Saturday, November 10, 2018

Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody | 2018 Biopic Film of the British Rock Band Queen

bohemian rhapsody movie poster
Credit: Bohemian Rhapsody (film) wiki
Title: Bohemian Rhapsody
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Graham King, Jim Beach
Actors: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara), Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Aidan Gillen as John Reid, Tom Hollander as Jim Beach
Screenplay by: Anthony McCarten
Story by: Anthony McCarten, Peter Morgan
Release date: October 23, 2018 (SSE Arena) / October 24, 2018 (United Kingdom) / (United States)
Language: English
Genre: Biopic

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians | Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Title: Crazy Rich Asians
Director: Jon M. Chu
Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, John Penotti
Actors: Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, Henry Golding as Nick Young, Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Sung-Young, Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong-Teo, Lisa Lu as Shang Su Yi, Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin ...
Language: English
Release date: August 7, 2018 (TCL Chinese Theatre) / (US)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Asian

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It's been a long time since I posted on this blog. I just can't miss reviewing this film based on a book of the same title written by Kevin Kwan. I wish I read the book first before watching the film version as I used to do. Nevertheless, I'm solved with the film.

Crazy Rich Asians are literally about crazy rich Asians. The film isn't just about portraying the characteristics of rich Asians but also weighing the views of characters on their life and family. Would you prioritize your passion for your career and ambition? Or the old family tradition and maintaining their grandiose position in the society?

Supporting casts are also effective on bringing comedy to the film. I didn't expect Ken Jeong will be in this film too (sorry I didn't pre-read anything about this film).

The film is not just about drama and comedy, It also showcases the wonderful places of Singapore. Surely, this film will boost the tourism of Singapore.

I'm rating this film: 7.0 / 10.0


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Film Review: Haunted Forest (2017) | 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival

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Haunted Forest Official Movie Poster;
photo grabbed from Wikipedia
Title: Haunted Forest
Director: Ian Loreños
Film Editing: Jeps Gallon
Executive Producer: Lily Y. Monteverde, Roselle Y. Monteverde
Music by: Francis Concio
Cinematography by: Rommel Sales
Film Editing by: Tara Illenberger
Cast: Raymart Santiago, Joey Marquez, Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas, Beverly Salviejo, Jerald Napoles
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino
Release Date:
Genre: Horror

WARNING: some part of the review may contain spoiler...

Ito ang una kong pinanood sa walong entry na kasali sa 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival. Nae-excite ako kasi nakakatakot ito as the title implies - Haunted Forest. So yun nga, may horror scene kaagad sa una pero hindi pa naman siya ganoon na nakakatakot. Pagbigyan na natin baka patikim palang talaga iyon kaya hindi pa siya kasindak-sindak.

Sa mga sumunod na eksena, dumating si Joey Marquez para mag-inspect sa nangyaring krimen. Ang role niya ay Police Chief. As expected matatawa ka sa gagawin niya, expected from a comedian, na-deliver niya naman iyon at natawa ako.

At may mag-ama, bagong uwi lang galing Maynila. Para silang LQ (lover's quarrel), basta may mapait na kwento sa likod ng pag-aaway nila. Tapos nakilala naman nung anak na dalaga ang mga kaibigang lalaki ng pinsan niya. Wala sa katauhan nung mga lalaki na iyon ang pagiging probinsyano character nila. Mas narinig ko pa ang pagiging slang nila e na mala-amboy.

Nagkaayaan sila. Naligo sila sa ilog. Tapos yun nga, nakursunadahan na ng Sitsit yung babaeng taga-Maynila. Sa mga sumunod na mga eksena, nagumpisa na yung mga "nakakatakot" na eksena. May quote talaga yung "nakakatakot" kasi hindi talaga nakakatakot yung mga eksena e. Parang pilit o kaya "okay na yan" effects. Year 2017 na, wala po bang improvements regarding sa special effects?

Pati pamagat ng pelikula, pilit o kaya "okay na yan". Hindi solid yung pamagat para sa istorya. Malaking porsyento ng istorya hindi naman nangyari sa kakahuyan. May parte na masasabi nating "Haunted Forest" pero hindi solid Haunted Forest ang takbo ng istorya.

Tsaka buti na lang at hindi rin "Sitsit" ang ipinamagat nila. Hindi kasi iyon ang alam kong "Sitsit" na kwento ng matatanda. Yung "Sitsit" kasi na alam ko e yung kapag napagabi ka ng uwi, mag-isa kang naglalakad sa daan at may sumitsit sayo, sabi sa kwento, wag ka raw lilingon sa likod kung saan narinig mo yung sitsit. Kapag lumingon ka raw ay kukuhain ka raw nung "Sitsit". At para raw malayuan ang "Sitsit", kailangan baliktarin raw yung damit para hindi ka na masundan.

Tungkol sa "Sitsit" na ginamit nila, e parang basta lang tinawag na Sitsit at nilagyan ng kung ano anong capabilities para kalagim-lagim yung eksena niya. Pero wala e, hindi tumalab yung scare effect.

Sa kalagitnaan ng panonood ko, nagdadaldalan na lang yung ibang nanonood sa sinehan at may narinig pa ako, nagpapatugtog ba naman ng song sa phone. Imbes na mabadtrip ako sa attitude nila e hinayaan ko na lang. Baka hinihintay na lang nila matapos yung palabas.

Kung gusto manood ng nakakatakot na palabas ang mga anak ninyo na bata pa, pwedeng-pwede sa kanila ito. Hindi sila mato-trauma sa takot kapag napanood nila ang "Haunted Forest". Note, PG-13 siya.

Ito ang grado ko sa pelikulang ito: 1.5 / 10.0


Movie Trivia:

- walang napanalunang award ang Haunted Forest sa MMFF 2017.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Movie Review: Thor - Ragnarok (2017)

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I used GMovies app to buy my ticket to watch Thor: Ragnarok
Title: Thor: Ragnarok
Director: Taika Waititi
Producer: Kevin Feige

  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Idris Elba
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Karl Urban
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Anthony Hopkins
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe
Country: United States
Language: English
Release date:
Running time: 130 minutes

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Official Thor Ragnarok Logo Title
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There's more comedy in this film than the prequel Thor films. And I like it. I was very entertained. I can see a lot of audience laughs at the scene of the characters. It's not that too serious. It's just right comedy and fits the plot.

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Korg. Don't be deceived by his physical appearance. Sorry to spoil you but he's the funniest character in the film :D
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Also, a praise for the OST of this film. It sounds retro. It blends with the colorful design of the title.

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From left to right: Hulk, Thor, Valkyrie, and Loki
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Some moviegoers said there's still a last end credit scene aside to the mid-credit scene. I regret missing the last one because my bladder is going to explode. The film length is more than two hours long. So take ease with drinking your softdrinks when watching this film. You wouldn't want to miss the funny and important scenes.

My rating for this movie is: 4.3 / 5.0

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Movie Review: Godzilla [ ゴジラ | Gojira ] (1954) | The 1st Godzilla Film

I first learned of Godzilla in the 90s. I was too young back that time. I feel happy whenever I saw a movie trailer of it in a TV commercial. The movie trailer is black and white. Later on, Cable channel is booming in every home. I was able to watch another Godzilla movie on cable TV. As far as I can remember, Star Movies channel aired it. The Godzilla movie I watched is colored but I wasn't able to watch it fully. Just only half of it.

I'm already an adult and I realized, I've never watched a full Godzilla movie. Any of it. I mean, In the past, I watched some of it but I'm not always on schedule. You can't pause or replay movies on cable TV during those times. Nowadays, you can watch them anywhere online - free or paid. So, I decided to watch the first Godzilla movie.

Title: Godzilla [ ゴジラ | Gojira ]
Director: Ishirō Honda
Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Story: Shigeru Kayama
Cast: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
Music: Akira Ifukube
Cinematography: Masao Tamai
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Release date:
Running time: 96 minutes

Credits: Toho Company Ltd. (東宝株式会社, Tōhō Kabushiki-kaisha) © 1954 - movie poster made by Toho Company Ltd. (東宝株式会社, Tōhō Kabushiki-kaisha); image grabbed from its Wiki
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