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”.

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”.