July 8, 2019

ANi (2019) Cinemalaya Movie Trailer Impressions: A Filipino Sci-Fi Coming-of-Age Film About a Journey of a Boy and His Robot

ANi is a 2019 a coming-of-age science fiction film and an official Cinemalaya 2019 finalist with a screenplay by Toni Zuñiga, Kim Zuñiga, and Sandro Del Rosario; under the direction of Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario starring Ricky Davao, Zyren Dela Cruz, Miguel Valdes, and Anna Luna; and is slated for a limited Philippine theatrical release from August 2-13, 2019 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Let's check out what this 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry about a Filipino sci-fi film about a boy with his malfunctioning robot here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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ANi (The Harvest)
Plot / Synopsis

When his grandfather falls ill, an orphaned boy and his malfunctioning robot embark on a quest to look for magical grains that he believes will save the old man’s life.

Source: Cinemalaya


Watch the ANi Official trailer here:





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Ani official Cinemalaya 2019 finalist with a screenplay by Toni Zuñiga, Kim Zuñiga, and Sandro Del Rosario and directed by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario about a coming-of-age Filipino sci-fi film

What can be said about the ANi (2019) official movie trailer for Cinemalaya 2019? Well, Ani feels fresh to me; not in the context of what we've seen so far in mainstream Filipino films. We just don't get something done seriously and competently. The technology is already there but companies just don't want to invest in something outside horror and romantic films. And even if they do, it isn't a guarantee that the visual effects are going to be visually appealing amidst the many months of preparation and post-production. Well, luckily Ani seems to break this mold. There are some good studios backing up the film, so that helps boost it up a notch. Of course, all will be for naught, if the narrative and performance will fall behind. The ANi trailer is good so far and intriguing at best. ANi isn't categorized as a straight-up horror but more of a coming-of-age science fiction film, but we can sense a looming dread in this film from its trailer; of a dystopian society run by warbots (war robots).

Ani 2019 Cinemalaya movie Philippine sci-fi movie  starring Ricky Davao, Zyren Dela Cruz, Miguel Valdes, and Anna Luna about a war robot warbot and a child on a journey to find magical grains



This is the hook of Ani. What are these "warbots" in this dystopian society? And the premise tells that the film will follow a boy and his malfunctioning robot to find a magical grain. How can a magical grain cure the life of his old man? What part do these warbots play in society and why are the ordinary people seem to both be afraid and hostile towards them? This raises more questions that hopefully will be resolved as the film unfolds. While some of the performance from the trailer is questionable (I'm looking at you scene where kids are beating what seems to the main robot or the kid protagonist), hopefully, it won't detract what seems to be an interesting premise. As a big fan of horror, fantasy and sci-fi, Ani is one of my most anticipated film for the Cinemalaya 2019.

Ani The Harvest 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry  Filipino scifi movie set in dystopian society ruled by warbots or robots

How about you guys? What do you think about this 2019 Cinemalaya sci-fi coming-of-age film festival entry about a dystopian future possibly ruled by war robots? What are similar films like this that you have seen and liked in the past (internationally)? How do you like that it uses another local dialect instead of the safe Filipino (Tagalog) language? Will you be seeing this 2019 Cinemalaya official film festival finalist on its limited theatrical run in the Cultural Center of the Philippines from August 2 to 13, 2019? Share your thoughts and opinion about ANi (2019) in the comments section below and let's talk about it.

ANi 2019 official Cinemalaya 2019 finalist directed by Kim Zuñiga and Sandro Del Rosario starring Ricky Davao, Zyren Dela Cruz, Miguel Valdes, and Anna Luna showing from August 2-13, 2019 at the CCP
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July 7, 2019

Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) Movie Trailer Impressions: The Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo On-Screen Team Up about Sacrifices and the Love of Two Overseas Filipino Workers

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a romantic film from Star Cinema under the direction of Cathy Garcia-Molina which stars Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, with Maymay Entrata, Kakai Bautista, Joross Gamboa, and Lovely Abella; and is slated for a July 31, 2019 Philippine theatrical release.

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Hello, Love, Goodbye
Plot / Synopsis

Hello, Love, Goodbye is the story of two overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong, Joy (Kathryn Bernardo) and Ethan (Alden Richards). Ethan immediately falls for Joy and romantically pursues her. Unfortunately, Joy put up a wall around her as she cannot afford to fall in love and compromise her dreams and responsibilities. What will happen this Filipino love story set in Hong Kong?

Watch the Hello, Love, Goodbye Official trailer here:





Hello, Love, Goodbye Official Trailer Impression
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Hello, Love, Goodbye is a love story of two overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong, Joy (played by Kathryn Bernardo) and Ethan (played by Alden Richards)

What can be said about the Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) official movie trailer? Well, it is somewhat refreshing to see a well-known young actress like Kathryn Bernardo be paired up outside her usual love team and real-life partner, Daniel Padilla. This time we are going to see another charismatic young actor who happens to also be part of a widely popular love team, the now defunct AlDub/MaiDen on-screen love Team with Alden Richards. And the only question now is, will these two actors click outside of their usual love teams?

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a romantic film unde Star Cinema starring Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, with Maymay Entrata, Kakai Bautista, Joross Gamboa, and Lovely Abella set in Hong Kong



The answer is a resounding yes. From what we see in the trailer, Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo have both good chemistry on-screen. It is a testament to their natural charm and acting prowess. Nobody ever asked for such a pairing, but we got it! And in a way, it is a breath of fresh air. The concept of two OFW finding love abroad with complications like priorities isn't exactly new, but (just like another annual rehash of a tried-and-tested premise) this time features a newer (considered fresh) pairing. 'Hello, Love, Goodbye' is setting up to be another box office hit from Star Cinema as it takes one popular leading actors from rivaling networks (GMA Network v ABS-CBN) to pair them together and what you get is a formula for box office success. Or that is what I think would happen as Star Cinema has already perfected this romantic/romcom formula as seen from the history of conveyor belt films they make annually.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a romantic film set in Hong Kong directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina featuring the Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo love team

How about you guys? What do you think about this 2019 romantic film about two OFWs finding love in Hong Kong? What are similar films like this that you have seen and liked in the past? What do you think about the chemistry and performance of Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo from this trailer? What are your favorite and memorable roles that you have with them separately? What else are you looking forward to 2019's Hello, Love, Goodbye movie? Will you be seeing this 2019 romantic Filipino movie set in Hong Kong when it hits the cinemas this July 31, 2019? Share your thoughts and opinion about Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) in the comments section below and let's discuss it.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is a Star Cinema  romantic film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina starring Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards showing on July 31, 2019
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July 2, 2019

John Denver Trending (2019) Cinemalaya Movie Trailer Impressions: A Drama About Cyberbullying on Social Media and its Aftermath

John Denver Trending is a 2019 drama film and an official Cinemalaya 2019 finalist written and directed by Arden Rod Condez starring Jansen Magpusao and Meryll Soriano, and is slated for a limited Philippine theatrical release from August 2-13, 2019. Let's check out what this 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry about social media, cyberbullying, and the outcome of such ordeal to someone of the receiving end of it here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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John Denver Trending
Plot / Synopsis

In “John Denver Trending,” director Arden Rod Condez bookmarks a period in people’s lives when they allow social media to reshape their mindset. Based on true events and will be shot entirely in Pandan, Antique, it narrates how the life of a 14-year-old farm boy has changed when he was caught on a viral video brutally attacking a classmate.

This is also about you and social media.


Source: Cinemalaya


Watch the John Denver Trending Official trailer here:





John Denver Trending Official Trailer Impression
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John Denver Trending 2019 Filipino drama film written and directed by Arden Rod Condez a commentary on social media, mob mentality, cyberbullying and its efects to the bullied

What can be said about the John Denver Trending (2019) official movie trailer for Cinemalaya 2019? Well, the trailer is short but meaty. It short teaser establishes what this film is going to be all about; of the possible destructive psychological and emotional damage that cyberbullying can do to an individual. With the film's synopsis and this evocative trailer, it makes you think twice about riding that next big social media bandwagon and to think before hitting that post button.

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The synopsis reads that the kid was involved in some physical disagreement. Now, it would be pretty interesting in what direction will the film take this premise. Will it take the safe approach and make the kid into this "pure" victim of circumstances and was simply framed? Or will the film show that the kid is actually not as good as he is portrayed and probably "deserved" what was coming to him and if he did deserve it, does it justify how people react and become the bully themselves to this boy. With these ideas in mind, it makes you curious about what's what? This is what I love with trailers being actual trailers; just enough to tease and make one wonder. Hopefully, it doesn't get too preachy and would make moviegoers reflect on the incredible power (and destructive power) of social media.

John Denver Trending 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry starring Jansen Magpusao and Meryll Soriano about cyberbullying



How about you guys? What do you think about this 2019 Cinemalaya drama film festival entry about the commentary of the social media, the psychology of mob mentality, cyberbullying and the after-effects? What are similar films like this that you have seen and liked in the past (is there even one)? What do you think about the performance found in this trailer? Will you be seeing this 2019 Cinemalaya official film festival finalist on its limited theatrical run in the Cultural Center of the Philippines from August 2 to 13, 2019? Share your thoughts and opinion about John Denver Trending (2019) in the comments section below and let's talk about it.

John Denver Trending 2019 Filipino drama film and an official Cinemalaya 2019 finalist written and directed by Arden Rod Condez starring Jansen Magpusao and Meryll Soriano showing from August 2-13, 2019 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines
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July 1, 2019

Iska (2019) Cinemalaya Movie Trailer Impressions: The Struggles of an Impoverished Grandmother and her Autistic Grandchild

Iska is a 2019 drama film and an official Cinemalaya 2019 finalist written by Mary Rose Colindres and directed by Theodore Boborol starring Ruby Ruiz playing the titular role of Iska is slated for a limited Philippine theatrical release from August 2-13, 2019. Let's check out what this 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry about a grandmother and her special needs grandchild here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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Iska
Plot / Synopsis

ISKA is written by Mary Rose Colindres, “Iska” by Theodore Boborol is about a loving but impoverished grandmother of an autistic child who loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be.

Source: Cinemalaya


Watch the Iska 2019 Cinemalaya Official trailer here:





ISKA Official Trailer Impression
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ISKA 2019 Cinemalaya finalist about an impoverished grandmother dealing with soceity's prejudice on how she deals with her impoverished special needs grandson

What can be said about the ISKA (2019) official movie trailer for Cinemalaya 2019? Well, bring on the handkerchief moviegoers, this one is going to be a tearjerker. Well, that is what this 2019 Cinemalaya official film fest entry gives off and I'm sure there is more to it than that as it seems to also tackle how local communities usually tend to misunderstand families with special needs people in their household; this could be a commentary about that as well.

ISKA 2019 Ciemalaya movie starring Ruby Ruiz as Iska an impoverished grandmother dealing with her special needs grandchild



Iska, from its synopsis and the trailers, features a solid performance from its titular character played by Ruby Ruiz and the film's entire cast. It is a film that is a must-watch for everyone and not simply for families who have special needs people in their homes as it could educate people who do not fully understand what having someone with special needs is like and what more if the setting is on a community/society that only looks at it with their limited capacity. The film also uses the University of the Philippines as one of its backdrop, which feels like a commentary all on itself; of impassioned students fighting for their rights and for an impoverished society all the while mingling with someone in the exact same position right under their noses, but they don't seem to know or indifferent towards them. Pretty interesting title card. But that could just be my interpretation and that is what makes films great! This is definitely fresh for me and intrigued by the line "turns into someone society reckons her to be" in its synopsis. This could feel like another tragic ending, but that is what we'll soon see when Iska hits limited theaters in the Philippines and the CCP from August 2-13, 2019.

Iska 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry is set in the University of the Philippines and a commentary on UP and society

How about you guys? What do you think about this 2019 Cinemalaya family drama film festival entry about a grandmother dealing with her special needs grandchild and a community that barely understands it? What are similar films like this that you have seen and liked in the past? What do you think about the performance found in this trailer? Will you be seeing this 2019 Cinemalaya official film festival finalist on its limited theatrical run in the Cultural Center of the Philippines from August 2 to 13, 2019 when it hits the theaters? Share your thoughts and opinion about ISKA (2019) in the comments section below and let's talk about it.

Iska 2019 Cinemalaya film festival entry drama film written by Mary Rose Colindres and directed by Theodore Boborol starring Ruby Ruiz as Iska is showing from August 2-13, 2019 in Cultural Center of the Philippines
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June 17, 2019

Family History (2019) Movie Trailer Impressions: A GMA Pictures' Drama Film About a Marriage Featuring Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta

Family History is a 2019 family drama film from GMA Pictures and MIC TEST Entertainment under the direction of Michael V.; starring Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta, with Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali and is slated for a July 2019 Philippine theatrical released. Let's check out what this 2019 family drama-comedy film about the marriage that is slowly failing and a family seemingly on the brink of being broken in Family History here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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Family History
Premise

Family History (2019) movie dircted by Michael V. about maintaining the love in a marriage and family life

What if the memories that complete you become the memories that hurt you?

Source: YouTube


Watch the Family History Official trailer here:





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Family History 2019 Filipino drama movie starring Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta as a married couple

What can be said about the Family History (2019) official movie trailer? Well, it is somewhat refreshing to see a family drama film featuring one of Philippines' funniest comedian, Michael V acting (and directing) alongside a Filipino drama film veteran, Dawn Zulueta. In most cases, comedians usually have this innate talent in being good in various dramatic roles. Michael V. has shown this a couple of times, usually on the smaller screen, usually in Eat Bulaga's Lenten specials. It is good, that his mother network (GMA Network) has finally entrusted him to direct and star in his very own drama film. So what can we expect with Family History?

Family History 2019 family drama film with Michael V., Dawn Zulueta, Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali  dining table scene



From what we see in this trailer, the film tackles a love between someone who is not good looking (Michael V.) but ends up marrying his beautiful dream girl (Dawn Zulueta), which in most romantic films is a happily ever after, but this isn't this kind of film? Family History focuses on the plight of a couple, which seems to be all glossy and perfect on the outside but tells a different tale; of a failing marriage. These kinds of scenarios are not as rare as many would think and many (Filipino) couples and families can relate. The film could teach a valuable story about taking care of a marriage. The premise isn't something new, but with charismatic leads like Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta with the Bianca Umali-Miguel Tanfelix loveteam added to the mix, this dramatic film seems to shape as something to be really promising. The only question now is, will the film go on a happily ever after route, or will it be a tragedy? Guess that is what we'll have to find out when it hits the theaters this July 2019.

Family History 2019 Philippine drama film featuring Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta as a married couple dealing with cheating, failing marriage and a malignant tumor

How about you guys? What do you think about this 2019 family drama film about a failing marriage starring Michael V.? What are similar films like this that you have seen and liked in the past? What do you think about Michael V.'s performance from this trailer and what are your favorite and memorable roles that you have with him? What else are you looking forward to 2019's Family History film? Will you be seeing this 2019 family drama Filipino movie when it hits the theaters? Share your thoughts and opinion about Family History (2019) in the comments section below and let's discuss it.

Family History 2019 family drama directed by Michael V. starring Michael V. and Dawn Zulueta, with Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali showing July 2019
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June 15, 2019

Feelennial (2019) Movie Trailer Impressions: A Comedic Love Story Starring Bayani Agbayani and Ai-Ai Delas Alas for the Feeling Millennials and Young at Heart

Feelennial is a 2019 romantic comedy film from Cignal Entertainment and DSL Productions under the direction of Rechie Del Carmen and screenplay of Kuts Enriquez, Borj Danao, and Onay Sales; starring Bayani Agbayani and Ai-Ai Delas Alas slated for a June 19, 2019 Philippine theatrical release. Let's check out what this 2019 romantic comedy film about the two unlikely people over their 40s finding love in the digital age is all about in Feelennial here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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Feelennial
Plot / Synopsis

Over 40? Who said that you're too old to fall in love? Swipe right in this romantic comedy made for millennials and those feeling-millenials with Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani in this 2019 romantic comedy film.

Source: Official Facebook Page


Watch the Feelennial official trailer here:







Feelennial Official Trailer Impression
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Feelennial (2019) Philippine RomCom film featuring Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani love team

What can be said about the Feelennial (2019) official movie trailer? Well, it seems like another standard Filipino romantic comedy film usually involving people over their 40s, it just happens to be that this time they choose to go with AiAi Delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani. One recent one that comes to mind is 2015's My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore, but unlike that one this romantic film solely focuses of the love story of two people over their 40s rather than them being on the sidelines.

Feelennial 2019 Filipino romantic comedy film  starring Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani falling in love in the millennial generation


Being the veteran Filipino comedic actors that they are, Ai-Ai and Bayani managed to create these likable characters in the movie. The protagonists, to me at least, have good chemistry. A typical story of a hostile relationship at first, but eventually blossoms into something romantic. This time this plot uses what is hip and cool with the millennial generation (drum rolls)... "social media", thus why it is named Feelennial (feeling millennial).

Feelennial 2019 Filipino RomCom Movie featuring a love story of people over their 40s finding love

How about you guys? What do you think about this 2019 romcom film about finding love over at 40? What are similar films like this that you have seen and liked in the past? What do you think about the Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Bayani Agbayani comedic love team in Feelennial? Will you be seeing this 2019 romantic comedy Filipino movie when it hits the theaters? Share your thoughts and opinion about Feelennial (2019) in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.

Feelennial 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Rechie Del Carmen and screenplay of Kuts Enriquez, Borj Danao, and Onay Sales; starring Bayani Agbayani and Ai-Ai Delas Alas showing June 19, 2019
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June 8, 2019

Clarita (2019) Movie Trailer Impressions: Horror Film Based on the 1953 True Story of the Exorcism of Clarita Villanueva

Clarita is a 2019 horror film from Black Sheep under the direction of Derick Cabrido, which stars Jodi Sta. Maria as the titular "Clarita Villanueva", Arron Villaflor, and Ricky Davao slated for a June 12, 2019 nationwide theatrical release. Clarita is based on the true story of the story of the exorcism of a Clarity Villanueva back in 1953. Let's check out what this horror film about the retelling of the 1953 true story of the exorcism of Clarita Villanueva is all about here at Pinoy Movie Blogger.

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Clarita
Plot / Synopsis

Clarita is based on the true accounts of the alleged demonic possession and exorcism of a Clarita Villanueva.

Watch the Clarita (2019) official movie trailer here:






Clarita Official Trailer Impression
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Clarita 2019 Philippine Horror movie based on the 1953 true story of Clarita Villanueva's paranormal and demonic possession in the Philippines

What can be said about the Clarita (2019) official movie trailer? Well, Clarita's trailer screams good production and direction. The trailer exudes great cinematography, atmosphere, sound, and acting. Not to mention, this being based on true historic accounts make it more worth our time. The only question now is will it deliver? Well we have a few days left before Clarita hits the cinemas on June 12, 2019, a perfect day to release a film.

Clarita 2019 horror film featuring Ricky Davao as the Priest who exorcised Clarita Villanueva

What is interesting with all of this is that the story of Clarita's demonic possession and exorcism was big back in the days and hit the newspapers back then. Philippine TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho featured this story back in their October 30, 2016 Halloween Episode "Gabi ng Lagim" special that also featured the same director as Clarita's 2019 film director Derick Cabrido.

Watch Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho's Gabi ng Lagim IV Halloween Special on Derick Cabrido’s Sanib featuring the story of Clarita Villanueva here:





Clarita 2019 Filipino horror movie about the life, demonic possession and exorcism of Filipina Clarita Villanueva during 1953

How about you guys? What do you think about this horror film based on true events? Are you aware of the story of Clarita Villanueva? What do you think about her exorcism back in 1953 from the Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho video feature? Will you be seeing this horror film from Black Sheep when it hits the theaters? Share your thoughts and opinion about Clarita (2019) in the comments section below and let's discuss about it.

Clarita 2019 horror film from Black Sheep directed by Derick Cabrido starring Jodi Sta. Maria, Arron Villaflor, and Ricky Davao showing on June 12, 2019
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