Fago (2018)

Running Time: 30 minutes and 18 seconds

Genre/s: Biopic, Drama, Religion

Released on November 12, 2018 (PH Release Date; Available for Worldwide Viewing)

Presented by Nodus Productions, and St. John Bosco Parish and Center for Young Workers

Based on the true life story of Abp. Francesco "Fago" Panfilo, SDB.

Based on the archived interview of Mrs. Corita Ramos

Writer: Reuben Pio Martinez

Director: Ryan Termoso

  • Eduardo "Dandin" Prats, Jr. as Abp. Francesco "Fago" Panfilo, SDB.
  • Reuben Pio Martinez as Angelo Andres
  • Fr. Richard Varela, SDB. as Fr. Caesar Capella
  • Mika Jacinto as Young Fago
  • Assistant Direction by Mika Jacinto
  • Photography Direction by Andre Ponce
  • Produced by Ryan Termoso
  • Executive Produced by Fr. Richard Varela, SDB., and Sr. Wency Sagun, SCG.
  • Production Management by Janette Calub
  • Boom Operated and Sound Recorded by Ravi Angeles
  • Make-Up by Cielo Arnisto
  • Second Camera Operated by Karl Rocha and Francis de Guzman

In case you guys were wondering where have we been all this time, this one post will answer that question. After several days of missing-out on school, after going home around nine in the evening for about two weeks, and after days of balancing time to act, to study, and to rest, we have finally finished our newest short film. God calls him by one name, and that name is none other than Fago. Welcome back to Dateline Movies, and this is our spotlight on our entry for the Don Bosco Film Festival (DBFF), as well as to my actual surprise, the first time in my life for me to give an in-depth commentary on something that I actually worked on.

What is the movie about?

The year is 1993, and Archbishop Francesco "Fago" Panfilo, SDB., played by Prats, Jr., has been assigned to become the new provincial superior of the Philippines. Though quite homesick and almost completely nostalgic about his hometown of Vilminore in Italy, Fago becomes a highly appreciated presence in the seminary that he resides in, even forming a friendship with a young Filipino seminarian named Angelo Andres, played by Martinez (actors.). 

As he grows more and more accustomed to his new environment, Fago's initially pleasant stay in the seminary slowly begins to fade away because of the arrival of his replacement, provincial superior, Father Caesar Capella, played by Varela. Capella then assigns Fago to Papua New Guinea, which convinces Fago to reevaluate his past life choices, including the mischievous things that his younger self, played by Jacinto (The Manual), did. With limited time at his disposal, Fago decides to spend his remaining days in the seminary to be with his friends, while also gaining the courage to embrace his new mission.

Screenwriter's Commentary:

Believe it or not, about 99% of this somewhat short flick was improvised. Yes, as in "student film" level of improvisation, as in almost every single scene, dialogue, and even shot was only added on the spot.

You see, prior to having the final product that you see right now, we had another story in mind. I wrote the story and script, titled "Grace + Faith", and it revolved around a priest coming to terms with the realization that his sister has skeletons in her closet after hearing her confession. The plot would explore the struggles of modern day priests, including not being able to report to the police any wrongdoing due to church rules, and not being able to have an intimate relationship with anyone. While I was doing my research for the topic, the story coincidentally had a similar premise as Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess, with the differences being that Grace + Faith revolved a little bit more on drugs and personal scandals, as well as the limits of a priest's relationship with people outside the church.

It was a decent experience working on the pre-production of the film. By the time that we were all set for the official production last August, Dad decided to read the rules and regulation of the competition, because why not. He noticed that apparently the contest is looking for "true stories" about people serving the church. I thought he misread the details, but after reading again, and after telling my colleagues about it, we were all thrown at a frenzy.

Yes, after casting the leads, doing the ocular inspections, and accomplishing the numerous, and I mean, numerous script rewrites, we had to put everything to a halt after discovering that our work will be too fictional for the contest.

We lost two weeks of production time, and we asked our cast members to take a break until further notice. We searched for plenty of alternative stories. Some of which were actually pretty cool, including this one true story about a priest accidentally killing a fellow seminarian with an air-soft gun while bird hunting. Aside from the potentially fun old school, 70s-inspired aesthetic that we would be applying, the one thing that really struck us the most, especially our director Ryan Termoso, was this small but meaningful instance of all of the seminarian's family telling the priest that they forgive him, and that they are proud at least that they had a son who was following a path involving service to God. Man, just imagine the cinematic possibilities.

Aside from another true story about one of my teachers being a former priest, who left the service to marry his wife, which did not fly by due to personal reasons, we were originally more or less set. That is, until one of our executive producer, Fr. Richard Varela, SDB., stated that it would be quite questionable for a priest to have an air-soft gun, which makes sense in hindsight. Finally, we stumbled upon Absp. Francesco Panfilo, SDB.'s life story. So, you think that is the end of the story? Think again.

Since we all still wanted to take the mystery drama route, we wanted to talk about how the accidental deaths of two of Absp. Panfilo's fellow seminarians, with both of which taking place in the same year. One died when a malfunctioning weed cutter's blade went through the man's torso, and the other passed away when a large wooden branch fell on top him of while Absp. Panfilo was trimming the trees, despite asking the seminarian to keep his distance. Based on these findings, we wanted the film to be about him coping with the deaths of his two fellow seminarians, as well as finding it in himself to continue his church work and to clarify things in the midst of confusion.

Surprise, surprise. As confirmed by him through one of our Facebook interviews, neither of the two seminarians were exactly that close to him, outside of the one who died from the tree branch, who was slightly closer. In addition, although the two "novices", young men studying more about the inner workings of the church, might have had controversial deaths, neither had sparked controversy, and Absp. Panfilo's faith remained intact.

Now forced to have a radical change in genre, we decided to go with the more straightforward option, and that is by telling his entire life story. Since we found that part about him cleaning toilets as a means to "practice his humility" pretty interesting, we decided to focus on that one instance that even the priests in our neighborhood know about (Apparently Fr. Richard knew of him  way back when). In this moment, according to our sources, the new provincial superior of the area did not allow him to join an important meeting after being jealous of Absp. Panfilo's local popularity. We decided to expand it further, and finally decided to focus on him spending his last weeks here in the Philippines, coping with homesickness, and the fact that he might never see his friends here again. Think of Spike Lee's The 25th Hour, but this one had a priest, and it did not revolve on crime.

No, the story did not end there. On my part as the screenwriter, it was pretty difficult trying to establish a clear conflict for our main protagonist, which is very important for every story in existence. For one thing, the provincial superior in question was not all that hostile towards Absp. Panfilo, and his remaining weeks here was not all that turbulent or depressing to talk about. Though his stories about his time here was inspiring for me, for the audiences at large, it might be too preachy, and that is something that we wanted to avoid at all costs. What made it a little bit more challenging for all of us was our attempts at coming-up with an original presentation. We did not want to present a type of short film that bombards audiences with exposition. We wanted a character-driven memoir that inspires viewers. Add to the concoction all of our college entrance tests (CETs), as well as other school-related commitments, and the ever approaching deadline, and we had ourselves a very hectic timetable.

Even with a finalized (?) screenplay, production was still quite a hassle to manage. For 2-3 days a week, we had to always fill-up a few forms so we can have permission to leave school at around 12 nn., and we would normally be shooting at the church until 6 pm., with the latest being 9 pm. Memorizing the lines that I made for the script was also taking too much of our time, so we had to improvise some of our lines on the spot, and we even had to conceptualize some shots. Numerous scenes came and went, including a camping scene by our suburbs' grass field, and two portions of the backstory montage sequence. If they were not removed, some of them were reduced. Catching-up with our academic duties was the icing on the cake, as every single time we came home from work, most of us would be too tired to fulfill them. Oh, and let us not forget the second biggest challenge of all, and that is ensuring that we did not lose any of our shooting equipment. We nearly lost one of our lapel microphones during the meeting scene, and thus was the reason why the original audio for that scene was a tad bit off if you observed the final scene closely.

You know ... despite all of the obstacles that we all had, despite the cramming, and despite the improvisation, this small aspect of my life will forever be a major milestone. For one thing, representing the school with this short film was sort-of a dream come true for all of us, and for me, I just wanted to flex my beginner's screenwriting skills, while also getting the chance to do a little acting. 

I am thankful for being able to work with a bunch of talented people, including Sir Ryan Termoso for mentoring me on how to create a proper screenplay, and our lead actor Coach Dandin Prats, who was the coach for our school's basketball team not so long ago. On Coach Dandin, he is truly a spot-on actor, and a very good friend as well. On the set, he is quite the joker, as he usually gets to deliver the punchline almost everyday, and quite the wise man also, as he shared a lot about his life, giving me a few decent pieces of life advice in the process.

He even does look quite a lot like our main protagonist back in his heyday, and the similarities even stretch to some aspects of Coach Dandin's personality, from their down-to-Earth natures, to their nostalgic and mature reminiscing of their respective pasts. On a similar note, the fact that my character, Angelo Andres, and his character have a mild student-mentor connection, much like I and Coach Dandin had behind-the-scenes, was quite a fun parallel, and it did help us more with our respective performances.

The rest of the church company were cool to hang-out with as well. Fr. Richard always provided us with free food and drinks, and man, was it really cozy to have a cup of coffee at Fr. Richard's main office. Exploring the beyond areas of the church was practically intriguing, and seeing their bedrooms, their study halls, and their dining rooms were insight-giving for me. There was actually this one instance when Fr. Richard invited all of us to a personal dinner, because almost none of us, with the exception of Sir Ryan, were able to attend his birthday party a few days before. Not much happened there, except I had myself quite a "placebo" effect after having two sips of non-alcoholic red wine. Trust me, you should have seen how suddenly loud and bombastic I was after having a sip of something that barely has any alcoholic content in it, despite being moderately quiet almost the entire evening.

As of this moment, we are still waiting for the announcement of the official winners sometime late January or early February 2019, if I am not mistaken. Currently, we have about 550 views on YouTube, and we are still actively promoting this film in the hopes that we could even bag the People's Choice Award, because every award is a potential career game-changer, after all. Watching this film in front of our entire HUMSS classroom, with some of my classmates who acted as extras, and later, with my parents and little sister, was originally awkward for me. I mean, it was the first time I actually did something like this, so I tend to nitpick my own output. Eventually, the film became a precious memory of mine. A personal stepping stone. Boy, I am just looking forward for our team's next project, and I am optimistic that it will be somewhat grander and more ambitious, if time would permit us to be.

That concludes our latest movie spotlight. Be sure to like and share Fago to your friends, your family, your neighbors, and to everyone else around you, and be sure to stay tuned for more projects from us at Nodus Productions. Before you officially leave, do check my colleagues' earlier work, titled Congrats! This follows the story of a man struggling with immense academic pressure. I was not able to participate in this film due to my then commitments to my entrance exam reviews. Believe me when I say that the team placed tremendous effort in putting this project to life, despite a then hectic deadline. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!


Philadelphia (1993)

Rated PG-13: For Language and Sensitive Themes

Running Time:  126 minutes (2 hours and 5 minutes)

Genre/s: Drama

Release on December 24, 1993 (US Release Date; Available for Worldwide Viewing)

Distributed by TriStar Pictures

Written: Ron Nyswaner

Director: Jonathan Demme

  • Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett
  • Denzel Washington as Joe Miller

Perhaps one of the most notable film that tackles the issue of HIV/AIDS is the movie, Philadelphia. Directed by the acclaimed American director, screenwriter and producer, Jonathan Demme, the same man who directed the award-winning movie in 1991, Silence of the Lambs, where he won the Academy Award for Best Director at the 64th Academy Awards ceremony. Welcome back to Dateline Movies, and this is our spotlight of this timely, thought-provoking film.

What is the movie about?

Andrew Beckett, portrayed by Hanks (Cast Away), a senior associate of a law firm, was illegally dismissed by his partners. At first his partners claim that the reason for his dismissal was that he was incompetent, not being able to perform the task assigned to him.    

Later on, he found out that the reason for his dismissal from the firm was because his partners found out about his homosexuality and his present condition, being diagnosed as having HIV.  He asked the service of a personal injury lawyer named Joe Miller, portrayed by Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.), who declined to take on the case, thinking that he might contract the disease himself.  

With no one to help him, Beckett decides to represent himself in court, studying at a public library. Miller saw Beckett at the library being discriminated for his condition, decides to help Beckett with his case. 

Philadelphia is the film that gave Tom Hanks his first Academy Award for Best Actor during the 66th Academy Awards in 1993.  He would again win The Academy Award for Best Actor during the sixty-seventh Academy Award ceremonies in 1994 for his portrayal as Forrest Gump. Two consecutive wins for Thomas Jeffrey Hanks.

Philadelphia is one of those films that just shows everyone that AIDS is no joke at all. It is deadly, and it is incurable at the moment. The moment one contracts the sickness, thee is almost no chance at surviving it. Worse, everyone is vulnerable to it. Since we are talking about HIV, it might be fitting that we present to you guys a press release regarding about this. Read on please ...

HIV awareness must be made more understandable for young adults

Only 15 percent of young adults aged 15 to 24 years old have knowledge about HIV prevention, a UNAIDS Philippines study showed. The lack of an extensive sex education in the curriculum is seen as a contributing factor—directly or indirectly—to the country’s high HIV growth rate.

Durex Philippines recently launched its "Always Come Prepared" campaign that aims create HIV awareness and help prevent it. Key organizations-UNAIDS, Love Yourself, and advocates from the medical field, and Boys Night Out (BNO), joined hands with Durex on its mission to curb HIV in the country. 

UNAIDS Country Director for the Philippines Dr. Louie Ocampo shares that if the current trend of reported new HIV cases in the country, we are seeing tripling of numbers at about "265,000 cases by the end of 2028-2029."

Discussions on the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV have always been done in extremes – either it is too technical and clinical or it is peppered with myths and falsehoods – creating a large disconnect with young adults, the audience who matter the most. 

(L-R) BNO's Slick Rick, Reckitt Benckiser Read for regulatory Atty. Ricky Salvador, Sex Therapist Dr. Rica Cruz, UNAIDS Country Director for the Philippines Dr. Louie Ocampo, Reckitt Benckiser General Manager Chris Ritchie, Infectious Diseases Expert Dr. Marion Kwek, Love Yourself and Safe Spaces advocate Losif Cadelina, and BNO's Toni Tony and Sam YG.
“We believe that education is the best way to prevent HIV, especially among the young adults. If they are equipped with the right knowledge about HIV and its potential risks to their health, we believe that they stand a chance in protecting themselves against the chronic disease,” said (Karol Canlas) Durex Philippines (Brand Manager).

In September, Durex Philippines took the playful and quirky approach to bringing HIV awareness to mind with the launch of its “Always Come Prepared” campaign. Led by the radio trio of Sam YG, Tony Toni, and Slick Rick, the campaign aims to make the conversation on the threats and dangers of the disease lighter and easier to understand for the general public.  

To pique the interests of young adults on the campaign, Durex also presented a unique visual of a toy soldier using the condom as a parachute. 

“Their openness and tongue-in-cheek manner of talking about sex-related issues and concerns, particularly HIV, is a good way for us to reach the younger audience. Medical experts have long talked about the dangers of HIV, but why is it still rising in the Philippines? The message must have been lost somewhere,” said (Chrisel Segundo, Category Manager – Relief and Wellness).

Condoms are still the only known effective method of preventing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. With its latest campaign, Durex Philippines aims to raise awareness and encourage the public to take active precautionary measures against HIV. 

And with that, we hope that you were enlightened by our little public service announcement. To conclude, here is the theme song of the film. The music video of this movie - Streets of Philadelphia, with music and lyrics by "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen, was co-directed by Jonathan Demme together with his nephew Ted Demme. It won for Bruce Springsteen the Best Original Song at the 66th Academy Awards in 1993 as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.  It also garnered 4 Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!

Source ("Justice, like lighting!")
"No law. No order. No heroes." What happens when the most dangerous criminals in existence are all that is left in a world overrun by monsters? In these four post-apocalyptic, caper films, six super-villains reluctantly work together with thirty-six other evil-doers to battle horrors that are worse than any of them combined. But can they trust one another enough to not murder each other? Based on the Marvel Comics property of the same name, these films will carry the same colorful vibe that all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have had for a decade, while being more mature and darker in tone and approach, and also giving some spotlight to less-renowned characters.

That was the short version of this pitch, and if you are still interested, read-on! Welcome to Dateline Movies, and this is our pitch for a film series for Marvel's Thunderbolts!

Also, since I only have a few ideas for this pitch, and I just basically wanted to share it with all of you, this will be a particularly shorter post in contrast to recent pitches. In addition, I will save the commentary for another post.

Source ("Dormammu, I've come to bargain.")

Setting and placement in the MCU timeline

The world continued to thrive under the protection of superheroes, but even with the large number of budding crime-fighters and costumed vigilantes, crime, either intergalactic or local, either mystical or technological, still remains a constant problem.

As the years go by, as the technology grow superior, as the humans and super-humans evolve, things take a sharp turn for the worse when "The Mandarin" makes his presence known. Though initially thought to have been a work of fiction, the real Mandarin had only been waiting for the right moment to take over the world.

With enough knowledge on occultism thanks to his background as a former Master of the Mystic Arts, The Mandarin decided to set his sights on the mythical nature of the Dark Dimension, a terrifying netherworld where time does not matter, and where sinister monsters reside. With his new power, Schmidt allows for more paranormal activities to take place on Earth, and allowing for more Dark Dimension dwellers to roam the world unchecked by creating smaller, undetectable portals. The ruler of the Dark Dimension, the dread Dormammu, takes an interest in his power, and recruits The Mandarin as his second-in-command, with The Mandarin being promised to have Earth as his own personal, private domain.

Source (About seven decades in space is probably enough to still make a a bad guy ... a bad guy.)
A newly reassembled "Advanced Idea Mechanics" (AIM), formerly branded as a notorious criminal think tank responsible for several terrorist attacks on United States soil, decided to take an interest in weaponizing the Dark Dimension creatures, much like how they weaponized the Red Skull, who returned from his exile from space. This was going to be a part of the organization's first Thunderbolts Initiative, where experiments and projects are done to create new weapons of mass destruction to keep the world safe from other threats. As such, The Mandarin took advantage of this opportunity to further his goals by making use of the group's experiments to strengthen and tame the monsters, and no one at AIM was the wiser.

The world eventually descends into chaos as more monsters destroy everything on sight, killing hundreds of thousands of people in the process. In a desperate attempt to save people as Earth becomes a complete part of the Dark Dimension, the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange fights Dormammu. As Dormammu fought him on Earth, where time does matter, Strange had no choice but to kill the dark lord with forbidden spells, absorbing Dormammu's supernatural powers to prevent Earth from becoming nothing but raw energy. With Dormammu technically possessing Strange, Strange becomes convinced that by letting the monsters reside on Earth, not only will he be able to keep the world safe from external threats, but it would also control the population through fear. 

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Twenty years later, the remaining members of human civilization are forced to reside in five "domed cities" for their protection, all monitored by AIM, in partnership with The Mandarin himself, who sees wisdom in Doctor Strange's newly discovered idealism. These five cities included ...

"Pleasant Hill", an AIM facility with the appearance of a seemingly normal suburban lot that serves as a prison, training ground, and experimental testing site for the forty-two most dangerous criminals in the world, which consist of numerous successful subjects of the Thunderbolts Initiative, as well as The Mandarin.

"Technopolis", a collective name for three separate space stations orbiting the Earth's ionosphere where the most psychotic and bored, bloodthirsty elitists, who are forced to wear Iron Man duplicate armors for self-defense and for murder sports, and who believe are smarter than all of AIM combined, reside almost peacefully, and is managed by a nigh-immortal Justin Hammer.

"Mandarin City", the largest, most powerful domed city that mixes both Babylonian and Chinese architecture, is notable for occupying the entirety of the Eurasian corner of the globe, and it is the urbanized fortress of The Mandarin. It is divided into ten different districts, each ruled by ten of The Mandarin's most trusted disciples and children.

"Spider-Island", a semi-rural, isolationist, and technological domed city that occupies the entire Manhattan Island, and is overseen by an older, much more powerful Spider-Man, with assistance from his army of mechanized "Spider-Slayers", and his own personal research and development enterprise known as "Parker Industries". And ...

"Wakanda", formerly the most advanced and most powerful nation in the planet, complete with the most state-of-the-art equipment in the world, the domed city is now but ruin after Ulysses Klaue detonated two nuclear warheads, leaving the entire place to be haunted by numerous Dark Dimension dwellers and to be Klaue's personal Vibranium mine.

Source (Avengers: Standoff! had a decent premise, and a not-at-all decent execution. Just saying.)

"Marvel's Thunderbolts" is told over a span of four different movies. Each installment focuses on the exploits of forty-two super-villains that are brought under the latest version of the Thunderbolts Initiative. Here, criminals are exiled far and away from the secured domed cities, and are tasked to reclaim as much territory as possible from the Dark Dimension monsters, while also rescuing as many civilians as possible. Each of the villains are free to do whatever evil deed that they please, as long as none of which will strictly violate specific rules and regulations that are provided beforehand. 

The recruits for the initiative are relocated to Pleasant Hill. Though it was established by The Mandarin to train more super-humans for his personal army, as well as to punish those who question his authority by forcing them to scavenge the wasteland for additional resources, Pleasant Hill is made to train the villains to assassinate The Mandarin. The goal of the whole operation would be to take over the world from The Mandarin, and lead society to a more utopia-like rule. The place is monitored by the reformed AIM, a group of the greatest minds on Earth who not only acts as the governing body in Pleasant Hill, but for all of the other domed cities in the world.

The chronological order of movies, each bearing an original title akin to the James Bond film series, are as follows ...
  • "Assault on Pleasant Hill" - The inmates of Pleasant Hill, with the assistance of the newly enhanced Red Skull, take control of the facility in an attempt to be free of AIM's control, and continue to do their villainous activities, but their actions ultimately result in dooming the entire prison to numerous hordes of Dark Dimension dwellers in the process.
  • "Quantum Sunshine" - In order to recapture the Red Skull, who plans to murder everyone with a massive black hole after sensing the majority of the world's pain and misery, the villains are sent to the space community "Technopolis", which is occupied by seemingly normal people permanently stuck to Iron Man duplicate armors, to retrieve M.O.D.O.C.
  • "The Hands of the Mandarin" - The Mandarin reveals that he is manipulating the Red Skull to be his energy tuning fork, as a means for him to conquer the universe, but the villains each debate on whether or not they should allow the Red Skull to either perform a planet-wide mercy kill, or use him to put everyone else under mind-control.
  • "Brave New World" - With The Mandarin killed, the villains rise-up to rebuild Earth into a utopia in the Dark Dimension by making use of the Red Skull's warp-generating powers to unleash an energy wave that brainwashes everyone, but when an unexpected enemy threatens the villains' success, they realize that they are not as strong as they seem.
The four flicks would be tackling the themes of justice, morality, and redemption. Specifically, all aim to answer one question: "Can the villains do a better job in making the world a safer place than the heroes could ever do?"

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Cast of major characters

The four installments would be focusing on the following main characters, with the six main villains originally being retrieved from cryogenic incarceration for their respective crimes in the past ...
  • Helmut Zemo
  • A Sokovian colonel-turned-terrorist and assassin, who wants to rid the world of super-humans. The main antagonist of Captain America: Civil War, previously played by Daniel Brühl (The Cloverfield Paradox), Zemo would be struggling to adapt to a world that is dominated by super-powered beings, while fighting to keep his "humanity" in-check. 
  • Ava Starr / Ghost
  • A corporate saboteur and master thief who can become intangible after being caught in a "Quantum Anomaly". The main antagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp, previously played by Hannah John-Kamen (Tomb Raider), Starr would be coping with her increasing inability to maintain a stable body, while also dealing with her inevitable death.
  • Samuel Sterns / The Leader
  • A cellular biologist and disfigured, genius telepath exposed to a blood sample of Bruce Banner / The Hulk. A side-character in The Incredible Hulk, previously portrayed by Tim Blake Nelson (Minority Report), Sterns would be struggling to overcome his insecurities, as well as his never-ending lust for power and world domination.
  • Helen “Hallie” Takahama / Jolt
  • A teenage, power-hungry and socially awkward wannabe super-villain who can turn her body into pure electricity. A new character introduced in the film series, Takahama debates with herself on whether she wants to become the monster that everyone already deems her to be, or be a superhero instead.
  • Emil Blonsky / The Abomination
  • A Russian-born soldier injected with a recreated version of the Super Soldier Serum, who can become a powerful monster. The main antagonist of The Incredible Hulk, previously portrayed by Tim Roth (American Ultra), Blonsky would be dealing with his increasing lack of touch with his own humanity, as well as his ever worsening damaged, war-torn psyche.
Source (With the heroes gone, who can you trust?)
  • Melissa Gold / Songbird
  • A disgraced S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who can create solid sonic-based projections and fly with a pair of artificial vocal cords. A new character introduced in the film series, Gold attempts to redeem herself after singlehandedly dooming an entire operation that resulted in the deaths of everyone residing in the Wakandan domed city, including former King T'Challa.
  • Arnim Zola / M.O.D.O.C.
  • A presumed deceased Swedish scientist formerly affiliated with H.Y.D.R.A., who personally spearheaded S.H.I.E.L.D.’s downfall. The secondary antagonist of both Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, previously portrayed by Toby Jones (Capote) Zola is now a cyborg with a database of weapons designs.
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Ross / Scientist Supreme
  • A scientist formerly studying gamma radiation, and the newly appointed leader of the re-purposed think tank AIM. A side-character from The Incredible Hulk, previously portrayed by Liv Tyler (Armageddon), Ross struggles with her newly obtained regenerating powers, as well as her own unresolved grief from her past relationship with Bruce Banner / The Hulk.
  • Leonard "Len" Samson / Doc Samson
  • A psychiatrist currently wed to Elizabeth "Betty" Ross, who gained super strength after exposing himself to gamma radiation and a version of the Super Soldier Serum. A side-character from The Incredible Hulk, previously portrayed by Ty Burrell (The Skeleton Twins), Samson serves as the team's psychiatrist and physician, and also Betty Ross' aide.
Source (The Avengers of the Future?)

The main antagonists per movie

The following characters are to be the primary, and ironically villains of each installment ...
  • Johann Schmidt / Red Skull - (Assault on Pleasant Hill)
  • The former leader of the modern incarnation of HYDRA who was exiled to space for his abuse of an Infinity Stone, the Red Skull is now reduced to a paranoid, bulky, warp-making cyborg. Originally the main antagonist of Captain America: The First Avenger, he was played by Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge) in the latter movie, and previously played by Ross Marquand (A Lonely Place for Dying) in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Justin Hammer / Crimson Dynamo - (Quantum Sunshine)
  • The founder and CEO of Hammer Industries, and formerly a rival to Tony Stark / Iron Man, Justin Hammer, equipped with a lightweight suit that absorbs and reverts kinetic energy, became the founder and proprietor of "Technopolis". Originally the secondary antagonist of Iron Man 2 and a minor character in All Hail the King, he was previously played by Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) in both films.
  • "The Mandarin" - (The Hands of the Mandarin)
  • The morally ambiguous and immortal emperor of "Mandarin City", which dominates the vast majority of China, who is a former Master of the Mystic Arts who left the order to rule the world himself with his own sinister army. Originally teased all throughout Iron Man 3, many initially believed him to be a myth, after the discovery that an impersonator was taking his place in the past.
  • Saxton Smithers / Blackheath - (Brave New World)
  • The brainwashed and quasi-lobotomized African-British eco-terrorist, who became the unwilling host to a plant-based Dark Dimension dweller, resulting in him gaining the ability to manipulate all botanical life. A new character introduced in the film series, Blackheath was originally made a prisoner of "Technopolis", as well as being the community's ultimate source of food, until he was freed by the Thunderbolts.
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Other Thunderbolts who appear in cameos only

The following are characters that also operate as Thunderbolts, and are ones that I personally thought would be interesting to include in the roster, but are all regulated to minor roles ...
  • Abigail Wright / Mercy
  • A mysterious, mute teenage girl who can manipulate air, earth, energy, fire, and water based on her finger and hand movements, and the leader of an uprising in "Technopolis".
  • Arthur Parks / Living Laser
  • A genius scientist turned mercenary, whose attempt at recreating Tony Stark / Iron Man's arc reactor technology resulted in him becoming a being of pure energy.
  • Chen Lu / Radioactive Man
  • A human mutate who can generate and absorb lethal amounts of radiation, and can create energy blasts with his own bare hands, while also carrying the potential to be a walking nuclear bomb.
  • Claudia Carr / Chemistro
  • A scientist and smalltime criminal obsessed with fortune, who commits various robberies with her alchemy gun, a weapon that can turn anything that it comes in contact with to gold.
  • Francis "Frank" Payne / Constrictor
  • A psychotic former SHIELD agent who lost both of his arms from a botched operation, and were replaced with mechanical limbs, who makes use of snake-themed gadgets to commit crimes.
  • Jerome Beechman / Mandrill
  • A host to a malevolent Dark Dimension dweller, who gained not only the appearance of an actual Mandrill, but also managed to gain the abilities of enhanced strength and sex-based control pheromone secretion.
  • John Falsworth / Baron Blood
  • A supposedly ancient vampire-like super-villain and heir to a rich family's fortune, who gained the abilities to fly, heal rapidly, and fight with ease after coming in contact with a Dark Dimension dweller.
  • Jonathan "Johnny" Horton / Griffin
  • A host to a malevolent Dark Dimension dweller, who became disfigured and looked strikingly similar to an actual griffin, but managed to get the abilities of flight and super strength.
  • Paul Pierre Duval / Grey Gargoyle
  • A saddened scientist whose attempts at experimenting with the Dark Dimension dwellers resulted in him gaining the power to have anything that he touches turn to stone.
And that is where we conclude our latest movie pitch! Again, we apologize for the very lengthy delays. Most of the reasons being school, and of course, college entrance exams. Hooray, what fun, right? In the meantime, while you wait for us again to post some new content, and for the next MCU film to come around, do enjoy this fan-made concept trailer for Avengers 4, made by YouTuber "Mr. Krepshus". Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies! 

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Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi (2018)

Genre/s: Romance

To Be Released on August 15, 2018 (PH Release Date; Limited Release Only)

Presented by Cignal Entertainment, OctoberTrain Films, and The IdeaFirst Company

Writer and Director: Jun Robles Luna

  • Sue Ramirez as Norma
  • Jameson Blake as Aristotle "Aris" Miller
  • Markus Peterson as Leo

  • Produced by Perci M. Intalan and Jun Robles Luna
  • Music composed by Emerzon Texon

Life without WiFi ... the mere thought of it makes we want to hyperventilate. And why not? Our dependence on the Internet to communicate and develop personal relationships is such that we feel lost without it. But what if you are forced by circumstances to avoid it, is there life or love without it? Welcome back to Dateline Movies, and this is is the interesting story of "Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi", a quirky exploration of love in the world of the Internet.

What is the movie about?

The Internet has taken over the world, but for one young woman, Norma, played by Ramirez (Hanggang Saan), she does not seem to mind the fact that she is almost completely attached to it.

As she indulges in the many joys the Internet can give her, as well as her flourishing relationship with her boyfriend Leo, played by Peterson, she discovers, to her horror, that the very thing that keeps her the happiest is killing her. She has "Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity" (E.H.S.), which means exactly what it says in the title of the movie.

Forced to disconnect herself from cyberspace so as to keep herself safe, Norma retreats to a nearly secluded, and idealistic provincial land. There, she is forced to come to terms with the real world, without the Internet, and she must finally know if true love is with her boyfriend, or a secret admirer of hers, Aristotle "Aris" Miller, played by Blake (2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten).

On the premise of the flick, director Jun Robles Luna mentioned that “what interested (him) most about the idea, when I came across a 2009 news report about a British man who was allergic to Wi-Fi, is the opportunity to explore the underlying sadness and emptiness of modern relationships.”

On the social themes of the film, he added that “nowadays, with the advances of technology, no matter where we go, it’s so easy to get in touch with our loved ones. But a lot of our correspondence has also been reduced to emojis and likes and superficial interactions online. What happens if the technology that’s supposed to connect you to the whole world suddenly isolates you literally and takes away your freedom and the life you once lived and knew?”

Honestly, I am gently surprised that a person can actually becoming allergic to the Internet itself. I do look forward to seeing Cignal Entertainment's first-ever movie film myself, and I do hope to see you at the theaters. There are seven other films made by Filipinos currently showing in the Philippines, much like this little potential gem. All of these eight movies are part of the P.P.P. And what is that, you ask?

“Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi” is Cignal Entertainment’s first venture into full length feature film production and is one of the eight feature films chosen by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 happening in August.

The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) is a nationwide week-long celebration which will exclusively screen Filipino films in all theaters nationwide from August 15-21, 2018. It is now on its second year and is in line with the Buwan ng Wika. This is organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in partnership with the theaters, and public and private partners.

For more information you may check-out Cignal Entertainment’s Facebook page by clicking here, and check-out the film's official Facebook page for more updates here. And as always, we leave a video related to our subject at the end of each of our posts. Be sure to listen to an original song for the movie titled "Wish" by Keiko. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!