Glorietta 4, Cinema 6, March 18, 8:30pm
There’s always something to like in a Topel Lee film’s photography/cinematography. I can say that that alone is worth his films a try. For instance, the scene where Robin Padilla is on a wheelchair, passing through a hallway, is beautifully composed. And you can find small gems in this department. As a whole, the film reminded me a lot of “Final Destination”. One moviegoer even blurted this out aloud. I think there’s a problem in the script somewhere, but I can’t figure it out. I just don’t find the film too engaging as compared to other Pinoy films of the same genre. Or perhaps it’s the execution of some scenes or the not so remarkable acting. The twist is good, by the way. And the idea of having a male lead character for a scream flick is commendable. For instance, when a “force” pulled Robin Padilla, he did not say a word. If it’s Kris Aquino or Judy Ann Santos, it’s a totally new aural experience. Is the film scary? I can say that it’s effective as demonstrated by the occasional shrieks.
Friends who might appreciate it: anybody (in Filipino, “Maging Sino Ka Man”).
Greenbelt 3, Cinema 2, March 27, 9:10pm
I appreciate that the film successfully posted a commentary on the link between religion and those "out there". It's just that the concept is too mouthful to digest and the trailer did not help. Viewers who expect an exciting popcorn film will end up being frustrated.
Friends who might appreciate it: NFF Romel and Au.
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
SM Mall of Asia, IMAX Theater, March 29, 10:30am
First impression: Dreamworks is catching up with Pixar! I am not sure if it had something to do with IMAX but I enjoyed the film. Both the antics and visuals are fresh and the voice cast, just the right blend. Please note that there’s a post-credit scene. Its dark humor alone is worth the pricey ticket.
Friends who might appreciate it: without the post-credit scene, my pamangkins, Krista and Franco.
SM Megamall, Cinema 10, March 30, 8:30pm
It’s been a long while since I last saw an honest-to-goodness Pinoy melodrama. Thanks to the flooding rom-coms and TV’s endless teleseryes. The film is about a mother and her physical and emotional struggles to raise her kids in the slums. Its plot alone speaks well of a decent tearjerker. On top of that, of course, is Rosana Roces who cried a river in this film as the female l. Yes, she’s grown into a respected actress but this has been proven already when she did “La Vida Rosa”. Supporting cast includes, in order of brilliance, Ketchup Eusebio, Empress Schuck, Pipoy Jr. and Jao Mapa. Since this is the Lenten season, viewers may find the material fit for contemplating on hope and redemption. Its message is very Christian: stay put, pray and everything will be in God’s hands.
Friends who might appreciate it: Donna, Sunshine, Sheryl, Tirso and even Tom (hope you get the wit).