Philip Cu Unjieng
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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...
The ‘selling’ of ourselves on social media
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
When Charles Dickens began his Tale of Two Cities with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” with certitude, we can say he wasn’t thinking of the internet, or today’s social...
Quezon as humanitarian
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Quezon’s Game, a co-production of Star Cinema and Kinetek, is all about one of those footnotes of Philippine history that just had to get its turn under the spotlight.
Pocket Monsters in the house
by Philip Cu Unjieng - May 8, 2019 - 12:00am
As the highest grossing media franchise of all time, and second all-time grossing video game (Mario still occupies the No. 1 spot), Pokémon (roughly translated as Pocket Monsters) would still find another...
The ‘Mendgame’
by Philip Cu Unjieng - April 27, 2019 - 12:00am
After Infinity War left half the world in tatters, and half our Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superheroes presumed expired, we all knew that the stakes placed on the concluding installment Avengers: Endgame would...
Horror with social commentary
by Philip Cu Unjieng - March 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Two directorial films in, and it’s safe to say that Jordan Peele has a firm grasp on what he’s trying to say; and that as writer, producer and director of Us, it’s good that he’s taken the...
Mind games, superhero-style
by Philip Cu Unjieng - March 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Leave it to Marvel to come second in the titular super-heroine movie sweepstakes, and yet doing so in spectacular style.
Royal conduct unbecoming
by Philip Cu Unjieng - February 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Carrying 10 nominations for the upcoming Oscars (sharing with Roma the distinction of having the most nominations this year), Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite opens at select Ayala Cinemas tomorrow, Feb. 20,...
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