BLOCK Z (Mikhail Red, 2020)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Enjoyed a couple of thrilling sequences, but everything else just felt completely derivative. Wala ako pinalampas na zombie movie kaya sila agad yung naiisip kapag merong familiar na eksena. Tapos yung reveal na takot ang zombies sa tubig eh kakagamit lang sa Lola Nidora movie na Train to Ubusan. Di ba nila napanood yun?

People can hate on Julia Barretto all they want, but she’s a really sensitive actress and definitely one of the better ones of her generation. Sayang lang kasi yung female empowerment action scenes niya happened towards the end na. Also, nauna yun gawin ni Erich Gonzalez sa We Will Not Die Tonight so medyo less ang impact sa akin.

Ian Veneracion looked like a vampire amidst all the zombies. Bakit di siya tumatanda at all? At may time talaga siya mag-solo concert with his guitar knowing na easily triggered by noise ang mga nagkakagulong zombies sa labas ha. Nahiya naman sa kanya si Kumander Liway.

Ang apt lang that Ian and Julia’s characters supposedly won the genetic lottery in this movie (meaning immuned sila sa zombie virus). Pero hello, we don’t need anyone to tell us na nanalo talaga sila sa genetic lottery na yan kasi mukha akong aliping saguiguilid next to them.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

DEAD KIDS (Mikhail Red, 2019)

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May isang scene dito that brought back a childhood trauma. Yung part na tiningnan ng isang alta kid yung tag ng shirt ni Sta. Maria at pinagtawanan na department store item.

Kasi nung isang field trip namin wala akong masuot na bago kaya hiniram ko yung polo shirt ng dad ko. Akala ko walang papansin kasi damit lang naman. Pero may isang nakakita na number 7 yung logo sa harap at pilit talaga tiningnan ang tag. Sabay-sabay sila nagtawanan na Jaworski yung brand ng suot ko.

Kaya one big pakyu sa inyong mga rich kidz! Babalikan ko kayo soon!!

(Just kidding, pinagtatawanan na lang namin ng mga friends ko ‘to. Pero totoo ang childhood trauma. So mag-ingat pa rin sila chz.)

P.S. Ang lakas ng star quality ni Kelvin Miranda dito. Pwede sila magkapatid ni Martin del Rosario. At ang galing talaga ni Vance Larena.

P.P.S. Kung nilakihan pa sana ang roles nina Gabby Padilla (I love you!!) at Sue Ramirez, ang laki sigurado ng maitutulong nila sa kwento.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

REKORDER (Mikhail Red, 2013)

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Style trumped substance in this promising filmmaker’s debut. It’s not always a bad thing, right?

Rekorder felt like a Lawrence Fajardo movie shot through the lens of Raymond Red. Gritty & experimental, yet fell short of being compelling.

It had keen observations on current technology and our society, but felt very showy, like a really good thesis for Film 101.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published August 7, 2013.)

EERIE (Mikhail Red, 2019)

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As scary as an unflushed toilet.

It was nothing more than a mishmash of every horror movie that you’ve already seen. Except that this one starred The Sacred Riana.

I wish it focused more on the important issues (mental health/depression, death penalty, homosexuality vis a vis Catholicism), but its idea of being smart was naming a character Erica (nicknamed Eri like Eerie, of course!) Sayco (as in Norman Bates).

To be fair, I watched it in a packed theater and the audience lapped up every cheap scare thrown at them. Mga valak twoooooaaaahhhhh!!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆