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Micro: The Vampire Diaries. Season 5. Episode 10: "50 Shades of Grayson"

Thumbs down, Damon, for that shitty episode title.

Damon and Enzo's fight is short-lived. (Also both their quests to be the lead actor of the 50 Shades of Gray movie?) I would've enjoyed watching them battle it out for the whole episode. Seeing Damon not really fight Enzo showed just how much he's grown through the years—and he did a lot of growing up. Strongest evidence of that: the breakup.

More. More. More!

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Micro: The Vampire Diaries. Season 5. Episode 9: "The Cell"

Look at that Enzo 
He reminds me of the Damon I used to know—the Damon he would've been, if and when he'd straighten up a little, but still "medyo bad boy". Now, he's just the underdog of sorts. Part of me roots for Enzo more in the event that he faces he-who-left-him-to-burn. Because he's still alive! Giddy!

I wonder why he never managed to escape.

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Micro: The Originals. Episode 9: "Reigning Pain in New Orleans"

All hail the king!

So Klaus and Marcel are allies now, with the latter choosing the former (and the safety of his posse) over Rebekah, the girl they didn't really completely sell as his one true love. Can I say, "I told you so, girl?" Yep, I told you so.

She must miss Matt, right?

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug HFR 3D, or Five Reasons Why This Film Couldn't Cure My Frozen Hangover

Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube

People ask me if I liked TH:TDOS (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a.k.a. Yes, I Love Acronyms). Let me put it this way: I was obsessed with Elsa after watching Frozen, and I honestly thought watching TDOS would rid me of my Frozen hangover.

Elf Warrior < Ice Queen

I was wrong. After watching the second film in The Hobbit trilogy, I thought to myself, "Yeah, that was okay, I guess", then immediately went on YouTube to watch "Let It Go" for the nth time.

Oh, Elsa. I love you.

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Heads Up Battle. Frozen's "Let It Go": Who Sang It Better? Idina Menzel v. Demi Lovato

Hit Zone Online

"Let It Go", that catchy tune by composer couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is my new earworm. My last earworm was "Blurred Lines", and who would've thought the next one would be a Disney song?

A Disney song way beyond my vocal range.

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World Icons: Nelson Mandela

Forbes

Who Nelson Mandela was:
  • The man lovingly called "Madiba" by a nation that holds him in very deep respect
  • The first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
  • The man who presented the Springboks with the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy in the film Invictus

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Film Icons: Paul Walker

Tim F. White/Getty Images via CNN

Paul Walker will go down as one of the most crucial elements of the Fast and Furious franchise. Although he's quite often been at the receiving end of negative acting reviews, that hasn't stopped him from driving.

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Short Film Review: "Get a Horse!"

Read the date at the bottom. Yes, that's "2013" in Roman numerals.

As mentioned in the Frozen review, Disney is going back to the spirit of the animated classics. But this isn't true for just the full-length features. Even the preceding short film has gone retro with "Get a Horse!"

Not full-retro, as this is 2013, where everyone is allergic to black-and-white.

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Micro: The Originals. Episode 7: "Bloodletting"

Consider Haley's butt as a consolation.

Another hybrid is in town. Tyler in The Originals. Please excuse me while I vomit.

Stupid, stubborn Tyler thinks he stands a chance. 

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Review: Frozen, or Three Reasons Disney Fans Can Rest Easy

Walt Disney Studios Ph

To a lot of kids, the golden age of Disney animation reached its peak with The Lion King. Then basically everything went downhill from there.

We're looking at you, The Emperor's New Groove.
And to think this was released on my 21st birthday. Tsk.

But with Frozen, the future of Disney's animation arm seems secure indeed. It's gone back to the same spirit of the beloved classics, which will please old fans while creating new ones. Here are three reasons Disney fans can rest easy.

"Hello! I'm Olaf the Snowman, and I'm this film's comic relief!"

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Review: The Day of the Doctor a.k.a. Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, or Three Steven Moffat Stunts That Disappointed Some Fans

BBC
A nod to the classics.

MOVE ALONG IF YOU HATE SPOILERS

After a long hiatus, the Doctor is back. This time, it's not just Matt Smith's Eleven. He'll be joined by David Tennant's Ten and John Hurt's… uh, Eight-point-five? Because it's Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, that's why.

BBC
John Hurt wouldn't even be here if Christopher Eccleston said yes.

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Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. IMAX

The Hunger Games on YouTube

MOVE ALONG IF YOU HATE SPOILERS

Like most proper trilogies, the second installment is usually the best.

Vanity Fair via Mediaite
Usually with the best hairstyles.

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Heads Up Battle. Anti-Camcording Ads: Wally & Jose v. John & Randy

Camcording: not one of the best portmanteaus ever created. Somehow, combining the words "camera" and "recording" makes it sound redundant.

In the Philippines, anti-camcording ads are shown in cinemas, and because they are played alongside movie trailers, they cannot afford to be preachy, or else they lose the audience's interest and the ad campaign would have failed. So to drive the message home, they have to resort to comedy.

Now let's review the two anti-camcording ads, and discuss both their strengths and their weaknesses.

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Review: Thor: The Dark World

Collider

Frankly, I'm not at all excited about any upcoming Marvel Studios release... with the exception of The Infinity Gauntlet. Allow me to explain.

The film version better be this colourful.

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Micro: Hello Ladies. Episode 5: "Pool Party"

HBO via DCT

Why we should feel sorry for Stuart Pritchard:
He is just naturally awkward. His ridiculous height isn't helping either. The saddest thing, though, is getting locked out of your own party. Yes, this is probably the saddest episode so far.

HBO
I think I've had a similar experience before.

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Micro: The Vampire Diaries. Season 5. Episode 5: "Monster's Ball"

James Dean, I get. Henry VIII... um, maybe just for the man-cleavage.

Yes, they also have those kinds of parties in that college. Har.

So, Silas is human/witch now? Did he really need to drink all of the cure (Katherine's blood) to be human again? But Elena survived Klaus in Season 2, so I'm not surprised Katherine made it through Silas. I wonder if another Stefan/Silas look-a-like shows up before the season ends. Please don't tell me Aaron (the new college guy, who's not too hot, but mysterious and cryptic) has a doppelganger, too.

"My bad taste in men has affected my choice of jewelry."

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Micro: The Originals. Episode 5: "Sinners and Saints"

It's complicated.

It's time for a twist, and so comes the reveal of the backstory of "a witch in New Orleans is conspiring against Klaus..."—and we find out (through stories and flashbacks) that it's really about the witches' harvest and reaping ceremony, and how that all that ties to Marcel and the vampires, and also to Father Kieran and his niece and nephew, Cami and her twin brother. And not too long ago, I should add; just eight months prior.

Sophie got to enjoy a little of the bad boy.

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Micro: The Vampire Diaries. Season 5. Episode 4: "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

Something tells me Bonnie's not going to stay dead for long.

This show really does funerals so well that they can just pull it off even without having a body to bury. Kidding aside, this is Bonnie's funeral, as the gang discovers her fate after she brings Jeremy back to life. Please do not make Jeremy her translator all throughout the season!

Even with Tyler, the gang's getting smaller. And where's Stefan? 

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Review: This Is the End

Columbia/Mandate/Point Grey

Sorry to disagree with some of you, but while the premise of This Is the End may seem good on paper and in box office returns, in reality, it really isn’t.

The poster says it all.

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Review: Coffee Town

College Humor

Coffee Town is a political thriller set in a small town suburb. No, not really. It's a brainless comedy aimed at people who love coffee, "brainless" here not in any way derogatory. So basically, it's a film that doesn't require too much thinking aimed at hyperactive, caffeinated brains.

College Humor
Or those who work out of coffee shops.

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Micro: The Originals. Episode 4: "Girl in New Orleans"

There's a teenage witch out and about, for starters.

This episode alone has a lot on its plate, and I wonder how the show can give justice to B-plots and character arcs, without sabotaging it.

It's not only the old ones who are full of history.

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Micro: The Vampire Diaries. Season 5. Episode 3: "Original Sin"

"Come on, I just got the girl!"

I agree with Damon, let's dial down the destiny talk. I love that Damon is still fighting the odds, still the underdog even if he already got the girl. But I miss Damon on a rampage.

"No, she's destined to be mine."

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Micro: The Originals. Episode 2: "House of the Rising Son"

He doesn't seem amused by his period costume.

It's an episode full of flashbacks of how Marcel is really related to our dear Originals, and how they've lost touch. Basically, it's a 'Don't touch my sister or else" story, and sometimes I see how Rebekah still likes for men in her past to drool over her in modern times.

Human Marcel with hair is creepy. 

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Micro: Hello Ladies Episode 4: "The Dinner"

HBO via DCT

This show successfully straddles the line between "embarrassingly funny" and "downright humiliating".

HBO
With Stephen Merchant's gay jokes, shame and humiliation aren't far behind.

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Micro: Hello Ladies Episode 3: "The Date", or The Three Basic Elements of Stephen Merchant's Comedy

HBO via DCT

For those who call themselves fans of Stephen Merchant, you might've noticed that his comedic style revolves around three basic things:

HBO
"Can you go a bit slower?"

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Review: Three Things Gravity Pulls Off Brilliantly

Loripolin.com

First of all, I would like to express my disappointment at the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines for owing me three months worth of paychecks. I would've really, really wanted to watch this on IMAX 3D. And again in a theatre with Dolby Atmos surround sound. But since I really, really had to see it on the big screen, I settled for ordinary 2D.

Not in 3D? Kill me now.

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