A Quiet Place – hold your breath and stay still.


Note: There will be no spoilers because I respect you, yes you who haven’t watched it. Hence this is a quiet review. Lol

I’ve been waiting for this film to come out here in the Philippines for quite some time, so when I knew it was out in cinemas I just had to see it as soon as possible.

I had ideas about the movie because I’ve been watching interviews of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt promoting it, along with the movie trailer. The thing is I didn’t know what was about to go down. I pretty much thought I was prepared because I knew “something” about it but, hell no.

The movie is co-written and directed by John Krasinski and read the first stages of the script weeks after his wife in real life, Emily Blunt (yes!), gave birth to their second child. And because of that, despite the fact that this is a horror film, Krasinski’s sole focus on the movie was about family. He wanted to portray as to how far the parents would go in order to protect their children and have them live a normal life amidst their situation.


I love the set and design for this movie and how they focused on “every” detail to adapt to the idea that they are living in a world that needs to be as quiet as possible. A lot of things you wouldn’t have thought of until you see it in the movie, how they carefully orchestrated a quiet world in peril with a loving family thriving to live day in and out.

The movie was shot on film which allowed them to play with the light and dark aspects and intensify the suspense in each scene. Since dialogue has been very minimal, creating phase and tension was very important as per Krasinki and it was all kudos to Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, who played their daughter and son in the film. I can’t help but comment as I was watching it on how wonderful both the young actors were in expressing emotions in the film. The casting team did a really good on getting both these kids.

I found out later on that Millicent Simmonds is also deaf in real life and it helped Krasinski play other aspects in the movie by incorporating her world and her perspective knowing that she is not able to hear anything. I’ve got to give it to Krasinski for thinking this through because it made a huge upshot on hyping the audience’s anticipation on what was about to happen next.


I was legit at the edge of my seat. I was stressed and I kept holding my breath and covering my mouth as if I’d die any moment If I make a sound, too. At one point, I even asked myself why I wanted to watch it because I was so stressed at the scenes hahaha!

The audience applauded after credits, and you know by then it was a really good film.

Director: John Krasinski

Writer/s: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski (screenplay), Bryan Woods, Scott Beck (story)

Producer/s: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

Paramount Pictures

Rate: 10/10



Beauty and The Beast – Argumentatively Good


To be honest, I wasn’t as hyped as the others with the remake of this movie. But after its release, some people that I know have been giving good commentary about it. I sat in the movie house without any expectations. One thing was clear, that Emma Watson as Belle will surely be a sight to see.


Belle with his father Maurice

Emma Watson portrayed the role excellently. In fact, I was shock at how good she sang her parts. Depth was further associated with Belle’s character as they really emphasized her love for books and persistence to conform with the traditional roles of having a provincial life in their village. Belle in the original story really did love books but in one of the scenes in the movie, she taught a girl how to read which the town people didn’t really appreciate.


Gaston pleasing Belle with flowers

There were indeed some twitches here in there in the story but as unconventional as I am, I believe that the changes were fitting to how the generation of today will reflect on this fairy tale. We sure didn’t want any damsel in distress.


You could tell from start to end that this movie was meticulously prepared for the keen eyes of everyone. They know that this movie will nothing but be the benchmark of their other up and coming remakes. Every number was in their fullest gesture. Although I have to admit that at the middle part of it, by the time Lumiere and Cogsworth along with the rest of the staff were performing before Belle’s dinner, my mind had already  stepped out and thought, “What the hell are they dancing and singing for?” Hahaha


The Beast introducing Belle to a magical book


L to R: Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Plumette

This tale was told as old as time but presented in a contemporary way to cope up with the changes in our society. For it to be a better fit with the generation that will relate to it. As much as I know, Disney movies were created to bring hope, courage and a good role model to our diversified society. So it didn’t matter as much with the gay representation or interracial relationships. It was after all about a beautiful lady falling in love with a beast for goodness sake.


If you love musicals and the Disney princesses, I highly suggest that you see this movie. See it with an open mind and it was in all ways possible presented fairly and as closely with the original.

It was indeed a happy ending. And all I remember was my childhood as I sang (confidently and on top of my voice) in the karaoke the “Beauty and The Beast” soundtrack with Celine Dion on the background. I held the lyrics from the leaflet that comes along the cassette tape on my left hand. Swaying the mic as I held it with my right hand on each high and low note on the song. And in that, I conclude, Disney didn’t fail telling this tale.

Director: Bill Condon

Writer/s: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay) based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-marie Leprince de Beaumont

Producer/s: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman

Walt Disney Pictures | Mandeville Films

Walt Disney Studios | Motion Pictures

Rate: 8.5/10


A Dog’s Purpose???


After all the controversies that had happened prior to the release of this movie, we certainly had  no second thoughts in watching it at the cinema when it got proven that the entity that released the video was just messing around for ratings.

Being a dog lover, this movie was certainly a top priority to be seen just like Hachiko, Marley & Me, Eight Below and so and so forth…


I wasn’t expecting anything in particular, all I knew was that this was Dennis Quaid’s comeback movie and that the dog was meant to help him get back to his first love. Boy, I was wrong. More than the romcom theme, the movie opened up with the dog’s question of its purpose in life. Starting with a stray puppy in the streets being taken away by the pound it reincarnates as a different dog. I slowly saw the pattern as the movie progresses with different owners, living different lives, being different dogs but each time asking its real purpose.


The tear jerker part of it all.

It was heartbreaking every time the dog bids farewell to its owner. We were sobbing in the cinema. You can literally hear everyone with their silent sobs LOL. I wasn’t even finish sobbing and there goes the dog living a new life with a new owner. It made me realize that the dog’s life literally revolves around us. It accepts us no matter who we are or what we do in life. It doesn’t matter whether we’re unknown or a famous celebrity. Give it food, shelter and affection and it will surely give you its loyalty and love.


I highly recommend people to watch this movie if they are planning to buy or adopt a dog so they would have an idea how it’ll be when they get one. This movie is also must-see for dog owners. It reminds us how precious creatures we actually have no matter how stubborn or stinky their farts can get sometimes.

Don’t trust anyone who won’t get moved by this movie. Hahaha!

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Based on A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Producer: Gavin Polone

Amblin Entertainment | Reliance Entertainment | Walden Media | Pariah Entertainment Group

Universal Pictures

Rate: 8.5/10