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Friday, August 24, 2007

Movie Digest # 021

Glorietta 1, Cinema 1, August 22, 8:25pm

A horror film from the director of “Roomboy” and writer of “Ouija”, Aloy Adlawan. It seems like this genre is becoming an initiation for indie filmmakers who are trying to find a niche in mainstream cinema. I am not sure if I like this film. The direction is OK, storyline is OK, some images are creepy and strange and the acting is not bad (Luis Alandy, Ricky Davao, Irma Adlawan, Chx Alcala, etc.). On top of these, the twist is awesome and well executed (complete with “planting”, etc.). It could be the dialog, too old school and reminiscent of the 80’s. Production design is not consistent, too. Some scenes are exceptional but some, amateurish.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who can’t decide what film to watch.

Greenbelt 3, Cinema 5, August 23, 6:50pm

No pun intended but the movie has no weight (yeah, it has a plump lead character as a metaphor to racial discrimination) as compared to other film adaptation of a stage musical (i.e. “Chicago”, “Dreamgirls”, etc.) but it surely is 100% entertaining. I like the songs (very radio-friendly), the choreography and the “feel”. The direction and editing do not disappoint either. Most of the scenes are cinematic in terms of scope. Performances from the cast are also cool and above average.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who want to have swell fun.

Greenbelt 3, Cinema 1, August 23, 11:15pm

This will definitely make it to the Razzies next year. “Evan Almighty” is one bad film that needs some spanking. I just cared to stay and wait for the plot’s resolution on “the flood”. It’s not worth it.

Friends who might appreciate it: those who haven’t seen a film for a long time.

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