This Week In Cinemas – October 4, 2017

Replicants ain’t got nothing on Ponies

by Philbert Dy

The biggest release this week is Blade Runner 2049, which is already getting plenty of positive press. But let’s be honest: a lot of you out there are most excited for the cinematic debut of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Blade Runner may be one of the most important films of the last fifty years, but even its most fanatical fans aren’t nearly as devoted as properly as the bronies are to these pretty ponies. It’s going to be a real battle at the box office!

 

Local Releases:

 

THE DEBUTANTES

 

 

This film seems designed to launch five new young actresses: Miles Ocampo, Michelle Vito, Jane De Leon, Chanel Morales and Sue Ramirez, who play five friends who dig into a mystery that turns an 18th birthday party into a violent fight for survival. The film is directed by Prime Cruz, best know for Sleepless, aka that “indie” film that sold out at every screening but never really got wide distribution, because the local industry can be pretty illogical sometimes.

 

NEW GENERATION HEROES

 

 

You might have seen the poster for this film, which unfortunately touts the title “New Generation Heroe’s.” Hard to understand how that error could have been made, especially since this movie is about teacher. Aiko Melendez, Jao Mapa, and Anita Linda star in a collection of stories based on true events corncerning the the nobility of those who take up education as their calling.

 

Foreign Releases:

 

BLADE RUNNER 2049

 

 

Opening Friday is the very belated sequel to one of the most influential films of all time. Ryan Gosling plays a new Blade Runner who discovers a big secret and goes in search of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been in hiding since the events of the first movie. If this sequel is anything like the first, it will be largely misunderstood, underperform at the box office, be revered for the next thirty years, and have several new cuts of it released to the public, causing great debate over what is the “definitive” version.

 

VICTORIA AND ABDUL

 

 

Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria again, this time in her later years when she struck up an unlikely friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a Muslim Indian brought to England as a servant, who ends up becoming a teacher and confidant to the aging monarch. The material is a racial and cultural minefield, and the film’s somewhat farcical approach doesn’t really seem like the wisest path to take. The film is in very limited release, and is only going to be screening in Greenbelt and Trinoma.

 

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE

 

 

Okay. Take a deep breath. Don’t get too excited. MY LITTLE PONY is coming to cinemas. The childrens cartoon, which has a pretty fanatical fandom (that surprisingly includes a pretty large and vocal contingent of adult males), arrives on the big screen with plenty of guest stars (Emily Blunt, Kristin Cheoweth, Live Schreiber, and Sia, just to name a few), and a story that takes the central crew of ponies to a new land where they must once again prove that friendship is indeed magic.

 

Special Engagments:

 

PELICULA: SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL

 

Kicking off October 5 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas is Pelicula, the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia. 20 films from Spain and Latin America will be screening until October 15. A recommendation: Psiconautas, los niños olvidados, a remarkable animated film that will completely wreck you.

 

CINE LOKAL

 

Siege Ledesma’s Shift takes over the Cine Lokal venues nationwide starting this Friday. It stars Yeng Constantino as a call center agent who is struggling with the choices she’s made in her life. If it sounds a bit like Sleepless, do rest assured that this film came out in 2013, and has different things on its mind.

 

AT THE UP FILM INSTITUTE

 

An interesting variety of films this week with the law school comedy Bar Boys, the coming-of-age dramaedy 1st Sem, the SAF 44 documentary Fallen Not Forgotten, and the Baguio romantic film Something About Love.