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Get to Know ‘EDWARD’ on October 2


The 15-year-old Louise Abuel who plays Edward in the film of the same title Edward is set to extend his identity in public in its commercial theater-run on October 2.

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The 2019 film entry at the Cinemalaya Film Festival is about a boy’s daily life in the public hospital as he was designated companion of his ailing father. In the story, together with his friend Renz (Elijah Canlas), they both wander around the hospital premises.

When Edward reached the emergency room, he met Agnes (Ella Cruz).

The female patient that is Agnes (in her terrible condition), became part of the harmless but, naughty game both Edward and Renz play–betting on whether a patient will live or die.

The coming-of-age film is helmed and co-written by Young Critics Circle awardee Thop Nazareno (for 2016 Best Feature Film Kiko Boksingero). The piece serves as a mirror image of the healthcare system and the government-funded hospitals in the Philippines. 

Witness how Agnes affects the life of Edward.

Sex Sells in ‘Jowable’


(A Mini-Review)

There is no denying that sex sells. Even if the writer would claim that the film Jowable is not entirely about sex, it still is. The thirty-something Elsa (not the Elsa envisioned by Ricky Lee in Himala and not even the Elsa that the trio of Chris Buck-Jennifer Lee-Shane Morris wrote for Disney’s Frozen) is desperate enough to have a lover at all cost.

On Wednesday, September 25, the Darry Yap‘s full-length film opened in cinemas nationwide. 

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Banking on the response when it first came out in 2018 via Vincentiments’ facebook page, the film already raked an 18.5M gross income at the box-office.

Jowable is indeed Kim Molina’s biggest break and her blockbuster hit since she began her commercial films, a few years back. But what exactly made this film sell?

It’s the brutal manner of speaking in dialogues that could have attracted the moviegoers especially the millennials and the Generation Zers. The film suggested a woman like Elsa desperately wanting to have a man and love her even if her ultimate purpose is to get laid. 

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Without thinking of the consequences of her actions, feeling pressured that she’s still a virgin among her friends, Elsa wants to find a man to be her lover and have sex with him. But if one tries to look into the life of Elsa, she’s living with her mom (Kakai Bautista) who retired from being a prostitute and live a life of a single mom. My only wonder is that Elsa never experienced a complete family and saw her spinster elementary teacher having a secret affair with an anatomy apparatus–still, she wants to have a man.

The film attempts to humanize the character of a nun (Candy Pangilinan) by making her say words that aren’t associated with such religious personality. Though, the inclusion of a nun in the story was somehow justified.

But mind you, they all point to one topic–sex. Yes, in the conclusion of the film, it stressed that having sex must be done responsibly. Sex is always misconstrued as love and as part of having a companion. 

As a whole, though the story was stretched from a short film and wasn’t well-crafted, it still has entertaining values. That’s what matters the most. The moviegoers patronized it. 

 

Jane De Leon earns the iconic role of ‘Darna’


Mars Ravelo‘s Darna had several incarnations. On Philippine television, GMA-7 was successful in mounting two Darnas. First, it was Angel Locsin in 2005. The show had high ratings and the pilot week averaged at 50.08%, and its highest rating was 52.1%. Four years later (2009), it was Marian Rivera‘s turn to take on the iconic Filipino female superhero.

The Four Darnas

From top most: Marian Rivera and Angel Locsin assumed the iconic female superhero in 2005 and 2009, respectively. Liza Soberano was chosen by Star Cinema to take on the role via its annoucement in 2017, but had to quit due to her finger injury. Jane De Leon is the latest choice to breathe into the role of Narda and Darna at the same time.

 

But when the license for Darna went to ABS-CBN 2, Locsin was considered to reprise her role. Due to her back injury, she was compelled to resign.

In 2017, after the long wait, Liza Soberano was chosen to succeed Locsin. However, almost a year after the announcement, the 21-year-old Fil-Am Star Magic artist withdrew from the film project due to another injury. But just today, a 20-year-old rising female star, Jane De Leon was revealed as the new Darna.

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But what is even intriguing was that it was not just the lead stars who were resigning. Erik Matti, the director also left the project and another filmmaker Jerrold Tarog took over.

De Leon is no newbie in acting since she has appeared in films like The Debutantes (2017) and Walwal (2018), respectively. She played the younger sister of Jericho Rosales in the TV series, Halik.

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