MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The force is truly awakened in the latest addition to the widely successful epic space opera saga set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nostalgic with its refined take on the classic elements that have long since made the franchise memorable and beloved. The overall vibe resonates withContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Magkakabaung (2014)

After unknowingly administering the wrong medication to his sick child, should a father be held morally or legally responsible for his action and inaction? Jason Paul Laxamana’s latest full-length feature Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker) explores a single father’s way of living and the decisions he makes for her daughter even right after the accident. TheContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Magkakabaung (2014)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Tandem (2015)

Tandem begins with a man ready to shoot a dog point blank. He dons a fierce look which makes the tension tighter and lets the audience anticipate the thriller that is yet to unfold. As another man approaches, it gives a first look at the main characters: two men who wear mask, hides guns in their pockets,Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Tandem (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Angela Markado (2015)

Angela Markado is a confused, lowly incompetent if not entirely, disrespectful remake of a Lino Brocka classic. Its marketing boasts the name of the National Artist, together with the Hilda Koronel-starrer having received the prestigious grand prix award in France at the Nantes Film Festival in 1983, only to appear as a misleading note on the invites to the premiereContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Angela Markado (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: A Second Chance (2015)

A Second Chance is that realization of an eight-year frustration of many to have a follow-up for the blockbuster hit romantic movie One More Chance. There are those who oppose the slightest idea, noting that the original piece would suffice on its own since, as it has turned out, it has become a classic film—something thatContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: A Second Chance (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Manang Biring (2015)

If there is just a single aspect that Carl Joseph Papa’s Manang Biring could take pride in, it has to be its brilliance in transporting its audience to a relatable landscape by means of a well-crafted story. It bagged the Best Film award at the recently concluded Cinema One Originals film festival most likely for its innovative response toContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Manang Biring (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Wang Fam (2015)

Wang Fam stars Pokwang and Benjie Paras as Malou and Boo who fall for each other when the latter has gone to an uncharted forest to find “unique” plants only to meet a problematic woman in black to the tune of a remix of Regine Velasquez’s Dadalhin. Right then, the story delivers nothing but silliness–something thatContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Wang Fam (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: No Boyfriend Since Birth (2015)

In Jose Javier Reyes’s No Boyfriend Since Birth, Carla Abellana’s Karina Miranda, better known as Carrie, works as an executive assistant in a bridal shop. We get the usual snappy boss in Mylene Dizon’s Mimi. The clash is always pro-boss with Carrie bowing down with her mouth shut. She is questioned by her parents if sheContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: No Boyfriend Since Birth (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Lisyun Qng Geografia (2014)

“But for now, let’s wait for the rain to stop.” – Claren Torres It is but fitting for young director Petersen Vargas to start his debut film with a quote from an important person in his life–something that encapsulates the overall mood of what is to follow, and to its extent, works as a tributeContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Lisyun Qng Geografia (2014)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Everyday I Love You (2015)

Everyday I Love You serves as the second time Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil are paired in a movie. ABS-CBN and Star Cinema very well know how to strike whilst the iron is hot but this one is just too soon given that its release is just a few months after two projects: their successful TVContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Everyday I Love You (2015)”