Author: ReelViews by Clari

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Failed to Bite

The first installment of the Jurassic Park – I mean World franchise was a delight mainly because it’s been a long while. Having seen the entire Jurassic Park franchise in theatres when I was younger, I was indeed curious and excited to see what the new one has to offer. Keep in mind that that Jurassic World (2015) is no match to the heart and soul of Jurassic Park (1993) BUT we have to admit the first movie of new franchise was very entertaining. The dinosaurs were more terrifying, scenes were more intense and it was more graphic (*crunch); however, there’s something I noticed that’s making it hard for me see where the franchise will go. If you take a look at the events of the entire Jurassic Park franchise, you’ll see that Jurassic World is repeating what has been told already. But who knows where this film will go, right? Hmm… Now fast forward to three years after the events of the previous film where the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar has …

Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle is Simple and Pure

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island, the Oscar-nominated animated feature film recounts the milestones of a human being. Have you seen Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle? Though I am a fan of Studio Ghibli, I honestly, didn’t hear about The Red Turtle until I stumbled upon it on HBO Go, a TV Everywhere service offered by the American premium cable network HBO. I got real curious with the title so I hit play without checking the trailer or synopsis. I mean, why would you not? Studio Ghibli is involved, the very same studio that produced Grave of the Fireflies, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. But this time, they are not alone. The Red Turtle, a 2016 animated fantasy film directed and co-written by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit was a co-production between Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch. I have to say that this collaboration which is also Dudok de Wit’s feature film debut is a treasure. You see, the story …

Lorenzo Vacirca (2008) – Animation Short Film

Lorenzo Vacirca is a little struggling man willing to take even the most absurd of jobs in the hope of seeing his dream come true: buy a Svamp car (the old Fiat 500.). When he finally manges to buy the car of his dreams, Lorenzo’s life suddenly turns into “Technicolor” but an unpredictable event will end up destroying it all. Lorenzo Vacirca (2008), an animation short and winner of the New Italian Cinema Events Award at the 55th Taormina Film Fest is a classic example of “simple approach but great impact.” I say this because the point of the story is simple. Do not be a slave to material things. Chasing and cherishing material possessions more than yourself is not a good way to live your life. Simple, right? But this animation short winner was able to present everyone’s reality. You see, our protagonist wants to have a car so he works hard, very hard to save up. In fact, he has more than one job a day. The problem with him is that he …

Manang Biring: Expect the Unexpected

Manang Biring is a dark comedy-drama about a feisty, terminally ill old lady who has long accepted her imminent passing due to stage-4 breast cancer but then receives unexpected news from an estranged loved one announcing their return for Christmas. Manang Biring is directed and written by Carl Joseph Papa. The film is one of the entries at the 2015 Cinema One Originals Film Fest where they won three awards: Champion Bughaw Award, Best Music, and Best Film. I wasn’t able to catch the film at the said festival but I am glad that Hooq, a video on demand streaming service recently added this in their list. Why you ask? Well, this film wouldn’t be named Best Film for nothing, right? So I grabbed the chance to watch it! From the synopsis you can conclude that this is a story that would certainly touch your heart. I have to agree with you on that; however, that is not the only reason why this is the best entry. Manang Biring is a great film because of three …

Busted! A Must-Stream Netflix Original

Do you like Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew Mystery Stories? Do you channel your inner detective by challenging yourself and engaging in an elaborate mystery room? This new addition to Netflix Original Series will surely broaden your imagination and exercise your mental muscle. BUSTED! Tackling different mysteries in each episode of this game show, seven sleuths get closer to solving the biggest one of all: What happened to Project D? Busted! is a South Korean variety show that features Yoo Jae-suk, Ahn Jae-wook, Kim Jong-min, Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, Oh Se-hun and Kim Se-jeong. If you’re a Running Man fan, pretty sure you got very excited when you read Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo. This duo is usually the ones who start the riot but Ahn Jae-wook especially Kim Jong-min are very funny, too. In fact, all the members or shall we say, detectives are charming making their exchanges so natural and fun to watch. But what really made their show great besides the cast is the script. In case you didn’t you know, the people behind Busted! …

Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War

I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the long-awaited team up of the Avengers and the Guardians of Galaxy against Thanos. First things first, have you seen it? If not, don’t worry because this will be spoiler-free. 😉 Ready? An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. We we’re just a few seconds into the film and I already felt the gravity of the situation. As seconds and minutes passed, my mind could not comprehend what was happening anymore because my fan girl heart is being played upon. But I accepted everything that was given to me including the mild comedy and the extreme heartbreak because of their careful storytelling and fast pacing. Yes, it was …

Pacific Rim Uprising Failed to “Drift”

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (2013) initially reminded me of the Gundam and Ultraman series. Well, it really was a Gundam inspired movie. But once Pacific Rim was up on the big screen, I forgot all about the mentioned series and fell absolutely in love with this world where Kaiju and Jaeger exist. Of course, I don’t want to live in such a place. It just so happens that del Toro’s Pacific Rim is so clever.

“The Cloverfield Paradox” Movie Review

Oh the Cloververse! Honestly, I haven’t seen Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). But after watching the recent installment I got super curious about the Cloverserse and I really want to give the franchise a chance. So I will watch the previous films once I find them and make a separate review for the Cloverfield franchise. For now, I will share my thoughts on this thing called The Cloverfield Paradox.

Familiar But Beautifully Intense: Thoughts on Verónica, a Spanish Horror Film

Veronica (Spanish: Verónica), a film by Paco Plaza who is best known for writing and directing the REC film series debuted in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Since it’s surprise release on Netflix late last month, the film has been dubbed as Netflix’s ‘scariest movie ever’. Why, you ask? Honestly, I don’t see it that way but that doesn’t erase the fact that Verónica is a good horror film worth the stream.

Uncensored & Clever: Thoughts on The End of the F***ing World

If you’ve seen “The End of the F***ing World”, I’m 100% sure you enjoyed it. But if you haven’t seen it let alone heard of it, I suggest to give it a little attention. The series tells the story of a boy and a girl who embarked on a journey of self-discovery while losing their f ***ing minds in the process. 😉 Don’t be scared. It’s a great highly-recommended series. Promise!