gray to walk for Sherri Hill

In a rather unprecedented event, Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray was invited and flown by Sherri Hill’s team in the US to walk for the designer’s show in the on-going New York Fashion Week.

Catriona Gray wearing Sherri Hill in the streets of New York. Photo from Facebook/ Bb Pilipinas

This news was first posted through Sherri Hill’s Instagram stories twice that was then confirmed by the Gray herself on her own Instagram.

Catriona will be competing in Bangkok on December 16 for the 2018 edition of the Miss Universe pageant and is touted to be one of the top contenders for the crown!

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 Episode 3 Recap!

“I don’t want this competition to change me to someone I’m not” – Jesslyn.

So apparently, Jess is naturally evil. Lol. Kidding.

(Spoiler Alert!) I guess, I am just happy that she finally got the boot. Oops!

Bye Jess!

The episode this week was quick, fun and very interesting. The girls were in an Insta-race challenge where they would go to three assigned locations in Bangkok and each group will take Instagram-worthy photos with their Subaru car. Remember that Subaru will definitely have a say on who will eventually win this whole thing!!!

Thai rep Pim was paired with Vy and Jach and they did really well, it helps that Pim could easily asks the locals to help them. The group end up winning the challenge and had a fine dining dinner as their prize! Yasss! Slay that budget AsNTM! 😂

Another confrontation transpired with Jesslyn instigating it against Mia (yep, it’s Mia vs the Loud Girls Round 2) about being “human” and “friendship”. Really Jesslyn? I can see you all the way from where I was watching. It was just horrible. I am very disappointed with Jachin on how she took this situation. With Pim, she was the mastermind from last week’s Mia’s diary debacle so I’m not really surprised.

For the shoot this week, they have 2 props that may or may not overpower them – dogs and a Subaru car.

My favorite was Vy’s shoot. She was effortless and she looks absolutely divine during the shoot!

Struggling to get in the mood are Han, Beauty and Jesslyn. Sometimes, I feel that language barrier derails some of the girls.

At panel, the remaining girls looks absolutely wonderful. Can I just say, once and for all that Beauty is the most stunning model this cycle? I mean, that face is cosmetic brand-perfection!!!! She is indeed BEAUTIFUL!!!❤

Glenn Tan of Saburu is one of the judges and he adores Mia’s shot and gave her photo a perfect 10. Now, eat that Jesslyn! Hah!

Mia getting vindicated!

The ‘quiet girls’ pretty much had their vindication tonight with Mia and Vy getting the top 2 spots! Yay!!!

Dana and Jesslyn (3rd time in a row) found themselves in the bottom two and ultimately, the judges decided that Jess wasn’t cut for this competition! Yasss!!! So glad they got rid of the drama queen! Now the real competition begins!!!

Pim

Adela

Jachin

Vy

Dana failed to impressed!

Han

Rubini

Do you agree with the first call out: Mia and the eliminated contestant: Jesslyn this episode?

Photos courtesy of Asia’s Next Top Model Facebook Page.

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 Episode 1 & Episode 2 Recap

Over the weekend, I was finally able to completely watch the first two episodes of the new season of Asia’s Next Top Model and so far, I am loving the models and the first two photoshoots.

There are initially fourteen girls vying for the title and two were promptly eliminated after their selfie-runway challenge. I really find that unfair, to be honest. They weren’t even given a chance to show what they’ve got!

It’s also interesting to note that the model mentors this cycle are three of the finalists in the earlier seasons of the show – Shikin and Minh Tu from Cycle 5 and Monika from Cycle 3! I’m not particularly convinced with these three but they would do. It looks like this one is going to be a very quick cycle.

The first episode requires them to posed with 3 kind of reptiles (an Iguana, a python and a baby crocodile). Some of them easily pulled it off while others are freaking out!

Beauty nailed this shot! Look at that face!!!

Most Favorite: Beauty, Jach, Mia
Least favorite: Adela, Jesslyn

Sharnie Fenn (Japan) got the lowest score in the challenge end up going home with her mediocre photo.

The second episode was the makeover episode. Nothing drastic for the girls. There’s the usual crybabies (me rolling my eyes at Adela’s pronouncement that she’s too cute with her hair).

The catfight also started brewing when Pim discovered Mia is keeping a diary with all of the contestants name in it. I liked Pim at first but what she did here was inexcusable. She’s actually the one who started the drama with Jesslyn and Mia. What a bitch.

Episode 2 photoshoot was shot in pair and I absolutely loved the black/white swan concept! I absolutely adore Jach’s and Mia’s photo! So far, I think they are my favorite!

Jach sitting like a kween!

Most Favorite: Jach
Least favorite: Jesslyn

Eliminated: Iko (Indonesia)

I think it’s safe to say at this point that they’re simply keeping Jesslyn for the drama. I hope she goes home next. Ta!

Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray for Star Style PH!

So what has 2018 Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray been up to lately?

via startyleph

Here, you can read a very interesting Ms. Gray discussing life after becoming the Miss Universe Philippines and her preparations for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

A bit of snippet from the interview conducted by Celina Bonga.

Now with four months left until the big day, the 24-year-old is heavily involved in the creative process that happens behind all the glitz and glamour. We learned that the show stopping ear cuff she wore on the crowning night of Binibining Pilipinas was actually her idea. Like a true queen, she has taken full control of her pageant preparations from choosing the team she works with to personally designing her gowns. She explains, “I really wanted to be involved. I told my team, ‘I hope you don’t mind me pitching in my ideas.’ I’m not saying that I have the best taste in the world, but let me share my ideas. I was crazy hands-on about it. I even had PowerPoints!”

Best of luck, Catriona!