Movie review: Ben is back

December 21, 2018
JULIA Roberts was once America’s Sweetheart who shone in “Pretty Woman”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and her Oscar-winning film, “Erin Brokovich”. But just like other top stars who get on in years, she now plays mother roles. After playing the mother of a little boy in “Wonder”, she is the mother of a grown up kid who happens to be a drug addict in “Ben is Back”.

Movie review: Robin Hood

November 28, 2018
There are also TV series and animation versions. The last big movie on Robin Hood starred Russell Crowe in 2010. It was a critical and commercial disaster. Now comes the latest version, “Robin Hood”, starring Taron Egerton of “Kingsman” in the title role. It’s meant to be an origin story, just like the last “King Arthur” movie by Guy Ritchie which was so boring, so the narration at the start warns us: “Forget history. Forget what you think you know”.

Movie review: Ralph breaks the internet

November 23, 2018
OUR grand children saw “Wreck It Ralph” on video several times so they’re excited to see the sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”. We went with them on opening day, not expecting we’d get to like the movie that much, with this sequel being better than the original. It was in 2012 when Wreck It Ralph (voice by John C. Reilly) was introduced to us. He’s a digital character in a video arcade game who starts as a bad guy trying to destroy an apartment building with happy residents, but who later turns out to be good and saves the arcade. It also shows how the sweet friendship between him and the feisty but lonely Vanellope (voice by Sarah Silverman) develops. They’re a mismatched pair of characters from two very different video games who find endearing company in each other and this gives the first film its considerable heart.

Movie review: 'Kung paano siya nawala'

November 22, 2018
BOTH Rhian Ramos and JM de Guzman give excellent touching performances in “Kung Paano Siya Nawala”. JM plays Cecilio, a young man afflicted with face blindness, a real life disorder (scientific name: prosopagnosia) in the brain that causes inability to memorize faces. Since he has difficulty to recognize faces, he is withdrawn, quiet and finds it hard to relate with others, even with colleagues in his own workplace.

Movie review: The handmaid's tale

November 15, 2018
HULU’S ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an acclaimed drama series that has won awards and we watched it upon the recommendation of a friend. Set in a dystopian hypothetical future where women are so oppressed, an extremist fundamentalist group has overthrown the U.S. government and renamed it the Republic of Gilead that will out-Quaker the Quakers and out-Amish the Amish. They spouse a religious ideology that debunks all other religious groups and comes up with a totally patriarchal and fanatical society where human rights are curtailed and women’s rights are seriously trampled. Civil rights are allowed only in favor of men, who are pictured here as heartless, merciless villains.

Movie review: Bohemian Rhapsody

November 06, 2018
‘BOHEMIAN Rhapsody’ starts and ends with Queen’s historically triumphant performance in the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985, whose spectacular immensity is masterfully recreated in the film. In between, Bryan Singer (who gets sole credit as director even if he was fired and replaced by Dexter Fletcher) competently shows us the highs and lows, trials and successes that the band goes through the past 15 years. It’s an involving depiction of how the band members met, their times, and their songs that became classic rock staples popular all over the world.

Movie review: Hunter killer

October 31, 2018
GERARD Butler has rescued the U.S. president before in “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and “London Has Fallen” (2015). He now gets the chance to save the Russian president (a moderate and not someone like real life Russian Pres. Putin), who is kidnapped by a rogue general who aims to make it appear like it’s America who did it, to start a world war in “Hunter Killer”, a modern day Cold War thriller based on the novel, “Firing Point”, by George Wallace and Don Keith.

Hello K-Idol, a Viu Original Reality Show, to be aired on MYX Channel

October 26, 2018
PCCW (SEHK:0008) - MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service by PCCW Media Group, together with Globe Telecom, has produced the first Viu Original reality show of its kind in the country, Hello K-Idol. Initially only available on the Viu platform, Viu is proud to announce that viewers will now also be able to watch Hello K-Idol through a collaboration with ABS CBN on MYX Channel every Saturday night at 9 PM starting on November 3, 2018.

Movie review: A star is born

October 24, 2018
‘A STAR is Born’ has been filmed three times before so you can say its story about a rising star eclipsing the career of her discoverer-mentor is a showbiz tale as old as time. The first one was in 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which we never saw but we’re told it’s straight drama. But we saw the 1954 film starring Judy Garland as Esther and James Mason as Norman Maine who are both really great in the movie, gloriously directed by George Cuckor who turned it into a musical.

Movie review: Mile 22

October 09, 2018
“MILE 22” is a slambang action flick and tightly constructed espionage thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as James Silva, the team leader of a top secret spy organization called Overwatch, He is also an elite soldier who is quite tactless and has some serious anger management issues. The movie opens with a prologue where the Overwatch team attacks a Russian safehouse and gets to kill all the bad guys inside.

Film review: Papillon

September 29, 2018
“PAPILLON” was first filmed in 1973 based on the French autobiography of Henri Charriere published in 1969. Henri was imprisoned at a penal colony from 1931 to 1945 and the film is about his repeated attempts to escape from French Guiana and the island prison called Devil’s Island located on the North Atlantic coast of South America.