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Invitation to CinePHlix featuring films ‘Anino’ and ‘Birdshot’

My BenildeFilm FLMART2 (Philippine Cinema) classes are inviting everyone to this term’s Filmmaker Focus in Forum (FFF), a free, public event featuring the Cannes Palme D’Or-winning short film “Anino” by Raymond Red and the first Filipino feature film in Netflix “Birdshot” by Mikhail Red at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (SDA) Cinema on Apr. 3, 2018. Screenings at 1 p.m., forum follows at 3:30 p.m. This event entitled “CinePHlix,” features a Q&A for the

‘Let the Love Begin’ Film Review: Taking the generic ride

"Let the Love Begin" is GMA Films' comeback project after a four-year hiatus. The film outfit's last movie before it was the 2000 picture  "Death Row." Prior to this, they produced a few other projects including "Jose Rizal," "Sa Pusod ng Dagat," and "Muro Ami" -- all of which were given due credit by a number of award-giving bodies. But this time, GMA Films comes back with a light love story that is quite different from its usual roster of cinematic offerings. "Let the Love Begin" hangs on

‘Can This Be Love’ Film Review: The u-belt flick

"Can This Be Love" is a simple romantic tale capitalizing on the charm of one of the most popular love teams in the country to date -- Hero Angeles and Sandara Park. In this movie, they are two very different people who prove that love can bloom amidst cultural differences. In a larger scope, it offers a gist of the economic issues that push the young Filipinos to find greener pasture elsewhere in the globe. This rom-com flick features a very traditional story where

‘Bahay ni Lola 2’ Film Review: More comedy than horror

Following the footsteps of a number of successful Asian horror offerings, Regal Films revives "Bahay ni Lola" with the attempt to further break into the horror genre trend. This sequel targets those who prefer getting some creepy chills while inside the dark and cold moviehouse. Unfortunately, it isn't very scary. In fact, its comic side becomes a more appealing aspect of the presentation. For this second installment in the “Bahay ni Lola” franchise, everything turns out so contrived and way too

‘Birhen ng Manaoag’ Film Review: Just awful

I made this article two days after watching the film, just to make sure I'll be more on the critical side. I need to avoid the too emotional insights after having to sit through the very tiring chore of watching a very disappointing movie. This is pretty challenging to do for me as a production person who is from the same circle because I am aware that people who would most likely be part of the project, those who are

‘Dreamboy’ Film Review: Reality romance

"Dreamboy" is a commercial treat targeting those who want to get a pinch of love from a feel-good romantic tale. It talks about a game of chances in love with so much risk at stake. The story springs up from the fact that TV networks are going gaga over reality shows' newfound potential for better TV ratings. Utilizing that usual girl-meets-boy premise, the major plotpoints kick off with the romantic meet-ups between the clueless spectator Cyd (Bea Alonzo) and the ideal guys Phillip, Eboy,

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