Review of local horror films this year

June 19, 2019
SIX local horror films were shown in the first half of 2019 and they clearly demonstrate that it’s really hard to do a horror film that really works. Sorry to say that not one of them succeeded in scaring us, from “Second Coming” starring Jodi Sta. Maria, “Eerie” with Bea Alonzo and “Maledicto” with Miles Ocampo to “Kuwaresma” with Sharon Cuneta, “Banal” with the Biguel love team and now, “Clarita”, once again starring Jodi Sta. Maria. Let’s review here the first three flicks.

Movie review: Godzilla

June 12, 2019
WE first saw “Godzilla” as young boy in the mid-1950s. It was a low-budget quickie but we were just awed by the immensity of this Japanese creation that became a worldwide hit and became a cash cow for its producers, Toho Films. It was an allegory on the dangers of nuclear energy to the environment and had several sequels. We even had our own local version of this monster flick, “Tokyo 1960”, produced by Cirio Santiago of Premiere Productions and starring the late Tessie Quintana and Eddie del Mar.

Movie review: A dog's journey

‘A DOG’S Journey’ is the sequel to ‘A Dog’s Purpose’, directed by Lasse Halstrom in 2017 based on the 2010 novel by Bruce Cameron. It was produced with a budget of only $22 million but earned $204 million worldwide, which proved there’s a big market for this kind of sweet and poignant canine story, so it’s not surprising that they now come up with a Part 2.

Movie review: Detective Pikachu

THE Pokemon anime became a hit in the gaming world in the mid-90s and this expanded into comic books, TV series and full length animated films. Now, Warner Bros. introduces its fans to a combination of live and animation movie which they obviously hope to turn into a big screen franchise.

Movie review: John Wick 3

May 18, 2019
‘JOHN Wick’ started in 2014 when the eponymous hired killer went on a killing rampage to avenge the death of the puppy that was given to him by his dead wife. It was a pumped-up piece of action escapism that gave Keanu Reeves his next hit franchise after he played Neo in “The Matrix”.

Movie review: After

‘AFTER’ is a teen college romance based on the first book of a series of best selling novels by Anna Todd. It’s the love story of Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), a well behaved freshman who lives a sheltered life and wants to please her mom (Selma Blair). She actually has a boyfriend Noah (Dylan Arnold), who looks so unappetizing she treats him more like a brother as he’s actually still in high school and you’re not gonna be surprised at all when she’d eventually dump him.

Movie review: 'Tayo sa huling buwan ng taon'

TAYO sa Huling Buwan ng Taon’ is a sequel to the surprise indie hit, “Ang Kuwento Nating Dalawa”, written and directed by Nestor Abrogena and shown in 2016. It opens today in cinemas and is about Sam (Nicco Manalo), a teacher and aspiring filmmaker, and Isa (Emmanuelle Vera), a writer, and their very tentative romance.

Hellboy returns to save the world

April 07, 2019
Now, directed by award-winning director Nei Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Game of Thrones), and stars two-time Emmy Award best supporting actor nominee, David Harbour (chief Jim Hopper in 'Stranger Things') in the title role, Hellboy is seen being called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampernment organization called BPRD--Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

Movie review: 'Jino to Mari'

April 07, 2019
“JINO To Mari”, an entry in the current Sinag Maynila Filmfest, is a movie that will agitate you or even make you angry. Gino (Oliver Aquino) is a male sex worker catering to gays. He does it to help his grandmother who raised him and his sister. He’s also sending his younger sister to school. Marie (Angela Cortez) is a single mother who also earns a living by prostitution to raise her little daughter.

Filmmaker makes 'Dagsin' to fulfill a promise

April 03, 2019
JANINE Gutierrez and Benjamin Alves, with Marita Zobel and Tommy Abuel as their older selves, star in the drama, “Dagsin” (an Ilocano word meaning: gravity), an entry in the 2016 Cinemalaya Filmfest. It’s the directorial debut of Atom Magadia and the script was written by his own wife, Anne. It later won several awards in various international film festivals, including best narrative feature at the World’s Independent Filmfest in San Francisco, USA; best costume at the Madrid Filmfest, best cinematography at the European Filmfest in Florence, Italy.

Jessy, Arjo two different people stranded together

March 31, 2019
Julia thought she had everything planned, Spencer thought happiness is about being spontaneous. Julia’s long-suppressed longing for freedom, has a “to do list” on her notes, as shown in the trailer. She then gets them fulfilled by the spontaneous Spencer as they spend the night together, only the two of them.

Movie review: US

March 26, 2019
‘US’ is the second film of Jordan Peele, whose debut flick, “Get Out”, was a blockbuster and even got Oscar nominations, but we honestly feel it’s overrated. The same goes for “Us”, also a box-office hit in the U.S. now. It has an intriguing premise about doppelgangers living in the tunnels that are so rampant in the U.S. and they come out of the sewers, but Peele does not succeed in developing this convincingly the way “Get Out” satirized racism.

Movie review: The Favourite

February 23, 2019
‘THE Favourite’ is currently being shown in Trinoma and watch it now before it vanishes. It has won seven awards at the British Academy Awards, including best British film, best original screenplay, best actress for Olivia Colman and best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz. At the Oscars, it got a total of 10 nominations.