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13 March 2017

kong skull island review

In an attempt to assemble a cinematic universe a la Marvel on Warner Bros.’ monster films that include ‘Godzilla’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ never hammered its audience down with thoughts (thankfully) that the titular giant ape will in fact be crossing-over with other monsters in future films. Instead, the film surprisingly go on a more stand-alone approach, allowing its human and non-human characters flesh out to the narrative. 

The premise is not so new. In fact, this is yet another take on the overly-familiar King Kong story wherein a group of people go to a mysterious island known as Skull Island, rumored to be the place where the beast known as Kong lives. 

Given this familiar story, what must be done to make it work is through a set of characters that are not only captivating but at least someone the audience can empathize. But the film however doesn’t work that way. Instead of giving the best characterization they could have for its characters, it was mostly focused on how they could produce the most visually-enticing scenes they have, resulting to a series of shallow moments that is intentionally there for the sake of looking pretty. For a cast that includes great talents Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and John Goodman, all of which are embarrassingly underplayed here, just made the film flunked big time.  


kong skull island review

The marketing of the film has been endorsing ‘Kong: Skull Island’ as something that is heavily influenced by Francis Ford Coppolla’s ‘Apocalypse Now’, a war film that is set around the Vietnam War (where the majority of the film probably took place). There are moments here where the homage to the latter film is obvious, impressively put together by a rapid, punk-ish editing by Bob Murawski and Richard Pearson. 

But then again, it’s very difficult to be convinced by great editing and supposedly exciting action sequences when there’s no character or anything to care about. ‘Kong: Skull Island’, in result, is yet another blockbuster that is too focused on making its shots become the prettiest it could be, instead of having at least a single thought to accompany it. 

The geek rates it 5/10!

Now showing from Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines! Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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Review: 'Kong: Skull Island' is a major flunk

In an attempt to assemble a cinematic universe a la Marvel on Warner Bros.’ monster films that include ‘ Godzilla ’, ‘ Kong: Skull Islan...

25 February 2017

hihintayin kita sa langit watch

'Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit', the classic Carlos Siguion-Reyna film top-billed by Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta will be re-released theatrically.


hihintayin kita sa langit poster

This re-release will feature ABS-CBN Film Restoration team's digitally restored and remastered version of the film, and will premiere this Monday, February 26, 2017 at the Glorietta 4 (Cinema 6), 7:00 PM. 

It will also serve as an opener to Ayala Malls Cinemas' 2nd Wave of Cinema Classics run at TriNoma and Glorietta from March 1 to 7, which will also feature restored films such as Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, Madrasta, Minsan Minahal Kita, In My Life, Tanging Yaman, Anak, Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya, Oro Plata Mata, Karnal, Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi, Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang, and One More Chance.


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'Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit' tells the story of a young adopted orphan Gabriel (Jomari Yllana/Richard Gomez) who grows up in a sprawling hacienda with Don Joaquin's (Jose Mari Avellana) daughter Carmina (Guila Alvarez/Dawn Zulueta) and his son Milo (Gio Alvarez/Mark Gil). Carmina loves to fantasize about royalty and being a princess. All is well for Gabriel until the old Don dies and the malevolent son Milo throws Gabriel out of the house to live in the stable as a farm hand. Carmina and Gabriel, being passionately in love, spend all their time together on a promontory near the sea until Carmina meets the rich and prominent Alan Ilustre (Eric Quizon), who dazzles her with expensive gifts and his wealth. Carmina begins to doubt her future with poor Gabriel. Overhearing Carmina's sentiments, Gabriel is heartbroken and goes away to return after a few years with his vengeance.





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Richard-Dawn classic 'Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit' gets restored

' Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit ', the classic Carlos Siguion-Reyna film top-billed by Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta will be re-rel...

24 February 2017

logan midnight screening

The list of theaters to have midnight screenings of 20th Century Fox's 'Logan' has been released, giving an opportunity for moviegoers to see the highly-anticipated comic-book film earlier on 12: 01 AM, March 21.

  • Century 2D
  • Eastwood 2D
  • EVIA MX4D
  • Fishermall 2D
  • Gaisano Davao 2D
  • Gaisano Tagum 2D
  • Gateway ATMOS
  • Glorietta 4 2D
  • Greenbelt 3 2D
  • Newport 2D
  • Powerplant ATMOS
  • SM Aura 2D & IMAX
  • SM BF 2D
  • SM Cebu IMAX
  • SM Clark 2D
  • SM Fairview 2D
  • SM Light Mall 2D
  • SM Mall of Asia IMAX
  • SM Megamall IMAX
  • SM North Edsa IMAX
  • SM Pampanga 2D
  • Starmall Alabang ATMOS
  • Starmall EDSA 2D
  • Starmall Las Piñas 2D
  • Starmall San Jose ATMOS
  • Trinoma 2D
  • Vista Bataan ATMOS
  • Vista Pampanga ATMOS
  • Vista Sta. Rosa ATMOS
  • Vista Taguig ATMOS


Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, “Logan” is directed by James Mangold that also stars a powerhouse of a cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Boy Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and newcomer Dafne Keen. A standalone story that sees Jackman in the final chapter of his Wolverine alter-ego, the movie brings the iconic hero at a crossroads that will finally define his destiny.  
 
The film takes place more than 50 years after the events depicted in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and is its own standalone tale that plays more like an intimate family journey but is also packed with high-stakes action scenes.  When the film opens, Logan is in a vulnerable and broken state, the curse of his immortality wearing heavy on him as he cares for a weakened Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a derelict smelting plant at the edge of an abandoned oil field. They’re joined there by a third mutant, Caliban (The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant), sheltering in obscurity at a time when the world believes mutants have passed into history.

logan midnight screening

But Logan’s days of drinking in relative solitude are interrupted when he finds himself the reluctant guardian of a young girl, Laura (Keen) who has powers remarkably like his own, from her hands as well as her feet spring the same adamantium claws as Wolverine’s. Not that he’s exactly eager to accept this newfound responsibility—he’s far too weary to play the hero once more.
 
Tasked with protecting her from the murderous cybernetic criminal Donald Pierce (Holbrook), Logan and Professor X set out to cross hostile territory to ferry Laura to a place called Eden, where young mutants are said to enjoy safe haven. But Pierce and his fearsome army of cyborg Reavers are determined to return the girl to the custody of Dr. Zander Rice (Grant), the sinister geneticist behind Alkali who triggered her mutations through a series of inhumane experiments in the hopes of creating a child super-soldier.       
 
“Logan” opens on March 1 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX (2D) screens.  The movie is rated R-16 by the MTRCB.





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Here's where you can see 'Logan' before anyone else

The list of theaters to have midnight screenings of 20th Century Fox's ' Logan ' has been released, giving an opportunity fo...

10 February 2017


The first official set photo for 'Avengers: Infinity War' has been released, confirming that Chris Pratt is indeed joining the film as Peter Quill/ Star-Lord and will likely be sharing a screen together with Spider-Man/ Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Iron-Man/ Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).

In addition, Marvel unveiled a video which includes the first concept art of the film and details during its first few days of filming.

Although the film doesn't open until April 2018, production has started with Anthony and Joe Russo directing the highly-anticipated 'Avengers' sequel. 

It will also feature a large cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan to name a few.





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Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, and Chris Pratt assembles in 'Avengers: Infinity War' set photo

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watch angelito short film

In preparation to the upcoming 2018 biopic "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral", a short film spin-off entitled "Angelito" that serves as a bridge to the movie and its predecessor "Heneral Luna" will be released theatrically exclusively attached to the  romantic-comedy "I'm Drunk, I Love You" starting February 15.

Angelito” is a 20-minute movie that tells the story of Antonio Luna’s aides-de-camp Jose and Manuel Bernal right after Luna’s assassination. According to director Jerrold Tarog, this is a fictional tale loosely inspired by real events.

Alex Medina and Art Acuña, who play Jose and Manuel Bernal respectively, reprise their roles. Aside from the Bernal brothers, some central characters from “Heneral Luna” also make a comeback in this mini-sequel. But fans should keep an eye on the new faces that they would see again in the full-length Gregorio del Pilar biopic.  

Producers TBA (Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions) are looking forward to finally sharing this project with audiences everywhere.

“We can not thank the public enough for making ‘Heneral Luna’ one of the biggest films in Philippine cinema. This is just one of the many ways we can show how proud and thankful we are to everyone who embraced this film,” says E.A. Rocha, TBA's chief executive.

He also added: “Filipinos deserve to see good, quality movies! Come February 15, for a single ticket price, they’re going to see not just one, but two beautiful, memorable films—‘I’m Drunk, I Love You.’ and ‘Angelito’.”

I’m Drunk, I Love You.”, directed by JP Habac and produced by TBA, is top billed by Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino.

Avelino will return as Gregorio del Pilar in “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral", which goes into production this year.







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'Heneral Luna' spin-off short film to play with 'I'm Drunk, I Love You'

In preparation to the upcoming 2018 biopic " Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral ", a short film spin-off entitled " Angelito "...

22 January 2017

la la land analysis

La La Land’ sets itself up clearly as a love letter to Hollywood’s older musicals. On its opening scene, director Damien Chazelle breaks out an energetic musical sequence set in the tune of “Another Day of Sun” at a traffic-filled setting of a Los Angeles freeway, setting up the idea that the city is alive and well regardless of its busy lifestyle. 


la la land analysis

The city has built itself on this premise, attracting outsiders to come in and enjoy its environment with hopes of becoming big on their respective fields. One of these people includes our two leads Mia and Sebastian. Two dreamers who seek to bring something new out of their regular selves. But what they got here is the other way around, a promise wrapped in a pool of rejection and lies. 


la la land analysis

This film works best when it honors something from what it wants to be, the classic old-school musical films. It’s easy to see how this thing goes right off the bat, but it eventually strays away from conventionality as much as it could and break the reason that made it work in the first place to pieces. A character in the film quotes something that perfectly resembles the rebellious attitude it ended up: “How are you going to be a revolutionary if you're such a traditionalist?” 

La La Land’ has been so focused to the familiar whimsical, tap-dancing musical numbers so much that when it ignores this completely, an effective mix of anger and glee ensues for its resolution. A long montage in the end was even inserted to show just how all of it can somewhat work very well despite being chaotic that it has become. 


la la land analysis

In a way, this oddly reflects to the conflicted condition of Hollywood musicals. It wasn’t as alive as before. Not as many people want it. But director Damien Chazelle is sure he wants to bring this back. Strangely enough, ‘La La Land’ is a bittersweet, if not, the quintessential love letter to movie musicals. The film honors it, attacks it, but like Mia and Sebastian in the movie, is not holding off their aspirations to let it down. 

The geek rates it 9/10!

'La La Land' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films! Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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La La Land Review: The Lovely Portrait of Rejection

‘ La La Land ’ sets itself up clearly as a love letter to Hollywood’s older musicals. On its opening scene, director Damien Chazelle bre...

15 January 2017

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral', the sequel to 2015's hit film 'Heneral Luna', has started its pre-production.

The announcement was made through the film's official Facebook page, with Jerrold Tarog confirmed to helm again as the director and screenwriter (with Rody Vera). Fernando Ortigas and E.A. Rocha will serve as the film's producers.



The film will be focusing on expanding the character of General Gregorio "Goyo" Del Pilar from 'Heneral Luna'. It is also seeking to be the second part of a planned trilogy of films headlined by historical Filipino figures that includes Luna, Del Pilar and former President Manuel L. Quezon.

Paulo Avelino is set to reprise his role as Goyo, with Mon Confiado, Epy Quizon, Arron Villaflor, and Alvin Anson returning to their respective roles from the first film. In addition, Carlo Aquino will join the cast in an unspecified role. 

'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' is targeting a 2018 release to be distributed by TBA.







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'Heneral Luna' sequel 'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' begins pre-production

' Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral ', the sequel to 2015's hit film ' Heneral Luna ', has started its pre-production. Th...

14 January 2017

watch im drunk i love you

TBA has released a new full trailer for their latest film 'I'm Drunk, I Love You' which is set to pair stars Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino.



The trailer is different from the version attached to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entries in their theatrical run, with new footage that includes more romantic scenes between Salvador and Avelino.

I’m Drunk, I Love You” is directed by JP Habac with a screenplay co-written with Giancarlo Abrahan. The film explores the story of two college best friends who go on one last road trip to settle how they really feel for each other.

It also stars Dominic Roco, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Jim Paredes and Irma Adlawan.

“I’m Drunk, I Love You” is produced by TBA (Tuko Films, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions). It opens in theaters on February 15.



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WATCH: Maja, Paulo Avelino get drunk in 'I'm Drunk, I Love You'

TBA has released a new full trailer for their latest film ' I'm Drunk, I Love You ' which is set to pair stars Maja Salvador...

 

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