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.

Movie review: Cold Pursuit

February 16, 2019
LIAM Neeson, still the late blooming action star at 66, stars in yet another revenge drama, this time laced with dark humor, in “Cold Pursuit”. He plays Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver in a resort town, Kehoe, in the Rocky Mountains. He lives a quiet life and was just awarded as Citizen of the Year for keeping their snow-filled roads clear even during blizzards.

Movie review: The kid who would be king

February 14, 2019
OUR grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed “The Kid Who Would Be King” and we liked it, too, as it’s a well-made fantasy-action-adventure flick for the whole family. The title roler is Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of Andy Serkis who played Gollum), a boy who is bullied in school, along with his best friend, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo).

Movie review: Alita: Battle Angel

February 12, 2019
“ALITA: Battle Angel” is an adaptation of the Japanese cyberpunk manga by Yukito Kishiro that came out in 1990 and has a devoted fan base, including “Avatar” director James Cameron who now produces and co-writes it for the big screen, directed by Robert Rodriguez who previously directed “Spy Kids”, “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Sin City”.

Movie review: Mary Poppins returns

January 15, 2019
JULIE Andrews started appearing in stage musicals at London’s West End in 1948. She made her debut in Broadway in “The Boyfriend” in 1954 and popularized the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” in 1956. When Warner Bros. made “My Fair Lady” into a movie, they bypassed her and got the more established film star Audrey Hepburn to play the lead role, using a ghost singer, Marni Nixon (who also sang for Deborah Kerr in “The King and I” and Nathalie Wood in “West Side Story”).

Movie review: Bumblebee

January 12, 2019
FIVE ‘Transformer’ movies were made from 2007 to 2017, all directed by Michael Bay. They were all critically-panned but still made lots of money. We now have a new Transformer movie, “Bumblebee”, directed by Travis Knight of the acclaimed animated flick, “Kubo and the Two Strings”, in his first live action film. This is still produced by Michael Bay, but it’s definitely the one with the most heart of all the Transformer flicks which are mostly robot versus robot carnage.

Movie review: Rainow's sunset

December 22, 2018
EDDIE Garcia won international acting awards in 2012 for portraying the role of an old gay man caring for his dog in “Bwakaw”. He’s now predicted to win more acting honors for playing another aging gay in “Rainbow’s Sunset”. We also won’t be surprised if the film would run away with most of the awards come Metro Filmfest awards night simply because, content-wise, it is the one with more significant substance among the 8 entries. This is the only serious family drama and also addresses other valid issues such as love in its various forms, acceptance, interpersonal conflicts between family members, forgiveness and reconciliation, promoting fundamental family values in the process.