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Joseph: King of Dreams

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A.k.a. The Prince of Egypt’s poor cousin.

Yep, like a typical poor cousin.

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 18: "American Gothic"

Pucker up, Elijah. I've missed you.

Oh, please. As much as I love seeing Elijah again, if all he's working at is a happily-ever-after with Katherine, somebody please just put him out of his misery now! Please, God, no, not with Katherine! Why does every boy get a hard-on with Katherine?

"Maybe I do because she's in love with me, too" NOT!

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The Prince of Egypt

Vendio

When DreamWorks decided to create an animation arm back in the late 90s, computer animation was still in its infancy, and no one could have predicted with certainty that Pixar’s Toy Story would make CG animation the dominant art form of the next millenium.

"Your god should've predicted it!"

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 17: "Because The Night"

"Because the night belongs to lovers!" Like this orgy blood feed.   

As much as I'd like to say that song was used in this episode, sadly, it wasn't. "The night" probably refers to the allure of darkness, in which Caroline self-righteously tells Klaus there is none. And yet she's the one who completed the expression triangle—killing twelve powerful witches linked together, with one stroke of her own hand... to save Bonnie. Yeah, it still doesn't change the outcome.

So, should we now prepare to see all of the supernatural undead?
Note: This photo isn't upside-down just to scare.

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 16: "Bring It On"

Look at these two stare. 

Elena is differentiated from Katherine again. The doppelgangers are now both vampires, one more manipulative than the other. The less manipulative one is spiraling down the non-feeling staircase, even sliding on the rails. Elena is doing what she wants and even tries to kill Caroline! And it turns out she's not sired to Damon anymore because she turned off her humanity, ergo, she's not feeling it. So how does one turn on humanity again? How do you make someone care?

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 15: "Stand by Me"

I would also like to be comforted by Damon, thank you.

This is the episode where Nina Dobrev proves that she's a good actress, maybe even outside The Vampire Diaries' Elena and Katherine. Being in denial up until finally accepting that Jeremy ─ her brother and only family ─ is dead, she did well. Matt also did a pretty good job helping Elena... and then breaking down in tears himself.

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 14: "Down The Rabbit Hole"

Goodbye, Jeremy. At least for now. 

And down the rabbit hole they go... and we say goodbye to the young Jeremy Gilbert, who I've always thought hasn't really achieved his real place on the show. He's been a pothead, a ghost whisperer, a hunter — it seems like the writers never knew what to make of him in the show if not Elena's brother; her one reason to be a sane vampire, to fight and keep him safe. Can Elena survive this?

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 13: "Into The Wild"

This just merits a GIF.

Tyler is such a loser. Gloat to Klaus? Really? Just because he's holed up in the Gilbert living room? Hello?! Tyler endangered Caroline's life. There's one thing sure about war and that is even innocents and loved ones aren't spared. As much as Klaus is the one who chose to bite Caroline, I cannot blame him for trying to prove a point to Tyler through her, their common, er, "love". Besides, I knew he wouldn't let her die. (I hope she makes an appearance or two in The Originals, the spin-off that we now know has as its pilot this season's Episode 20).

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The Vampire Diaries. Season 4. Episode 12: "A View to a Kill"

"This should have been a photo of a burning Kol, but...
let's see his cute side profile to remember him instead.

Too bad Kol had to die. I really didn't want any more Originals dying for the sake of the spin-off. But if Kol's death meant not waiting an eternity for Jeremy to kill enough vampires and complete his tattoo, then that's fine. He is, after all, the less important Original. Hang on, Elijah still hasn't shown up again yet. When's Elijah coming?

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Rise of the Guardians

DreamWorks

This, in my opinion, is the best computer-animated film I have seen so far. But why was it not nominated for an Academy Award, when this could clearly have given Pixar a run for its money?

DreamWorks
Jack Frost. No relation to Robert Frost.

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Elementary. Episode 18: "Déjà Vu All Over Again"

CBS via DCT

This is another episode showcasing the apprenticeship of Ms. Joan Watson under consulting detective Mr. Sherlock Holmes. However, with only three episodes left in the season, I think they started the apprenticeship a bit late.

CBS
Wait, what kind of apprenticeship is this again?

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On The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Universal

Indulge me. I like RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists only because it falls under the terms in which any rubbish can be transformed into a gem, somewhat, at least in my purview. Not because it satisfies today’s latent thirst for gore, going through great lengths to turn it into kitsch, thus finally dispelling all arguments that Kill Bill or ─ wait for it ─ even Battle Royale holds our attention as long as there’s blood magnificently gushing forth from severed arms and heads; nor because it comes off from the same team (Tarantino, Roth) that brought us the fantasy production called Inglourious Basterds, something that can now be safely tucked away for its earnestness – you want revenge, we know, it’s funny, ha-ha – but simply because The Man with the Iron Fists deploys all possible cinematic techniques that will make you want to hate it for you to love it.

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Film Icons: Subas Herrero

ABS-CBN

It is a(n unwritten) rule of the performing arts that there should always be balance. A simple-minded giant is balanced by a cunning midget. A Stan Laurel is balanced by an Oliver Hardy. And a Noel Trinidad is balanced by a Subas Herrero.

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Oz the Great and Powerful

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A lot of geeks are excited about the Disney purchase of the Star Wars franchise, believing that Disney can bring the saga forward into the future. There are some, however, who doubt that Disney can pull this off.

Master Yoda's hand.

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Entourage Season 5, or Two Ways to Do a Cliffhanger

HBO via DCT

This season’s major film: Smokejumpers. Or that screenplay written by Lukas Haas and Giovanni Ribisi. The writers are just one problem, though. The bigger problem is getting Vincent Chase in the movie and he finds out the hard way that because he didn’t do Aquaman 2, he pissed off studio head Alan Gray, and now he can’t be a firefighter on Smokejumpers. And when I say “the hard way”, I mean with the help of magic mushrooms from Eric Roberts.

HBO
Joshua Tree. I don't see any trees, though.

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Gloc-9. MKNM: Mga Kwento ng Makata

Orange Magazine TV

I just want to go on the record and say this: Gloc-9 is the real deal.

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Just waiting for his movie deal.

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Suits. Season 2

USA via DCT

The first season of Suits had so much promise. I thought it could’ve been one of those shows that was almost as good as attending law school itself, where you learn stuff such as what motion to file for a certain case, or how to lift restraining orders with minimum paperwork, or how to buy time for injunctions. Stuff that would make the layman go, “Hey, you can’t do that to me. I know my rights. I watch Suits!”

USA
"But could you explain that in Mandarin?"

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The 5 Best Live Performances of Bruno Mars's "Locked Out of Heaven"

Sound Savvy

"Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars is my current favorite song. For seven straight days, I've listened to nothing else. I've had it on repeat on my music player. It basically sounds like an Andy Summers guitar riff, a Sting bass line, and a simple Stewart Copeland drumbeat if he ever ventured into the wonderful world of electronica. The damn song is so catchy that I couldn't get it out of my head. The only way to get rid of it is to saturate myself with this earworm until it dies a natural death.

This song should be in DJ Earworm's 2013 mash-up.

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Elementary. Episode 17: "Possibility Two"

CBS via DCT

Finally, after seventeen episodes into the season, we get a decent Holmes-Watson master-apprentice episode. Although the master-apprentice angle wasn’t really part of the canon (they’re more like co-equals in the books), this show desperately needs an angle like this to make it more interesting.

CBS
"Still no sexual angle, Sherlock. Over my dead body."

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