Glorietta 4, Cinema 4, November 24, 5:40pm
This is the first Cinemalaya 2008 film that I have watched. First impression, it’s a bit dragging for me but it’s well made. It tells a story of a family in Davao and how they survived the war (yes, it’s a period film). I was reminded of “Oro, Plata, Mata” but it’s totally different and less ambitious/grand. I wish to have watched the film with dad. We might probably discuss the way the Japanese are portrayed or how the camp looked like then. Acting, the young Aquitanio is definitely a brilliant actor. And so is Meryl Soriano.
Friends who might appreciate it: those who got irritated with Kuh Ledesma’s presence in “Oro, Plata, Mata”.
BURN AFTER READING
Glorietta 4, Cinema 4, November 24, 8:35pm
Fresh from the heavy “No Country for Old Men”, the Coen Brothers are back with an enjoyably engaging film. I can say that it can be categorized as a spy film with a little hint of black comedy. Superb “fun” acting from Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand.
Friends who might appreciate it: officemates.
ONE TRUE LOVE
Glorietta 4, Cinema 4, November 24, 10:30pm
It’s been a long while since I watched a GMA Films production and regrettably, I should not even try. The film has a promising plot: a husband loses his memory, ignores his wife and craves for his ex-gf. Too bad that Mac Alejandre cannot pull off the material. His direction is so hopeless and directionless. I wish that they just come up with a rom-com. What bothers me most is the resolution. The film suggests that women should remain dumb and helpless and just be patient with the turn of events. Acting-wise, it’s just OK. Here’s hoping that GMA Films would provide their talents a fitting project in the future.
Friends who might appreciate it: too stupid to share with friends.
Glorietta 4, Cinema 3, November 27, 7:50pm
Contrary to the hype, this is something that I wasn’t really looking forward to see. True to the taste, there’s really nothing to expect with the film. I can say that it’s an average film, filmmaking-wise (CGI, scope, editing, etc.) but I was looking for more substance. Maybe I was just a wrong audience.
Friends who might appreciate it: my landlady’s 12-year old kid.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
Greenbelt 3, Cinema 1, December 11, 9:00pm
OK, I knew that the film is CGI-filled and there’s nothing to root for. I wasn’t aware also of the remake or how beautiful or thought provoking it was. I just watched the film because it was the “movie of the week”. Sad to say, I did not find anything good on the film. CGI, for sure, you’ve seen it. Substance, nothing much. Acting? Well, it’s good to see Keanu Reeves play a role that doesn’t require any acting goodness (read: alien). Kathy Bates was a big disappointment. Jennifer Connelly is Jennifer Connelly.
Friends who might appreciate it: those who hasn’t seen any Keanu Reeves film yet.
Greenbelt 3, Cinema 3, December 14, 8:35pm
Not as good as a Pixar film but it isn’t bad. Something feel-good. My first film that has anything Miley Cyrus.
Friends who might appreciate it: those who can make a connection between the film and John Tra-Bolt-a