Madness escalates in final trailer for ‘Joker’

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the final trailer for “Joker,” starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.

Check out the trailer below and watch “Joker” in Philippine cinemas October 3.

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen.  Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.  A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him.  Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Arthur, who devotes himself to caring for his fragile mother, seeks out every father figure he’s never had, from wealthy businessman Thomas Wayne to TV host Murray Franklin.  Caught in a cyclical existence teetering on the precipice of reality and madness, one bad decision brings about a chain reaction of escalating, ultimately deadly, events.

Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator”) stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather: Part II”) as Franklin.  The film also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Shea Whigham (“First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”) and Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”).

Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from DC.  The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.   It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

“Joker” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #JokerMovie

Deadly game of hide-and-seek awaits in comedy-horror ‘Ready or Not’

A wedding night takes a twisted turn with a killer game of hide-and-seek in Fox Searchlight’s new comedy-horror Ready or Not, out in Philippine cinemas on August 28, 2019. 

The film takes place on the eve of Grace and Alex’s (Samara Weaving and Mark O’Brien) wedding at the family manor, where the beautiful and spirited bride is welcomed into the Le Domas clan through a traditional family ‘game’.  

With the family’s fortune built on board games, Grace suspects nothing of the time-honored tradition and picks the ‘Hide and Seek’ card as the game of the night. However, Grace makes the terrifying discovery that she is being hunted in lethal blood sport by her husband’s dysfunctional and deadly family – the intimidating parents Tony and Becky (Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell), the troubled brother Daniel and his wife Charity (Adam Brody anfd Elyse Levesque), the drug-fueled sister Emilie and her husband Fitch (Melanie Scrofano and Kristian Bruun) and the mean Aunt Helene (Nicky Guadagni). Pushed to her limits physically and emotionally, Grace fights for her survival and discovers more of her new family’s strange secrets.

(L to R) Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny and Nicky Guadagni in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Adam Brody and Samara Weaving in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

At the helm of this soon-to-be cult classic are experts of the comedy-horror genre, Radio Silence – a filmmaking trio comprised of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet, and executive producer Chad Villella. 

“We loved the idea that you could take something that’s as familiar and relatable as marrying into a family and give it a genre bend in a playful way – but also in a dangerous and extreme way,” shared co-director Gillet. 

Ready or Not is a mix of all things strange, scary, and a tad bit silly. With each gory scene the filmmakers were keen on startling the audience, whether with shrieks or giggles. “Crafting a good scare is actually similar to crafting a good joke. You set it up and there is a punch line,” Gillett added.

Ready or Not is coming to the cinemas on August 28, Wednesday. Join the conversations online at #ReadyOrNotPH  

Samara Weaving in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Samara Weaving in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Samara Weaving in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman back together for ‘Angel Has Fallen’

He had been down a few times, but nothing could ever take him out.  That’s Gerard Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in the global box office hits “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and “London Has Fallen” (2016).  

This year, this agent who is referred to as “the President’s top guardian angel”  is going to get beat up yet again, the question is, how will Butler’s Banning rise from this fall?  

Angel Has Fallen is the third entry to the “Fallen” franchise. Mike Banning is selected by U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) to be the director of the Secret Service.  But before he could assume his new appointment, Banning finds himself in a crucial position to protect the president as they are attacked by explosive drones.  

The next thing he knows, he is already in the hospital, handcuffed and being charged with the attempted murder of President Trumbull. FBI Agent Thompson (Jada Pinkett-Smith) is convinced of Banning’s culpability because he is the only one in his team who survives the tragedy.  

Hellbent on proving his innocence and bringing the real culprit to justice, Banning escapes capture.  As the FBI and his own agency are hot on his trail, Banning tracks down his father (Nick Nolte) to get his help.  

Just like in all his previous battles, he must keep his family from harm, keep the president alive, and save the country from imminent danger.  The big difference is, he is also fighting for his life.  

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch, Shot Caller), “Angel Has Fallen” offers non-stop action while taking the audience to what Butler describes as a “much deeper, darker journey”  of Mike Banning.  Reports have it that two other scripts had been scrapped in favor of this story, which is said to have been inspired by The Fugitive, The Bourne Identity, and Taken.  

Butler said in an interview back in 2017, *I couldn’t even see a way to make a third (Fallen film), you know we’d joke about it ‘What, Tokyo? Hong Kong? What is it going to be!?’ …Until this idea came along and until Ric came along – now I’ve gone from not knowing what to do with it, to thinking this is going to be the best one.”

In the same interview, Butler shared that Waugh told him that he wanted to make a movie with him “that’ll be remembered for three generations”.  In response to that, Butler said, “Well what about Has Fallen 3?”, and Waugh said, “That’s not what I was thinking!”  Butler said to the reluctant director, ‘Read this script, it’s kind of like The Fugitive, take it and let’s put your spin on it’.  

Fast forward to May 2019, Waugh posted the trailer of “Angel Has Fallen” on Twitter and wrote, “For years @GerardButler and I have been wanting to collaborate. Damn glad it was this one. It was definitely worth the wait!”  

“Angel Has Fallen” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide. From Viva International Pictures and MVP Entertainment.

Adorable twins ‘Upin & Ipin’ embark on new mystical adventure in latest full-length film

If you have kids and have a Disney channel on TV at home, most probably you already stumbled on one of the daily episodes of “Upin & Ipin.” Well, there is a good news for you and your kids as “Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” is set to be screened this August 28 in Philippine cinemas.

“Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” is tagged as the most expensive Malaysian film in history reaching almost RM 20 million ($4.84 million USD) and roughly took five years for the entire production crew to finish this animated sequel. Executive producer Burhanuddin Radzi ensures that their latest masterpiece could follow the same quality of the international animated films and also elevate the standards of Malaysia’s animation industry.

The original Malay-language version is simultaneously released last March in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It was well received by the fans, especially in its own country as it grossed around RM25 million in just three weeks.

It now stands as the highest-grossing local animated film in Malaysian cinema. The previous holder of the record was “Incredibles 2,” which made approximately RM21.7 million in local cinemas. However, the Disney•Pixar film accomplished the milestone in a span of three months where Upin & Ipin only needed three weeks to take over such record.

Synopsis:

“It all begins when Upin, Ipin, and their friends stumble upon a mystical keris in Tok Dalang’s storeroom that opens a portal and leads them straight into the heart of the kingdom. While trying to find their way back home to Kampung Durian Runtuh, the disoriented kids are suddenly burdened with the task of restoring the kingdom back to its former glory. With help from characters from Malaysian tales and folklore, Mat Jenin and Belalang, Upin, Ipin and their friends must overcome a series of challenging obstacles in this action-packed, magical and humorous adventure film.”

The adventure starts this August 28 when “Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” arrives in PH cinemas.

Horror blockbuster ‘IT Chapter Two’ officially arrives in PH Sept 4

Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines has just confirmed that the eagerly anticipated horror thriller, “IT Chapter Two” will arrive in local cinemas on Wednesday, September 4th.

Fans are advised to go to the social pages and websites of their favorite cinemas for the start date of advanced ticket-selling.

“IT Chapter Two” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  #ITMovie #ITEnds

About “IT Chapter Two”

“IT Chapter Two” is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally.  Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.  

Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “IT Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.  

James McAvoy (“Split,” “Glass”) stars as Bill, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) as Beverly, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Bill Skarsgård returning in the seminal role of Pennywise.  Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) plays Stanley, and reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie.

Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“IT,” “Annabelle: Creation”) based on the novel IT by Stephen King.  Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing the film.  Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are the executive producers.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt get first team-up in ‘Once upon a Time… in Hollywood’

In Columbia Pictures’ Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, director-witer Quentin Tarantino unites two of today’s greatest stars — Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt — in a first-ever pairing.  They star as TV actor Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) who make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.   

Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood recreates the time and place of Tarantino’s formative years, when everything – the United States, the city of Los Angeles, the Hollywood star system, even the movies themselves – was at an inflection point, and no one knew where the pieces would land.  All this is not entirely dissimilar from the changes buffeting Hollywood today.

At the center is Rick Dalton who had been the star of “Bounty Law,” a hit television series in the 50s and early 60s, but his prophesied transition to motion picture stardom never materialized. Now, as Hollywood moves towards a hippie aesthetic, Rick worries that his time has passed – and wonders if there’s still a chance for him.

“Rick Dalton is a byproduct of the 50s – the 1950s pompadour hero – but now there’s a new era and this train has passed him by,” says DiCaprio. “Working with Quentin, we saw Rick Dalton’s story as a journey of an immense lack of confidence – his inability to be thankful for the position that he’s in and what he’s already gotten. He’s constantly yearning for something more.”

At Rick’s side is Cliff Booth, a former war hero, now Rick’s stunt double. As their careers have evolved and their struggles increased, the one constant for them has been each other. Cliff has proven his loyalty to Rick over and over again, and vice versa – they are the only true family that either has.

Leonardo DiCaprio star in Columbia Pictures “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Our characters are based on an actor-stuntman relationship – spending entire careers together was much more prevalent at that time,” says Pitt. “We talked about Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins, who were a strong team with The Great Escape, and we talked about Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham. In fact, we got to talk to Burt about that, which was a real joy. There was just a tighter bond between the two – where we’re more transitory in that way today. Cliff and Rick really rely on each other. The down time is more grueling than the actual work at times, so to have a friend, to have a partner, was all-important. It’s even all-important now.”

“Part of what makes the film so special is to watch Leo and Brad work off of each other,” says producer Shannon McIntosh, who has worked with Tarantino in several capacities for decades. “They’re both fully inhabiting these characters, bringing them to life in a way that leaves you feeling like they are family. For those of us who love making movies, it hits close to home, because ultimately that’s what we love about it: working with these people and forging these lifelong bonds.”   

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Films about such bonds, and the opportunity for “Butch and Sundance type” casting they afford, are rare in the modern system, so both parts needed to be strong. “I tried a couple of different stories, and then I decided no, I don’t want to put them through some typical melodramatic plot line,” says Tarantino. “I want it to be three rich days in the lives of these characters as they move about Los Angeles, and the conflict of the story builds each day until it reaches a tipping point.”

In Philippine cinemas August 28, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in ONCE UPON TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.


Hatch(l)ing another mission in ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’

While the pigs and birds are joining forces to save their islands, another adventure is unfolding in Columbia Pictures’ adventure comedy The Angry Birds Movie 2, courtesy of three adorable hatchlings.

The trio of baby birds – Zoe (pink), Vivi (green) and Sam-Sam (beige) – are re-enacting the events of the first Angry Birds Movie as they honor their new hero, Red. When an outside force endangers some eggs, the youngsters find themselves embarking on an epic quest to rescue them.

The adorable Hatchlings are being voiced by Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa, Genesis Tennon, Alma Varsano, Faith Kidman-Urban and Sunday Kidman- Urban.

“Playing ‘pigs’ and ‘birds’, they realize the rocks they’ve been using to stand in for the eggs don’t cut it,” producer John Cohen elaborates. “So they borrow Zoe’s still unhatched baby sisters from the crib, only to see a wave yank the eggs away.”

Vivi (Genesis Tennon), Sam-Sam (Alma Varsano) and Zoe (Brooklynn Prince) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS 2.

With their big screen debut in the first film, the adorable hatchlings stole the hearts of audiences around the world, and the filmmakers knew there was much more humor, adventure and uber-cuteness to be explored with their antics in the new story.

“In this film, they provide a different flavor of comedy relief from the comically intense scenes of the team infiltrating Eagle Island,” says director Thurop Van Orman. “Theirs is a big adventure in its own right, which ultimately dovetails into the main story. They are a big part of the movie.”

In Philippine cinemas August 21, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #AngryBirdsMovie2

Zoe (Brooklyn Prince, pink), Vivi (Genesis Tennon, green), and Sam-Sam (Alma Varsano, beige) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS 2.

About The Angry Birds Movie 2

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes.

The star-studded cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Beck Bennett, Nicki Minaj and Brooklynn Prince.

Lily (Sunday Urban) and Beatrice (Faith Urban) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s THE ANGRY BIRDS 2.

‘Still Human’ review: Heartfelt and engaging domestic help dramedy

Still Human beautifully gives us a heartwarming story that will make us cry with its engagingly relatable drama .

Still Human is about a paralyzed man and his Filipino domestic worker who learn about each other as they go on their lives in Hong Kong. Former construction worker Leung Cheong-wing (Anthony Wong) who is paralyzed from the chest down is left to spend his days contemplating his existence in a cramped public housing estate flat. That changes when his friend, Fai (Sam Lee Chan-sum), finds him a new domestic helper after a series of unsatisfactory hires. Despite starting off with a language barrier and a mutual distrust, Cheong-wing and his new recruit maid, Evelyn Santos (Crisel Consunji), a former nurse, soon develop a great fondness for each other. These two strangers live under the same roof through different seasons, and as they learn more about each other, they also learn more about themselves. Together, they learn about how to face the different seasons of life.

The story is straightforward and it shows how two strangers can help achieving their dreams along the way. The trailer didn’t reveal much but it’s all about sacrifices, family, dreams and a heartfelt domestic help story. The film would really capture the hearts of both Filipino workers and Hong Kong employers. Evelyn is an aspiring photographer who has temporarily given up her dreams and to work as a maid to a grumpy Cheong-wing. While the story of a domestic helper and her employer grounds the film in a real-world context, the story and characters are no less relatable for audiences unfamiliar with live-in helpers. Most importantly, the film does not portray Evelyn or Cheong as pitiful — instead, it gives both of them a base of empowerment from which they can choose their own destinies, and escape the limitations that social, economic, and physical circumstances have imposed on them.

At first you’ll feel that Evelyn and Cheong are two strangers who both have different aspects in life. But halfway through the film as Cheong discovers Evelyn’s dream to become a photographer and dream to become something more than just being a maid. Cheong’s attitude towards her starts to take a turn, he even stands up to his sister when she makes a racist remark at Evelyn making the film more relatable and heartwarming. Both of them have dreams that they feel unable to pursue because of different conditions in their lives. Evelyn’s arrival convinces Cheong to start turning his life around. This takes turns as they are not totally different at each other at all.

Still Human shows that gaps in language, culture, gender, age, or social status are not hindrances to form a connection with someone else. Regardless of one’s background or societal standing — a helper or a disabled man — we are all still human. The film humanizes and gives a voice to not only helpers and the disabled, but also people from all walks of life who are often overlooked, dismissed, and stereotyped by society at large. This is a big move to a debuting director. It was great showing this hoping a wide audience might see this film.

The film is sincere and meaningful with a dedicated director and performances of the leads. Director Oliver Siu Kuen Chan’s debut features a lot of genuinely heartwarming story. He amazingly creates a tearjerker film full of lessons in life – dreaming big and keeping on in life. Those lessons may be broad, but it maintains true all along the film.

Crisel Consunji had never acted in a film when she was chosen to star opposite Hong Kong cinematic legend Anthony Wong Chau-sang but she was no doubt the best choice for the role.  Crisel Consunji and Anthony Wong Chau-sang infuse discovered optimism into their respective characters’ adversities. Crisel owns the role as if she was really Evelyn by showing its fears and process them into emotive performance, you would never know she was not an equal veteran to Wong Chau-sang. She anchors this film with professionalism and light in a star-making performance. Both have great moments. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and most important is that you’ll learn from their respective characters.

Still Human is a heartwarming story about the reality of life and dreaming big. It was engaging, dramatic, humorous, and sweet. Still Human is very timely and relatable film best seen by a wide audience.

5 out of 5 stars
Written and directed by Oliver Siu Kuen Chan, ‘Still Human’ stars Crisel Consunji, Sam Lee, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, and Cecilia Yip. 112 minutes

‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ review: Unexpected, undeniable chemistry

Hello, Love, Goodbye exquisitely gives us the pleasure and pain of love from the fresh, heartfelt team-up of Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo.

Set in Hong Kong, two OFWs are destined to change each other’s lives forever. Joy (Kathryn Bernardo) is a spunky millennial who works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong. While she excels in her job and enjoys the friendship of many other empowered domestic helpers, she plans to leave the city soon. Hong Kong is only her stopover. Determined to live a greater life far from her depraved childhood, Joy has big dreams of succeeding in Canada or wherever her dreams may take her. In her journey to achieving her goals, Joy meets a Pinoy bartender Ethan (Alden Richards) who’s a sweetheart playboy soon to become a permanent resident in the city. After escaping responsibilities all his life, Ethan now wants to commit to a newfound career and to his family (who also resides in Hong Kong).

Set in Hong Kong, two OFWs are destined to change each other’s lives forever. Joy (Kathryn Bernardo) is a spunky millennial who works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong. While she excels in her job and enjoys the friendship of many other empowered domestic helpers, she plans to leave the city soon. Hong Kong is only her stopover. Determined to live a greater life far from her depraved childhood, Joy has big dreams of succeeding in Canada or wherever her dreams may take her. In her journey to achieving her goals, Joy meets a Pinoy bartender Ethan (Alden Richards) who’s a sweetheart playboy soon to become a permanent resident in the city. After escaping responsibilities all his life, Ethan now wants to commit to a newfound career and to his family (who also resides in Hong Kong).

Joy and Ethan soon develop a friendship. The two become each other’s joy against the grime and grind of Hong Kong. So much so that when lonely nights come, they fully surrender to each other’s comfort. Still, they warn each other: this is just “for now”, we are not permanent. Nonetheless, as they overcome more and more problems in Hong Kong together, Joy and Ethan’s love deepens. They become each other’s savior—helping one another mend their lifelong wounds and realize their ambitions. They wonder, can their “for now” turn to forever? But what happens when Joy’s dreams take her away from Hong Kong? How can their love possibly survive?

“I love you.” – Joy (Kathryn Bernardo)

Judging by its trailer alone, one may think that HelloLove, Goodbye, is yet another typical love story with a love team that unimaginably has a connection with each other. And to some extent, it is not. It is not your typical love story. It’s about sacrifices, life, family, dreams and a heartfelt OFW story. The film really captures the hearts of the Filipino around the world. They both have their respective struggles, one is economically burdened by a tiresome family she supports back home and one who is in a year-long disagreement with his family while trying to find a new path in life. By helping each other, they eventually find a way out of their woes, but in the process they are made to choose between being together and being apart just to fulfill their individual dreams.

Basically it tells us that people come and go in our life. In this world, we see every people every day. New faces and new personalities we love to hang around for awhile, but along that we will meet someone that will give our lives a more profound meaning. A person that we share stories without judgment and a person who we can fall in love with. While sometimes there will also be a person who will leave us in the end, not because you are not fit together, but it is the right thing to do especially if there are things to fulfill first in life. The film gave us all that feels from the sweetest hello to a bittersweet yet heartwarming goodbye. It tells us that that life does not stop because of heartbreak, nor should it revolve around a person. Sometimes it’s all about the goals to fulfill and families to support to. Ultimately, falling in love isn’t that all in all we need in life.

The film also brought to life the problems of being domestic helpers in Hong Kong, especially with regards to risking illegal activities for their dreams of material wealth. It’s an eye-opener to us Filipinos who think that OFWs are automatically living a better life. But it’s a big NO. It amazingly tackles about the things they would do just to survive living there every day. It is a very heartfelt film that tells us that tough choices need to be made and be respected in the name of love.

Director Cathy Garcia-Molina gives us a lot of surprises from start to finish. She shows dedication in telling us an amazing life story. The film uniquely takes you on an enriching journey that’s not made out of blunder, not overly dramatic, but surprisingly entertaining. Cathy indeed manages everything. It sets the tone and builds a pace along the way while balancing each of our emotions throughout the journey. The choice of location is great too. Hands down in presenting Hong Kong as a fast-paced world that requires determination and stamina to survive. Overall, Hello, Love, Goodbye is a beautifully-made and on-point film that satisfies a wide audience.

Adding to the greatness of this film is the cast that remarkably gave everything to their respective roles. Kudos to Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards for their first heartfelt team-up. There is love and ‘kilig’ through pain and hardship indeed. Their lines are true and close to the heart they bounce off each other with such ease and skill.  In a way, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry in the film as they are both very good and have great on-screen chemistry that will make you want to see more of them together. There’s no single moment where everything is off as Kath and Alden made sure that Ethan and Joy’s relationship feel undeniable, relatable, and believable.

Kathryn is without a doubt in her best performance so far without Daniel Padilla. She remarkably portrays all the emotions to her audience. From breaking away from toxic traditions to realizing her full potential she nailed her role as a young Filipina OFW. Kathryn is perfect for the role and is the real ‘Joy’ in the film.

Alden shook us with his amazing acting skills. No doubt he is handsome but this film makes him more attractive. He shines and fits into playing the playboy made good archetype bartender. Cathy made sure he gives his all to this one as he excelled in acting compare to his early roles. (watch out for his scene stealing scene with Jameson Blake who played as his brother). This is a game changer for him. No doubt the two shared an undeniable chemistry and is the proof that two people don’t actually have to be in a relationship to create that kind of magic onscreen.

Alden Richards as Ethan

With all ‘kilig’ moments, Cathy Garcia-Molina beautifully executes a heartfelt team-up of Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo. Hello, Love, Goodbye stands out from its predecessors of the same genre as it tells of a beautiful story about the reality of life more or less of the main lead’s romance. It is unique and simple yet a great film depicting the life of a domestic helper in Hong Kong. Hello, Love, Goodbye is worth to be seen by worldwide audiences.  

5 out of 5 stars
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ stars Kathryn Bernardo, Alden Richards, Maymay Entrata, Joross Gamboa, Jeffrey Tam, Maricel Laxa, Jameson Blake, Kakai Bautista, Lovely Abella, and Maxine Medina.

Carly Rae Jepsen brings ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be bringing her ‘The Dedicated Tour’ to Manila on October 23 at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets will be on-sale starting August 31 via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide. Presented by concert promoter Wilbros Live.

Fans can expect a night full of hits as Carly Rae Jepsen will be performing her chart-topping songs, including “Cut to the Feeling”, “Call Me Maybe”, “Party for One”, “I Really Like You”, “Boy Problems”, “Emotion”, “Run Away with Me” and many more.

After Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted, adding “the blast radius of E•MO•TION is expansive.” The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her Grammy-nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster. 

Jepsen’s new album, Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION, which featured the platinum single “I Really Like You,” was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times (though the album defies categorization as a whole). At one point, Jepsen was sure she was making a disco opus. “The title was going to be ‘Disco Sweat,’” she says with a laugh. “I really bought into it.” But Jepsen had a change of heart thanks to her travels over the past two years, which included writing trips to the Swedish countryside (“It was spring and there were fields of flowers, homemade breads, and kittens running everywhere”) and a beach in Nicaragua, where she surfed and stayed in a cabana-like casita. Then there was an Eat Pray Love-esque solo vacation in Italy. “I had so many songs,” she says. “I needed some space to walk around, reflect, eat pasta, and get to know myself a bit.” #CarlyRaeJepsenMANILA2019