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23 August 2017

disney iflix

iflix, the leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more, is pleased to announce the launch of its Channels feature which will provide audiences access to some The Walt Disney Company’s popular, award-winning content.

iflix users will be able to access many of Disney’s biggest films, featured in app and at iflix.com, in their own branded channels including:

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Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3 and more.

Disney-Pixar Animation StudiosMonsters Inc, Monsters University, Up, Wall-E and more.
Disney Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Cars, Lilo & Stitch, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and more.


Users will be offered an exceptional viewing experience with all new titles available to stream in HD format with upgraded audio on the user’s personalized iflix homepage.

Additional titles coming to the service from January 2018 include - Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Marvel blockbuster hits including Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man, Disney’s The Jungle Book, Zootopia, and Tangled, and Disney-Pixar animation favorites like Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Good Dinosaur, and The Incredibles!

Disney will also make many of its most iconic and beloved children’s content available for young viewers and families to enjoy, including Disney Junior’s Sofia the First, Disney Channel’s Star Wars Rebels and Disney XD’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

The two companies will also extend their existing distribution deal for ABC Studios’ most highly acclaimed and popular shows, including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Devious Maids, Quantico, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time and more.  

iflix and Disney Distribution Deal
The agreement between iflix and Disney covers content distribution, early window movie availability and will also include a project with Disney production arm and subsidiary, Maker Studios. The content will be released as an iflix original, exclusive to iflix.

iflix Group Chief Content Officer, Sean Carey said: “Disney has a story for every age. iflix is committed to providing the best in entertainment from around the world and this SVOD partnership in the region will bring Disney brands and premium titles to our members across the region. At iflix, we have committed to offering the best content available to our subscribers, this new partnership with Disney is key to delivering on that promise.”

“We are pleased to partner with iflix to bring Disney content even closer to fans in southeast Asia”, said Amit Malhotra, General Manager, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. “Through the extensive library of content available on the new Channels feature, fans of all ages will have a unique access to their favorite stories and characters anytime they want.”

Now available to over one billion consumers across 20 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, iflix will make its world-class service available in Sub-Saharan Africa in the coming weeks. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary one-month trial with full access to its service, features and content. Go to www.iflix.com to register.

ABOUT IFLIX
iflix is the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows and movies from all over the world. With a huge selection of your favorite comedies, drama, Korean drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies and more from Hollywood, The UK, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. iflix places the entertainment you want at your fingertips. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever.

Let’s play. 
iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia and Nigeria.



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21 August 2017

This year's Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival has recently concluded. Here are my two cents on the films I was able to catch during its run last week.


respeto movie review cinemalaya

The line-up this year for the full-length category is yet again as diverse as one would expect. Treb Montreras II's Respeto took home the Best Picture trophy (as well as other top awards including a Best Supporting Actor win for Dido De La Paz), and it definitely deserves it. It stars rapper Abra as someone who seeks validation and respect from the cloud of impunity he cannot escape. He hopes to find it by competing in underground rap battles, against some of whom who has established a strong reputation in their community. Contrary to expectation, this is not a film about rap culture. Instead it is used as a platform for the strong social commentaries it was able to subtly (and strongly) portrayed. There were a few moments wherein the film takes a turn by being something that is surprisingly poetic. From the interesting analogies of its characters to its striking sentiments on poetry, 'Respeto' is undoubtedly one of the best Philippine cinema has to offer this year. 


sa gabing nanahimik ang mga kuliglig movie review cinemalaya

Iar Lionel Arondaing's 'Sa Gabing Nanahimik Ang Mga Kuliglig' never allows room for any connection. This mystery drama about a woman (Angel Aquino) who confesses over a priest after murdering her husband's mistress (Mercedes Cabral) gets to a point where it tries to engage on spiritual and moral quests on its characters, but not to its full effective extent. There's so much things going on in this film that some parts of it doesn't feel earned by the end. I think this is a story that could play out better if it takes more time on establishments rather than running through it. 


bagahe movie review cinemalaya

Bagahe by Zig Dulay is an example of why a mechanistic story-telling approach can sometimes be both a good thing and not. Right off the bat, the film gets to introduce us to Angeli Bayani's character. We see her panicking in a comfort room of an airplane, for reasons that isn't realized. She is later accused of being the main suspect of leaving a baby in the same comfort room, eventually revealing her dark past. The film is a character study on Bayani's character, which is a not a really bad thing if you see it. But it demands to be very specific on its disection, following her character's journey literally action after action. Its slow pacing at times took away some of the attachment one would have to actually invest on her journey. There's still something to cling onto here anyways.


nabubulok movie review cinemalaya

Concocting effective suspense is hard, but Sonny Calvento managed to pull it off in his first full-length feature Nabubulok. Starring a talented cast that includes Gina Alajar and JC Santos, it surrounds itself on Alajar's missing cousin in the film played by Sue Prado. All fingers are pointed towards her husband (Billy Ray Galleon), who may have killed her in the first place. Nabubulok strangely built its tension on its transparency. We all know what happened, who did what, but still it gets to be gripping. How were they able to make it work? Through well-established characters. It goes to moments where we actually get to care about its antagonists equally as the story's protagonists. 


kiko boksingero movie review cinemalaya

Out of all the full-length features in competition, it is Kiko Boksingero that seems to stray away from any complexities. It's a film that works best when it isn't trying to say anything loud, since it already establishes itself as something that is simply earnest. This year's Best Actor Noel Comia, Jr. plays the titular boxer wannabe, who finds himself reuniting with his estranged father (Yul Servo). Although the film isn't really as large as the other films in the festival in terms of ideas and scope, it is surprisingly heavy on emotion. You'll get nothing momentous by the end, but it concludes on a point that will make you linger.







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10 August 2017

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Still can’t get over the recent blockbuster superhero flicks or already missing your favorite series on VOD? Call up your friends and loved ones because this calls for binge watching! Fluff your pillows, turn on the AC and prepare blankets and tissues. Bring out the stacks of awesome movies and TV series that will have everyone laughing, crying, or leaving them in shock and get your phones ready to snap, post and share every fun moment. 

But wait a minute, you must never forget the highlight of your screentime - the SNACKS! Not satisfied with a simple batch of buttered popcorn? Open up a bag of fun with M&M’S®, the perfect screentime graze-snack companion!


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All you need to do is to visit the Screenbite Awards website www.screenbiteawards.com. Take a photo or video of you and your friends’ reactions while watching a TV series, movie, or any video on any screen (e.g. TV, Mobile, Laptop) and snacking on M&M’S®. 

There are three categories you can choose from. M&M’S® Red, the leader of the gang, strong-willed, fierce and daring represents all the ACTION. One of Red’s mottos is, “Never underestimate the power of chocolate and M&M’S®!”  


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M&M’S® Yellow, the friendliest and funniest of them all, loves Comedy and enjoys seeing his friends laughing like crazy. Yellow says, “Life is better when you’re laughing…and eating M&M’S®!”  And finally, it’s no surprise that the beautiful and passionate M&M’S® Green, represents ROMANCE. This confident gal also has an emotional side that can get teary-eyed while watching a good love story. Ms. Green affirms, “All you need is love. But a little M&M’S® now and then won’t hurt!” 


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The biggest treat is for the lucky grand winner who will win a trip for two (2) to Universal Studios Japan. “No guts no glory! Let’s get this show on the road!”, says Red.


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Be sure to capture your or your group’s reaction while watching videos and consuming M&M’S® – after all, sharing the screentime experience makes it even more fun. Multiple entries are allowed so keep on posting to get more chances of winning! Promo will run for 7 weeks starting on August 1, 2017 at 12:00AM until September 21, 2017 at 11:59 AM. For full contest details, visit www.facebook.com/MMsPhilippines.  

So what are you waiting for? Sit down, watch, enjoy M&M’S® and join the M&M’S® Screenbite Awards 2017 because screentime is now more fun with M&M’S®!







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08 August 2017

The first-ever Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, which is spearheaded by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in cooperation with Globe Telecom, recently kicked-off the festival and revealed the 12 participating, top-rated locally-produced films last Thursday, August 3 at the Seda Vertis North; and two of which are from Universal Harvesters Incorporated’s ‘ToFarm Film Fest’ entries—‘Paglipay’ and ‘Pauwi Na’.

The two films were the festival’s top-grossing and the most-awarded entries in its last year’s competition.


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Paglipay’ is about the adaptation of Aetas when a season changes, which was brought about when the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. The Aetas were forced to come down from the mountains to live in the resettlement areas the government had provided them. The said film starred film-TB-and theater actress Anna Luna paired with a real-life Aeta named Garry Cabalic. Both won Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor, respectively in the previous ‘ToFarm Film Fest’ awards night. It is directed by Zig Dulay.

Locally, apart from the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards, the film also earned the following recognitions: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and as Audience Choice. In abroad, it also has the following recognitions: Platinum World Award for International Feature Film for the World Film Awards, International Award of Excellence - International Film Festival for Environment, Health, Culture (IFFEHC), and Best Director at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2016. Recently at the 40th GAWAD URIAN, it had 11 nominations—Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress (for both Anna Luna and the Aeta non-actor Joan dela Cruz). At the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema LONDON 2017, it also has five nominations—Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Foreign Language Feature Film.


pauwi na pista ng pelikulang pilipino

'Pauwi Na,’ directed by Paolo Villaluna, is a reflection of a struggling Filipino family headed by Mang Pepe and his wife Remy; both portrayed by Bembol Roco and Cherry Pie Picache. Living in a slum area and trying to meet both ends in order to survive for a daily living still their incomes as husband-and-wife team are not enough to support their family; even combining the earnings of their two children—JP and Pina. Because of being poor—the family decided to pedal home back to Bicol. The story is inspired from a news article featured in Philippine Daily Inquirer (Family pedals way back home to Leyte, 7 September 2003).

The film was honored with the Golden Goblet for Best Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2017. At the Gawad Tanglaw 2017—it won the Presidential Jury Award and Best Supporting Actor for Jess Mendoza. Last year at the first ToFarm Awards Night, it gained six awards—Special Jury Award, Best Actor for Bembol Roco, Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache, Best Story for Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos, Best Editing, and Best Production Design. Then it had seven nominations at the 40th GAWAD URIAN as well, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress for Cherry Pie Picache, Best Supporting Actress for Meryll Soriano, Best Screenplay Best Editing,, and Best Music. Also at the FAP LUNA Awards 2017—it also has five nominations—Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Cinematography.

The two films are going to be shown in 120 theaters (60 theaters each) nationwide.  To know more about the show, download the PistApp on Google Play.







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06 August 2017

baby driver movie review

It's hard not to be impressed by 'Baby Driver', or better yet the filmography of Edgar Wright. The filmmaker's knack for creative visual styles and quick editing whips have proven to be effective tools for better storytelling, as seen with his Cornetto Trilogy (a trio of films starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as leads) and the live-action adaptation of the manga serial 'Scott Pilgrim Vs the World.' Wright's signature style live and breathe in his works, and validates the idea that style over substance can sometimes be a good thing. 'Baby Driver' follows the same route, but it felt it was gearing towards a place that leaves no direction to its humane elements. 

baby driver movie review

Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a get-away driver who decides to go out of the crime business for one last job. It's a role that demands charisma for its actor. Luckily, young Elgort has it. The guy, who dances and lip-syncs through the beat of every song featured in the film in perfect synchronization, has the presence of a real movie star. But unfortunately there wasn't enough material to earn his energy as the film's absence of actual emotional development for its characters really hurt the promise of what it might become. 


baby driver movie review

Don't get me wrong, this movie is a lot of fun. The music selection that varies from tracks of Simon & Garfunkel to Beck serves as great companion to the film's set pieces, resulting to an immensely exciting time. In some cases, it actually felt it was a musical, minus the characters singing. 


baby driver movie review

'Baby Driver' seems to be more concern having fun through its fun visual and audio inserts that it disregards emotional engagement for the viewers. Action scenes were served as glorious dishes to enjoy, and not to actually care with. It is Edgar Wright's weakest film to date, but that doesn't mean it is all terrible. I just wish there's more room for connection. 

The geek rates it 7/10!

'Baby Driver' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Columbia Pictures Philippines!


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26 July 2017


Jerrold Tarog has been confirmed to direct the film adaptation of Arnold Arre's graphic novel 'The Mythology Class.'

The 'Heneral Luna' director announced the news alongside Arre during the grand launch of TBA Studios last July 27, 2017 at the Marquee Tent, EDSA Shangri-la. 


'The Mythology Class' movie announcement at the TBA Studios grand launch.

Tarog said that he and Jade Castro are currently working on the screenplay, and revealed that he actually considered doing a film version of another Arre novel 'Andong Agimat' before. He later scrapped the idea and instead focused on making 'The Mythology Class' because he felt it might be harder to make.  

When asked how he would translate the novel to the big screen, he jokingly replied "I still don't know."

'The Mythology Class' tells the story of a young girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths. When she finds herself face to face with mythology creatures, she embarks on a journey to fight supernatural creatures who are wreaking havoc in the human world. 

No release date has been set for the film adaptation of 'The Mythology Class.' 

Tarrog is currently working on 'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral,' the 'Heneral Luna' sequel starring Paulo Avelino as Gregorio Del Pilar.  


Photo credits: Nautilus Comics




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25 July 2017

watch patay na si hesus movie

Local distribution rights for the Philippine comedy 'Patay na si Hesus' has been picked up by Columbia Pictures.

Christopher Sy, Columbia Pictures Philippines' managing director, announced that they are proud to be the distributor of the Jaclyn Jose-starred film.

"Columbia has always been supportive of the local movie industry and we see this as a step to getting more involved in the development of Filipino films. We couldn’t be happier to be working with the folks at T-Rex [the film's producer] in bringing this film to audiences nationwide,” Sy said.

Directed by young Cebuano filmmaker Victor Villanueva, "Patay na si Hesus" is one of the 12 films selected by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) for its first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), which starts on August 16 in all cinemas nationwide.

With the scenic route from Cebu to Dumaguete as backdrop, the film serves up an unforgettably riotous road trip in which a single mother (Jose) drives her children in a cramped mini mini-van so they can pay their final respects to their father before he is laid to rest. The movie is in Bisaya and Tagalog. To prepare for her role, Jose took Cebuano lessons several weeks before the shoot.

Early reviews of the film are positive. 

"Sige kog katawa! (I couldn't stop laughing!) Irreverent, funny, and with just the right amount of kookiness," says Jerrold Tarog, director of the groundbreaking hit "Heneral Luna."

"I can make a top 10 list of best Pinoy road movies and this would be up there... maybe number 1," gushes Jade Castro, director of "Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington."

"Nakakaaliw, nakakatawa! Ang galing ng mga artista! Gusto kong magroad trip kasama nila," says Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, writer-director of "Kita Kita."

Respected screenwriter Ricky Lee notes that the film "celebrates the joyous imperfections of every Filipino family" and praises its "superb cast of quirky yet lovable characters." It is, he says, a movie "that will leave you crying and laughing at the same time.”

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Photo credits: T-Rex Entertainment



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halle berry kidnap
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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