Frankly, there are two films that opened this week—the first is the Indonesian horror movie titled—‘Satan’s Slave’ and that former Cinemalaya entry—the ‘embarrassing-to-watch’ ‘Ang Guro Kong di Marunong Magbasa’. Obviously—even if ‘Satan’s Slave’ is a foreign flick—it is more appealing than that of the Perry Escaño amateurish and messy storytelling piece.
Originally, the Joko Anwar film was titled ‘Pengabdi Setan’ and horror film buffs may mistake this as a remake of 1976 British independent horror film written by David McGillivray, directed by Norman J. Warren; but is not. Though it could be a revised version of another Indonesian 1979 film with the same title of ‘Pengabdi Setan’, too or ‘Phantasm’, a 1979 American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli.
Well, this 2017 Asian horror movie is one that could be compared to ‘Conjuring 2’ (2016) and ‘Annabelle: Creation’ (2017) because of some scenes that are reminiscent of the two aforementioned American blockbuster horror flicks.
Perhaps what could make Filipino moviegoers find this eerie flick interesting is its ‘family-themed’ plot.
Rini played by Tara Basro, being the eldest of her siblings; she took over the responsibility of looking after her three younger brothers—Tony (Endy Arfian), Bondi (Nasar Annuz) and Ian (M. Adhiyat) while their father (Bront Palarae) has gone to work to away from them. This happened after their mother passed away mysteriously due to an illness that lasted for almost three years.
While their father was away, strange things occurred in the house as an entity mimicked their mother (Ayu Laksmi). Through the help of Hendra (Dimas Aditya)—Rini uncovered a shocking story that will haunt her and the rest of the people she loves.
Though there were some Islam practices presented in the film, still it left some questions unanswered and confusing. Also, what is quite contrary is the piece of advice that was given to Rini that the evil cannot penetrate or deafeat them as long as they all stick together in love. It might leave the audience confuse why Rini along with her father and her two other brothers had to leave behind Ian.
As a whole, ‘Satan’s Slave’ has all the elements of surprise and has that keen way of scaring moviegoers, which has some semblance and sensibilities that Filipino horror flicks have. But as a whole—it is something that moviegoers would enjoy just the recent Star Cinema’s ‘The Ghost Bride’.
Expressing one’s love toward loved ones is but just natural for any human, which probably is the key to creating such app called ‘Things I Like’ or ‘TIL’.
‘TIL’ is an application that enables one to see what his or her loved ones like. Thus, in the process, it also allows the viewer to post his or her own, anytime, anywhere.
Since Christmastime is just around the corner—this application could very well reflect the thoughts of William Wordsworth, an English romantic poet who once wrote: “Fill the paper [modified, but with more emphasis] breathings of one’s heart.”
Though Wordsworth said about ‘paper’, but with the advancement of technology these days and how humans [especially Filipinos] have become attached to social media, which has made the distance of humankind become more intimate and reachable by just simply clicking the button[s] online.
This app is a realization of not just simply telling people about one’s dreams, hopes, wishes and all—it is simply by showing one’s list of heart’s desires. It is also the newest way to discover, connect and share the things that one likes.
How one start to show his or her wish list? Simply download the app for free via Google Play. To install it on mobile phones, click here.
As soon as it is installed, one can start exploring the app and add one’s friends in his contacts just like the setup on facebook. One can even customize his or her friends by putting or labeling them in a particular group.
To those who have been following the trio of Lola Tinidora (Jose Manalo), Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) and Lola Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros) will definitely be in for another all-out adventure of a lifetime via the latest comedy film—‘Trip Ubusan: The Lolas versus Zombies’, set to open in cinemas on Tuesday, November 22.
The wacky trio of Manalo, Bayola and Ballesteros take pride not just in the brand of humor they are fondly identified with by their following, but for the fact that Filipinos have a natural liking to grandparents’ kind-of-love.
In the story, the three grandmothers are equally thrilled to celebrate the birthday of their grandchild—Charmaine played by a newcomer child star—Caprice Cayetano. In their preparation for the celebration; while on their way for an out-of-town trip—they all encountered a group of terrified youngsters due to a zombie outbreak.
The film is actually a Filipino spoof of the 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller—‘Train to Busan’.
When asked if the three actors who have popularized their lola characters in the longest noontime variety show in the country; feel pressure of delivering well in the box-office despite the absence of the AlDub tandem—they admitted such feeling.
However, the three hinted that even if AlDub or Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aren’t part of the film—they are confident that the audience would gravitate still with the development of the story. Cayetano is the three lolas’ beloved great granddaughter related to the popular loveteam that trended worldwide for quite sometime.
If in ‘Train to Busan’ zombies attacked the passengers on a moving train; the Filipino spin-off comedy flick is set on a traveling bus. The three leads and the child star are joined by Ryzza Mae Dizon, Taki Saito, Kenneth Medrano, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz, Miggy Tolentino, Jayvhot Galang; also with Angelika Dela Cruz, Arthur Solinap, Lovely Abella, Rochelle Pangilinan, Joshua Zamora, Niño Muhlach and Al Tantay.
The film is a co-production of APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions; directed by Mark Reyes of the ‘Encantadia’ fame.