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REVIEW | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
FIVE YEARS after the “Harry Potter” films ended with “Deathly Hollows,” we once again apparate into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in the spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” inspired by the fictional Hogwarts textbook authored by Newt Scamander. And behold, the magic will continue for four more years. Yes, “Beasts” is just the first in a...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS
Screenwriter Mia Nolasco (Jennylyn
Mercado) is the Nancy Meyers of Philippine cinema. And she has a big problem—a dry
spell. No love life, no pain, no nothing, and so she is unable to write a
follow-up to her previous big-screen romantic-comedy successes.
Her producers, naturally, are disappointed
with her creative impotence and threaten to fire her if she cannot save her
poorly written script. But the arrival of her ex-boyfriend, Ethan (Jericho
Rosales), just might save Mia’s career at the last minute.
Penned by Paul Sta. Ana (My
Husband’s Lover), with additional lines by Antoinette Jadaone (That Thing
Called Tadhana), and directed by Dan Villegas (English Only, Please), Walang
Forever has an appealing concept but fumbles through its execution. Like the sentiments of Mia’s
producers, the film evokes a sense of struggle in the script-writing process, with
illogical details, less effective storytelling techniques, a rough
flow, and also lacks emotional build-…
Action and blockbuster star Gerard Butler stars in his latest passion project “A Family Man” that tackles the under-explored world of corporate headhunting with characters confronting relatable and universal challenges: “the balance between work and family, husband and wife dynamics, the father and son relationship, losing a job and finding a job.”
Opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas’ Trinoma and Greenbelt 1 screens starting August 23, “A Family Man” is a family drama that deals with real-life dilemmas. A simple, elegant and classic throwback movie about a deeply touching father and son relationship.
Dane’s (Butler) journey is predominantly framed through his relationship with Ryan, which is constantly transforming over the course of the film. Producer Craig Flores described the wide search that went into Ryan’s casting: “We reviewed hundreds of self-tapes and auditions from all around the world to find the right kid. Very tough decisions were made, but we ultimately discovered t…
Closing Arts Month celebrations, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is set to launch the first edition of “Xperimento Pelikula,” a series of events centered on experimental cinema, by screening a program by The Kalampag Tracking Agency (KTA) on February 28, 2017, 7p.m., at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila.
The KTA, a program of Filipino avant-garde film and video over the past 30 years, is an ongoing curatorial initiative between artist-curators Shireen Seno of Los Otros and Merv Espina of Generation Loss (GEN_LOSS). It features works by a diverse array of Filipino artists across generations and continents, including Miko Revereza, Melchor Bacani III, Rox Lee, Ramon Jose "RJ" Leyran, John Torres, Yason Banal, Tad Ermitano, Raya Martin, Tito & Tita, Martha Atienza, Jon Lazam, Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III, and Jimbo Albano.
For the first time in the presentation of the KTA, certain works are to be projected in their original 16mm and 35mm formats.