2019

Ready or Not

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Ready Or Not follows a young bride as she joins her new husband’s rich, eccentric family in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. This movie is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillet under Fox Searchlight Pictures.

CAST: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, Henry Czerny & Andie MacDowell

GENRE: Thriller, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Ready Or Not is perhaps one of the most surprising thriller masterpieces Hollywood has ever made. With the perfect combination of gore, thrills, suspense, comedy & some pretty dark premise, the movie is highly-entertaining and engaging from beginning to end. I really the concept of this film that is rooted with an unusual family tradition and a sprinkle of socio-economic matters. The whole film is actually interesting to begin with. Right after the Hide & Seek scene, the rest of the sequences are full of fun, thrills & suspense. I really how comedy blended well with some pretty gory & disturbing scenes. The Climax is really how a Climax should be. The twist is amazing too.  Ready Or Not re-introduces a new kind of horror genre. The film’s strength actually lies on its talented cast. Samara Weaving is perfect for the role and she nailed all her performances here. She is a badass heroine and I am looking for more lead performances from her. The rest of the actors and actresses are really impressive too especially the whole family. The Setting is also great and Cinematography is impressive. I really how everything compliments given the dark theme of the whole movie. Indeed, this is worth-watching and I highly recommend to all fans of dark comedy-horror.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

There is nothing to hate about Ready or Not.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2019

IT Chapter Two

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Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all. This movie is directed by Andy Muschietti under New Line Cinema.

CAST: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgard & Andy Bean.

GENRE: Horror, Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

IT Chapter Two pays homage to its well-loved young cast and gave justice to their older versions. What I like about the movie is that it gave so much nostalgia by infusing the present scenes with scenes from the first movie. I just loved the young characters who played on the first IT. They were just adorable to watch on-screen. Compared with the first film, this film tackles several sensitive issues like Bullying & Discrimination. The movie is a bit heavy to begin with. Acting-wise, this movie really nailed it. I am really impressed with how both the young & the old characters gave their best performances in most scenes. I also loved how they transformed Derry into the modern times. At least, the movie still give some frightening feels of Pennywise and a heartwarming ending for the Losers’ Club.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

IT Chapter Two seems so long and tiring to watch. Aside from that its heavier in terms of plot and surrounding issues, the whole movie is quite disengaging and unimaginative. It is also not as scary and disturbing as the first movie. I find the last installment to be disappointing too in terms of character development and plot succession. If your expectations are high, you will really be disappointed with IT Chapter Two. Some scenes were dragged too much making the whole film like bloated.

RATINGS:

6.5/10 POPCORN

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2019

CRAWL

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When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears. This movie is directed by Alexander Aja under Paramount Pictures.

CAST: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, George Sommer, Morfydd Clark, Jose Palma & Ami Metcalf.

GENRE: Thriller, Action

WHAT I LIKE?

For me, CRAWL is the best Crocodile Movie of ALL TIME. PERIOD! I was a little bit apprehensive on the Trailer of Crawl when I first saw it. But when I watched the movie. I was left at the edge of my seats most of the time and I came out in the movie house amazed and impressed with this flick. CRAWL is a movie about survival. It focuses on a father & her daughter stranded in flooded town under a Category 5 Hurricane. Since the area is located near a swamp, crocodiles were swept away in the flooded community as it continue to roam around and hunt for food. By that scenario alone, it us actually terrifying. What I like about CRAWL is how they maintained thrill and scare all throughout. It is actually realistic and can happen in real life. I really loved the scenes on the basement. I was holding my breath every time. Also, the Prosthetic are  impressive. I can see flesh & bones coming out and more blood too. Most of the scenes are pretty gory & disturbing and it makes the movie more effective and scary. The thrilling parts are executed very well. I must also commend the Creation of the Crocodiles. It looks real and very precise. Editing is great and Cinematography is superb. The Climax of Crawl should be the Climax of any Creature film on this genre. I can never imagine that a Crocodile Movie at this setting and parameters could be so good. I also love the blend of family drama between the father and the daughter. It makes the film human in nature. I really commend the performance of Kaya here. She deserves more Hollywood Movies like this. This worth-watching all-over again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Are you kidding me? This film is very good! Nothing to dislike.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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Cignal TV’s ONE PH – Ang Boses ng Pinagkakaisang Pilipinas

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ONE PH – the newest addition in the exclusive Line-up of news channels of Cignal TV that was formally launched last month. This news channel delivered in Filipino is the third Cignal channel complementing One News and its sports channel, One Sports.

The main goal of this news channel is to be “Ang Boses ng Pinagkakaisang Pilipinas”. “One PH furthers our commitment to deliver reliable news and public affairs programs that matter most to Filipinos,” says Sienna G. Olaso, Cignal TV Vice President of Channel Management.

To create more exclusive and engaging content for the channel, One PH will continue its partnership with Pilipino Star Ngayon, Radyo 5 92.3 NewsFM, The Freeman and News5.

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“ONE BALITA” will headline One PH’s news and commentary programs which is a noontime daily news program hosted by Raffy Tulfo & Jamie Herrell along side with Primetime News “SA TOTOO LANG” with Cheryl Cosim & Jove Francisco.

“WAG PO” will turn your weekday evenings more interesting as veteran journalists Ed Lingao, Patrick Paez, Lourd de Veyra, Melvyn Calderon, Manny Mogato, and Jove Francisco talk about the day’s top headlines.

“WANTED SA RADYO” will bring a different kind of drama every afternoon as the “Sumbungan ng Bayan” – Raffy Tulfo brings public service to a whole new level.

“MAG-BADYET TAYO!” is  program hosted by Mr. Chinkee Tan & Christine Bersola-Babao that will teach you on how to manage your finances. “INAY KO PO!” with Jennica Garcia & Pat Fernandez will give viewers some parenting tips. And for those who have questions about legal procedures, Atty. Ted Te is you go-to-guy in “USAPANG KAPA-TED”. Wait, there’s more! The Pambansang Iskupera & Reyna ng Intriga, Cristy Fermin, is bring the hottest and latest news in showbusiness in “CRISTY FERMINUTE” together with Manay Lolit Solis & Mr. Fu who will deliver the juiciest blind items in “TAKE IT PER MINUTE”.

“ISPORT LANG” & “CHASE DOWN” with Zaldy Perez will give you the fresh news & updates for sports. Mike Potenciano & Lindy Pellicer will share some motoring tips in “TURBO TIME” and Jay Taruc will treat you with the first weekly motorcycle dubbed as “RIDE RADIO”.

ONE PH is a  24-hour news service on Cignal channel 6.

Cignal TV was launched in 2009 and is currently the country’s premier DTH satellite provider. It transmits 122 channels including free-to-air, SD and HD channels to household and commercial venues nationwide. Cignal is owned by Cignal TV,  a subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings, the media partner of PLDT Group. 
2019

Scary Stories to tell in the Dark

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Far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time–stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome. This movie is directed by Andre Ovredal under CBS Films & Lionsgate Films.

CAST: Zoe Margaret Colleti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn & Kathleen Pollard

GENRE: Horror, Mystery

WHAT I LIKE?

Scary Stories to tell in Dark are one of the few Supernatural Horror Movies that is actually impressive and very coherent in terms of story-telling and terrifying sequences. First of all, the plot is unique and the concept is entirely new in the horror genre. The whole film was right in choosing teenagers or young characters as leads. Also, I really loved the creatures being featured here. Given that it is jam-packed in one whole film, the movie didn’t felt dragging or weary. It started off as a myth or legend about Sarah Bellows and her family. As the movie progresses, it gets darker and darker and even terrifying. It is not as terrifying as other horror movies Hollywood has ever made but it did bring some freaky feels and some disturbing sequences that are really quite memorable. Moreover, I love the blend of adventure and comedy on this film. It gave TRICK OR TREAT a new face too. The Horror is just right. It is not one of those downright jump out scares, tension builds slowly as the character discovers the mystery behind that book. Some of the death scenes are well-executed. Actors and actresses are impressive too. The Climax is really thrilling too. The film is best enjoyed with a round of popcorn and soda.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Because of its SUPERNATURAL FEELS, others may find it less darker and less scary. But for me, it is a good flick.

RATINGS:

8/10 POPCORN

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2019

Hello, Love, Goodbye

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The film centers on the love story of Joy and Ethan, Filipino workers based in Hong Kong. Ethan, a bartender, is keen on romantically pursuing Joy, a domestic helper who is wholly dedicated to providing for her family. This movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

CAST: Kathryn Bernardo, Alden Richards, Maymay Entrata, Maricel Laxa, Joross Gamboa, Jameson Blake, Kakai Bautista, Lito Pimentel, Jeff Tam, Lovely Abella, William Lorenzo, Maxine Medina, Jerome Ponce, Pang Mei Sheung & Angela Poliquit.

GENRE: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Hello, Love, Goodbye is actually a cinematic history combining a top-billed actress of ABS-CBN & top-billed actor of GMA under Star Cinema. And yes, the risk was truly worth it. What I like about Hello, Love, Goodbye is its story-line. It was really great to have on-board a story about our beloved OFWs. It’s been a while since movies about them has been given a spotlight in the film industry. With a movie giving respect and tribute to the heroes overseas, HLG features a heart-warming & inspiring story about Joy who is struggling to work harder as a Domestic Helper for her dream in working as a full-tine nurse in Canada. The beginning of the film was really heavy and moving. We saw how tiring Joy is and the situation is really heart-wrenching as well. The movie begins to lighten up when Joy met Ethan. What happens next is a unique love story that has truly entertained the audience all throughout. I can’t help but fall in love with Ethan and Joy as the characters fall in love despite their respective problems, inhibitions and fears in life. The whole movie offers a decent and solid amount of romance, comedy, drama & life-changing lessons that will appeal not only for OFWs but to the rest of the audience – both fans & even non-fans. What I like about Hello, Love, Goodbye is that it tackles many relevant issues very near to the heart of the Filipinos. It is more of a “family movie” more than a romantic comedy one. It still gave utmost value to the basic unit of society. Moreover, its an eye opener to all of us that LOVE IS A SACRIFICE. Reaching your dreams is not a walk in the park. The Setting of HONGKONG was a perfect spot of  a story about dreams, struggles and romance. Shots on the busy streets were executed well. I really love the scenes on the streets especially the scenes on the rural areas. I loved how they depicted the busy side of Hongkong and the rural side too. Cinematography was top-notch. Musical scoring was also great. I really love the Official Soundtrack. Lastly, the film’s strength is its talented actors and actress. Kathryn Bernardo & Alden Richards’ strong on-screen chemistry and acting performances is award-winning and worth every penny. This unlikely pairing worked well. I was like watching a real-life couple acting together. Kathryn is a gem of Philippine Showbiz. She gets better and better every movie. Alden on the other hand, performed his best so far. Aside from a very talented lead, the supporting characters were really helpful in elevating the mood of the movie – Kakai, Lovely, Maymay, Jeffrey & Joross were such a joy to watch. I am also impressed with Hongkong Actors and Actresses in the movie. Overall, Hello, Love, Goodbye is the best Star Cinema Film for 2019 so far and perhaps one of the best Pinoy movies ever made. HLG is worth watching more than twice.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I really don’t like the fact that I have to watch the movie again just to relieve the feelings and the moments this film gave me.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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2019

Lion King (2019)

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The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. This Live Adaptation of a well-loved Classic was directed by Jon Favreau under Walt Disney Pictures.

FEATURING THE VOICES OF: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Beyonce, Chiwitel Eljofor, John Kani, John Oliver & Keegan Michael Key.

GENRE: Animation, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

For a classic masterpiece you loved since your childhood, any live adaptations will surely be nostalgic and magical. The LION KING of course didn’t disappoint. The Live Adaptation captures exactly how it should be. With some pretty impressive Visuals and Cinematography, the Live Adaptation depicted the African Wilderness precisely. The CIRCLE OF LIFE Opening Number itself is more than enough. I am also impressed with the Musical Numbers and Musical Scoring on the film. It was executed well and I am loving Beyonce even more too. With a great combination and formula of adventure, drama, comedy & romance, The Lion King is truly a family-friendly film. Watching the Lion King Again brings back so many memories and joy we felt when it first aired years ago. For fans, I am surely almost all will be pleased with this film. For me, it was worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Somehow, its not as classic as the first one but hey, the whole REMAKE is such a joy to watch.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN.

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