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.
On December 10, as part of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary celebration, it will release and distribute the youth-oriented, but not-too-pleasant-themed flick of young filmmaker Gino M. Santos’s ‘#Y’.
The film revolves around the lives of upper-class and modern-day youth and features young stars like Elmo Magalona, Coleen Garcia, Sophie Albert, Kit Thompson, Slater Young, and Chynna Ortaleza.
Gino M. Santos, one of the youngest commercial, TV, and film directors in the country who graduated with a Digital Filmmaking degree from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde in 2008 was chosen as Philippines’ delegate for the Motion Picture Association Conference held in Beijing, China. He is best identified with flicks that focus on youth particularly set in present-day.
With ‘#Y’, together with his screenwriter Jeff Stelton, this is their second attempt to present the lives of today’s youth. In fact, according to Santos, “I intend to make a trilogy about the kids of today, following them in high school which was the setting for ‘The Animals’ and ‘#Y’, which depicts their lives in college.
“I’m still conceptualizing the third film with my writer, Jeff Stelton, it will probably be about yuppies and post-grad life.”
He added that in his first film ‘Animals’ which was also a Cinemalaya entry, it showcased more of the environment in which these kids live in, on the other hand in ‘#Y’, he went inside their heads in order to show the audiences what really goes on inside or what their motivations, “I guess the latest film is more intellectual.”
Two of Santos’s films are reminiscent of the 1984 two-part Philippine youth-oriented comedy films ‘Bagets’ created by Viva Films about a group of high school teenagers. In this successful 80s movie, it was Jake Tordesillas who wrote the story and the multi-awarded Maryo J. Delos Reyes was the one who directed it.
He admitted that the film was one of his inspirations, “I’m really a big fan of teen-oriented films and ‘Bagets’ is one of them. I also loved ‘Batch ‘81’ as well as ‘Jologs’. I guess all of them served as inspiration for my films. These films depicted their generations, from the slang, the clothes, and the environment, which I guess would make ‘#Y’ look unique to the generation since each generation has its own trademark style and the technology they use that differ on each time.”
Back in this year’s Cinemalaya, ‘#Y’ competed in the New Breed category and was given the Special Jury Citation for Best Acting Ensemble for its cast.
According to Santos, the film has to undergo some adjustments just to cater to the taste and regular audience as well as the thrust of Star Cinema, “We had to make a bit of tweaking.”
The film conveys a message of how today’s generation live their lives that is greatly influenced and unified by social media and the Internet. It also promotes the ideological lifestyle of ‘YOLO’ which means ‘you only live once’ which simply implies ‘make the most of what one has in this lifetime.
‘#Y’ is written by, and is produced by Stained Glass Productions and Timeframe Media Production.
For more details and updates on the film, like its facebook page.
Now on its last weekend run, Dulaang UP’s latest offering for its 39th season is ‘The Country Wife’, a play written by William Wycherley in 1675 still has remaining shows till December 7 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.
The said straight play is a classic comedy of manners and hugely popular during the Restoration Period as it satirizes hypocrisy and human judgment that dominated the Puritan Regime and its issues are still common on this modern-day setting.
For a direct Filipino translation by Nicolas B. Pichay, DUP also mounts ‘Ang Misis Kong Promdi’.
Both staging are under the direction of Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa.
Theatre actors in the cast are Martha Comia, Sue Prado, and Sari Estrada alternate for the title role of Mrs. Margery Pinchwife. While Neil Ryan Sese and Jay Gonzaga play as Mr. Harry Horner. Also acting are George De Jesus, Tarek El Tayech, Ian Ignacio, Carlo Tarobal, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, RS Francisco, Leo Rialp, Jacques Borlaza, Adriana Agcaoili, Dolly De Leon, Brian Arda, Sigmund Pecho, Issa Litton, Karen Gaerlan, Bea Paloma, Rizzy Alejandro, Joanna Lerio, Ron Biñas, Ces Aldaba, Francis Mata, Aurora Yumul, Chona Fernando, Gian Carlo Patelo, Regina Mendezona, Yvonne Ricaro, and Ccia De Leon.
The play’s plot is about the lives of men and women who belong to high society; lives that are entangled in the paradox of love, marriage, reputation, mores, sexual conduct, and politics.
A notorious philanderer named Mr. Horner, his homecoming ignites a series of infidelities and indiscretions. An innocent young woman Mrs. Pinchwife from the countryside speaks honestly of her thoughts and desires posing a challenge to the gendered norms and moral codes of 16th and 17th century London.
The artistic team is a composed of Shakira Villa Symes for lights design, Jethro Joaquin for sounds design, Meloton Roxas Jr. for technical direction, Clint Ramos for set design, Eric Pineda for costumes.
For more information about the shows like the official Dulaang UP facebook page and for tickets, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara ay telephone numbers (632) 926-1349; 433-7840; 981-8500 local 2449 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to said production team.