MOVIE REVIEW: Katok (2016, CineFilipino)

“Katok” Review
Written and directed by Bob Guarina
CineFilipino Film Festival 2016

Jepoy, a first time beggar for a syndicate, is dropped off in a part of the city unfamiliar to him. He henceforth goes ahead to rap his knuckles on car windows, asking for spare change. Some give him a few coins, one drivergive him a bun, and the rest reject his knock hastily with a knock of their own.

After a day of reeling from rejections, Jepoy sits on a sidewalk, waiting for the syndicate to come pick him up so he can surrender his take for the day. The film ends with one last resounding knock, and everything else is open to the viewer’s interpretation.

Like everything in life, everything is relative. A simple knock can mean anything to anyone, but to a beggar working for a syndicate, it may actually cost his life.

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Amy Adams plays Lois Lane in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Five-time Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams (“American Hustle,” “Doubt,”) has built an impressive body of work, challenging herself with each new role. She now returns to play the iconic character of Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action-adventure “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She originally portrayed the role in 2013’s global blockbuster “Man of Steel.”

In “Batman v Superman,” one individual who remains steadfast in the life of Clark Kent aka Superman (Henry Cavill) is girlfriend Lois Lane; their relationship is a source of comfort and acceptance for him. Cavill states, “He wants to make her happy and he wants to be as normal as possible with her. But it’s not a normal relationship—how could it be? One of them is an invulnerable alien.”

The other is a journalist with a dogged determination to find the truth about the latest incident tightening the noose around Superman’s neck. Amy Adams eagerly came back to the role of Lois Lane.

“What I liked about Lois’s path in this film is that she’s still in pursuit of the truth—she needs to find truth in order to have a sense of self, that’s always a part of who she is,” Adams relates. “But now she also needs to find the truth in order to help her man clear his name. So she’s not only approaching this as a journalist, but as a woman wanting to help the man she loves the only way she knows how.”

“Lois in many ways is the center and the heart of the movie because she is constantly turning over rocks to get at what is going on,” says producer Charles Roven. “Through Lois we uncover a lot of the plot and the mystery behind who’s pulling the strings. And then there is her complicated relationship with Clark/Superman. Amy does an amazing job of revealing the complexities of her character and the situation Lois finds herself in.”

One of the reasons Adams was keen to return was to work with director Zack Snyder again. “Zack has so much respect and reverence for these characters, but at the same time he isn’t afraid to let them grow, to show people a different way to look at them,” she says. “He’s fearless that way.”

Especially, observes Adams, when it comes to the females. “Zack takes women like Lois and allows them to be strong without making them masculine,” she continues. “He’s not afraid of their feminine sides, and it’s so great to work with him because he doesn’t force the strength, he just trusts that it’s there. He also allows you to explore the layers of love and vulnerability along with it, which I think makes them appear even stronger. Because working through fear, working through vulnerability, that’s where true strength lies.”

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Opening across the Philippines in IMAX, Dolby Cinema, 3D and 2D theaters on Black Saturday, March 26, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

MOVIE REVIEW: Luna (2016, CineFilipino)

“Luna” Review
Written and directed by Rae Red
CineFilipino Film Festival 2016

Luna, an eleven-year old girl, has to contend with society’s expectations of what a proper young girl should be. Her school nemesis, Jeff Flestedo, makes fun of her fashion sense. The school prevents her from wearing the boys’ uniform, which she questions since they’re still uniforms anyhow. Add a callous sister and a mother that has a stick up her ass, and her adolescence isn’t looking pretty.

Deciding she’s had enough, she decides to chop off her long, thick, raven locks to spite her mother and everyone around her who try to impose what they want on her.

A film that overflows with rebellious attitude, Luna is sure to amuse people who love marching to the beat of their own drum, whatever that beat may be, and whatever age they may be in.

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Digitally restored Chito S. Roño’s ‘Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara’ screens at UP Cine Adarna

The digitally restored and re-mastered version of Chito S. Roño’s Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara will have its premiere at UP Cine Adarna, University of the Philippines Diliman on April 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM. This special screening is presented by U.P. Cineastes’ Studio and the ABS-CBN Film Restoration.

Tickets cost 150 pesos each. For ticket reservations, contact U.P. Cineastes’ Studio (link for ticket reservations to be released later today). For more inquiries, call 926-2722 or 926-3640.

Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara is a 1995 horror-drama remake of the 1974 film of the same title, directed by Chito S. Roño and released by Star Cinema, written by Ricky Lee based on the story by Celso Ad Castillo. It is top-billed by Lorna Tolentino as Barbara and Dawn Zulueta. It also stars Tonton Gutierrez, Antoinette Taus, Anita Linda, Amy Austria, Nonie Buencamino, and Angie Ferro.

The 1974 film is led by Susan Roces as the eponymous character with Rosanna Ortiz as her antagonist. Since this original version is under FPJ Studios, they control the rights and restoration of that title for which they have the facilities.

Since 2011, the ABS-CBN Film Restoration has restored 100 titles as it aims to restore Filipino classic films to preserve our cinematic heritage.