When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.
Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.
But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”
The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?
Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.
The 2018 American family and buddy cop film ‘Show Dogs’ directed by Raja Gosnell (of ‘The Smurfs’, ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’, ‘Never Been Kissed’, and ‘Home Alone 3’), recently opened o n Wednesday, May 23 in cinemas nationwide as released locally by Viva International Pictures and MVP Entertainment.
The story centers on Max, a Rottweiler police dog who has to go undercover for a mission against animal traffickers. Even if Max is annoyed with his partner Frank, an accomplished FBI agent who considers this assignment a little bit beneath him—both had no choice but to work together.
Max and Frank set off to Las Vegas for the world’s most exclusive dog show where the former had to pretend as a contestant. Together, they had to retrieve a stolen baby panda and rescue other animals from illegal animal traders with the help of other canines, such as Sprinkles, Philippe, Karma, Dante, and Daisy.
Actor and Grammy Award-winning rap artist Ludacris provided the voice for Max, while comedic actor Will Arnett (of ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’, ‘The LEGO Movie’, ‘LEGO Batman’) is Frank. They are joined by the voices of Shaquille O’Neal as Karma; Stanley Tucci (‘Devil Wears Prada’) as Philippe; Alan Cumming as Dante; Gabriel Iglesias as Sprinkles; and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks as Daisy, the love interest of Max. Natasha Lyonne (‘American Pie’) is Mattie, the dog groomer tasked to assisting Frank and Max in order to blend well into the show dog world.
‘Show Dogs’ will reflect what the words of Caroline Knapp, “Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.”
Catch this movie that guarantees fun and entertainment for all ages. Still showing in cinemas.
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.