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-…
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.
Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez of Evil Dead fame gives us a tight horror-thriller in Don't Breathe.
Three young Detroit thieves, Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette), and Money (Daniel Zovatto) frequently break into fancy homes for a living. But after realizing that stealing valuables is not as lucrative as they thought, they decide to steal some major cash from an old guy who lives alone (Stephen Lang) in a decrepit house—who turn out to be blind.
But what is supposed to be an easy heist turns out to be just the horrific opposite.
Blind Man turns out to be a burly ex-military man suffering from a severe case of PTSD, so when the robbers get caught in the act, we are thrown into a stressful and brutal cat-and-mouse chase inside his dark house. Alvarez and cinematographer Pedro Luque's intense and brilliant camerawork, combined with a very neat sound design and effects, magnifies the horror and the tension, sucking you into the dark, suffocating labyrinth inside the hou…