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25 July 2017

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After appearing in the television series ‘Extant,’ Academy Award-winner Halle Berry makes her much-awaited return to the big screen in the upcoming thriller ‘Kidnap.’

Berry plays a single mother named Karla Dyson who lives a perfect life with her young son Frankie. One day, upon entering a local park, Karla sees her son suddenly being abducted out of the blue by a kidnapper.

The film took eight years in the pre-production phase before it went to principal photography, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed in an interview.


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As Di Bonaventura developed and polished the film’s concept, he began thinking about who to cast as the story’s everyday woman turned super hero protagonist. “We needed someone that audiences wanted to root for, and that you can see the vulnerability of their character, which leads to the gradual dawning of a certain amount of empowerment, ultimately becoming fully empowered and being really physically willing to take on the villains of the film,” Di Bonaventura said. 

One name immediately came to mind – Academy Award winner Halle Berry.  “She’s perfect not only because she’s an Academy Award-winning actress, but also because she is a mother and she can bring some of that experience and those emotions to the role - what would you do if your kid got taken from you,” remarks producer Greg Chou. 

 “I needed an actress that would be able to go from that moment of brightness to a very dangerous place, that is finding yourself without your son, and knowing how far that place will be, and Halle was obviously the perfect choice for this protective role,” explains director Luis Prieto. 

The industry veteran, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, who has collaborated with Berry for over twelve years and acting partner in 606 Films, calls the actress, “Extraordinary, because she always finds the reality and people relate to her and understand her because she can find the truth in her character.” 
 “She’s awesome, she’s so strong, and she’s a great actor. These scenes are so intense and she brings it in every scene; she’s always dialled in and I think the result is going to be a nonstop thrilling action ride,” explains executive producer D.J. Gugenheim.

“It’s nice to be wearing both hats you know, I don’t have to be the dancing bear, I get to have real input into the story and how the movie is shot and who’s involved form start to finish,” explains Berry on the topic of being both and actress and a producer on the film.


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“That’s a really good feeling to have that kind of input and then also be the person that gets to carry out that vision,” added Berry.

 “Halle plays this single mom hoping to get back with her husband only to find out that her husband is going to marry someone else, and she has to figure out how to be a good mom in the middle of that,” explains producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.

Berry is able to intertwine her characters from the superhero fantasies and action thrillers by embracing the everyday mom and also having to make the transformation into a real-life superhero.
The actress explains the distinctiveness of her character for this film, saying “The biggest thing that makes Karla unique is she is everywoman. She is just very ordinary but when faced with a threat of something happening to her child she becomes extraordinary and I think that’s what every mother every father every parent would become if they were faced with this situation.” 

“They really don’t know exactly what they’re doing and neither does Karla, so they are equal opponents at the end of the day.”

‘Kidnap’ opens August 2, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from Captive Cinema.



Photo credits: Captive Cinema





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Halle Berry returns to the big screen in the upcoming thriller 'Kidnap'

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24 July 2017

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Mikhail Red's 'Birdshot' has been announced as the opening film to the 13th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival this August 4, prior to August 16 nationwide release as part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino line-up. 

The screening will be happening at the CCP theater, and there will be free admission for the tickets (though seats are on a first come, first serve basis).

Birdshot’ won the Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival last November 2016, and features a cast that include Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Reyes and John Arcilla.
A coming-of-age thriller, “Birdshot” tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a Philippine forest reserve. Deep within the reservation she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically endangered and protected Philippine Eagle. As the local authorities begin a manhunt to track down the poacher of a national bird, their investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery.
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Mikhail Red's 'Birdshot' to open Cinemalaya 2017

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23 July 2017

cinemalaya 2017 schedule

Cinemalaya Foundation released the complete schedule of the full-length features and shorts that will participate in the upcoming 13th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

The 2017 edition of the long-running film festival in the Philippines will continue "to discover, encourage, and support the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity."

It will run starting August 4 until 13 at CCP (Main Theater, Little Theater and Studio Theater), U.P. Town Center, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, and Greenbelt.
  Here are the finalists and their respective cinema schedules:

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ANG GURO KONG DI MARUNONG MAGBASA
ANG GURO KONG DI MARUNONG MAGBASA cinemalaya
When their teacher disappears, school children cradle guns in their arms instead of books.
ANG GURO KONG DI MARUNONG MAGBASA schedule
Written and directed by Perry Escaño. Starring  Alfred Vargas, Mon Confiado, James Blanco, Miggs Cuaderno, Micko Laurente, and Marc Justin Alvarez.


ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA
ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA cinemalaya
Only the famous family that doesn't weep can help reunite a desperate woman with her own.
ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA schedule
Directed by Mes De Guzman. Starring Sharon Cuneta.

BACONAUA
BACONAUA cinemalaya
After a turbulent squall in the night, villagers wake up to the astonishing sight of the sea that has turned red.
BACONAUA schedule
Directed by Joseph Israel Laban. Starring Elora Españo, Teri Malvar, JM Salvado, and Bembol Roco.

RESPETO 
respeto cinemalaya
When an amateur rapper and a seasoned poet are thrown together in a moment of violence, they learn to write verses with new found clarity. 
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Directed by Treb Monteras II. Starring Loonie and Abra.


REQUITED
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An ailing biker takes to the rail for one last adventure that pits him against nature and the woman he desires.
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Directed by Nerissa Picadizo. Starring Jake Cuenca and Anna Luna.

NABUBULOK
NABUBULOK cinemalaya
A husband takes flight when his wife goes missing.
NABUBULOK cinemalaya schedule
Directed by Sonny Calvento. Starring Gina Alajar, JC Santos, and Billy Ray Galleon.

KIKO BOKSINGERO
KIKO BOKSINGERO cinemalaya
Kiko, an 11-year-old boy left aimlessly alone with his nanny after the recent death of his mother, rekindles a long lost relationship with his father in an attempt to find a new lease on life. 
KIKO BOKSINGERO cinemalaya schedule
Directed by Thop Nazareno. Starring Noel Comia, Jr. and Yul Servo.

BAGAHE
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Raped and pregnant, an OFW rids herself of unwanted baggage on the flight back home.
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Directed by Zig Dulay. Starring Angeli Bayani.

SA GABING NANAHIMIK ANG MGA KULIGLIG
SA GABING NANAHIMIK ANG MGA KULIGLIG cinemalaya
A woman's confession to murder hurls a priest and altar boy into a maelstrom of conflicting emotions and the need to be righteous.
SA GABING NANAHIMIK ANG MGA KULIGLIG cinemalaya schedule
Directed by Iar Lionel Arondaing. Starring Angel Aquino, Jake Macapagal, Ricky Davao, Jess Mendoza, Mercedes Cabral, and Anthony Falcon.

SHORTS

SET A
short films cinemalaya 2017

"ISLABODAN" by Juan Carlo Tarobal
"ALIENS ATA" by Glenn Barit
"FATIMA MARIE TORRES AND THE INVASION OF SPACE SHUTTLE PINAS 25" by Carlo Francisco Manatad
"LOLA LOLENG" by Che Tagyamon
"MANONG NG PA-ALING" by E. del Mundo
"SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE" by Carl Adrian Chavez

SET B
short films cinemalaya 2017

"NAKAW" by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo
"BAWOD" by TM Malones
"HILOM" by P.R. Patindol
"JUANA AND THE SACRED SHORES" by Antonne Santiago
"MARIA" by JP Habac
"NAKAUWI NA" by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar





Photo credits: Cinemalaya Foundation



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kita kita movie review

Kita Kita’ solidifies Sigrid Bernardo as a director who is well-versed in controlling audience mood through cinema. Her ability to concoct different set of emotions for only a minute is a difficult thing to pull off, but to do it several times on a 90-minute (or more) running time is another. There is enough charm in this film that never feels neither forced nor manipulative, it all feels genuine and absolutely endearing.

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It follows Lea (Alessandra De Rossi), an overseas worker in Japan who has experienced temporary blindness as a result of undergoing emotional and physical stress. When her neighbor Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) arrived, Lea finds an unexpected connection with him and began to learn appreciating things more despite not being able to see them.

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The film is very straight forward on its point, never getting to over-explain or complicate its messages. It opens a note that feels very familiar, until it goes to directions that is effectively different, filling up reasons on the probable flaws of its preceding scenes. But it stays true to itself on the way it set things in order, despite these sudden upheavals. 

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A fascinating inclusion of montage several times in the film seems to drag the story, but it surprisingly doesn’t end up that way. There are moments where it plays as a parody on its own, poking humor even on Filipino rom-com and Korean soap operas’ trademarks in general. 

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But this film would not turn as good as it was without the pairing of De Rossi and Marquez. The chemistry is shockingly great, which gets better and better when it doesn’t play out with humor. It seems the two are having a lot of fun, and it clearly shows in the scenes they were in together. The break-out star here is Marquez, who proved to be an effective talent even on non-comical moments. 

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Kita Kita’ is a film that is consistently genuine and endearing. It’s a three for three for Bernardo, whose previous narrative films ‘Lorna’ and ‘Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita’ also featured zany concepts, but eventually managed to be solid charmers. 


'Kita Kita' is now showing in cinemas nationwide. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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avengers infinity war footage sdcc

The first footage of Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' has leaked online, following its unveiling at this year's Hall-H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. 



It is the same footage that premiered at D-23, Disney's annual convention exclusively for its own properties.

'Infinity War' will serve as the culmination of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that started in 2008 with 'Iron Man.'

It is set to feature over 50 cast members, all of which is coming from different franchises under the MCU banner, and are set to go up against the villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. The film will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.

'Avengers: Infinity War' opens April 2018 in cinemas nationwide.








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21 July 2017

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Post-production has officially started for the upcoming Lav Diaz film entitled 'Ang Panahon ng Halimaw' (The Season of the Devil).

The news was announced by producer Bianca Balbuena on her Facebook account. She described the film as "an anti-musical musical, a rock opera, whatever you want to call it."


'Ang Panahon ng Halimaw' is the second Diaz film to feature Piolo Pascual in the cast (first one is 2016's Hele Sa Hiwang Hapis). Joining him are Shaina Magdayao, Pinky R. Amador, Bito Aguilos, Joel Saracho, Hazel Orencio, Bart Guingona, Angel Aquino, Junji Delfino, DMs Boongaling, Lilit Reyes, Ian Lomongo, Iain Liew, Bradley Liew, Gan Hui Yee, and Noel Sto Domingo.

Set for a 2018 theatrical release, it will be produced by Balbuena and Bradley Liew for Quark Henares' Globe Studios. 






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20 July 2017

tofarm film festival review

I really don't know what 'Baklad' really wants. It is a film that feels lost in a film line-up that seeks to cultivate the goals of the festival. While there's still something to find here that somehow relates to it, it seems the film doesn't even demand nor want it in the first place. 


baklad tofarm film festival review

It follows a group of illegal fish pen workers composed of teenage boys. The group is headed by an engineer, who one day takes a new wife with him. This triggers a young man (Romwaldo Martin) to develop sexual awakening over her. But the price in exchange for this affection is going to dangerous.



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Baklad’ is an erotica driven by the overwhelming presence of sexism. There are only 3 female characters here, and their objectification doesn’t seem to have an end goal. Success is measured by marrying a big-shot for the sake of larger cash. Even most of the male characters here are portrayed as submissive figures. 
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The film is painful to watch, a real waste where it could have gone. 

Our next film, incidentally, is also painful to watch. Joseph Abello’s OFW drama ‘What Home Feels Like’ hits when it has to. It is one of those films that seemingly play its moments as an avenue for eventual sympathy. But this is something that does not want you to feel pity, it allows you to reflect on yourself as an individual. 


what home feels like tofarm film festival review

Bembol Roco plays a seafarer who arrives back home at the Philippines for a temporary break. But his arrival was welcomed by something he was not prepared for: the emotional disconnection by his children. It leads to him trying to fill the gaps of his long absences, while dealing with the pressures of other things.


what home feels like tofarm film festival review

The emotions introduced here for the characters are anything but infectious. Everything felt raw, thanks to the terrific performances from the cast led by Roco and Irma Adlawan. Our local cinema has produced a lot of OFW dramas, but what sets this film apart from the rest is the isolation the overseas worker has to face from his own, personal home. It’s the type of struggle that really creates the most tragic drama. 


what home feels like tofarm film festival review

What Home Feels Like’ explores proximity as the dispensable measure for human connection. It is genuine, resonant, and beautifully humane. 


Out of all six entries from this year’s ToFarm Film Festival, it is Victor Acedillo, Jr.’s ‘Kamunggai’ that stays truest to its advocacies. This is a film that is solely built on upholding the importance of agriculture to communities, nothing more.


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It tells the story of an old man who became greedy of his neighbors that treats his garden as if it was a small market, taking advantage of his own plants. When a grandson arrived to stay at his house, his patience will be tested.


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The film resorts for nothing but simplicity. There are no larger-than-life problems here, nor big confrontation set pieces. Its greatest conflict wasn’t even that eye-opening to begin with. 



kamunggai tofarm film festival review

But this decision to oversimplify makes its emotions feel undercooked and unearned. A conflict throughout the movie was resolved to an extent wherein the characters seem to react on the wrong moments. The film lacks enough charm the characters already have. ‘Kamunggai’ addresses what it needs to address, but there’s barely anything under it.



Photo credits: Screengrabs from 'Baklad,' 'What Home Feels Like,' and 'Kamunggai' trailers



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dunkirk movie philippines

Dunkirk’ is a worthy addition to Christopher Nolan’s ambitious filmography, and undoubtedly his best work since 'Inception'. 

It tells the real-life event of the attempt to rescue over 400,000 soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France during the Second World War. As large as this story in terms of scope, it seems Nolan isn’t going for ambition, but misdirection. 


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If you are looking for a war film, you will get it here. This is a film that enables different departments of the battlefield to have their respective shining moment. It goes to three interconnected settings, the warplanes in the air, the civilian boats on the water, and the soldiers trapped at the beach grounds. But contrary to expectations, this is a film that isn’t built on battles, but by individual struggles hungry for hope. It strongly points out that while winning the battle is what should be considered, the fight to human survival still reigns. 


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Nolan made quite an interesting approach on making the characters as random figures. In this film, there are no lead characters, just spectators of violence. He cleverly left out most of the pivotal bits of the war by following characters in confined spaces, allowing uncertainties to increase with tension. 



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The use of a non-linear narrative in this film might result to mixed reactions, but the decision surprisingly made the atmosphere they’re setting up feel authentic and raw. Conformed by different time frames juxtaposed together to create a seamless flow to the action, it creates ambiguity that fits well in a war feature.


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Dunkirk’ is a film that benefited well by its obsession with temporal relations. Hans Zimmer’s score is largely composed of a ticking clock and percussion beats, and easily one of his best. Time is what really drives the film, and it is implying there’s no stop to the story’s battles. The movie might’ve concluded on a note that is neither glorious nor tragic, but what Nolan accomplished here is a success. 

The geek rates it 9/10!

'Dunkirk' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Warner Bros. Pictures Philippines. Rated PG by the MTRCB.



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