Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It Movie Review: Another Boring Interpretation Of A Stephen King Book That Drags For An Interminable Two Hours And 15 Minutes And Offers No Really Good Scares

AFTER THE dissapointing film version of “The Dark Tower”, now comes another boring interpretation of a Stephen King book, “It” (not informational technology). Move over, Ronald McDonald, the clown in “It”, Pennywise, now eclipses you as a macabre screen presence who eat the arms of little children right in the opening sequence.

“It” was published in 1986, a very thick book of more than 1,000 pages, and was first made into a mini series on TV in 1990. This is the first big screen version. We just want to take note here that the best films of King is based on his non-horror works, like “The Green Mile”, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Stand By Me”. The horror novels that also did well on screen are “Carrie” by Brian de Palma and “The Shining” by Stanley Kubrick.

“It” is a current big hit in the States so no doubt there will be a sequel. It’s dreadfully directed by Andy Muschietti, who did the awful and forgettable horror flick, “Mama” (2013). The story is set in the late 80s in the beautiful small town of Derry, Maine, which looks so idyllic with its small river with a covered wooden bridge ala-Madison County, old historic edifices and tree-lined streets.


Every 27 years, children go missing in this quaint town and it’s caused by Pennywise who preys on little kids. Actually, there are more scary things in the town, including a pedophile dad who abuses his daughter, a super fat protective mother who smothers her son, plus repulsive mean girls who dump garbage on the girl they envy while she’s inside the toilet and trigger-happy and knife-wielding bullies in school who beat up their overweight classmates and those afflicted with asthma and stuttering.

A terrorized child can cry for help but no one will come to his aid. So when Pennywise starts making his presence felt, you can actually forget him as he’s actually anti-climactic as there are much worse real people in Derry than him. You’d start to wonder how anyone can get out of this hellhole alive.
The brave group of plucky kids, called losers by the bullies, who try to conquer their fears and defy Pennywise are all archetypes. First is the stutterer, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher, who’s so good in “Midnight Special”) whose younger brother was the first victim of the clown hiding under the sewer.

Then there’s the loner fat boy Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), the joker Richie (Finn Wolfhard), the asthmathic kid Eddie (Jak Grazer), the shy Jewish boy Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) and the token black boy Mike (Chosen Jacobs). The only girl is the tomboyish Beverly (Sophia Lillis) who serves as the lone leading lady but with an unjustified reputation as a teenage vamp.

In all fairness to this young cast, they can all act pretty convincingly, especially the girl who sizzles as a young spitfire. It is the movie itself that is marred with a lack of narrative cohesion. It offers no really good scares (unlike “Annabelle: Creation” where the audience is screaming out loud from start to finish) and the worst thing, for us, is that you don’t root for the kids as they do a lot of very stupid things.

You root for the clown instead. And the movie drags interminably for more than two boring hours, a sorry combination of very bad and stupid ideas that mostly do not work, just like Muschietti’s “Mama”.

The sociopathic leader of the bullies, Henry (Nicholas Hamilton), is incredibly ruthless in his sadistic tendencies. In torturing the fat boy, he carves his initials on the boy’s fat belly with a knife. Later, he uses the knife to kill his own policeman dad. Actually, he’s much more scary than the clown who chases kids, change shapes to impersonate other entities, open his mouth wide like a python to reveal multiple fangs, but seems to feel so reluctant in actually killing kids when he already have all the freaking chances to do so.

Beverly also gets to kill her own abusive father. So that makes it two cases of parricides. The level of brutality is really quite off-putting, so we’re not surprised that it got a rating of R-13 because of all the violence. It’s ironic that even the kids who starred in “It” cannot watch their own movie. You’d really wonder: who is the target audience for this movie?

Presidential Communications Secretary Meets The Entertainment Press & Shares His Battle Against Fake News

MARTIN ANDANAR had his first lunch with the entertainment press since he joined the Duterte government. We’ve known him since he was with GMA-7, then moved to TV5, and he remains warm and amiable. Born on Aug. 21, 1974, Martin is from Cagayan de Oro, studied in UP Los Banos, then moved to Australia where he finished A.B. in Social and Political Studies, also Film and Media Studies at the Federation University in Ballarat, Victoria, where he was the first Filipino to get a Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He returned to Manila and got his master’s degree in entrepeneurship at the AIM. He also took fellowship programs at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Northern Illinois University, Harvard Kennedy School, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and Hong Kong University.

He’s now the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office under Pres. Digong Duterte. He’s in charge of the government’s news and information agencies and one of his flagship programs is Dutertenomics, referring to the socio-economic policies of Pres. Digong that included the development of infrastructure and industries, with the main aim being poverty reduction and eventual transformation of our country into a high middle income economy.

Martin’s term comes at a time when social media has become an active alternative source of news. Recently, as Chair of the ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information, he led a discussion attended by 32 information ministers from the ASEAN region, tackling the negative effects of fake news with the theme “Countering Fake News and Communicating the Right Information”. The discussion focused on Experiences on Fake News, Practical Measures to Counter Fake News, Possible Government Initiatives to Ensure that the Right Info is Communicated, and Cooperation Initiatives on Countering Fake News and Communicating the Right Info. He called for a dialogue with Google and Facebook to show the relevance of social media networks in combating fake news on their websites.

He now also tries to build communication networks in every city and municipality. “I talk to the governor, mayor or city information officer so we can set up stronger communications na diretso na sa kanila. This was done before in the Arroyo administration and it was effective, pero hindi na-sustain, so we’re trying to revive it. We’ve also relaunched PTV4, with the newscast now anchored by Erwin Tulfo. We have new programs, like do’s and dont’s for OFWs, and the first Muslim digital station on Channel 27. Marami pang pagbabago as we have to move forward.”

How would he describe Pres. Digong as a person and a leader? “He is a very sincere, patriotic person, also very competent. Everything he does is for the good of the country and you can feel he just wants the best for the Filipino people.”

Star Magic Talent Sue Ramirez Gets Big Break From Mother Lily As The Lead In The Youth-Oriented Horror Flick, 'The Debutantes'

SUE RAMIREZ appears to be the lead actress among the five girls in Regal’s youth-oriented horror flick, “The Debutantes”, because the story revolves around her as Kate, the lonely outcast in their school who is bullied by her classmates. The four other young ladies are Miles Ocampo, Chanel Morales, Michelle Vito and Jane de Leon. They act as the Mean Girls who make Sue’s life inside the campus miserable, but Sue will later have a way of getting back at them for oppressing her.

“This movie is really a big break for me kasi sa ABS-CBN, puro supporting roles ang ginagampanan ko,” she says. “In ‘The Debutantes’, sa character ko iikot ang story, but magandang break din ito sa lahat ng mga kasama ko kasi kami namang lahat ang debutantes dito referred in the title, hindi lang ako.”

How did she tackle the role of being a nerdy outcast? “Mahirap. Dito ko naranasan yung umiiyak ako for seven hours nang tuloy-tuloy, walang putol. But with the help of our director, Prime Cruz, I think naitawid ko naman nang maayos yung eksena. I can relate to Kate kasi naulila rin siya sa magulang niya. I’ve also experienced the loss of a loved one when my father died when I was 17, which was the reason kaya hindi ako nakapag-debut kasi we’re in mourning. Dream ko pa namang maisayaw ako ng daddy ko sa debut ko.”

How did director Prime Cruz choose Sue for the role of Kate? “She took the audition,” says Prime. “Matagal yung process kasi we made sure we got the right young actresses for the five pivotal roles. When I first met Sue, na-feel ko sa pag-uusap namin na medyo baliw siya and kailangan yun sa role, yung may toyo. I believe na wala namang magaling na walang konting pagkabaliw, so she nailed the role.”

Off cam, is it true that Sue is now playing beautiful music with Boyband Ph member Joao Constancia? “We’re dating. Mabait siya. He has met my parents and I’ve also met his. But at this point, wala akong masyadong time for a relationship. Sayang naman ang opportunities na dumarating sa akin these days. Aside from ‘The Debutantes’, may uumpisahan pa akong isang bagong soap, so I’d really be busy and my career is my main priority now.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FOUR BROTHERS PROVE INNOCENCE AND LOVE FOR FAMILY IN “THE GOOD SON”


Witness the unusual case of love for family in ABS-CBN’s much-anticipated family drama “The Good Son,” where four sons fight for their right and seek justice beginning Monday (Sep 25) on Primetime Bida.

“The Good Son” will surely play on viewers’ minds every night as its story centers on four brothers who come from different families and search for the truth to prove their innocence in their father’s sudden death.

Rising teen star Joshua Garcia plays the role of Joseph, Racquel’s (Mylene Dizon) kind and responsible son, who does everything to give his family a good life. His brother Obet (McCoy De Leon) is his partner-in-crime, who brings them laughter and serves as their source of happiness.


They live a simple, happy life even if they are not with their father Victor (Albert Martinez), who keeps their identity a secret, even to his legitimate sons Enzo (Jerome Ponce) and Calvin (Nash Aguas), with the help of his legal wife Olivia (Eula Valdez) to maintain their good reputation.

However, just as they think their lives will go on without them knowing each other’s existence, their paths cross as they receive the worst news of their lives --- Victor dies after being poisoned, and his four sons are the primary suspects for the crime.

This marks the start of Joseph, Obet, Enzo, and Calvin’s battle to prove their innocence and testify their undying love for their father against people’s judgement and accusations.
Who killed Victor? What does the future hold for the families he left? Who among his sons is the real good son?

Meanwhile, fresh from the success of his Star Cinema movie “Love You to the Stars and Back,” one of the series’ lead stars Joshua is thankful for the anticipation and support viewers have given the show even if it has not started airing yet.

“Our whole team feels pressured especially now that we are on primetime. But we will use this to motivate us to do better in our work,” said Joshua.

“The show will show how we can take care of and protect our family,” he added. “It is also intriguing that one of the family members killed our father. That is something viewers should watch out for.”

Also part of the stellar cast are this generation’s top teen actresses Loisa Andalio, Elisse Joson, and Alexa Ilacad, with seasoned stars John Estrada, Ronnie Lazaro, Jeric Raval, Alex Medina, and Kathleen Hermoso. This is under the direction of Manny Palo and Andoy Ranay.

Don’t miss the unusual case of love for family in “The Good Son,” starting this Monday (Sep 25) after “La Luna Sangre.” For more information, go fb.com/dreamscapeph and follow @DreamscapePH on Twitter and Instagram.

Top 10 Plays of the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 (VIDEO)

FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Results & Replay Video. Check out the best plays from throughout the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 tournament! Featuring: Pau Gasol (Spain), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Luigi Datome (Italy), Joffrey Lauvergne (France), Timofey Mozgov (Russia), Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia) and Daniel Theis (Germany).


(Top 10 Plays w/ Porzingis, Markkanen, Gasol and more! - FIBA EuroBasket 2017)



Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Final 12-man lineup for 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup


Photo credit: Sports5 / @Sports5PH

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Latest News & Updates. FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 Free Live Stream & Updates | September 22-30, 2017 in Chenzhou-Hunan, China (Chenzhou Sports Complex). Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas announced on Tuesday the 12-man lineup for the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup.



Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Roster:
1. Isaiah Austin (import)
2. Rod Ebondo (import)
3. Kiefer Ravena
4. Carl Bryan Cruz
5. Raymar Jose
6. Jeron Teng
7. Jeric Teng
8. Almond Vosotros
9. Jett Manuel
10.LA Revilla
11. Norbert Torres
12. Alfrancis Tamsi
Head Coach: Chot Reyes

FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017 [LIVE STREAM, SCHEDULE & UPDATES - click here]

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas' Schedule of Games (FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2017):
September 22 - (9:45pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. BC Astana (Kazakhstan) [LIVE STREAM]
September 23 - (4:45pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. Sarreyet Ramallah (Palestine) [LIVE STREAM]
September 24 - (2:30pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. Mono Vampire BC (Thailand) [LIVE STREAM]
September 26 - (9:45pm) Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas vs. Petrochimi (Iran) [LIVE STREAM]



Monday, September 18, 2017

“BLADE RUNNER 2049” RETURNS US TO ENTHRALLING, DYSTOPIAN FUTURE


Thirty-five years ago, the groundbreaking futuristic film Blade Runner hit theatre screens for the first time. Directed by the legendary Ridley Scott and based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the movie thrust audiences into a dystopian future unlike anything they had ever experienced.


Back then, no one could have imagined how Blade Runner would go on to reverberate through modern culture, pioneering what became an entirely new genre: neo-noir cyberpunk. Today, Scott’s visionary masterpiece is heralded as one of the best and most important motion pictures of all time, but its impact has gone beyond filmdom, to television, music, art, fashion, and even university courses.

Now, after more than three decades, Columbia Pictures' Blade Runner 2049 returns us to the world that has enthralled generations of fans in a film that is at once a long-awaited follow-up and a much-anticipated standalone moviegoing experience.

Director Denis Villeneuve, who counts himself among the original film’s devotees, says, “I vividly remember seeing Blade Runner for the first time and being stunned by what I think is amongst the most powerful openings in the history of cinema—flying over the Los Angeles of 2019, and seeing that landscape of oil factories. Ridley Scott presented such a strong image of what could be our future that was at the same time so seductive and so frightening.

“Aesthetically, Blade Runner was a revolution,” he continues, “blending two genres that, at first glance, don’t go together—science fiction and film noir. It was something never seen before, and it deeply influenced me. It was part of my film education even before I knew I would become a filmmaker.”

Ridley Scott says that even, with all of its difficulties, he could never have predicted how iconic one of his earliest major features would come to be. “You don’t think about that when you’re in the midst of it,” he comments, “but I knew for sure we had made something really special.”

In the time since, however, it became apparent that Scott’s film had predicted a range of societal concerns that have grown ever-more prevalent. And with our planet now on the cusp of when Blade Runner was set, it seems more revelatory, and more relevant, than ever—foreshadowing issues of urban decay, climate change, genetic engineering, overpopulation, the divides of social and economic strata and more.

Producer Andrew A. Kosove agrees. “‘Blade Runner’ was ahead of its time in so many ways. With its thought-provoking narrative and signature visual design—which Ridley Scott brilliantly conceived—the movie permeated our culture and changed our perceptions about the role of technology and about our future. I think that’s why it is so revered.”

Opening in Philippine cinemas Friday, October 06, Blade Runner 2049 is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.