It is true that we have a long way to go to resolve this pandemic. Things may get a lot worse before it gets better and 2020 is really doing its best to roll out red carpet for bad news. However, for the meantime, it will not hurt to focus on the small bright spots in this endless wave of challenges to inspire us to move forward.
To enjoy this movie, the best advice I could give perhaps, is to view it as its own movie instead of a remake. Miracle in Cell No. 7 holds a different kind of magic. One that is unusual for the season but one that will leave a mark on one’s heart.
There is a difference between indie and mainstream movies. Most indie films find themselves struggling to cater to the taste of mainstream audiences which make up basically 80 percent of […]
I was super glad to take the recommendation of my dear friend and fellow Asian drama addict Sheila when she raved about Le Coup de Foudre (which literally translates to […]
I was prepared for a coming of age drama when I entered the screening of writer director Maricel Cariaga’s Children of the River. However, I was caught off guard by […]
With all of the films in competition in Cinemalaya 2019, director Thop Nazareno’s Edward is surely among the best. How a film set in the depressing backdrop of a Philippine […]
All in all, Her Private Life was so much more that its fangirling concept. It was an engaging journey about finding love, redemption, endings and beginnings in the most unexpected places. It doesn’t take an overly complicated plot or tons of kissing scenes (although the good news is that Her Private Life has plenty) to make a wonderful Kdrama work. A well planned story, with the addition of a great cast, great script and great soundtrack makes for a memorable Kdrama and this one is it.
I know, I know. I’m super pathetic for only watching “Ant-man and The Wasp” on the same day that “Avengers: Endgame” opened in theaters. I had an entire year to […]
In focusing on the style rather than substance, The Umbrella Academy just felt like a bunch of stuff thrown around to present an effort to produce an epic, and edgy superhero series that fans can get behind. Unfortunately, the show remains as a third chair in the genre filled with contenders for first as its crescendo fell way short of a bravo!
All in all, , What Happened to Monday? had a very modern day Soylent Green vibe to it and its villain reminded me of Thanos minus the Infinity Gauntlet. But at the end of the day, its brilliance was hinged on the casting of an effective lead star like Noomi Rapace to serve up the acting and the action in equal heart pounding measure.
All in all, Rainbow’s Sunset had a loftly goal and the tools to achieve it. However, it became too greedy and tried to bite of more than it can chew by opening doors that it could not close by the movie’s end. As a result, the film felt like scattered pieces of a puzzle that never quite became whole. It felt incomplete and audiences feel like they have been cheated out of something amazing by the time they leave the cinema. I get it. I appreciate the message, but the execution left a lot to be desired.
All in all, I love how Christmas-y the entire movie was. It manages to embody everything that people love about the holidays and it even got me tearing up through the corniest and cheesiest of dialogues simply because it taps into audiences’ soft spot for family and love. The elves are super cute, especially Lars and Bjorn who can’t get enough of candy canes. I loved Santa’s Fast and the Furious moment, his hatred for his commercial depictions, his brutal frankness and his musical number and the reveal on who Mrs. Claus was. It was fun and entertaining yet it was funny and dramatic at the same time and that’s a plus and a plus on my book. Personally, I think this could work perfectly as a standalone but I wouldn’t mind sitting through a sequel if Netflix decides to greenlight a follow up movie for next year. Thumbs up to the entire team behind this movie!
PS. By the way, my nephew sat through the entire movie and this is the first time he has completed watching an entire full feature film and remained interested throughout. If that isn’t a shining endorsement, I don’t know what is. Thank you or this gem, Netflix!
All in all, Peppermint was indeed a simple story that lacked complicated subplots. However, the film’s main strength was its badass central character who carried the entire film with uncompromising efficiency. Simple plot + badass execution, after all makes for a strong action flick that goes perfectly well with popcorn and soda. And I for one, loved it.
After I’ve seen The Kissing Booth in its entirety, I am impressed by the simple, formulaic rom com that held its own in terms of originality. Plus, its stars are all super cute.
All in all, I was well and truly impressed by how Coco managed to celebrate Mexican culture and tradition with the wonderful details of the animation. The film really came to life in a unique and different way. The OST was also one of the best that Disney Pixel had to offer and really stepped up the emotional level of the movie. In my opinion, the purity of the voice acting also played a major factor in the film’s success.The film also had a very moving message — that while families won’t always understand one another, love will overcome every obstacle. Congratulations to director John Lasseter for pulling another memorable film.
Perhaps, one of the best parts of the movie for me was the message of humility and sincerity. The Bonifacios had deep-seated issues but they also knew when to acknowledge their shortcomings. At the center of this movie is family and love and this film successfully inspired families to make their own peace and acknowledge their own imperfections as well. Great job to the entire team. Each member was a star in their own right.