Philip Cu Unjieng
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‘Dairy tales’ can come true...
by Philip Cu Unjieng - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The story behind The Fatted Calf Farmhouse Kitchen in Tagaytay, a passion project of chefs (and married couple) Rhea and JayJay SyCip, is one of making a relationship work despite challenging odds and trials of fortitude....
The mothers-out-law
by Philip Cu Unjieng - October 22, 2019 - 12:00am
At its core, Maleficent has always been about family and in the first installment, this was signified by how Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) took Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) under her wing (literally), as a stepdaughter...
Film review: The Goldfinch An excess baggage of expectations
by Philip Cu Unjieng - October 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014, Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch, now comes to the screen with, understandably, an excess baggage of expectations.
Joaquin Phoenix amazes
by Philip Cu Unjieng - October 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Heading into the film awards season, I can predict that Joaquin Phoenix and his riveting Joker portrayal will be a favorite among many of the Hollywood bookies and pundits to romp away with the Best Actor prize...
Hoping lightning strikes twice
by Philip Cu Unjieng - September 6, 2019 - 12:00am
With the first installment, It, grossing over $700M worldwide in 2017, it’s a certainty that Warner and New Line are hoping lightning can strike twice with It Chapter Two.
Bloody shotgun wedding
by Philip Cu Unjieng - August 30, 2019 - 12:00am
At its core, the thriller-horror film Ready Or Not is a throwback to the Italian giallo films that peaked in the ‘70s. It’s your damsel in distress (or is she?) premise; which in this case, is a bride...
Quentin Tarantino’s Holly-weird fairy tale
by Philip Cu Unjieng - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, and if we’re to believe the pronouncements he’s made in the past, it means we can expect only one more film in his storied career....
A study of haves and have nots
by Philip Cu Unjieng - August 19, 2019 - 12:00am
One would be hard-pressed to find a film full of social commentary that also entertains as much as Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite.
Engrossing story, impressive acting
by Philip Cu Unjieng - August 14, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s an established practice of Hollywood to take films from outside the USA, such as Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film nominations, and retool them into more Hollywood-like products.
Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham turn on their charm machine
by Philip Cu Unjieng - August 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The film should have been subtitled The Charm Machine, as its two big action stars, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, turn theirs on in a big way to successfully carry it, defying possible spin-off mediocrity and/or...
Nightmare in broad daylight
by Philip Cu Unjieng - July 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Ari Aster writes and directs Midsommar; and after his well-received Hereditary of last year, anticipation was high as to whether lightning would strike twice for this master of horror and suspense.
What makes it magical
by Philip Cu Unjieng - July 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Disney is still a business; so who are we to fault the conglomerate for repackaging products they’ve already made tons of money off from, and trying to extend the revenue-earning capabilities of these pro...
A charmer with wonderful premise
by Philip Cu Unjieng - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am
From Danny Boyle, the director of Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 127 Hours, comes the fantasy, musical romantic-comedy, Yesterday.
A precious web of highs
by Philip Cu Unjieng - July 3, 2019 - 12:00am
The 23rd film in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Spider-Man: Far From Home plays two very distinct, yet complementary, roles.
The men and women in black
by Philip Cu Unjieng - June 17, 2019 - 12:00am
It must be a sign of the times, and how Hollywood operates, that coming on the heels of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, we once again have a film that pairs Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.
Larger than life
by Philip Cu Unjieng - June 15, 2019 - 12:00am
When it comes to a living pop icon such as Sir Elton Hercules John, the question we often ask ourselves is what was the hit song that first made us aware of Elton and turned us into fans for life.
On the dark side
by Philip Cu Unjieng - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
The Dark Phoenix Saga is one of the best-loved X-Men comic book story arcs; so it’s no surprise to find the film franchise dipping from this particular well time and time again.
A monster high
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 31, 2019 - 12:00am
If you’re tired of the cute, child-friendly, animated, doll fashion world of Monster High, and you want your monsters in kaiju-form — big, ugly and ready to destroy big cities — and bring humanity...
A new fantastic point of view
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 27, 2019 - 12:00am
After the rather lackluster Aladdin trailer, I have to admit I approached this live action musical comedy film with some trepidation.
The art of murder & mayhem
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 17, 2019 - 12:00am
The third of an urban neo-noir, lone hitman film franchise that has captured the imagination of the audience looking for hard-boiled action, and today’s version of Shane, John Wick 3 — Parabellum arrives...
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