#TBT: Kisapmata (1981)

BY Gina Tumlos

"Kisapmata" (1981) directed by Mike de Leon.

“Kisapmata” (1981) directed by Mike de Leon.

True to his form, Mike De Leon once again holds up a mirror to the Filipino psyche and domestic fragmentation in all its pernicious permutations.  He skillfully skirts through the backdoors of Philippine society to uncover the underground world of the suffocating and seemingly unbreakable familial ties in Kisapmtata (1981) starring Vic Silayan, Charito Solis, and Charo Santos. The film is every bit as chilling and unsettling as a Stanley Kubrick film, a strong parallelism which can be drawn from both directors’ complete control of the mis-en-scene.

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‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’ Is a Finishing Touch to a Masterpiece

BY Gina Tumlos

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends is the final installation for the Kyoto arc, and boy, what an ending it is. Those familiar with the anime will be pleased to see the appearance of a beloved character and hints of character back stories (which could *hopefully* mean a prequel) and those who were hooked just recently on Rurouni Kenshin and Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno  will be floored by the intense and deftly choreographed fight scenes this film is littered with.

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‘Pudsey The Dog: The Movie’ is not for everyone

By Joanna Mendoza

Too cute for all that (Photo courtesy of Vertigo Films)

BGT’s Pudsey is too cute for his self-titled movie. (Photo courtesy of Vertigo Films)

The fact that I hadn’t heard much about Pudsey the Dog: The Movie by the time I had the chance to see it made me apprehensive about spending about 90 minutes of my life (and my husband’s… and our two sons’) watching it.

Still it was a chance for a family date, so I decided for all of us to go anyway. And before leaving for the screening, I did a little bit of research about the movie.

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“What If”: A playful, humorous, charming rom-com

By Shelly Dalmacio

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Courtesy of Pioneer Films

Tuesdays are definitely loaded at work and employees always feel burned out. Well, that’s how we felt that Tuesday night. And what could possibly cheer us up after a long, tiring Tuesday at work?

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A review of ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno’

By Gina Tumlos

(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura. “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno” opens in Philippine cinemas Aug. 20, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Rorouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno is every fangirl’s fantasy. Director Keishi Otomo and his talented cast and crew exceed expectations with the film’s attention to detail (from Cho’s half-closed eyes down to Okina’s cat), its smart compromise between playing with the original material and cashing in on their artistic license, and the cast’s pitch-perfect portrayal of their characters.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The slightly bad and the very, very good

By Joanna Mendoza

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

I went into a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy expecting to have a good time. I love Chris Pratt and, save for that time when Bradley Cooper was proclaimed Sexiest Man Alive instead of Ryan Gosling, I’ve always liked him too.

But I did have apprehensions because people kept saying that Guardians is just like The Avengers but with characters people don’t care, much less know, about. Me being probably the only person who has yet to finish watching The Avengers, I took that as a bad sign.

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Jersey Snore

BY Gina Tumlos

"Jersey Boys," starring Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, John Lloyd Young, and Michael Lomenda.

“Jersey Boys,” starring Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, John Lloyd Young, and Michael Lomenda.


Jersey Boys was supposed to be directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau who no doubt would have made the Broadway adaptation much more entertaining than this generic rags-to-riches tale of a 1950s pop group which struggled with fame and fortune and the pitfalls that came along with it. Yawn. Clint Eastwood’s greatest liability in this project is the clichéd backdrop of the story, a hurdle which he could have overcome with his years of experience behind the camera, but unfortunately, his straight-forward style of storytelling was not a good match for the material.

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ review

BY Warren and Kat Maneja

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Directed by Matt Reeves, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” directed by Matt Reeves and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Set 10 years after the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the evolved apes have grown in number as the simian flu decimates earth’s human population. In the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the apes come into contact with a pocket of human survivors and have an uneasy truce between them. But events spiral out of control as man and ape are pitted against each other for survival and there’s only room for one at the top of the food chain…

Spoiler alert!

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’22 Jump Street’: Something Coooool!!!

BY Jo Ann Madarang

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After making their way through high school for the second time to bust a drug ring, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go undercover (again) at a local college to bust another drug ring. Piece of cake? Of course not.

Sequels, like movie adaptation of books, are complicated. In addition to having to be good, these movies have to be better than (or at least, as good as) the first movie or the book from which it was adapted from. 22 Jump Street meets this challenge head on using three effective ways:

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