#Lyndons5Review || Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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9.5/10

1. At first, I thought doing a live action of my favorite Disney animated film is not a good idea but this movie didn’t disappoint me at all. It is very magical.
2. When I heard Emma Watson turned down La La Land, I was like “what was she thinking?”. But her first appearance as Belle, Emma is really Belle. Hermione Granger is gone.
3. Luke Evans is so effective as Gaston. You will hate him and his narcissist ways. The character was highlighted more in this movie than in the animated film.
4. I must admit that there are scenes that I’ve pictured on my mind that I didn’t see but the execution in the film was entertaining.
5. There are just some things better left untouched, just like the theme song. The original version is way better than the version of Ari and John Legend but yeah, it’s 2017, so giving it an updated beat is, alright, it’s not bad either. The songs will surely bring you back to your childhood days.

#Lyndons5Review || 2 Cool 2 be 4 Gotten

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8.5/10
1. The cinematography was done nicely. Imagine the lahar, grass field and beach as backdrop.
2. The 3 main actors are all good. Khalil is very subtle, Jameson is an effective D-Bag and Ethan is good for a newbie.
3. The incorporation of the 90’s era added coolness to the film (Certified #90sKid here).
4. A lot of people can definitely relate to this film. First friend, first crush, first love and first sexual awakening (beat that).
5. This is not your usual coming-of-age movie, it was surprisingly dark. A possible sequel won’t do any harm but also okay if there will be none.

#Lyndons5Review || Logan

9/10
1. The movie is awesome gruesome. Wolverine’s fight scenes will force you to cover your eyes but you will remove it in less than a second.

2. It’s Twilight meets Hunger Games meets X-Men kind of film.

3. Dafne Keen who played Laura is the perfect choice for the role. She reminds me of Taylor Momsen in Gossip Girl Season 1.

4. The family arc in the film is very heartwarming. You will feel how Charles loves Logan and how Logan loves Charles and also Logan’s love for Laura.

5. This is the Wolverine movie we are all waiting for. I can’t imagine it having a different ending.

#Lyndons5Review || I’m Drunk, I Love You

Maja Salvador & Paulo Avelino

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9/10

  1. The story is very relatable. Not trying hard, just real.
  2. It’s as if Maja Salvador is really Carson. The acting, the body language and the look are so natural.
  3. The songs used (mostly indi) are all great. OPM is alive.
  4. The dialogue of the characters are so real. It’s like hearing your friends talk.
  5. The finale is unexpected but damn good.

2016 : The Year That Was

The Best of 2016. 

This is the first time that I’ll be doing this again after 5 years. The last time I made an entry like this was during the first anniversary of my Tumblr in 2012. This is just my opinion, if you feel like there are better options or you disagree with my choices, make your own blog instead. Just kiddin’.

Let’s name some of the best in 2016.

Movie of the Year : Captain America : Civil War

It has a worldwide gross of $1.15B. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture. It is the third installment of the Captain America movies. The first one was Captain America : The First Avenger (2012) followed by Captain America : The Winter Soldier (2014). I don’t wanna sound biased just because Captain America is one of my favorite Marvel characters. I did my research and this movie is the highest grossing movie of 2016 and 12th highest grossing movie of all time.

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I believe that this scene sealed the deal. Lol.

Source : Youtube – Animation & Superheroes Movie – L Picture

Song of the Year : Closer by The Chainsmokers

I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard this song or played this song countless times. This song spent 11 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. This is Chainsmokers’ third top 10 single next to Roses and Don’t let me down. It spent 28 weeks in the top 10 since it’s debut on August 2016.

Source : Youtube – ChainsmokersVEVO

Album of the Year : 25 (Adele)

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Well, it is still Adele. The last time I made a list was in 2012 and it was Adele’s 21 album that I declared album of the year. And she did it again for 2016. It was actually released in the last quarter of 2015 but who cares, right? The first day sales in US was $1.4 million.

Breakthrough TV Series of the Year ( International ) : Stranger Things

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Released on Netflix last July 2016. Set in the 1980’s, the story revolves around the investigation of the missing young boy. There were 8 episodes for the pilot season. The acting, setting and soundtrack were all praised by the netizens and there was an instant fandom for this TV series. It was renewed for another season by Netflix.

Breakthrough TV Series of the Year ( Local ) : Encantadia 2016

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Many of us are aware that this is not the first time that Encantadia aired in the Philippines. The original Encantadia was released May 2005. This is a requel ( retelling / sequel ) of the most watched fantasy TV show in the Philippines. When the new cast was announced, many fans were disappointed and thought that this will not be a hit compared to the original but the ratings and the awards proved otherwise. Encantadia lived up to the hype and success of the original version.

Artist of the Year : Ariana Grande

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With the release of her third album, guest role in Scream Queens and her performance in Hairspray Live!, Ari is indeed the It girl of 2016. No more questions asked.

Dance Craze of the Year ( Local ) :  Fetty Wap Dance

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The song is actually Nobody’s Better by Z feat. Fetty Wap. It was performed by one of the best dance groups in the Philippines, Rockwell. With countless versions performed by local celebrities and Pinoys all around the globe, this is really the dance craze of the year. Even yours truly danced this.

Fetty Wap Challenge from TheLyndonTV on Vimeo.

And that ends my best list for 2016.

Until next year,

D.

Love, Lust and Infatuation

I’ve been thinking of a perfect Valentine’s day entry since one of my new year’s resolutions for this blog is to be updated. And the perfect time to discuss this topic is on the eve of the hearts’ day.

Love. Lust. Infatuation. We are often confused with these three states. Do I really love that person? Is it just lust? Am I infatuated? All these and more.

Let us try to differentiate them from one another by sharing to you some of my friends’ stories.

 

LOVE. 

Noun. A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

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I’ve been in hanging-out with this person for 3 years already. It all started with a small talk. Next thing I know, my day is not complete without a glimpse of him. We were inseparable until this new employee entered the picture. LOVE started to change. Our usual breakfast and lunch together are now group breaks. Until one day, LOVE didn’t invite me for lunch. To make it worse, guess what? LOVE is having lunch with the new employee. That day I realized, I am just the only one who thought that the friendship is something special. I started ignoring LOVE and it went on for years. Until last year, I don’t know why all of a sudden we became closer than before. I’m afraid we might end up hating each other if I will insist with the idea that we can be more than friends. What should I do? I don’t want us to fall apart. Ever. – Lover Boy.

Lover Boy, it might be a friendship kind of love or a sibling kind of love or a romantic kind of love. Yes, it is love. Looks like this is the best kind of love, where in you give and expect nothing in return. The fact that you show affection and concern towards “LOVE”, it is indeed the crazy little thing called love. Did you even notice how many “loves” I mentioned? Lol. :p

LUST.

Noun. Intense or uncontrolled sexual desire or appetite.

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I started dating LUST 3 months ago. I know you will agree with me that the getting to know each other stage is the best part of dating. LUST will text me everyday. He will wake me up by calling my mobile phone every morning. It went on for a month and I must admit, I really thought that LUST is the person I’ve been praying for. One night, LUST invited me to his condo unit for a movie marathon. I know that something will happen and I felt that I am ready for that moment. In the middle of the movie, LUST started kissing me and stuff. After that night, LUST started to change. The calls and texts became seldom. Then LUST invited me for a sleepover and started doing things with me again. I don’t know why I suddenly feel that he only wants “THAT” to happen. I stopped LUST and drove myself home. After that night, there were no phone calls and text messages anymore. It’s been 4 weeks already and I haven’t heard anything from LUST. Help! – Lustious Malfoy.

Lustious Malfoy, obviously, brighter than the led lights, SEX is all that he wanted. The moment that he suddenly changed after the first night, you should’ve got the signal already. It’s like at first, he will let you feel that he is into you but once you take the bait, that’s the end of it. You are correct, it is just lust and you should not feel sorry that he found his way out of your world. Such a D-Bag!

INFATUATION.

Noun. Strong but not usually lasting feelings of love and attraction.

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It all started in junior year. INFATUATION is the new kid in school. He is just a plain John. INFATUATION doesn’t look good at all to begin with and I actually don’t care about him. One day, while waiting for my brother, I saw him walking. I don’t know what I was thinking that time and I called him. We had a small talk and I felt something with the way INFATUATION looked at me that very moment. Days passed and nothing happened from the time we talked. I was surprised though that he greeted me on my birthday and that started our text flirting which went on for months. Then summer came and I didn’t hear from him. Senior year, it was all hi and hello and some texting. After graduation, the texting continues. And then we started hanging out. We eat lunch and have coffee together. The texting became calling. My day is literally incomplete if I don’t see INFATUATION. One night, INFATUATION told me that he likes me, I didn’t answer. All I know is that we kissed that night. Days went on and I can’t stop thinking about INFATUATION every day and every night. It came to a point that I started ignoring him just so that he will not feel that I am starting to like him. Then one day, I woke up and the happy feeling is not there anymore. We still talk and hang out but it’s totally different now. What do you think happened? – InPHATkate

InPHATkate, as I saw it, you enjoyed the attention and time that he gave you. It’s normal that we try to reciprocate the gesture but it doesn’t mean that the feeling is mutual. Maybe you were just interested with the person and then the intensity of the magic died down. It is infatuation I bet you. We seldom misinterpret this feeling with love but we are just infatuated. It’s confusing. Just enjoy the moment while it last.

 

Most of the time we thought that it is love but in reality, it is just lust. We thought it is just lust but it is infatuation. The best part? All along we thought it was an infatuation but it is already love. Whatever it is that we feel, as long as it makes us happy, let’s go for it. We only have one shot in this lifetime so might as well make the best out of it.

Carpe Diem.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Guys!

 

Kisses,

D.