Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sid Lucero, Kristel Moreno, Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin, Francine Prieto star in "Pitas", a story of young love against all odds. Directed by Joey Romero and produced by Don Lerit for Legalas Entertainment. Screenplay by Jerry Gracio, Music by Jobin Ballesteros, Production Design by Tony Chiong
Monday, February 15, 2010
An informal survey of younger pinoy directors revealed the best horror movies that continue to influence Filipino film aftists.
The choices are:
â€œGabi Ng Lagimâ€� (Night of Horror) by underrated director Jose Miranda Cruz continues to be the classic Tagalog horror movie.
â€œKung Bakit Dugo Ang Kulay Ng Gabiâ€� (Why the Night is the Color of Blood) by Celso Ad. Castillo is an unforgetable foray into the realm of the unknown, with the vampiric roles gamely taken on by Rita Gomez and Celia Rodriguez in their long black outfits and lips flowing with blood.
A second Castillo film, “Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara” (Scaring Barbara to Death) is included in the list. This mystery thriller won awards in the Asian Film Festival years back.
And who could forget Peque Gallaga’s supernatural shockfest â€œShake, Rattle and Rollâ€�, which became a serial franchise. “Shake, Rattle and Roll 9″ is up for release by end of the year. However, it was Gallaga’s original version that raised the fright bar for Filipino horror in succeeding years.
A most recent Filipino horror film, “Sigaw” has been produced for a Hollywood release. Director Yam Laranas is rightly proud of this development.
The American version, titled “The Echo” still has Laranas at the helm and also stars beauteous Filipina actress Iza Calzado who was in the original film.
Brilliante Mendoza said it might be self-serving for him to say so, but he thinks that the “Syquijor” is one of the best Filipino horror films of all time.
Jowee Morel (Paru-Parong Rosas) considers “Syquijor” experimental and “a breakthrough.”
DirectorJeffrey Jeturian selects â€œGumising Ka, Marujaâ€� and â€œShake, Rattle and Rollâ€� as two of the best horror films of all time.
Excerpted from an article by Boy Villasanta for ABS-CBNNEws.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
by Napoleon Quintos
After making waves on TV with her back-to-back hit teleseryes Katorse and Tanging Yaman, Erich Gonzales is gearing up to prove her worth as an actress on the big screen. Erich just signed an exclusive two-picture deal with Star Cinema, and she expressed her joy over this latest achievement in her career. “Hindi talaga ako makapaniwala. This has been yet another dream come true for me. Excited ako kasi hindi ko inakalang dadating ito. Makatrabaho lang ang Star Cinema is malaking honor pa, lalo na ngayon na makakapagbida na ako sa isang movie nila. I’m very thankful to Star Cinema, Ms. Malou Santos (Managing Director) sa tiwalang ibinigay niyo sa akin.”
Fans can also anticipate Erich top-billing a film opposite her ka-love team Enchong Dee. Erich added that she is thankful to all the fans who supported her team up with Enchong in Katorse and Tanging Yaman. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga taong sumuporta sa love team namin ni Enchong, mula sa Katorse and now sa Tanging Yaman. Itong gagawin naming pelikula e gift namin sa lahat ng supporters namin. Sila talaga ang nakapansin ng talent at chemistry namin ni Enchong so we will make sure na hindi namin sila bibiguin. Hopefully this year maipalabas ‘yung movie.”
Having a top-rating teleserye is one thing, but making a box-office hit movie is a totally different story. Erich confessed that she is feeling the pressure to prove that she also has magic over ticket sales just like others who had gone before her. “Kinakabahan ako, sobra. Hindi natin maiaalis na may pressure na maging hit itong pelikula, gaya ng nagawa nina Kim Chiu at Gerald Anderson, John Lloyd Cruz at Bea Alonzo. Pero ang iisipin ko na lang e pagbubutihin ko ang trabaho ko.”
It is still unsure who will star with Erich in her second film, but if given the chance, she would choose actors she looks up to. “I’m open to working with anyone. Naka-work ko na sa movie sina Piolo (Pascual), ngayon hopefully maka-work ko naman sina Coco Martin at John Lloyd kasi napakagaling nila, at siyempre si Ms. Judy Ann Santos.”
The 19-year-old Star Circle Quest season 2 winner’s career blossomed when she played a teenage mother in Katorse. When asked if she’s prepared for more mature and daring portrayals on the big screen, Erich said she is putting her whole trust in Star Cinema. “Walang problema sa akin basta maganda ‘yung story at challenging ‘yung character. Ipinagkakatiwala ko na po ‘yan sa Star Cinema because I’m sure they know what’s best for us. I will do my best.”
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