Four films with impact

December 20, 2019
THIS year, four films starring four problematic young men made full impact on us with their valid and disturbing messages. They are all the opposites of escapist movies that make you feel good as what they really do is make us think and agitate us. They can also all be nominated as best picture and the leads can also all be nominated as best actors. These are the four films listed according to how much we like them.

‘Star Wars': A who's who

December 18, 2019
-- Rey: A scavenger who grew up on a spaceship graveyard on the planet Jakku, but is powerful with the Force. Speculation about her past has raged since she first appeared in "The Force Awakens" although she is coaxed into admitting in "The Last Jedi" that, far from being of royal lineage, her parents were insignificant "nobodies."

Movie review: Unbreakable

December 05, 2019
‘UNBREAKABLE’ is a chick flick about friendship between females, which has been done before in local films like “Moral”, “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas” and “BFF: Best Friends Forever”. But it’s closest peg is actually the 1988 movie with Bette Midler, “Beaches” (also known as “Forever Friends”), about two females who become life long friends, tracing the ups and down in their lives.

Movie review: 21 Bridges

December 03, 2019
‘21 Bridges’ starts with Andre Davis as a 13-year old boy in the funeral of his dad, a New York cop who died in the line of duty. This sequence ends with a breathtaking drone shot that shows hundreds of uniformed cops lined up outside the church who all then give a final salute to their fallen colleague. We’ve seen numerous drone shots that have no purpose at all, but this one is fully justified as it stresses the importance of this vital event in the life of the young Andre.

Movie review: The Good Liar

November 29, 2019
HELEN Mirren, 75, and Ian McKellen, 80, are British acting royalty. Helen has won all the major acting awards like the Tony, the Emmy, the Golden Globe and the Oscar. Ian has won the Tony, Golden Globe, the Emmy and has been nominated twice as best supporting actor in the Oscars for “God and Monsters” and as Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings”.

Movie review: Dark waters

November 28, 2019
WE felt sad when we watched “Dark Waters” on its first screening on opening day. There were just one other viewer aside from us. Well, it was not promoted and it’s a serious issue-oriented film so viewers who go for escapist films will avoid it. It’s based on a New York Times magazine article in 2016. “The Lawyer who Becomes DuPont’s Worse Nightmare”, about the true story of corporate lawyer in a big Cincinnati law firm, Robert Bilott (played by Mark Ruffalo), who turns into a relentless environmental crusader.

Movie review: Frozen 2

November 27, 2019
The songs are once again penned by Robert and Kristen Lopez and they have come up with another catchy song, “Into the Unkown”. Will it be as big a hit as “Let It Go”? Well, that remains to be seen. As the lyrics say: “I’ve had my adventure, I don’t need something new. I’m afraid of what I’m risking if I follow you…. into the unknooooown?”

Movie review: Charlie's Angels

November 20, 2019
MOVIES used to be the cheapest and most popular form of entertainment, but not anymore. People now prefer to watch movies even on their cellphones, live streaming, than going to an actual moviehouse where you still have to dress up and brave the dreadful heavy traffic. Most local movies shown lately did dismally at the box office, but even Hollywood flicks are suffering the same fate.

Movie review: Doctor sleep

November 14, 2019
IN 1977, Stephen King published his hit novel, “The Shining”, and it was filmed in 1980 by Stanley Kubrick. The shining means one who has a power to be clairvoyant and also mentally communicate with others who also have ‘the shine’. The movie starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, Shelley Duvall as his wife Wendy and Danny Lloyd as their son, Danny, who possesses the power to shine. Jack is an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who becomes the caretaker for the winter season of the historic Overlook Hotel in the snowy mountains of Colorado.

Movie review: Joker

October 11, 2019
HOLLYWOOD used to cook up origin stories for superheroes. Now, they come up with a back story for a notorious villain, Joker, who has been the enemy of Batman for so long. So many actors have played Joker before, starting with Cesar Romero on TV in th 60s and Mark Hamill in the popular animated series.

Movie review: 'Rambo last blood'

October 05, 2019
SYLVESTER Stallone first hit it big with “Rocky” in 1976 which was such a blockbuster that it had “Rocky II, III, IV and V” as sequels, but it’s more of a sports drama. It’s not until “Rambo: First Blood” that Sly did a blockbuster action movie where the title character also became an icon like Rocky Balboa. It’s his first non-Rocky big hit and viewers just loved Rambo as a Vietnam veteran killing machine.

'Black lipstick'

September 25, 2019
“First time ko to work with teeny boppers and after working with them, ang feeling ko, bagets na rin ako,” he laughs. “I didn’t have any problems with my very young cast kasi they’re all responsible and professional. I feel so blessed to be given a chance to work with them.”

Filipino 'Verdict' movie official entry sa Oscars

September 20, 2019
IBINALITA ng Film Academy of the Philippines na pinamumunuan ng director general na si Leo Martinez na ang pelikulang “Verdict” ng Center Stage Productions ang magiging official entry ng Pilipinas sa ika-92nd Annual Academy Awards or Oscars sa America. Ang nasabing pelikula about domestic violence ay pinagbidahan nina Max Eigenmann at ang yumaong actor na si Kristoffer King mula sa direksiyon ni Raymund Ribay Gutierrez na produkto ng Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop at ng Armando Lao Found Story School of Filmmaking.

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.