Archive for the ‘Film Rev’ Category


The Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)


One of that hardest things in life is to create a review of a film based on a book you truly love or loved. Of course, you want to say the numerous differences and similarities of the book and the movie but something should stop you from doing it. It defeats the purpose of what a film is. Case in point, this film, The Hunger Games, where everything you wanted was eventually included yet you were still out there looking for more. I am not saying that The Hunger Games lacked the important elements of what it should have been but it just feels that the cherry on top of the sumptuous whipped cream is missing. Read the rest of this entry ?


The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin (Wenn V. Deramas, 2011)


If you’re blazing hot in the movie industry, just strike, strike, and strike until you quit or if people grow tired of your same old antics. And it seems that Vice Ganda’s following is really big. I remember the time when he was able to do a show in Araneta Coliseum. The freakin’ Araneta Coliseum. As said, even if you don’t try to be funny in the film, these same people would still attribute to it as one of your zany antics. Imagine that, comedy without even trying. Read the rest of this entry ?


Rakenrol (Quark Henares, 2011)


If there is an annual Best Nostalgic Filipino Film Award, then hands down, this film would nail it. In all its glory. Five years in the making, four band members, and a lot of familiar faces, director Quark Henares did something that suits him accordingly even if some pundits didn’t agree. And creating a film related to the local rock scene is a Herculean task, so whatever he does, he’d probably still be hearing negative reviews and positive praises. Damn if you do, damn if you don’t. But it all ends up with one thing, doing what you want and what you really love. Read the rest of this entry ?


Zombadings: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington (Jade Castro, 2011)


A great friend once said, “If it is a great movie, it doesn’t need to spend on obscene amounts of exposure and promotion. A proved quid pro quo on quality and viewing pleasure.” Sadly, that friend doesn’t even exist but it establishes the basic principle on what this movie can provide. An ordinary Indie film that has an extraordinary use of script, stereotype, and punch lines. Read the rest of this entry ?


T500FC, 395th: Three… Extremes [Sam Gang Yi] (Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park, 2004)


One of the celebrated Asian films in the past decade with three segments that boasts awesome directors from three different countries: Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, and Takashi Miike. Three Extremes is not your ordinary film since it follows the area of extreme or brutal horror that feasted on mainstream cinema during the turn of the century, and this time the Eastern counterparts provide the stories. Its concept came from the 2002 film, Three, a much weaker approach to the horror genre. Read the rest of this entry ?


T500FC, 396th: 29 February [2 Wol 29 Il] (Jong-hun Jung, 2006)


A bleak horror idea from the Koreans, 29 February is a supposed scare fest that happens in the heart of a tollbooth. I am not sure on how they created a resolution that includes the date, the twenty-ninth of February plus a tollbooth, God only knows the oblique idea coming from its creators and having this film the supposed breakout film of the director, Jong-hun Jung. Read the rest of this entry ?


T500FC, 397th: Wapakman (Topel Lee, 2009)


It was not that that bad. Amidst the term provided by a few friends who saw this film in the theatres a few years ago, as they were claiming that it was the worst movie they’ve ever seen, I may say that it is probably watchable for a few points. Though we were all aware that this film was just created for the fact that Manny Pacquiao wants to create a movie, just because, we may also have to accept that the film’s potential was greatly addressed to the fans and their respective families. Read the rest of this entry ?