"Crazy Rich Asians" Review


Though much of the chatter surrounding "Crazy Rich Asians" has stemmed from it being the first major studio film in Hollywood to star Asian-Americans in twenty-five years (the last one was "The Joy Luck Club"), the film offers far more than a tokened milestone.

"Crazy Rich Asians" stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu and Henry Golding as Nick Young. Together they play a couple in love but with one major secret set to be revealed: Nick comes from a highly affluent Singaporean family. Rachel on the other hand grew up as Asian-American raised by a single mother, and became a successful economics professor. On the surface level, "Crazy Rich Asians" is impressive for achieving the aforementioned milestone, showcasing a lush and scenic production design (much of the film was shot in Singapore), and for the classy glamour of Hollywood stemming from the lush classical and jazz scoring.

But there are so many other nuances more deserving of celebration, in particularly that the primary focus throughout the film being on its female characters. Many Asian women have been forced to take a back seat to the men in our own cultures due to old-fashioned, traditional ideas about gender roles. In the darkest and most dangerous manifestations of it, violence and toxicity can poison relationships of all kinds. The most meaningful character arcs and journeys in this film show a diverse group of women all learning something about themselves and the people around them, being ultimately changed for the better.

Crazy Rich Asians is now playing in U.S. cinemas.

Loboda Releases "SuperSTAR" Music Video


After "SuperSTAR" has exploded in popularity across the CIS region, Ukrainian popstar Loboda has finally released the music video. Prior to this, there was an official audio upload that showcased a loop of Loboda wearing a false pregnancy belly with an array of background dancers doing the same. Together, they all posed provocatively. This snippet was looped while alternating with a separate loop of Loboda flipping her hair with all the attitude required to sell the song regardless of whether the audience can understand the lyrics. Now, the full-length music video showcases different women dancers and characters all strutting their stuff and running the show. It simply cannot be missed!

Watch the "SuperSTAR" music video here:

Preacher S03E07 "Hitler" Recap


Hitler has taken up a new life in the real world of making sandwiches at a diner using the alias "Davi Hitler" and does well enough in this life to earn employee of the month. It doesn't take long for him to being spouting antisemitic rhetoric and forming a new 'four-year-plan' to take over the world again. But his scheming is interrupted by the arrival of the Saint of Killers who has Eugene captive. The Saint also puts Hitler in chains, and takes off with the two hostages the devil assigned him to acquire.

Jesse and Tulip hold a ceremony to ritualistically burn Madame Boyd's body as part of her funeral but the mourning is interrupted by the arrival of the Grail. Herr Starr heads the negotiations to get Jesse released from Angelville and in exchange, Grandma wants more souls to feed on. Starr agrees to get her more souls by acquiring them from the Japanese soul dealing company based in Osaka. As the Grail owns this company, Starr can ensure that the souls will be given to Grandma but only if Jesse is released immediately. Grandma agrees but threatens to kills Jesse if Starr doesn't hold up his end of the deal and get her those souls. Since Jesse doesn't want to risk his well-being, he tells Tulip to go with Lara Featherstone undercover to Osaka to retrieve the souls. Before Tulip leaves, she asks Jesse to check in on Cassidy and make sure he's doing okay. Jesse's larger plan is to kill his grandmother as soon as he gets his powers back.

Cassidy has continued to befriend Eccarius and participates in his ongoing scheme as the leader of the Children of Blood. In a ritual, Cassidy bites a willing disciple so she will be transformed into a vampire. Furthermore, Cassidy gets to experience of the joys of Eccarius flying him over the city with his powers and summoning beautiful women with a simple but powerful stare. The pair are later attacked by some priest assassins hired by the Grail to kill Eccarius and arrest Cassidy. But Cassidy is able to beat them, not knowing that Eccarius has been murdering each of his disciples after they are turned into vampires. Starr orders others to continue hunting for Cassidy.

Back in Angelville, T.C. enquires about Genesis to Grandma, tipping her off to the existence of these abilities.

Starr and Jesse head to New Orleans and on the way, Starr asks Jesse to promise not to use Genesis on him after his powers are restored and Jesse agrees. Starr then demands that Jesse kill "him" and in exchange his soul fragment will be returned to him. Starr also takes Jesse to meet the Allfather, just as he was instructed to do.

Preacher airs on Sundays on AMC at 10/9c.

Marvel's Luke Cage S02E08 "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right" Recap


Shades quietly mourns Comanche, whom he still felt emotionally connected to despite his betrayal that lead to Shades killing him.

Luke brings Mariah and Tilda to the police precinct for them to be protected. Tilda wants to leave but Mariah forces her to stay put. They all learn that Misty has now been put in charge of the station, as her previous resignation had never been fully processed. Shades gets called in after visiting Comanche's mother, whom he has known since he was a boy and intends to take care of so she will be looked after and provided for.

At the station, Misty is working on the investigation into the deaths of Comanche and Ridenhour, believing them to be connected. She suspects that Mariah was involved andmore specifically, that Shades was the one to do the killing but she lacks any evidence to prove this.

Bushmaster learns that Luke is still alive and saved Mariah from burning to death. He is furious and decides to use more nightshade to increase his strength, while also sending his men to shoot up the precinct to try to kill Mariah and Tilda again.

Mariah is being questioned by Misty while Luke is trying to get information from Tilda, having agreed to help Misty with her investigation. Tilda tells him about the things Bushmaster said about wanting to avenge his family by taking action against Mariah. Meanwhile, Mariah is shocked to learn of Ridenhour's death but is forced to play coy when she learns that Comanche was also killed and is able to suspect that Shades was involved. Shades arrives with a lawyer to get Mariah released but is forced to stay put and be questioned since his license plates were caught on camera close to the crime when it took place. Shades' lawyer ends up abandoning him and despite being questioned without legal support, there still isn't enough evidence to charge him. He is released from custody.

Bushmaster's men shoot at Mariah and Tilda outside the precinct but Luke helps them to get away. Shades gets in a fight with Mariah because now that she has lost everything she is blaming Shades out of fear and desperation.

Misty uses the attack on the precinct as a way to get a search warrant for Harlem's Paradise but isn't able to find anything incriminating against Bushmaster, who has hired Mariah's old family lawyer out from under her (since she can no longer afford to keep him hired).

Luke is worried that Bushmaster will go after his loved one so he attends a service at the church where his father works, and saves him when Bushmaster's men arrive to launch an attack.

Mariah and Tilda have a breakthrough in their relationship when Mariah shares how she had been forced to give her up to her cousins, the Johnsons, under the orders of Mama Mabel. They are attacked shortly thereafter but Misty and Tyler arrive to protect them. Not longer after, Luke and Lucas also show up, and Luke decides to call Danny Rand for help with the situation.

Marvel's Luke Cage is available for streaming on Netflix.

Wynonna Earp S03E03 "Colder Weather" Recap


Wynonna is struggling to come to terms with Dolls' death. She's drinking while stumbling through the woods in search of Bulshar to vanquish and avenge Dolls. Waverly and Nicole have come with her and are armed, watching her from afar and hoping that this will help her in her grieving process. But Bulshar doesn't emerge, only a random revenant does. Wynonna is too drunk to vanquish him herself but Nicole and Waverly are able to chase him off using a shotgun.

The vampire Contessa, whom Doc had previously spared, pays him a visit at his bar. She wants something but Doc orders her to leave, which she does.

Back at the Earp home, Waverly and Nicole meet with a funeral director to pick a coffin for Dolls. Wynonna still isn't handling the situation well, opting to go outside and shoot drunk. Doc visits her and comforts her. They talk about Dolls and how he saved them all from certain death. Later on, the foursome agree to have a wake for Dolls, but Wynonna is outraged to learn that Jeremy will be performing an autopsy on Dolls and leaves in an attempt to stop it.

Back at the bar, Doc discovers that someone has broken into his bar and ransacked the basement. Whomever it was stole all the serum that had been created specially for Dolls. Doc hears a noise upstairs and finds a stranger with a gun. The two men hold their guns at one another and the man claims to have been a friend of Dolls.

Waverly and Nicole go to the hotel room where Dolls had been staying in the hopes of finding something for him to wear at his wake. Nicole shares about the bond she shared with Dolls and how it stemmed from their past traumas. Nicole tells the story of visiting a music festival as a child with her aunt and uncle in the Ghost River triangle. While there, the Cult of Bulshar attacked and killed everyone, with only Nicole surviving the experience. Waverly assures her it wasn't her fault and that if she wants to investigate the matter further, she will support her through it. They continue their search and find an envelope addressed to Wynonna in his briefcase. On the outside, it expresses that it was for her to receive after he was gone.

Waverly and Nicole realise that Dolls knew he was going to die, which Wynonna also learns when she reaches Jeremy's lab. He wasn't performing an autopsy since he knew what was set to kill Dolls and kept it secret according to his wishes. Wynonna is outraged that Jeremy didn't say anything but he retaliates that he was being loyal to Dolls.

Wynonna brings the news to Doc, who is drinking with the no-longer-stranger, Staff Sergeant Ramon Quinn. Quinn is in awe that Dolls managed to stay alive as long as he did because the only thing that would be able to sustain him was the Black Badge serum which is apparently no longer in existence. Quinn shares that he was able to find them because Dolls' squadron would send coded messages to one another using magazine ads. This was done for the purpose of signaling one another to attend each other's funerals without Black Badge knowing. He is the only that came because he is the only one left. The others died but Quinn survived because he wasn't experimented on like the rest of them, due to his having the wrong blood type. Wynonna warns him not to try anything shady and that he has to leave after the wake.

As Waverly and Nicole are leaving the motel, Contessa shows up and steals Waverly's purse with the envelope to Wynonna inside. Waverly is horrified to have lost the letter but they can't go searching for the thief now, or else they will miss Dolls' wake. Waverly tells Doc about the envelope and describes the thief. Doc knows it was Contessa and agrees to help Waverly get it back as long as they keep the matter quiet. The pair leave together discretely while Wynonna bonds with Quinn over Dolls. Quinn admits he is concerned that Black Badge might not be actually gone. But their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of revenants that have been getting high off the serum made for Dolls which they stole earlier. They are aggressive and intoxicated but Wynonna is able to take many of them out with Peacemaker before the remaining ones run off.

Waverly and Doc track down Contessa and get the purse and envelope back. Waverly knows the two had a connectino of sorts and Doc finally admits what it is: Contessa is his wife. She wants to be part of their group but is continually being denied.

Nicole gives Wynonna a tough-love pep talk to push her to make up with Jeremy. She goes to his lab only to find that Quinn is torturing him after learning from Wynonna that Jeremy worked for Black Badge. Now Quinn wants access to the same serum Jeremy had created for Dolls because he wants to inject himself with it so he can attack Black Badge headquarters to avenge his squadron and go out in a blaze of glory. He feels guilty for bringing Dolls back to Black Badge every time he escaped, as a soldier following orders. Wynonna puts her gun down and is able to talk Quinn down and free Jeremy. She then sends him out of town and warns him not to come back.

Wynonna worries that Dolls' body could become a target to ill-intentioned people. To prevent any further harm, and to let him rest in peace, she decides that his body should be cremated. The team bury his ashes with some of his other meaningful belongings. Waverly finally gives Wynonna the envelope Dolls had left for her. Inside is a photograph of her with the entire team. Wynonna takes the gift as a sign that Dolls wants her to keep going with her mission.

Doc visits Contessa again, who shares that Wyatt had told her right before he died that Doc was still alive. That was when she decided she would do whatever it took to be with him. The two then embrace.

Wynonna Earp airs on Fridays on Syfy at 9/8c.

Oleynik Returns With "Любишь другого"


After a hiatus (eight months classifies as such in the fast-paced Ukrainian music industry), Oleynik has returned with a new music video for his song "Любишь другого". True to form, the song is equal parts catchy and melancholic, while the music video boasts a salacious set of interactions between Oleynik and his leading lady.

Watch the "Любишь другого" music video here:

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger S01E10 "Colony Collapse" Recap


Tandy saves Melissa but Greg's killer manages to escape instead of being apprehended. Melissa doesn't understand what's happening or why Tandy needs to leave. But Tandy kisses her mother goodbye and heads out to save the rest of those in need.

Tyrone's father meets with him and tells Tyrone to go on the run and never make contact with him or his mother. Although Tyrone's father believes him and knows he is innocent, he wants Tyrone to be safe. He gives Tyrone his cloak which allows Tyrone to escape using his abilities, which Tyrone's father still doesn't know about.

Tandy heads to Mina's place where she uses her light dagger to stab one of the infected Roxxon workers that was trying to kill her. Tandy is horrified that everything is happening again like when her father died. Tandy runs up to Mina's place and saves Mina from one of the other infected Roxxon workers. Tandy tells Mina about how Scarborough falsified the reports and that everyone had turned psychotic eight years ago that were infected by the gas. Mina is horrified that her design has put even more people at risk, since there are eight more pipes with building pressure across the city. But first they need to get to Roxxon to see if there is a central valve that can shut them all off.

Tyrone hides in a crowded Mardi Gras parade but is nearly apprehended by cops. O'Reilly arrives and tries to help Tyrone escape but they are quickly surrounded by other cops. Tyrone won't use his powers with so many people around to watch him do so in daylight so both he and O'Reilly are arrested.

Evita tells her aunt about how she has discovered the other half of the Divine Pairing. Aunt Chantelle reminds her of her history to better understand how it is that they'll be able to save the city from the impending threat. She coaches Evita so that she will be able to help Tandy and Tyrone fulfill their destiny.

O'Reilly and Tyrone are placed in an unofficial holding cell. They deduce that the corrupt police intend to kill them instead of officially apprehending them. Tyrone struggles to summon his powers without his cloak to help him.

Tandy and Mina make it Roxxon where they confront Scarborough together. Tandy forces him to reveal the location of the core for the city-wide system Mina has designed. Tandy then enters his mind where all of his hopes are. She then removes enough of his hopes to reduce him to a trapped state much like Ivan was in for the past eight years. But as they are leaving, they are attacked by Grey's killer. However, she is then attacked by an an infected person. More and more infected begin to swarm and they retreat into a warehouse but Mina ends up being infected, leaving Tandy vulnerable.

Tyrone and O'Reilly are somewhat spared from the corrupt cops intending to kill them, due to the infection spreading to the precinct. The various officers begin to fight one another instead. Tyrone is able to retrieve his cloak and use it to teleport to Tandy in time to save her from an infected Mina, leaving O'Reilly to fight off various infected folks.

Evita arrives and informs Tandy and Tyrone of their fate as the Divine Pairing. Tyrone then tells Tandy he is concerned he won't be able to use his powers because his cloak was ruined during the fighting at the police station. But she returns his hoodie to him that she had kept after the accident eight years ago. The hoodie was one that belonged to Billy, and Tyrone feels his confidence to use his abilities is renewed, and joins Tandy to set off for the core.

O'Reilly attempts to get to a valve but is confronted by Connors who shoots her. Her body is exposed to some energy from the core in the process, and Connors pushes her seemingly dead body into the ocean. Connors then confronts Tandy and Tyrone outside the building containing the central core. Tyrone tells Connors he isn't afraid of him anymore and teleports Connors to the top of a building. Tyrone releases him without dumping him over the edge, after which Connors tries to draw his gun to kill Tyrone. But the Darkforce shoots out of Tyrone's hoodie and absorbs Connors, much to Tyrone's shock since this is something in his ability he never knew about.

Tyrone tells Tandy he needs to die in order for them to save the city and teleports inside without her to try to shut off the valve and sacrifice himself, believing this is how they will fulfill their destiny as the Divine Pairing. But Tandy forces her way into the building and helps Tyrone by combining their abilities to absorb the leaking energy, which they then shoot up into the sky so it will no longer infect the city.

After this, all the infected are cured and Roxxon is rightfully blamed for what has happened. Tandy decides to move back in with Melissa while Tyrone moves into the church that Tandy used to live in, since he is still wanted for the murder of Fuchs. O'reilly is believed by everyone to be dead but she later emerges from the water due to her exposure to the darkforce matter before Connors had dumped her body.

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger will return for season 2 on Freeform.
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