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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cinema One Originals Short Reviews Part 1

By: Matt Suzara


We opened our Cinema One Originals with an unexpected film that literally blew our heads off. Kenneth Dagatan's Ma is one of those films that will shock you from inside and out and will leave you breathless from start to finish. It will haunt you for days and make you ask so many questions on how they come up with a film like that. We also love the attention to detailss especially on the brutal and bloody parts that can easily break you in pieces. 

One of the main reasons why we choose to watch this is because of Anna Luna and Kate Alejandrino.
We've admired Anna Luna and her natural talent in acting. We are impressed with her in Paglipay and Changing Partners (film and stage musical) as she always had that strong presence and dedication towards her chosen craft. Here she once again showed why she is one of the few actresses who can instantly make an impact in any given occasion. Young actor Kyle Espiritu provides the spark plug and issues the horror effectively.

MA: The most disturbing Filipino film in recent memory. Solid performances from Anna Luna and Kate Alejandrino plus a surprising set of child stars who effectively injects the terror underneath the skin. 
Rating: 9/10


The film has a solid cast that can easily provide the energy to the fun and wild script. Neil Coleta is an impressive lead from start to finish and also left a daring parting shot at the end while Nikki Valdez simply stole the spotlight with her hard-hitting lines. 

John Sweet Lapus' directorial debut easily makes a strong impression when it comes to comedy and knows how to extent the talents of his stars. There are a lot of lol moments from here and there. However, some of the jokes became too repetitive and overused that takes out the fun. 

Rating: 7/10 

Double Twisting Double Back

The film is quite confusing at first but when you got the hang of it; you can embrace strangeness of the entire material. Director Joseph Abello had a twisting idea that challenged the audiences to experience a movie that tackles with personal demons, sex addiction and gymnastics.

Weirdly enjoyable and backed up by worthy performances coming from Tony Labrusca and Joem Bascon. The two are both exceptional playing their characters and shows both of their strengths and showcased their talents throughout.  

It is a Split type of film but in a different way. 

Rating: 7/10

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“OVERLORD” Mashes Up WWII Movie & Monster Horror Film

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion's success, in Paramount Pictures’ new suspense thriller Overlord (in Philippine cinemas November 07). 
Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen.
From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.

It all started with an incredible script that Billy Ray wrote,” says Overlord producer and Bad Robot founder J.J. Abrams. “The thing I loved most about the premise was that it took a classic World War II movie and smashed it into a monster horror film. It’s a very unique concoction. The idea of those two genres coexisting felt like it could make for an incredibly intense and fun ride.”
Abrams says he was gripped by Ray’s story from the first page. “The opening sequence in particular reminded me of something that Rod Serling might have come up with. It was intense and funny and full of characters and action, and that was just the very beginning of the script.”
Bad Robot’s Jon Cohen, who served as executive producer on the film, was equally impressed by the dazzlingly fresh concept from Ray, an award-winning screenwriter and director whose copious writing credits include such blockbusters as Flightplan, The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips.

Overlord is a natural fit for Bad Robot because of its distinctive fusion of ideas,” says Cohen. “It’s a great character story and a thrilling World War II movie, but you’ll find humor in there, along with emotion and sentiment, and we always want that blend in our movies. Overlord felt like the perfect combination of that.”
Balancing different tones and genres to create a unique and satisfying hybrid is something Bad Robot specializes in, says Cohen, citing 10 Cloverfield Lane as a prime example.
The secret to creating that balance, says Abrams, can be summed up in one word: character. “One of the things we try to do at Bad Robot is tell stories that are as much about the characters as possible. The idea with Overlord was to spend the first half of the movie getting to know these young American soldiers, and then, little by little, take the audience into a terrifying genre movie where they care about and love the characters.”

Abrams believes this approach is especially important when dealing with creature features. “Not every movie we make has monsters in it, but films like Overlord are best when you believe in the situation, you believe in the characters, and you’re truly invested in their world. It’s much scarier that way.”
Perfecting the film’s shift from military adventure to sci-fi horror required going through numerous drafts, says Cohen. “Billy is a relentless writer and kept pushing to make the script better and better. The goal was to drop a few breadcrumbs along the way so that the change in genre doesn’t come out of left field. But at the same time, you don’t want to tip your hand too early about what’s really happening in the story.”
The intrinsically frightening nature of WWII combat helps smooth the transition, according to Abrams. “The horrors of war are already there in the story, so when you suddenly get thrown into the freakish fantasy material, it actually doesn’t feel like that much of a stretch.”
Overlord is directed by Julius Avery and stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, and Iain de Caestecker.

  Overlord is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at

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Watch The First Trailer of Feel-Good Adventure “A DOG’S WAY HOME”

A lot can happen between lost and found.” Watch the first trailer of the new family adventure A Dogs Way Home now which has just been launched by Columbia Pictures. 

 A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith, the screenplay is by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron.

The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, with Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos.
  In Philippine cinemas 2019, A Dogs Way Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  
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The Making of Legendary Band Queen in “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” Movie

The ground-breaking and iconic band Queen have defied the odds, remaining vanguards of music and pop culture over the decades.  In the trendiest clubs around the world, DJs frequently play Queen hits, along with music from many contemporary artists whom Queen inspired.  Meanwhile, until today, in football stadiums round the globe, fans stomp-stomp-clap in unison, and chant Queen’s anthemic ‘We Will Rock You’.  Queen’s brand of music and beat is irresistible, the style, timeless. Transcending generations, unlike many 70s and 80s groups that came and went, Queen remains as relevant today as they were then.

Directed by Bryan Singer, “Bohemian Rhapsody” stars Rami Malek in an uncanny performance as Freddie Mercury, charting Queen’s extraordinary story, from the band’s roots as bright London college students, to the dazzling heights of international stardom, when they filled stadiums across the world at record-breaking concerts, including the legendary 1985 performance at Live Aid, which was watched by a global audience of 1.9 billion and raised money for the famine in Ethiopia. As the story unfolds, it becomes crystal clear why the band had such lasting appeal. The film also stars Gwilym Lee who plays Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May, Ben Hardy as drummer Roger Taylor, and Joe Mazzello  as bass guitarist John Deacon, as well as Mike Myers and Tom Hollander.   

More than 20 years after Freddie’s death, the band and their songs remain hugely popular until today, “Bohemian Rhapsody” now takes the audience on how four talented musicians, 3 academics and an art student, came together to form 20th century’s greatest band of all time who broke boundaries in the music industry.    

Real life Queen lead guitarist Brian May and drummer guided the filmmakers throughout and Jim Beach (Queen’s lawyer-turned-manager) produces with award-winning Graham King.  Certainly the cast made a lasting impression on Brian May. “When I first walked on the set and saw Gwilym Lee in his costume and wig, it was almost like looking in the mirror!” says the musician. “He did a very good job of being me! And Rami Malek is so convincing as Freddie, down to the body language. And Joe Mazzello as Deacy is uncanny. John wasn’t a very outgoing personality, but he had a very distinct way of performing, and Joe got it down, just as Ben Hardy completely absorbed Roger Taylor‘s spirit in his performance.”

Tasked with creating the look of the film was production designer Aaron Haye, and call it serendipity, his team team included two members of the construction team that built the real stage for Live Aid in 1985. Freddie Mercury’s personal assistant Peter Freestone, who was with him for 12 years until his death, was an advisor on the film, and his personal knowledge was invaluable.

As soon as we arrived, we felt the excitement,“ recalls Freestone of that epic day in July 1985. “There was a good atmosphere. It was really friendly, and there was no competition, which quite often can happen when you have this sort of lineup. Queen took to the stage, and the audience went wild right from the start of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. And the atmosphere backstage changed; it became electric. Something had happened. Eighteen minutes later, the band came off stage and they’d nailed it. The audience was going wild, and backstage people were applauding.”

All that hard work paid dividends. “It was amazing,” says May. “The moment I walked onto that stage, it was surreal because it perfectly replicated what the stage was like in 1985 - every last detail down to the amps behind me, pedals and even the cloth and back stage with the cigarette butts and the ashtrays and the coke bottles. What a wonderful job they did!”

Peter Freestone was taken aback by the set’s authenticity. “It was a déjà vu moment,” he says. “The first time I saw the set I just couldn't believe it. It’s exactly the same size. Everything was right, from the stage to backstage even to the peeling paint off the walls and the rust coming down from water pipes. It got the goose bumps going.”

 Get ready to step in the most jaw-dropping nostalgic walk down memory lane as 20th Century Fox releases “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Philippine cinemas on October 31. Follow @20thcenturyfoxphilippines on Facebook and  Instagram for more of the latest news and updates on “Bohemian Rhapsody”. 
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Brave, Smart Kids Save their Town in “GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN” 

Following the huge success of the first Goosebumps film, the filmmakers behind Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween decided that instead of limiting themselves to the stories in the 200 books in the Goosebumps library, they would bring an original story to the screen, an adventure inspired by the cherished series.  
The story begins with three regular kids who needed to be anything but average when it came to saving their town and family from certain disaster, all at the hands of one of author R.L. Stine’s most famous creations, SLAPPY, a memorable ringmaster of chaos.
Says R.L. Stine, “No one ever taught me a formula for writing books. The formula for Goosebumps is to make real kids, believable kids. Once you have that element, you can really go crazy with the plot.”

As for building on his legacy, Stine expresses a gracious encouragement to the screenwriters: “It’s very exciting to write something and also get to see what other people create with that inspiration – what direction they go.”
The books always shone a spotlight on young, brave, smart heroes – kids who stepped up when the need arose to take down monsters. Rob Lieber consciously honored that element when crafting the screenplay, and the production furthered it in their casting of Madison Iseman as Sarah, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Sonny, and Caleel Harris as Sam. The young trio fit the mold of their intrepid schoolkid heroes perfectly. Says producer Deborah Forte of her cast, “They are all exceptionally talented and really managed to embody the characteristics of the characters.”  

The camaraderie made for a spirited set, according to executive producer Timothy M. Bourne. “From day one they really all jelled together,” says Bourne. “They became friends instantly and have maintained that throughout the movie. They are all just a pleasure to be around and that trickles down to everybody.”
They also managed to become a family off screen, says Forte, adding, “They’ve really invested themselves and I think the fact that they’ve built that relationship on and off camera has made their performances ring true.”
Concludes Forte, “At the root of this film is family. It’s about how growing up is hard. It centers on Sarah and her relationship with her mom and her brother, Sonny. Through the course of this adventure with Slappy and these crazy monsters, Sarah comes to realize that it is her family - her mother and her brother - that she values most.”

About Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween follows the Quinn family – high school senior SARAH (Madison Iseman), her middle school brother SONNY (Jeremy Ray Taylor), and their mother KATHY (Wendi McLendon-Covey) -- into an entirely new set of spooky, exciting, and funny events.  Sonny and schoolmate SAM (Caleel Harris) are best friends with a side job as the “Junk Brothers,” collecting discarded stuff other people don’t want. But it’s a gig that unfortunately leads them right into the path of (gulp) SLAPPY (Avery Lee Jones), the mischievous ventriloquist dummy from an unpublished Goosebumps book.
At first, Slappy seems to want nothing more than to be part of the Quinn family, but when his hijinks go too far, Sarah, Sonny and Sam realize that this pernicious puppet must be stopped.  Rejected in his obsessive need to be a member of the Quinn household, Slappy decides to build his own “family” by kidnapping Kathy and bringing all of his Halloween friends back to life - including new right-hand Ogre WALTER (Chris Parnell).
As Halloween transforms their sleepy town into a full-on monster mash-up, boasting such hilariously freaky creatures as giant gummy bears and creepy garden gnomes, Sarah, the boys, and neighbor MR. CHU (Ken Jeong) team up to save Kathy and the town from Slappy’s wicked plan.
In Philippine cinemas October 31, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Beloved Tale Comes Alive in First Trailer of Disney's “ALADDIN” 

Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the teaser trailer for “Aladdin,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic.  

Check out the trailer below and watch “Aladdin” in Philippine cinemas May 2019.

About “Aladdin”

Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.”

Aladdin” stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Horizon Terraces at Tagaytay Highlands: Your Ideal Mountain Resort Investment

With an increasing demand for comfort and convenience, condo living has become the preference nowadays. Just some of the many advantages of this lifestyle means living in a space enough for you and your loved ones, worry-free maintenance, and with amenities within your reach. 

 The Horizon Terraces Garden Suites is a low density condominium made up of 1– to 2– bedroom units of 43 to 68 square meters, perfect for intimate and cozy getaways with the family.

Yearning for the conveniences of modern condo living away from the trappings of the city? Or perhaps do you want your own space that allows you to appreciate nature any day of the week? Find yourself at Horizon Terraces and discover an exceptional mountain resort lifestyle at Tagaytay Highlands.

Among Tagaytay Highlands’ extensive portfolio of themed residences, Horizon Terraces promises the most refreshing take on holistic living in this 3.2-hectare community made up of a fine selection of Asian-contemporary living spaces set against lush environs and postcard-pretty vistas. 

 Horizon Terraces is a 3.2 hectare community of Asian-contemporary garden suites and villas that presents breathtaking vistas of the Taal Lake and Volcano, Mt. Makiling, Midlands Golf Course, and the community’s central park.

Among this is the Horizon Terraces Garden Suites, which feature well-planned one– and two–bedroom units, with areas ranging from 43 to 68 square meters. Each unit offers comfort and luxury to individuals or families who long for a relaxing and intimate getaway highlighted by large panel windows that optimize natural lighting and ventilation, as well as a spacious balcony where residents can savor the picturesque and panoramic vistas of Mt. Makiling, Midlands Golf Course, Taal Lake, and its own lush central park.

 Horizon Terraces promises holistic indulgence through its very own central park, where laidback moments and active adventures can be spent within a hectare of lush, verdant setting.

Horizon Terraces also offers the Garden Villas, well-appointed three-bedroom townhouses that feature a den on the ground floor—a multifunctional space that may be converted into a separate bedroom or family room, making it ideal for large close-knit families. 

 The Garden Villas at Horizon Terraces, the first townhouse development in Tagaytay Highlands, are three-bedroom units of 136 – 168 square meters ideal for large, close-knit families.

Investing in Horizon Terraces also means investing in your own holistic wellness, as over 70 percent of the development is dedicated to open space and lush gardens while therapeutic walkways, private nooks, and a jogging path weave through the entire area. Two swimming pools and a playground call for invigorating activities for the family.

 Horizon Terraces was inspired by the radiance of nature that surrounds it. Garden Suite units feature a balcony that leads to panoramic vistas of Mt. Makiling, the Midlands Golf Course, and Taal Lake.

A unit purchase at Horizon Terraces comes with membership at the Country Club and access to sports facilities for swimming, bowling, and badminton and outdoor activities, such as the Aerial Walk, Sporting Arrow, and Pedal Go Kart Racing. Tagaytay Highlands is also home to well-known specialty restaurants such as the Highlander Steakhouse and Highlands China Palace on Gourmet Avenue.

 Each unit ownership at Horizon Terraces comes with membership rights to the Midlands Golf Club, as well as access to world-class recreational facilities at The Country Club.

With unparalleled luxury and breathtaking views of nature all just a 90-minute drive from the metro, Horizon Terraces at Tagaytay Highlands is surely the perfect investment that’s waiting for you.

Tagaytay Highlands is the premier mountain resort development of the SM Group in Tagaytay. Nestled among the highest elevations of the city, it is a leisure destination that speaks of exclusivity and luxury, where stunning nature views and a breezy, cool climate come together to redefine relaxation. For inquiries about owning a Highlands home, call +632 5052422 and +63917 5150158 or visit

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