February 4, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Binge for the final releases of 2022

HOLIDAYS are for taking a break, spending time with family or enjoying time alone. If you’re staying home for the last weekend of 2022 instead of taking an out-of-town vacation, this is your chance to catch up on shows online. Here’s a list of what’s new on Netflix and Disney+:

Pinocchio by Guillermo Del Toro

ACADEMY Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and stop-motion director Mark Gustafson present the classic story with a twist. Set in Italy during World War II, the story of Pinocchio is reimagined with serious themes of life, death and destiny. The film includes voices from Gregory Mann as Pinocchio and Geppetto’s son Carlo; Ewan McGregor as Cricket; David Bradley as Geppetto; Tilda Swinton as Death and Forest Spirit; and Finn Wolfhard as Candlewick.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

THE SEQUEL to the Rian Johnson’s Knives Out (2019) follows Detective Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig) on ​​his journey to Greece to unravel the layers of a mystery involving a new group of colorful suspects. Mr. Blanc meets a distinctly diverse group of friends who meet for their annual reunion at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron. Among the guests on the guest list are Miles’ former business partner, the current governor of Connecticut, the top scientist, a fashion designer and former model and her conscientious assistant, and an influencer and his girlfriend. As in all the best crime novels, each character has their own secrets, lies, and motivations. If someone turns up dead, everyone’s a suspect. The cast includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

Gudetama: An Egg-Laying Adventure

Lazy egg Gudetama and cocky chick Shakipiyo go on a road trip to their parents in 10 episodes of Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure. Along the way, they meet different eggs and learn how to cook each one. Gudetama begins to consider whether to make his way or wait for it to rot. The cast includes Akiyoshi Nakao, Serena Motola and Sarutoki Minagawa

Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl

26 years after it was last filmed, the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical is getting a remake, this time as a music film. Directed by Matthew Warchus, it tells the story of Matilda Wormwood (played by Alisha Weir), a little girl with a great curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination – and the world’s worst parents. While her parents (played by Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) are content with trashy television and shady dealings, she loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books. When she meets Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins conjuring up her own fantastical stories. Excited to visit Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to find the school is a menacing and oppressive place run by the huge and villainous Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson).

Korean psychological thriller series Connect

A MAN gains new physical abilities after being kidnapped and having his eye removed in Korean series Connect. The series follows Dongsoo (played by Jung Hae-In) who ends up in an operating room and is able to escape, but not before losing an eye. He later discovers that he can still see with his missing eye, which is now being used by a serial killer terrorizing Seoul residents. This is director Miike Takashi’s (Audition, Ichi the Killer, Gozu) first Korean series. Joining the cast are Ko Kyungpyo as serial killer Oh Jinseop and Kim Hyejun as the mysterious Irang.

Japanese psychological thriller series Gannibal

A police officer sets out to uncover the cause of mysterious events in this Japanese series. Based on the popular manga series of the same name by Masaaki Ninomiya, the story takes place in Kuge, a fictional Japanese village. It’s about newly hired police officer Daigo Agawa (played by Yuya Yagira) who arrives in town a broken man. While things start out promising, a series of alarming events begin to unfold, including unexplained deaths and disappearances. It leads Daigo to the shocking realization that something is fundamentally wrong with the village and its inhabitants. Directed by Shinzo Katayama, the cast includes Show Kasamatsu and Riho Yoshioka.

Korean action crime series Big Bet

Directed by Kang Yoon-sung, Big Bet tells the story of casino mogul Cha Mu-sik (played by Choi Min-sik) who rose to the top and became the legendary king of casinos in the Philippines. He then becomes involved in a murder investigation that leaves his life on the brink of collapse. The cast includes Son Suk-ku as Oh Seung-hoon, a cop who handles international cases and is sent to the Philippines, and Lee Dong-hwi as Jeong-pal, Mu-sik’s caretaker.

Concert Special Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl

Those who watched the 2021 animated film Encanto probably have a favorite song from the film. Relive the songs in 45 minutes with the Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl concert. The original cast is reunited – Stephanie Beatriz, Adassa, Carolina Gaitán, Jessica Darrow, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda and Olga Merediz – along with special guests, Colombian superstar Carlos Vives and Lin Manuel Miranda, who will compose the songs for the have written a film. The live to film concert will be directed by Chris Howe. —Michelle Anne P. Soliman