Selling ‘sex’ as a tool to boosting a particular product or service or even a film is no longer a doubt and the formula that was utilized in Regal Entertainment Incorporated’s latest offering—‘Wild and Free’ posed a rather ‘challenging’ route against all its previous wholesome productions; but thanks to the brilliance of Direk Connie S.A. Macatuno’s direction—this might just be a surprise hit for two equally gorgeous stars—Derrick Monasterio and Sanya Lopez.
The film opened with a guy named Jake being picked up by a transport network vehicle service (TNVS) female driver named Ellie—both portrayed by Monasterio and Lopez, respectively. During the trip both felt ‘awkwardness’ which led them both breaking the ice when they started reminiscing about their ‘past’—their previous relationship. Just a few minutes—the controversial car sex scene was already a ‘jolting job’ to awaken the moviegoers’ senses.
Without giving much of the story, it turned out that the film was more of a journey of understanding the two characters’ struggles about their love for each other. Surely those hungry-for-some-skin, this type of flick is a something to feast on by the male and female populace. Not just visually appealing because of its sexiness for which the film was intended for—it sizzled not just between the two leads but in the scenes where it involved Ellie and Carlo (Juancho Triviño) as well.
That’s exactly how moviegoers should figure out what the latter is portraying and how he is linked to the two lead characters.
Script-wise, it may not be seamlessly written and told, yet the direction on how the film is designed for; it did work well. If, I were to develop and tell the story—I would have chosen to focus on the rivalry of the two guys and Ellie being the ultimate prize. Probably, the film could have taken the path of an erotic-romance-suspense-thriller kind of piece.
Macatuno succeeded in telling how both individuals are passionate and are really into each other especially in love scenes. The shots in the trailer were just enough to entice moviegoers to come and watch the film. The director has her way of making each sex scenes steamy because of its eroticism and it built almost real sexual tensions, too.
Another character that may have stolen some scenes was Ash Ortega. Her being the girl best friend of Ellie, provided the audience with comic relief through her some humorous lines and also left quite a good impression.
‘Wild and Free’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
Being a former drug dependent himself, comedian-director Dinky Doo Jr. is back in the scene to do films that tackle about how people must deal with drug addicts; he did a film titled ‘Durugin and Droga’ with an acronym of ‘DAD’ in 2017; and this year he is doing another film that still uses the word ‘dad’ but this time—more of a comedic film via ‘My Dad, I Hate Drugs’.
As a strong advocate of DAD to which he refers to as ‘Diyos Ayaw sa Droga’ or ‘Dinky Ayaw as Droga’ or its Security and Exchange Commission registered name as ‘Duterte Anti-Drug’ and he is now appointed as a director (focused on anti-drugs program) by the Republic of the Philippines’ 16th President, His Excellency, Rodrigo Roa Duterte as part of the newly established liberal party called Pederalismong ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS).
His upcoming film centers on the relationship between a father and his daughter which will be portrayed by Doo Jr. himself and a Cagayan de Oro-bred aspiring star Alice Montenegro. Being a widower in the film, he will encounter a woman to whom he might be linked with romantically and that will be assumed by Claire Ruiz, a former talent of TV5 and now back in the ABS-CBN Kapamilya fold.
Despite (Doo Jr.) being identified with the President, he is one individual who do not support killing of drug dependents because he himself believe that everyone deserves to be given a chance to live again and have a normal life again. Such principle is something that he wants to reflect in everything that he does including the films he creates.
Born as a natural comedian, he became the sidekicks to action stars where he offers much-needed comic relief during intense situations of films.
The filming of ‘My Dad, I Hate Drugs’ will commence tomorrow, August 5 with some of the stars included are Tori Garcia and Marlon Villarojas.
Competing head-to-head in the box office, which opened on Wednesday, June 27 in cinemas nationwide were the two films—the QCinema 2017 entry ‘The Write Moment’ and the 2018 American romantic-drama ‘Adrift’.
The former being a local production stars theater artist-turned comedic actor in mainstream films—Jerald Napoles with Valeen Montenegro as Dave and Joyce, respectively; while the latter as a foreign-distributed film features Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin play Tami Oldham Ashcraft and Richard Sharp, which is based on a true story.
‘The Write Moment’ take the moviegoers to the kind of love story that Napoles’s character as Dave is a heartbroken writer who tries to get back with an ex-lover through his romantic comedy ‘hugot’ script but fails; he finds himself magically living-out the scenes he has written instead. He’s forced to follow everything verbatim-or else face being stuck in an existential loop of scenes that repeat over and over again. If Dave is trying to redo what he wants his love story to end up; Woodley after she woke up in the aftermath of the storm that she and her boyfriend Richard have gone through with 40-foot waves and 140-knot winds in the film ‘Adrift’, she has to find the strength and determination to save herself and the man she can’t see herself living without.
Both films offer love stories. Though, the four characters in the two films may have struggles that could be unexpected in most romantic-drama and romantic-comedy flicks. But what is more important is that they have loved and they fought for it.