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17 October 2017

blade runner 2049 film analysis

Blade Runner 2049’, like its 1982 predecessor, was generous enough to allow its audience to digest each moment of the action with its calm and relaxed pace. It’s the kind of film that never tries to interfere itself with the usual exhaustive tendencies of conventional cinema, nor it is not afraid to say something quite striking. The result is an epic that is more of an effective and affective meditative piece than an exercise.

blade runner 2049 film analysis

Going 30 years after the first ‘Blade Runner,’ a new line of replicants (androids that are made to act, look, and react like humans) were introduced by the Tyrell Corporation. This led to hired assassins known as “blade runners” to retire (kill) old versions. K (Ryan Gosling), a blade runner, was pitted to a threat that is both personal and world threatening after discovering the possibilities of pro-creation among replicants.

blade runner 2049 film analysis

Blade Runner 2049’ examines and dissects this possibility as a tool to delve into the existentialist concerns, asking if the ability to love already makes someone (or something) human even if love can actually be purchased. Director Dennis Villenueve makes it a point to continue and expand this viewpoint that Ridley Scott left in the last film. Much like the 1982 film, this one never gives solution. Instead, the audience are left to absorb its ambiguity.

blade runner 2049 film analysis

In what might be the most emotionally packed yet restrained love scene in recent cinema memory, K has gone to an extent to have sex with a prostitute as a medium for his hologram partner to mask herself into. On this very short sequence alone, Villenueve left a very striking remark on using ironies as a tool to strengthen an idea than straying away from it. Here, we see love being both as something tangible yet unreachable. But with this (forced) connection, we could very well see this as K’s eventual transition to another level of isolation. Isolation that led him to a commodified form of companionship.

blade runner 2049 film analysis

Harrison Ford’s return as Rick Deckard here already stands as one of the best performances of his career. Much like the world this film sets up, Ford is desolate, mysterious, and empty, stripped off his usual charismatic flare. From the moment we see him, (and it took him an hour and a half before we actually get to so) we are instantly drawn to Ford, but Deckard. It’s the prolonged build-up to this moment that tells you this is not a Harrison Ford show, but he definitely steals every scene he’s in. I think this is something (and forgive me if I’m comparing) that Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the last Indiana Jones movie lacks in terms of continuing an old material. This isn’t Ford mentoring a kid that could possibly follow his footsteps, but someone who is trying to dig up a purpose he lost for years. It’s a sad realization to an already gloomy film.

blade runner 2049 film analysis

Blade Runner 2049’ also made quite an interesting way to sell nostalgia to its audience. For a sequel whose predecessor came roughly 30 years back, the need to go back to re-establish a universe as well as character arcs is employed here by not fully addressing it. We, instead, are treated by following a large part of Ryan Gosling’s K in his pursuit for the validation of his memories. I think what Villenueve really wants to say here is how can we satisfy the nature of our existence? Or to put it simply, how can we determine our purpose? Do we need to go back or move forward? Are all of these really essential?



'Blade Runner 2049' is now showing in cinemas nationwide.



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Blade Runner 2049 review: Of manufactured affection and memories

‘ Blade Runner 2049 ’, like its 1982 predecessor, was generous enough to allow its audience to digest each moment of the action with its...

28 September 2017

new generation heroes movie aiko melendes

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID holders will get a chance to watch the upcoming 'New Generation Heroes' with 30% discount on its nationwide screening starting October 4.

The Anthony Hernandez film, top-billed by Aiko Melendes, and Anita Linda, serves as a tribute for teachers to "truly value and honor the beloved people in academic institutions." Its release will coincide with the celebration of World Teachers Day. 

The film follow four individuals that tackles the world of teaching in all its forms.

Joining Melendes and Linda in the cast are, Jao Mapa, Joyce Peñas, Dexter Doria, Gloria Sevilla, Rob Sy, and Debraliz Valasonte. 


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'New Generation Heroes' is distributed by Golden Tiger Films.




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'New Generation Heroes' screenings to offer 30% ticket discount for PRC ID holders

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23 September 2017

the irishman scorsese set photos

First set photos for the upcoming Martin Scorsese gangster film 'The Irishman' has been uploaded online, showing the director reuniting with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.


The film, based on a book by Charles Brandt, tells the real-life story of hitman Frank Sheeran, who was allegedly participated in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. 

De Niro will play Sheeran, while Al Pacino is tapped for the role of Hoffa. They will be joined by Harvey Keitel, Jack Huston, Bobby Cannavale, and Ray Romano. 

The movie is set to premiere in Netflix this 2019.




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22 September 2017

kingsman the golden circle movie review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ suffers from a very common trend on film sequels, that everything must conform in expanding a universe established by its predecessor for the sake of simply, conformity. 

The film is the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ a straight up parody of old, campy James Bond films. While that film was able to incorporate the humor with references of the latter films effectively, there’s no denying the Matthew Vaughn flick managed to merit an emotional pull from its characters. An inclusion of hyper-violent action sequences (i.e., a brutal fight scene inside a church filled with Christians) became a memorable bit here, so it’s impossible to not expect something like this the second time for ‘The Golden Circle.’ 


kingsman the golden circle movie review

And it already shows on its opening, a car brawl between our main protagonist Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) and a man from his past, now equipped with a mechanical arm. But that scene felt different from what we are already accustomed to by its predecessor. It’s cartoony, completely unrealistic, and a whole lot of fun. The fact that we start with this scene is a decent set-up to the exaggerated scenes that ensues after.


kingsman the golden circle movie review

It’s clear Vaughn is aiming for something here, in fact he is aiming a lot. This has become a huge problem within a lot of film sequels recently. Aside from its motivation to continue an existing storyline, it tries to move forward to something way bigger, so much so, it forgot to balance things together. 


kingsman the golden circle movie review

In ‘The Golden Circle,’ the British spy organization unexpectedly resorts to their American counterpart Statesman. It’s fun seeing these two groups interact together, but the whole thing falters down when you started to realize there’s nothing really intriguing to hold onto its members. Even the sight of Pedro Pascal’s charismatic Whiskey and the resurrected Harry Hart (Colin Firth) cannot save it.


kingsman the golden circle movie review

The film has a lot to fill, since it purposely opened new things in the first place. But unfortunately, everything felt incomplete. While there’s still a few things to enjoy here, specifically the opening and an impressive performance from Taron Egerton, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ just looks embarrassing on trying to have too much fun. Oh, and the whole thing is misogynistic! But don’t get me there.

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox Philippines. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB. 

kingsman the golden circle movie review



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Review: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' aims for too many things

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19 September 2017


A new set video emerged that shows Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury performing the iconic song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for a scene in the upcoming biopic of the same title.

The scene is a recreation of the 1985 Live Aid performance set at London’s Wembley Stadium, one of the most popular concert appearances of Mercury's band Queen.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' is directed by Bryan Singer, and opens in cinemas this 2018 from 20th Century Fox/New Regency.




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16 September 2017

kingsman golden circle gadgets

Every hero is only as strong as their villain, of course.  And in the latest “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” that conflict comes from the introduction of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a drug dealer who, as head of the mysterious Golden Circle criminal enterprise, sets in place a nefarious plan that sets her on a collision course with Eggsy (Taron Egerton). For director Matt Vaughn, the villain’s plot was of paramount importance – and to stop the ultimate heinous threat, the Kingsman are equipped with gadgets customized for the unrelenting explosive battle to save the world.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” won’t skimp on that patented Kingsman craziness, though, from an opening car chase in which Eggsy has to fight for his life in a Kingsman cab hurtling across London, to an all-out assault on Poppyland, and a barroom brawl which deliberately recalls the pub fight sequence from the first movie. “The fights are even more crazy,” says Egerton. “But in terms of the setpieces, Matthew has tried to do different things. There’s a sequence in the movie that has that hyper, one-shot feel, but you can’t top the church scene. He’d rather move on and find something new.”

kingsman golden circle gadgets

After the attack and the Kingsman headquarters turned into ruins, Eggsy teams up with Merlin (Mark Strong) — who appears to be the only other survivor —  to investigate the circumstances behind it. The Kingsman’s ‘Doomsday Protocal’ leads them to Kentucky, where they discover that Kingsman isn’t the only name in international espionage. Welcome to the lavishly-funded all-American organisation, Statesman.

Where there’s a Kingsman, there’s always a reliable gadget hidden or worn, here are some of their awesome gadgets used in saving the world:

  • The agent’s hidden weapon, the Kingsman agent frames are handcrafted by Cutler & Gross, the finest purveyors in British luxury eyewear.  
kingsman golden circle gadgets
  • The customised Kingsman pistol is the standard issue Sidearm for all Kingsman agents.
  • The Kingsman Pen, is a classic fountain pen, as used by Sir Winston Churchill and made by Conway Stewart, the esteemed British firm.
  • Kingsman Signet Ring is a symbol of tradition – when pressed with the back of the thumb, the ring emits a 50,000 volt shock, stunning an enemy.
  • Kingsman Briefcase functions both as a collapsible shield RPG Missile Launcher and fully automatic machine gun, the Kingsman briefcase is a key feature in the modern gentleman’s armour.
  • Kingsman Gold Lighter is both a symbol of innovation with its timeless design, and a sophisticated agent weapon, a touch-activated hand grenade.
  • The black leather Oxford shoes are an embodiment of quintessentially British style, worn by all Kingsman agents.
kingsman golden circle gadgets
  • Kingsman watch – crafted by Swiss watchmakers, TAG Heuer, globally renowned for their rich heritage in creating classic gentleman’s timepieces – the Kingsman Connected Watch is a stylish and perceptive agent accessory.
  •  Kingsman Aftershave – created with core notes to strike a reactive note of danger, the Kingsman aftershave acts both as an alluring, sophisticated fragrance and a flash grenade, with surprising capabilities.


“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens September 20 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX format.




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10 September 2017

rami malek bohemian rhapsody

20th Century Fox has released the first look photo for the upcoming "Bohemian Rhapsody", a biopic on Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

On picture is Mr. Robot star Rami Malek who will play Mercury in the film, fixing the singer's signature pose. 

“Freddie Mercury was larger than life and seeing Rami completely transform into him has only further solidified that he is the perfect choice for this role. Between Bryan's innovative direction, Rami’s extraordinary talent and the incredible team we’ve assembled, I couldn’t be more excited to see the remarkable story of Freddie Mercury and Queen’s iconic songs coming to life,” shares producer Graham King.

Directed by Bryan Singer, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is set to open in Philippine cinemas soon from 20th Century Fox/New Regency.

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the beguiled 2017 film analysis

Like most of Sofia Coppola’s films, her latest directorial effort ‘The Beguiled’ is a very careful and ballsy dissection of feminism, using a silent and restrained presentation of sexual awakening as a metaphor for power play.

Set during the events of the American civil war, a female-centric house is visited by a wounded male soldier (Colin Farrell). Being the sole man in this institution, 7 women (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Emma Howard, Addison Riecke) fights for his attention and affection, not knowing what it might entail. 

the beguiled 2017 film analysis

The Beguiled’ is the second film adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel A Painted Devil. The first one, a 1971 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood, is much more concerned with the male character. This Coppola retelling though, focuses itself on its female ensemble. It’s fascinating how the filmmaker was able to make all of them feel equally relevant and significant to the story and not limit them by their similar interests.

There is an interesting angle to how the female angle wasn’t chosen for the sake of promoting feministic viewpoints, but rather an intimate take on the different stages of Jacques Lacan’s psychosexual development, as observed on the women’s different ages. What’s more interesting here is how each individual stages are played to compete one another in exchange of a male’s acceptance. 

the beguiled 2017 film analysis

And this results to the of the male soldier’s dominion over them, despite his glorified objectification. Without getting into major plot details, we get to see the slow decay and loss of this authority by the very same reason that got him there. 

the beguiled 2017 film analysis

There’s more that can be explored with Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled.’ It is one of those films that gets to be louder during its quieter, slow moments. Arguably, this film is one of her best work in years.


'The Beguiled' is now showing in select Ayala malls cinemas (Greenbelt 1 and Trinoma). Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

the beguiled 2017 film analysis


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