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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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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2019

Ma (2019)

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A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. This is directed by Tate Taylor under Universal Pictures.

CAST: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Correy Fogelmanis, Missi Pyle, Dante Brown & Gianni Paolo.

GENRE: Thriller

WHAT I LIKE?

The reason why I watched Ma is OCTAVIA SPENCER. Acting-wise, Octavia delivered and saved the entire film the least.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

“Ma” put into waste an impressive performance from Octavia Spencer from a film that could have ventured a little bit darker and deeper. I found the plot to be shallow and very lackluster. The whole film felt like a lazy thriller that was hoping to benefit from enough creepy antics but sooner failed. Plot-wise, it was utterly predictable and unimaginative. They could have creatively played around how creepy and controlling “Ma” is but they gave us a lacking chops of thrillers that are either forgettable or funny at some point. I wish it could have been bloodier at least. So far, Ma is really a disappointing flick in terms of story material. Acting chops was average but I find some terrible acting here. How I wish they gave Octavia Spencer a more sensible if not a crazy enough plot. She deserves better than this.

RATINGS:

5/10 POPCORN

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2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent. This movie is directed by Jon Watts under Sony Pictures.

CAST: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Matin Starr, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Angourie Rice, Numan Car.

GENRE: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Perhaps, this is the best Spider-Man Franchise ever. Far From Home is a visual spectacle that delivers everything you wanted from an MCU Film along with impressive cinematography and performances from its lead actors. First of all, the Plot picked up after The BLIP (The Thanos thing) and after the death of Iron Man. What I like about Far From Home is the connection it created in dealing with the loss of Tony Stark and the pressures it placed on Spider-Man. Given the fact that Peter Parker is literally young, I really commend the arc of the film where he fell in love with a girl and his vulnerability being a young teenager and an Avenger as well. It shows a great conflict of his character and the situation he’s into. Setting was also great. I loved the scenes in London and in Prague. Visually-speaking, Far From Home never disappoints. It was truly a spectacle of top-notch editing & action sequences worth every penny of your admission ticket. Acting chops are also satisfying. Personally, I am starting to let go Andrew Garfield as the best Spider-Man because of Tom Holland’s performance in Far From Home. Moreover, I really the chemistry of Tom & Zendaya here. Their charm and cuteness are all over the screen. I also loved Peter’s Squad in the movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers a decent amount of entertainment, thrills and comedy we should be enjoying from a good Spider-Man movie. For me, this is highly-recommended to everyone who is either a fan of MCU or a fan of Spidey.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, the shirtless Tom Holland deserves a longer screen time MCU! C’mon!

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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