Transgression of Values in Victor Villanueva’s PATAY NA SI HESUS

SPOILER ALERT! Victor Villanueva’s PATAY NA SI HESUS in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is the only entry I had only watched and probably the only that I would watch among the film festival’s most recent batch. It has a very simple story—it is simply a story of an almost typical Visayan family—yet very …

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME Doesn’t Have A Clear Direction Or Story But It Doesn’t Matter — The Journey Counts More!

Structurally speaking, the film EVERYBODY WANTS SOME doesn't have a clear direction or story. Just like the movie SUPERBAD. It's a countdown of days leading to their college life as baseball players and students -- with parties, sex, booze, mishaps and of course some love angles. Structurally speaking, it doesn't have any clear direction or …

Still, With A Guy Ritchie Signature of Eye Candy Shots And Pace But ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Feels Empty

There's still the Guy Ritchie signature eye candy shots and pace but the movie KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD feels empty. Because while the directing, edit, music and cinematography are admirable, its story has nothing exciting to share. The usually terrific Jude Law is not even a factor here. The protagonist Charlie Hunnam is …

There Might Be Some Minutes Needed To Warm Up To Appreciate Its Value But MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT Is A Good Watch

There was a weird feeling upon entering the Carlos Romulo Auditorium at RCBC Plaza in Makati. The usual theatre patrons I know are the audience of CCP's Tanghalang Pilipino or some other community groups and campus organizations. The crowd at RCBC Plaza's theatre venue was the alta sociedad. Mostly. So I wondered, this might not …

KIKO BOKSINGERO: Nothing’s New But Its Simplicity And Sincerity Make The Film Charming

There is nothing mind boggling here. No new perspective either. In fact, the title KIKO BOKSINGERO is somehow a misnomer. But the movie is very charming. As well, its characters. Its simplicity and sincerity are the film's biggest asset. The picturesque Baguio setting helped too. Yayo Aguila is lovely and disarming, as expected. And it's …

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS: Entertaining With Strong And Aspirational Message

At first glance, WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS is just another shallow millennial movie. But actually, this entertaining film about music and dreams is a gem with strong and aspirational message. Zac Efron is as effective as the other characters here -- natural, charming and with the necessary bravado. The movie's music genre isn't exactly my …