Basing on the title—‘Book Club’ itself, this 2018 American romantic-comedy flick directed by Bill Holderman, (his directorial debut) from a screenplay by him and Erin Simms—one could easily hint that this is the film version of the musical parody of the 2015 American erotic-romantic-drama film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel; and was based on the 2011 novel of the same name by British author E. L. James.
In the musical production, there were three women as members of a book club, but in the film version—it features Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends in their 60s who read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as part of their monthly book club, and it changed how they view their personal relationships.
Keaton is Diane, Fonda is Vivian, Bergen as Sharon and Steenburgen as Carol. The four actresses are impressive and fortunately, they’re more than enough to bring the material alive and entertaining as RottenTomatoes.com have put it. They are joined by Andy García as Mitchel, Don Johnson as Arthur, Richard Dreyfuss as George, Craig T. Nelson as Bruce. Also in the cast are Alicia Silverstone, Katie Aselton, Wallace Shawn, Tommy Dewey, Ed Begley Jr., and Mircea Monroe.
Are the four leads the women that Gloria Steinem has described as: ‘Brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that made them moving beyond words’?
Catch this ‘Ultimate Tita Movie’, which is set to open on Wednesday, March 30 in cinemas nationwide and is distributed locally by Reality Entertainment.
On Saturday, March 17, Viva Films launched the latest film #NeverNotLoveYou of one the country’s hottest loveteams—JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre) with Antoinette Jadaone as the screenwriter and director.
Dubbed as a mature film for the two young stars since it tells the story of two young, carefree and reckless individuals who entered into a relationship, but soon leads to an abrupt ending when their respective dreams take them to separate paths and so as their choices tear them apart in the process.
Reid and Lustre returns on the big screen, and this latest romantic-drama is their sixth film together, and marks as their reunion film together with Jadaone after the series they did together in 2016-2017, titled ‘Till I Met You’.
James is Gio, a freelance graphic designer while Nadine is Joanne, brand manager for a direct-selling company. Their characters paint a situation that young couples would normally find themselves when faced with challenges in life; realizing that love is essential in every relationship but may not be enough to make it work for the longest time especially when living in a foreign land.
For the most part of the film, it was shot in London while additional scenes were taken in Manila and Zambales.
Love changes two people who are madly in love with each other, but life catches up on two people in their weakest points and it changes how they perceive and feel about love.
Gio and Joanne are young couple and they need to have two incomes in order to survive. Due to their works, it has affected their relationship and failed. This is one scenario that the young couple are facing in the story. Both actors are asked to tackle concerns on ‘unspoken expectations’ often lead to disappointment and miscommunication in a relationship.
Catch JaDine is their tender and intense love story to open on a Black Saturday, March 31 in cinemas nationwide.
Regal Films is known for its tear-jerking productions back in the 80s; and it is great to hear that for the opening salvo of the said film outfit—it chose to have ‘Mama’s Girl’ written by the famed Ms. Gina Marissa Tagasa with Connie S.A. Macatuno as director and top-billed by Sylvia Sanchez and Sofia Andres as the mother-and-daughter in the film.
It is refreshing to see how the story was weaved by seasoned screenwriter and attempted to tackle on the relationship between a single mom named Mina (Sanchez) with her millennial daughter Abby (Andres).
A Very Timely Film.
It is quite a challenge for Mina, as a mother and as a single parent to raise Abby through the restaurant business she has invested with her passion and commitment over the years; but still she was able to send her daughter to school and eventually let her finish college.
Amid the many distractions that the young people are facing these days; it is obvious that some of them are struggling to be responsible individuals; which is true to Abby’s character. Maybe because of the convenience that the technology has provided this present generation—it is hard for them to cope when one of the convenient stuff are taken away from them.
Abby, as a sheltered young adult, had a difficulty in getting a life especially when she was compelled after her mom’s demise. As if the young lady lost her arms and legs when her mom left her unprepared.
The film is a timely take on how to raise or deal millennials.
A New Device in Storytelling.
It is also both intriguing and engaging for the audience to try to uncover the character of Mina. Is she a ghost in the film?
If one gets to base on the trailer—it seems that Mina is a ghost. However, viewers must watch the movie in order to decipher what really happened and why is Mina always present in scenes where Abby is having some challenges in life and all. For me, it is one beautiful device that Tagasa did in telling her story.
What makes the film more appealing because it naturally incorporated tips in having a successful life.
Tagasa used these key words to highlight things that Abby has to do in order to pick up from the ashes that she found herself in.
There were five letters that Mina left for Abby; containing reminders for the latter or serve as guideposts. First, there was ‘passion’ that taught Abby to believe in her innate talents which she has inherited from her mom. Then, ‘commitment’ where she as a young entrepreneur; it gives her that sense of responsibility to finish what she has started (or rather what her mom has started). The word ‘acceptance’ was also instilled since Abby had to deal with her long-lost father played by Allan Paule. After being taught about acceptance, she was also asked to assist her grandmother to reconcile with the past and appreciate what ‘forgiveness’ is all about. Only when she is able to accomplish the things that her mom asked her to do—she can finally meet or the love of her life will come; and would give her inner peace as well.
A Brave Move.
Frankly, I admire the courage that the writer, the director and even the producer have ventured into. In the midst where filmmakers are too engrossed in making ‘hugot’ flicks (romance-drama or romantic-comedy), the decision to ride on the bandwagon of the success of ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’, ‘#WalangForever or even the 2017 ‘Kita Kita’—was not the route they choose to follow.
Though, Abby has two leading men here—Diego Loyzaga and Jameson Blake; it was not the focus of the story. It is great to see a film that tackles another kind of relationship—about a mother-and-daughter.
Perhaps, this film is a good break from all those tried-and-tested romantic flicks. Catch it as it just opened last week and still showing in cinemas nationwide.