Date: December 21, 2016

Location: Newport Cinema 4, Resorts World Manila, Philippines

Snack: Cheddar cheese-flavored popcorn, Maltesers and root beer

Backstory: My flight just got cancelled. Traveling by bus was not an option because securing a last-minute reservation was not going to happen. Truth be told, I was not looking forward to twelve grueling hours on the road. I was not in the mood to interact with airline employees, who have mastered the art of further frustrating already irate guests. Either I cancel my plans of going home for the holidays or join the other complaining guests in the ticketing office and attempt to book a flight for the following day. I managed to secure a seat but by then, I was starving.  I would really hate to get stuck in the nightmarish Manila traffic en route to my flat in the metro. On a whim, I booked for an overnight stay at the Remington Hotel while waiting for my first meal for the day to be served– banana caramel walnut pancakes at one in the afternoon. Barely an hour later, I checked in to my room and set to forget the hassles of the day  by heading to the cinema. Rogue One surely made up for what could have been a truly dreadful day. (The fluffy  pancakes helped a great deal, too.)

Favorite scene: I’m still hounded by the hum of Darth Vader’s red lightsaber as he brutality massacred rebels  in the hallway scene. The Sith Lord is the ultimate villain. Not Orson Krennic nor Grand Moff Tarkin. Not even The Emperor. The tragedy of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader is the source of all things relevant in the universe that George Lucas created.

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Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back

First thought after the screening: It is high time that I revisit the original trilogy that was first introduced to me as a teenager when the digitally remastered movies were released in 1997.

May the force be with you.

*first viewing