Movie review: Lola Igna

September 17, 2019
EDUARDO Roy Jr. just won the best director award in the recent Cinemalaya for the dark sex-drama “Fuccbois” for which Ricky Davao also won as best supporting actor as a closeted mayor. He now wins best picture for “Lola Igna” in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino and also got the best actress prize for Angie Ferro in the title role, but the best director plum was given to someone else this time.

Movie review: Once upon a time in Hollywood

September 02, 2019
ON August 8-9 of 1969, just about three weeks after man first landed on the moon and Gloria Diaz won as the first Filipina Miss Universe, the world was shocked by the horrifying death of Hollywood actress Sharon Tate, who’s 8 months pregnant, and four other companions (including her former boyfriend, hairdresser Jay Sebring) in the murderous hands of ruthless Charles Manson’s cult members.

Movie review: 'Angel has fallen'

August 24, 2019
FIRST, it was “Olympus Has Fallen” versus North Koreans in 2013 then “London Has Fallen” versus jihadists in 2016. They grossed $170 million and $206 million worldwide, respectively, so it’s not surprising that there’s another sequel, “Angel Has Fallen”, making this franchise a trilogy. It brings back Gerard Butler as Mike Banning, a grizzled secret service veteran facing his most scary enemies, his own best friend and private mercenaries who are all out to get him.

Movie review: ‘Dora and the lost city of gold’

August 22, 2019
It starts with Dora and her cousin Diego as kids then we jump 10 years later and Dora is now a teenager, played by Isabela Moner (who did a TV series in Nickelodeon and other flicks, but we best remember her as the feisty daughter of a drug lord in “Sicario 2”, protected by Benicio del Toro). She is perfectly cast as a teenaged Dora with her innocent aura and wide eyed charms. Playing her parents are Eva Longoria (who gained weight since “Desperate Housewives”) and Michael Pena. Benicio del Toro lends his voice as Swiper, the fox, while Danny Trejo is the voice of Boots, Dora’s pet monkey.

‘No Time To Die’ new James Bond movie

August 21, 2019
The Hollywood Reporter claims the new Bond production follows James after he has gone on hiatus in Jamaica. The beginning of the movie features the secret agent hanging out in the Caribbean and enjoying his relaxing days until Felix Leiter from the CIA asks for his help.

Movie review: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

August 13, 2019
THE ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, which started as a car heist flick, has had a total of 8 movies so far. Now comes the spin off, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’, secondary characters before to Vin Diesel and his gang but now take center stage in a movie of their own. Luke Hobbs is The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, who works with America’s Diplomatic Security Service, while Deckard Shaw is Jason Statham, a former British military operative. The Rock was first seen in FF5 in 2011. Statham was first seen in FF6 in 2013.

Movie review: Midsommar

July 31, 2019
LAST year, director Ari Aster debuted in “Hereditary”, one of the most overrated horror flicks ever. Its script is riddled with holes like a wicker basket. It starts as a psychological character study then skids off the track as it toys with supernatural elements then gets totally derailed with a simplistic, poorly constructed ending concerning a cult which is totally in contrast to the low key enigmatic tone of the previous proceedings.

Movie review: 'MA'

July 17, 2019
‘MA’ is a wickedly amusing horror thriller, but not of the supernatural kind. It’s more about a psychopath, like “Misery” with Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning performance and the more recent “Greta” starring French icon Isabelle Huppert, both about seemingly kind-hearted strangers who win the confidence of unsuspecting victims before showing their true psychopathic colors.

Movie review: Annabelle comes home

July 04, 2019
WHO would have thought that “The Conjuring” in 2013 would spawn a series of movies connected with it that is now known collectively as “The Conjuring Universe”. “The Conjuring 2” was shown in 2016 and Part 3 is scheduled to be shown next year. Aside from that, the evil doll Annabelle now has its own franchise.

Movie review: Anna

June 27, 2019
‘ANNA’ is written and directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson, best known for such action hits as “La Femme Nikita” (later made into a TV series), “Leon, The Professional” and “Lucy”. He is also the producer of the Liam Neeson hit, “Taken”, the Zoe Saldana actioner “Colombiana” and he wrote the Jason Statham hit, “The Transporter”.

Movie review: Toy Story 4

June 26, 2019
‘TOY Story’ started as a franchise in 1995 with the first movie, a computer animated film that says that all toys have a life of their own and come alive when humans are not around them. It introduced the cowboy Woody (voice by Tom Hanks) and the spaceman Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) who become rivals for the attention of their boy owner, Andy. Several other toys in their group were also introduced. It was a big hit so it’s not surprising to become a franchise.

Movie review: 'Rocketman'

June 24, 2019
AFTER ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ about Freddie Mercury, now comes “Rocketman” about another British music icon, Elton John whose real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight. He has the distinction of having seven consecutive number one albums in the U.S. charts and his song, “Candle in the Wind” in 1997, rewritten as a tribute to Princess Diana, sold 33 million copies worldwide (but it’s not in the movie). His first hit single was “Your Song” in 1970 from his self titled album. He also has great success in musical films and theatre, composing for “The Lion King”, “Aida” and “Billy Elliot the Musical”.