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Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (Movie Review)

By: Matt Suzara Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is the second film in TBA's historical trilogy helm by the brilliant Director Jerrold Tarog. After the successful Heneral Luna last 2015, the ultimate follow up will finally grace into the big-screen next week.  I hate to say this, but the film is in the middle of somewhat intriguing and dragging as a whole. We all know that the great Gregorio Del Pilar is one of the fiercest General we once have, which tagged him as one of the youngest heros in Philippine History. There is a broad story to tell, but the film focused too much on the other side of the floor which really left a lot of questions to many like is Goyo a true hero or just a womanizer?   Many didn't know the story about General Antonio Luna, but it came to the point that many of us decided to research and learn more about Philippine History after watching the film. It has a lot of surprising elements and comical skits plus not to mention the grueling battle sce

SM Cinema celebrates 100 Years of Philippine Cinema with “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”

In time with the Centennial Anniversary of Philippine Cinema, SM Cinema proudly presents the Philippines’ biggest cinematic epic to date, “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”. The second installment to the TBA Studios’ historical trilogy, “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” follows the events happened after “Heneral Luna” focusing to the life of one of the youngest Filipino generals during the Philippine-American War, General Gregorio del Pilar. The final installment of the historial saga will be the film about former Philippine president Manuel L. Quezon.    Regarded as one of the most trusted and loyal generals of President Emilio Aguinaldo, Gen. Gregorio del Pilar will have to face not only the Americans during the revolution but also the consequences of his decisions and actions being henchman of President Emilio Aguinaldo.    The historical epic is a salutation to the fallen heroes of the Philippine revolution and a dedication to the 100 th  year celebration of Philippine Cinema

Korean Period Zombie Thriller “Rampant” Releases Explosive Teaser Poster and Trailer

The newest Korean zombie movie “Rampant,” from the same company behind the 2015 blockbuster hit “Train to Busan” just unveiled its teaser poster and trailer weeks before its worldwide release including the Philippines. Check out the poster and watch the teaser trailer of Rampant below: “ Changgwol” which means “outbreak” or “rage” in Korean, is the original title of the upcoming action thriller “Rampant” starring My Name is Kim Sam Soon and Secret Garden star Hyun-Bin from director Kim Sung-Hoon (Confidential Assignment).    The film will feature Hyun-Bin as Lee Chung, a talented swordsman but also womanizing and gambling prince of the Joseon Dynasty. He returns to his kingdom ten years after having been taken hostage by the Qing Dynasty. Upon his return, he must assist his brother who sits on the throne to rid the land of a new scourge known as the ‘night demons’. The film also stars Jang Dong-gun (All About Eve), Jo Woo-jin (My Love from the Star), Kim Eui-sung

Performed to Perfection: Take a peek at Amazing Fight Sequences in the new season of ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’

  Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, and stunt coordinator Clayton Barber (‘Marvel Studios’ Black Panther,’ ‘Creed’) give an inside look at the ground-breaking fight sequences in the new season of ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’   Go behind the action scenes with Finn Jones in the new featurette “Building an Epic Fight Sequence.” “ The fighting style on this season of Iron Fist is just wicked,” says Finn Jones, who plays the titular character in Marvel’s Iron Fist .   “ It’s so much fun,” adds Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing. “And just badass.”   Both Jones and Henwick are all praises for the upcoming season’s new stunt coordinator, Clayton Barber ( Marvel Studios’ Black Panther , Creed ). Hear more from Jones, Henwick, and Barber himself, as they talk about season 2’s action sequences in this new featurette, “Building an Epic Fight Sequence.”  Watch the featurette HERE .    Marvel’s Iron Fist season 2 stunt coordinator Clayton Barber ( Marvel Studios’ Bla

First Look at Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in ‘The Crown’ Season 3

  Netflix has released a first look photo of Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip in The Crown season 3. Menzies, best known for his roles as Frank Randall/Jonathan Randall in Outlander and Edmure Tully in Game of Thrones , is taking over the role from Matt Smith, who played the prince in the acclaimed series’ first two seasons.   Joining Menzies in the all-new cast for season 3 are Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones, and Olivia Colman, who will play Queen Elizabeth this time around.   The Crown season 3 will launch in 2019. For more info about The Crown visit and follow their social media channels at Twitter: TheCrown Instagram: The Crown Facebook: About Netflix Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 130 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variet

Urban Legend “SLENDER MAN” Terrifyingly Real in New Horror Thriller

  In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of them goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.   Columbia Pictures’ new horror-thriller  Slender Man  stars Joey King  (The Conjuring ), Julia Goldani Telles ( The Affair ), Jaz Sinclair ( Paper Towns ), Annalise Basso ( Ouija: Origin of Evil ), Alex Fitzalan ( Season and I Miss You ), Taylor Richardson ( A Most Violent Year ) and Javier Botet ( The Conjuring, Insidious 4, IT ).   Slender Man  is directed by Sylvain White ( Stomp the Yard  and  The Losers ) and produced by Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, Robyn Meisinger and Sarah Snow. The film is written by David Birke ( Elle ).   “ Slender Man  is an unnaturally tall, phantom-like figure associated with the disappearance of people, often kids, in suburban or forested areas—and nobody knows what happens to the peo

Oscar Nominee Demian Bichir Investigates The Paranormal in “THE NUN”

  In New Line Cinema’s horror-thriller  The Nun , a young nun at an abbey in Transylvania has committed the ultimate sin: taking her own life.  Now it is imperative that the church determine if the ground is still holy, or if evil has compromised the Abbey of St. Carta.     To address the dire situation, the Vatican enlists the expertise of Father Burke, a clergyman from Philadelphia and one of only a few skilled in testing the validity of miracles and darker phenomenon.     Oscar Best Actor nominee Demian Bichir ( A Better Life ), who stars as Father Burke, says that reading the script, he was immediately drawn into the paranormal tale.  “I loved the spectacular setting and thought Father Burke was one of the richest characters I’d ever read.  And the script was very well-written—so complex, and deep in many different ways.”   Producer Peter Safran reveals, “Demian is a brilliant actor who played each facet of the character believably.  We all loved him from his

Wolf Dogs Lend Genuine Emotional Weight to Epic Adventure “ALPHA”

  Central to moving Columbia Pictures’ new epic adventure  ALPHA  forward, long before actors could be cast was figuring out how to portray the animals, and particularly Alpha the wolf that Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends on his arduous journey home.   Director Albert Hughes wanted to film as much as possible in live, real terms, with genuine animals and on actual locations. The emotional weight of the movie’s central relationship depended on it.   As soon as the project found a home at Studio 8, head animal trainer Mark Forbes from California-based Birds & Animals Unlimited joined the team to research their options. “There is a huge section of the movie with just the wolf and the boy on a journey,” said Forbes, “That was going to be incredibly difficult to do with a wolf. They are known to be skittish, easily scared and difficult to train, so we did a huge search all over the globe. We ended up with the Czech wolf dog, which is the closest-looking and the most train

“SEARCHING” Anchored by Dramatic Mystery, Unpredictable Twists

  Columbia Pictures’ new critically acclaimed film  SEARCHING  began when two young filmmakers (writer/director Aneesh Chaganty and writer/producer Sev Ohanian along with veteran producer Timur Bekmambetov) sought to tell a hyper-modern thriller told exclusively via gadget screens.   Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, SEARCHING tells the story of David Kim (John Cho) whose 16-year-old daughter goes missing.  A local investigation is opened and a detective (Debra Messing) is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.   As much as  SEARCHING  is shaped the way it reimagines modern technology and digital storytelling, it is, importa

“MOONLIGHT” Actor Ashton Sanders Mentored by Denzel in “THE EQUALIZER 2”

  The New Yorker said of his performance in the 2016 Oscar Best Picture  Moonlight , “There is no accounting for talent like this.”   Now, young actor Ashton Sanders stars opposite Denzel Washington in Columbia Pictures’ nail-biting action-thriller  The Equalizer 2  (in Philippine cinemas August 29).   In the film, vigilante Robert McCall forges a mentorship with a teenager named Miles, who lives with his single mother in the same apartment complex as McCall’s.    “ When McCall sees the young, talented Miles, he knows that the young man is teetering,” says screebwriter Richard Wenk. “McCall senses this young man is being sucked into the wrong environment and becomes a father figure to him.”   “ I was really keen about the father-son story between McCall and the young boy, helping him navigate through life,” says Washington.  “I saw the opportunity in this relationship to speak to young people by exploring this mentorship.”   “ Denzel called me one day and