‘Suarez: The Healing Priest’ review: John Arcilla’s memorable performance

‘Suarez: The Healing Priest’ is a heartwarming film that poses to bring joy and healing this Christmas season.

Official poster of SUAREZ: THE HEALING PRIEST.

Suarez: The Healing Priest is one-of-a-kind entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. It’s a depiction of the life of beloved priest, Father Fernando Suarez, who is fondly known to heal and do miraculous things to people who are physically sick. The priest became well known to many people in the Philippines because of his practice and teachings Just like any other mortals, he went through ups and downs, much to the point that he was implicated in a controversy that sparked rumors among the leaders of the church. Even so, he was vindicated and died peacefully knowing that the movie adaptation of his life story is in the good hands of director Joven Tan and Saranggola Media Productions.

The film literally brings joy and healing. It simplifies the story of Father Suarez from the building of his church, to his personal weaknesses, to his relationships to people around him. While some of the stories were shortened, the film manages to make it understandable in a good way.

It basically celebrates his gift of healing, but it also doesn’t veer away from discussing his troubles, including the many controversies that hounded him. It shows that Father Suarez has gone through human emotions and experiences and fears like any other ordinary people. The selection of cast were good and John Arcilla’s performances never fails to amaze us. He portrayed Father Suarez well enough, knowing that he was handpicked by the real Father Suarez to play the role. Everything from the film is simple and easy-going. Some parts are a bit off because of its cuts but everything else is relatable enough.

The film is no doubt a total blessing for everyone and a timely offering amid the ongoing crisis where many of us are desperately looking for hope. It’s a pleasing film for the whole family this Christmas.

SUAREZ: The Healing Priest is an official entry to the 46th Metro Manila Film Festival. Starring John Arcilla, Jin Macapagal, Dante Rivero, Marlo Mortel, Rosanna Roces, Jairus Aquino, and Alice Dixson. Directed by Joven M. Tan.

Streaming until January 7, 2021 on http://www.upstream.ph.

‘Tagpuan’ review: Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, Shaina Magdayao find self-love, take second chances

Tagpuan successfully brings hope, love, humanity, and identity in a world of pain and suffering.

Official poster of the #MMFF2020 entry TAGPUAN.

Ever since the community quarantine was implemented in the country, movie theater operations become very limited, that is why the annual Metro Manila Film Festival has decided to go digital this year. MMFF makes use of the newest video-on-demand platform, Upstream.ph, where families can enjoy watching in the comfort of their own homes. Not to mention, the online edition of this film festival is not limited to Filipinos residing in the country but will allow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)—and even foreigners—to enjoy the festival in a legitimate platform, wherever they are in the world.

One of the 10 film entries this year is Tagpuan, a story that talks about much more than love. It scales the spectrum of joy and pain, success and failure, acceptance and rejection.

Tagpuan takes us to the world of Allan, Agnes, and Tanya. Allan (played by Alfred Vargas) is a rich businessman who deems to find purpose again despite his broken past. Agnes (Iza Calzado), a simple ex-wife to Allan, wants to follow her dreams by studying arts and design in New York. Tanya (Shaina Magdayao), on another hand, is a go-with-the-flow girl, who is stuck as an immigrant in Hongkong but wants to go to New York for opportunities. All three of them are trying to find themselves and looking for second chances in life and love.

Tagpuan is the only romance-drama entry in this year’s lineup. The story and pacing is a bit slow at first but then you’ll realize that these characters are telling you their life stories in an intimate manner. They are simply people who have fallen in and out of love—fighting for love after the romance is gone. A simple story, yet a reflective one, it also manages to bring us a closer look at what life looks like as an immigrant and as an OFW in Hong Kong and New York City. The film simply puts the characters’ struggle and plight with the mix of social and economic forces that reflect and shape reactions to love and relationships.

Director McArthur C. Alejandre and writer Ricky Lee remarkably shaped a world that easily showcases love towards other people as well as self-love. It’s something that we often forget: finding ourselves amidst the noise and chaos—and losing ourselves in the middle of the silence. It is a process of reflecting in those experiences for the sake of our own second chances in life.

This romantic-drama showcases Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, and Shaina Magdayao as they put themselves in their roles with much grace. No doubt that these three equally give amazing performances in showing their emotions and fierceness throughout their respective acting careers.

Tagpuan wants us to find ourselves again this Christmas. It presents itself forward for viewers to have self-love and second chance in life. It is indeed a relatable film for Filipinos all over the world this holiday season. You want a film where you can have a contemplative takeaway? Then this is the MMFF entry film you don’t want to miss!

Tagpuan is an official entry to the 46th Metro Manila Film Festival. Starring Iza Calzado, Alfred Vargas, and Shaina Magdayao. Directed by McArthur C. Alejandre and written by Ricky Lee. Produced by Alternative Vision Cinema, Inc.
Streaming starts this Christmas on www.upstream.ph.

‘Kaibigan: The Series’ airs Saturday mornings on GMA-7

Perkinspiredflix, a local Philippine production company, has partnered with GMA-7 to air youth show ‘Kaibigan: the Series.’ It is shown every Saturday morning, starting December 5. at 8:45 AM.

It tackles the lives of four friends amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. It stars young talents Jesse Perkins, Christian Perkins, Lianne Valentin and Janina Vela.

The series will go through different themes of adolescence, such as anxiety, productivity, depression, maintaining peace in relationships, navigating family problems, love, honesty and faith.

Perkinspiredflix CEO Tarny Perkins emphasized on the hope of the Kaibigan The Series for the Filipino Youth. “The new normal, the result of COVID-19 is forcing us to face tough problems for the first time. Kaibigan brings hope and love through friendship, to help youth and families who are struggling through these changes brought about by the pandemic.”

One of the lead actors Jesse Perkins, also said he hopes the series will serve as an inspiration to today’s youth. “A friend (Kaibigan) provides strength to get through difficult times,” he added.

For more series updates, visit the official Facebook page at facebook.com/Kaibigan.ofc.

About Perkinspiredflix Inc.

PERKINSPIREDFLIX INC. is a company founded on Christian values and is designed to produce quality content via film and entertainment that is values-oriented, family-friendly, faith-based and God-glorifying – without compromise.

For more info, contact Daniel Dawal at 0916-298-9264 or daniel@perkinspiredflix.com

Ryza Cenon headlines ‘Bella Bandida’ serial adaptation

A new icon for women empowerment is coming to mainstream television! From the producer of astounding movies “BuyBust” and “Maria”, “Bella Bandida”, an action-drama series loosely based on the comic book by National Artist Francisco V. Coching, is set to premiere on TV5 on November 25, 2020.

Ryza Cenon portrays the role of Annabelle “Bella” Suarez, a medical doctor who aims to help improve the welfare of the people of Santiago, her hometown. Her boyfriend, town councilor Brick Ortaleza (Josef Elizalde), also intends to change the corrupt political system as he is being groomed to be the next mayor.

At present, the town of Santiago is under the governance of Timothy Gregory Ortaleza, a.k.a “Mayor Tigro” (Efren Reyes, Jr.). When Bella finds out that he is authorizing a mining operation, she bravely confronts him about it since she knows the bad effect it could bring to the town, most especially the tribe where she belongs.

But Bella ends up getting raped. The culprit is the mayor himself, along with Santiago’s chief of police, Col. Emmanuel Barbaro (Lito Pimentel), and one highly skilled assassin named El Pistulero (Rafa Siguion-Reyna). Mayor Tigro even wants her dead, but his murder attempt fails.

Bella is saved by a rebel named Chris (AJ Muhlach), but more than that, a higher power gives her a second life. May’ari, the goddess of moon and night, endows her with super powers. Bella Bandida is born.

With revenge on top of her mind, Bella Bandida hunts the people that wronged her. Chris supports her in this endeavor. But in the process of exacting her revenge, she discovers much deeper societal issues. Bella Bandida uses her powers to fight against the injustices in Santiago.

“Bella Bandida” is Ryza Cenon’s first title role. In the last four years, Ryza has portrayed strong characters such as Georgia Ferrer on “Ika-6 na Utos” (GMA-7), Aubrey Hidalgo on “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano”, and Jessie de Leon-del Fierro on “The General’s Daughter” (ABS-CBN). From Kapuso Network to Kapamilya Network, and now on Kapatid Network, Ryza is all set to make a mark as one of the few female action heroes on Philippine TV.

“Bella Bandida” also stars Sarah Jane Abad as Rhoda Velasquez, a family friend of the Ortalezas who will fall in love with Brick when Bella disappears. Ara Mina takes on an important role in Bella’s life and the town of Santiago.

Director Raffy Francisco, after enjoying a tremendous success in creative TV commercials and music videos, proudly announces on his Instagram that this is his “first foray into long-form narratives”. Co-directing with him is Temi Abad, a prolific writer and creative consultant.

Follow the story of “Bella Bandida” and see why she is not a girl to be messed with.

Meet Race Wong — well-known HK actress, well-loved PH entrepreneur

Race Wong is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry in Hong Kong. She and her elder sister Rosanne had a successful singing career as the multi-awarded Cantopop duo 2R. It must be fate that catapulted her from being a well-known celebrity to being a well-loved entrepreneur here in the Philippines.

In an exclusive interview with Cinema Bravo, when asked about her journey from being an actress to building the idea of real estate business Ohmyhome, Race cheerfully said that she actually always goes with her ambition. Pursuing her career as a singer is not merely a childhood dream. She went straight to Hong Kong to achieve this dream and became more than successful.

There were endless casting calls and numerous auditions before she was fortunate enough to break a record deal with Universal Music. She then got a lot of spots in commercials along with the biggest celebrities back then. It went on for a few years until she decided to leave the spotlight to venture into an entirely different career.

“I felt like I can do more beyond myself,” she explained.

And so Race went back to school in Australia to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business. Then, she entered the world of finance and equities trading. She added that entering a new world changed her whole perspective. It broadened her reach as she shifted from everyday reading of celebrity news to exploring financial news.

In 2013, Race had a turning point in which path she would eventually take on full-gear. She returned to Singapore to join her sister, Rhonda, in putting up a company called Anthill Realtors, which basically offered investment and property management services to the affluent. Race loved working with her sister and it felt so natural joining her. Their sisters’ bond is so strong that no one can break it. They understood each other—both strengths and weaknesses—and don’t have any power issues at all. It’s all about serving others together and building a better community. They were aligned together since Day 1 and that is the reason why they started Ohmyhome to begin with. Race can’t ask for a better partner.

Race began conceptualizing Ohmyhome on the first quarter of 2015 when she came across some of the issues that people face when buying, selling, and renting a home. This prompted her to develop smart solutions that simplify the housing transaction. The platform was officially launched three years ago here in the Philippines. According to her, this is a much more reliable platform where you can find information that you can trust.

Ohmyhome is here to make housing transactions fast, reliable, and simple for filipino people.”

When asked about how she balances everything from being a mom to being an entrepreneur, Race shared that there is no such thing as balance — only work-life harmony. It’s all about distinguishing her very own priorities, as well as that of her husband and that of her daughter.

“Priorities are not always the same,” she added. “Because everyone grows and we meet with different challenges at different point in time. So for me, I have to be aligned with my husband and other priorities with my child.”

Race wants what’s best for her daughter. She wants her to have a healthy diet and doesn’t want her to stay up late. When it comes to her husband, on the other hand, she is more understanding in terms of his language of love, which involves quality time and communication. She admitted that it’s easy to do by having dinner with him as often as possible.

“A simple 10-minute talk [with your partner] makes a whole lot of difference because a lot of people are always busy.”

Race has been away from her singing and acting career. She has moved on from it to focus on other goals aside from being part of the entertainment industry. She’s busier now with her work as an entrepreneur.

“Do I miss celebrity life? I think I miss that life a few years ago, but I don’t miss it anymore,” she honestly confessed. “I feel very complete and fulfilled now. I love the work I’m doing and I believe the more successful Ohmyhome is, the better it is for the world.”

The next important thing for her is her family. “Everything is about home and family for me. I love my husband. And now that I’m a mom, I feel complete.”

She concluded that if given a chance to play or be involved again in a film, she would want to have a meaningful role: something that can have a strong message or something that could educate.

Learn more about her passion project on the Ohmyhome app, which can be downloaded for FREE! You can now search, buy, and sell your properties in a simple, fast, and reliable way. Ohmyhome is available on the App Store and Google Play Store. http://bit.ly/OhmyhomeOnPlayStore

VIVA to produce shows on TV5, debuts with PH version of ‘Masked Singer’

On the last quarter of 2020, Viva Entertainment continues to keep the happiness of the mass viewers its first priority, hence comes its partnership with the Kapatid Network, TV5.

First to emerge from this partnership are five new dynamic shows from CignalTV and SariSari produced by Viva from TV5 to bring cheer, excitement and inspiration to people of all ages, especially in these trying times.

“Masked Singer Pilipinas”, to be hosted by Billy Crawford, is set to premiere on October 24 at 7 PM on TV5 Primetime block. Based on the hit South Korean Show, “King of Mask Singer”, which has also been adapted in the US, this show will put you in awe of the show-stopping performances of celebrity contestants concealed in masks and costumes. Every week, our celebrity judges: Cristine Reyes, Kim Molina, Matteo Guidicelli, and Aga Muhlach will give their ratings that could eliminate and unmask one of the highly confidential masked celebrity singers.

“Ghost Adventures”, the high-rating comedy-horror series, returns for a second season to pump up your mood every Saturday, starting October 31. Par Jack (Benjie Paras), the country’s famous ghost whisperer, continues to help ghosts cross over to the after life. But someone in purgatory feels threatened by Par Jack’s abilities and vows to keep him from succeeding in his mission. Empoy Marquez and Kylie Verzosa join Paras in this amazing adventures.

“Bella Bandida” will be the new superhero to promote women empowerment as she fights all kinds of injustices. Starring Ryza Cenon, this is going to be her first title role after her remarkable portrayal of characters such as Georgia Ferrer on Ika-6 na Utos, Aubrey Hidalgo on Ang Probinsyano, and Jessie de Leon-del Fierro on The General’s Daughter. Starting November 23, follow the story of how Bella Bandida gets to acquire super powers that will help her take down bad elements in the society. This is loosely based on Francisco V. Coching’s comic book of the same name.

Back in the year 2000, Master Director Erik Matti kept audiences awake with terrifying tales in a show called “Kagat ng Dilim”. This year, critically-acclaimed directors Richard Somes, Lawrence Fajardo, Paul Basinillo and Rae Red are guaranteed to quench your thirst for some jump scare experiences with every dark tale that will feature Filipino folktales, myths, creatures and urban legends. “Kagat ng Dilim” also premieres on November 23.

Last but not the least on the list of Viva’s first 5 on TV5 is “Onstage”, where you can relish the moments that made history in the concert scene. Catch your favorite artists perform their hits and more! Some of the titles to look forward to are: Anne Curtis’s “Anne Kapal Forbidden Concert”, “Revolution: The JaDine Concert”, “The Crew: Billy Craword, Sam Concepcion and James Reid”, “Playlist”, “SiKat Ako: Katrina Velarde Concert”, “Martin & Side A”, Martin Nievera 3D, Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo’s “What Love Is?”, and more Sarah G’s concerts, such as “In Motion”, “The Next One”, “From The Top”, and “The Great Unknown”

Viva and TV5 will take their winning collaboration all the way to year 2021 with another eight exciting shows!

Viva, being the undisputalbe star maker that aided Sarah G in becoming the Popstar Royalty, will launch the second season of “Born To Be A Star.” The show aims to find the next multimedia performer who will be recognized globally. Janine Teñoso, who is now known as OST Princess, is a product of the show’s first season.

“Puto”, the well-loved Pinoy character popularized by Herbert Bautista in the 80s, will be given a new life that suits the modern times. This fantasy comedy series will follow Puto’s adventures with three dwarfs who can grant him three wishes.

“Republika Origins”, based on a graphic novel by Epik, will introduce us to Liway and Nario characters that come from the lineage of various national heroes and possess special powers. Together, they embark on a journey of finding other descendants of heroes to prepare themselves for a big war that’s about to happen.

Five of the said eight shows are going to be local adaptations of record-breaking foreign shows.

“The Wall”, a game of chance produced by Lebron James, will provide a rollercoaster of emotions during the gameplay and will capture human drama in the end.

“1000 Heartbeats”, a game show that originated in the UK, will test how much pressure a contestant can handle. 1000 heartbeats will be the time limit to answer a series of questions ranging from general knowledge, sequencing, mathematical problems, and more. The electronic heart-rate counter worn by the player will determine if he/she has run out of heartbeats.

“Encounter”, a romantic-drama series, will revolve around a woman’s efforts to move on from her failed marriage, finding a new love prospect, only to face another conflict.

“Ninja Kids”, an action-adventure series, will bring together teenage online gamers who face a formidable threat in real life. Now, they must level up their game from online to actual combat.

With this powerful lineup of programs, this partnership between Viva and TV5 will surely be a blast this year and the years to come.

Julia Barretto signs 5-year contract with Viva Artists Agency

Viva Artists Agency warmly welcomes Ms. Julia Barretto to the Viva family.
This much celebrated young artist is set to make even more exciting and different projects under her new management.

Julia started at the very young age of nine when she appeared in Gulong ng Palad as the young Isabelle and has gone on with such major hits like Kokey, and wonderful performances in Wansapanataym and Maalaala Mo Kaya.

With her showbiz roots, she really took the TV world by storm in 2014, playing the lead in Mirabella. From then on, Julia has been unstoppable. From top ratings on TV, she moved on to blockbuster hits at the cinema. Her films : Vince, Kath and James, Love You to The Stars and Back, For the Hopeless Romantic and Unexpectedly Yours were box office hits that further increased her fan base and popularity.

Julia remains a role model for her generation and has garnered multiple awards including Famas and PMPC Star Awards Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress Luna Awards, Famas Best Actress Award in 2018 among many, many others.

Fashion forward, brave and real, Julia constantly sets the trend with her social media accounts.
Her Instagram account has over 9.6 million followers and she is the endorser of multiple multinational and local brands.

While her life has had a few bumps over the years, Julia has emerged as a stronger, more mature and empowered young lady.

With her move to Viva, Julia will surely shine even brighter as one of the Philippines premier leading ladies.

Welcome to the Viva Family, Julia!

McCoy De Leon leaves Star Magic to join Viva

It is a year of new beginnings for McCoy de Leon, as he joins Viva Artists Agency!

McCoy introduced himself to the public as Iñigo Cabanatan in the hit morning TV show, Be Careful With My Heart back in 2012. After a series of appearances in local TV shows such as Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (2015) and It’s Showtime, McCoy became a member of the boy group #Hashtags in 2015. In 2016, #Hashtags won the Dance Album of the Year in the 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music. McCoy was also nominated for the Push Tweet and Gram Newcomer award by Push Awards in 2016. He also won the Favorite Breakthrough Loveteam recognition during the 2016 Star Cinema Awards. In 2016, McCoy was a celebrity housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 where he was named 6th Big Placer along with his fellow #Hashtags member, Nikko Natividad. More recognitions came in 2017 when de Leon won PEP’sters Choice Awards’ Male Breakout Star of the Year. De Leon also won two awards during the 2017 Box Office Entertainment Awards, bagging the Most Promising Loveteam recognition with Elise Joson for their work in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as well as the Most Popular Recording/Performing Group honors with #Hashtags.

After appearing in several Maalala Mo Kaya and Wansapanataym episodes, McCoy became a recurring cast member in the hit TV series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano . McCoy also won the Most Promising Loveteam of Movies & TV recognition with Elise Joson during the 49th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Entertainment Awards for their roles in the TV show, The Good Son. The 25-year-old actor also appears regularly in noontime shows such as ASAP and It’s Showtime.

Aside from being a mainstay star in TV shows, the #Hashtags member also appeared in several independent and mainstream movies, including Instalado (2017) where he won Best New Movie Actor of the Year in the 34th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, Ang Panday (2017), Sin Island (2018), Sakaling Maging Tayo (2019) and G! (2019) where he was nominated for Best Actor in the 3rd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awarding ceremony. He last appeared in the 2020 hit zombie film Block Z alongside Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia.

Just recently, McCoy announced that he will be returning to school to finish his degree while also focusing on his work as an actor under his new family, Viva Artists Agency.

With all these changes and opportunities, it looks like it will be an exciting 2020 for McCoy de Leon!

Welcome to the Viva Family, McCoy!

Vice Ganda to launch own digital network

He already conquered Television, the Movies and even the world of Cosmetics. Now, he’s ready to conquer the universe and be on the same level as Oprah Winfrey as one of the country’s funniest comedians, Vice Ganda opens his own network!

Be the first to have an exclusive access of anything and everything Vice Ganda in the new and fabulous VICE GANDA NETWORK!

Just visit the official VICE GANDA NETWORK website, www.viceganda.com.ph and be the first to catch the good vibes that Vice Ganda sends out everyday. Know the latest Vice News, get some Vice Beauty tips, get a chance to win some Vice giveaways, join the fun Vice Games and get to watch the latest Vice videos. All of these, first and exclusive on VICE GANDA NETWORK.

One of the most exciting things to hit VICE GANDA NETWORK is the latest hit online show GABING GABI NA VICE! And starting July 24, you get to watch it first and exclusive on VICE GANDA NETWORK. Now, you have a new late night gimmick every Friday and you get a VIP treatment, as you are with the one and only Vice Ganda.

You get front row seat of the laugh trip that Vice Ganda brings every week with his guests who are all still fun and games even if it’s already late at night. Vice Ganda has sexy guests, hot guests, and wacky guests. You name it, Gabing Gabi na Vice surely has something for everybody.

Vice Ganda has millions of followers on his Social Network accounts, that’s why he is surely to bring laughter and happiness to more millions of people through VICE GANDA NETWORK. So if you want nothing but laughter and good vibes, just log on to www.viceganda.com.ph.

‘Money Heist Part 4’ review: A must-watch big bang

Money Heist Part 4 successfully brings back the hype with lots of surprising twists and turns that fans deserve to savor.

Two weeks before the much-awaited premiere of the fourth season of the Spanish crime-drama, Money Heist (La Casa de Papel), Netflix gave us access to watch its first few episodes.

Now that all eight episodes were released, here’s our quick take on the return of the globally popular series.

Money Heist 4 returned with an explosive fans that made it trend on Twitter and Facebook, with fans around the world expecting a much bigger season the series has to offer. True enough, its popularity has gone viral and brought it as one of the most popular titles on Netflix.

Back in last year’s Part 3 (released July 19, 2019), Money Heist showed the team back together to outperform themselves via an even bigger heist. All of it, however, is a ruse to try and rescue one of their members (Rio) who has been captured by the authorities. (Fast forward to Episode 8 and we get a glimpse that the stakes have been upped dramatically.)

It’s an all-out war between the authorities and our gang with a newly pregnant woman (Sierra) at the helm of the investigation—trying to bring them all in. The Professor believes Raquel to be dead and calls for DEFCON 2 which results in the use of RPG’s against a tank rolling to storm the Bank of Spain where the gang is held up. Nairobi’s fate, on another hand, looks bleak—given her bullet wound and the Professor’s plan is seemingly up in the air with the new police negotiator firmly in control.

We’re expecting to hopefully see the inevitable escape—or as it’s looking like at this point, the demise of the crew. The new season is what fans are waiting for. Things have taken an unexpected turn for The Professor, Lisbon, and the thieves. Usually when everything goes wrong, The Professor comes up with a backup plan—but this time he is out of options. His love for Lisbon (another one of his rules that he broke) causes him to be led astray, and now all bets are off for Season 4.

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Photo credit: Netflix

Episode 1: Game Over

“Anger and grief heighten tensions between the group. The Professor, while in mourning, attempts to make a daring and dangerous escape.”

The series opens from where it left us. It is one hell of a mess for the whole team. Everyone is at stake for there is already a war inside and outside the Bank of Spain. The group must be kept in control of their emotions and anger to make things work inside. Outside, the Professor is running out of options but he must keep on fighting to get the team out (with the melted gold on the side). The excitement for this new season unravels everything that we want to see on a pilot episode.

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Episode 2: Berlin’s Wedding

“Palermo shocks the group with his actions. Sierra pressures her subject to take a deal. The Professor remembers his brother’s wedding.”

It brings us back to the happier days the team could remember: A flashback to a wonderful wedding and a celebration that give us a glimpse of what it was like before the next heist. Everything is about to explode while the team continues to struggle on saving one of their own. There is just enough tension in this episode; too much heat going on around the characters.

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Episode 3: Anatomy Lesson

“The Professor’s mole attempts to pass along his message inside the tent. Denver’s jealousy toward Mónica and Rio’s friendship heightens.”

A crazy twist happens when the bank’s security chief, Gandía, has escaped and eventually makes his way to sabotage the heist and targets the thieves. Although things get intense in this episode, it still ends with much love that one should not miss.

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Episode 4: Pasodoble

“In the past, Berlin predicts that Gandia will cause problems for the operation. Sierra’s interrogation of Lisboa leads to a personal revelation.”

Tension rises and more secrets are about to unfold. The episode gets us closer and closer to what we never saw in the trailers. What more is there for Gandia as a key element in their heist? We’re bound to learn that.

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Episode 5: 5 Minutes Earlier

“Denver turns to an undercover source for help. Nairobi attempts to motivate her team as the danger around them intensifies.”

Money Heist made sure it utilizes the style of non-linear storytelling by presenting a higher level of excitement. Sure enough, this is an action-packed episode with bullets flying everywhere and a great suprise to make it all the more thrilling. It has a specific turn that would keep anyone from stopping.

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Without spoiling anything more than what the trailers and episode descriptions have given out, La Casa De Papel Part 4 is a bomb, to put it simply: with excellent quality, full of believable action stunts, and immersive acting.

This is very different from the past installments as this one tells us that the team is no longer an invincible rock. Their struggles hereon are so real that they have a tendency to break—anytime, without warning, however care they pose.

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Photo credit: Netflix

But then again, it is all about the surprises. While some scenes in the first five episodes can already be drawn from the trailers, there is still a lot of craziness and genius that could transform anyone into a fan. It’s more than worth the long wait!

After seeing the final episode of Season 4, we could all expect for a grander continuation, without a doubt. Would the Professor be as successful as in the first heist? What would be the fate of our beloved characters? As Palermo would say, “This is more than just a heist.”

The new season of Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) is now streaming on Netflix.