Unreel.ph https://unreel.ph Every frame is magic Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:08:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://i0.wp.com/unreel.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/cropped-unreel-logo-favicon-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Unreel.ph https://unreel.ph 32 32 139863876 Filipinos, here’s your rare chance to watch the acclaimed documentary, “Aswang” https://unreel.ph/news/aswang-documentary-ph-screening/ https://unreel.ph/news/aswang-documentary-ph-screening/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:08:45 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6612 Catch the one-time online screening on July 11th.

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“Aswang”, Alyx Ayn Arumpac’s searing documentary chronicling Duterte’s war against drugs, is finally having a screening for Filipinos.

The film was supposed to premiere at the 2020 Daang Dokyu Film Festival, where it was programmed as the opening film. The festival had to be postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, but the filmmakers have finally set up a presumably one-time screening of what Eye For Film billed as “a cri de coeur of a documentary”.

Filipinos have the rare chance to watch Arumpac’s documentary on July 11, 2020, 6PM, until the next day. This online screening is free.

Writing for CNN Philippines, Karl De Mesa notes: “‘Aswang’ never lets the facts get in the way of the truth, finding a way to conjure emotive exorcism without being sentimental or forgetting the plain bloodiness of it all. Arumpac obviously knew the tragedy and sorrow of her country and her fellow Filipinos intimately. Here, she has lovingly constructed an important, unredacted record for these dark times for our own use, free of pretense or agenda.”

I personally hope you all can take a couple of hours to watch the film. And please, help spread the word about this landmark account of the horrors of the current administration.

Follow “Aswang” on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the official website here.

Watch the trailer for “Aswang” below.

Find some stills from the movie below, c/o the filmmakers.

Filipinos, here's your rare chance to watch the documentary, "Aswang"
Filipinos, here's your rare chance to watch the documentary, "Aswang"
Filipinos, here's your rare chance to watch the documentary, "Aswang"

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Globe Studios unveils leads for JP Habac’s BL series, “Gaya sa Pelikula” https://unreel.ph/news/gaya-sa-pelikula-bl-series/ https://unreel.ph/news/gaya-sa-pelikula-bl-series/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:28:50 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6595 A new BL series written by Juan Miguel Severo.

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Globe Studios has just dropped the news on the actors playing the leads for their very own BL series, “Gaya sa Pelikula”. Directed by JP Habac and written by Juan Miguel Severo, it adds to the list of Filipino BL series that has come out recently, including Petersen Vargas’ “Hello, Stranger” and Ivan Payawal’s “Gameboys”.

“Gaya sa Pelikula” follows Karl and Vlad, played respectively by actors Paolo Pangilinan and Ian Pangilinan. Globe Studios took to Twitter to make the announcement.

Interestingly, the screenplays for the first three episodes have been made available on Severo’s Wattpad. The synopsis reads as follows:

Why do people think 18-year-olds are all sure of what they want to do in life?

Karl will be 19 soon and he’s still as unsure as he was in high school. He is taking architecture but he’s not happy with it. His blockmates are nice, but he feels out of place when he’s with them. He’s sure he’s living someone else’s life and his own is still somewhere out there, waiting for him to find it…

A motorcycle stops outside the dorm building. A drunk upperclassman alights the ride, enters the building. It’s way past curfew. Karl is ready to sleep after crying over a movie but the drunk upperclassman is being rowdy at the hallway. Annoyed, he opens the door to take a look at the disturbance.

His name is Vlad. And God, he is beautiful.

“Gaya sa Pelikula” is coming soon.

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“Halloween Kills” drops official teaser, showing that the Shape lives on https://unreel.ph/news/halloween-kills/ https://unreel.ph/news/halloween-kills/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:06:36 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6597 The new film opens in theaters October 21st.

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It doesn’t come as a surprise that Michael Myers returns for “Halloween Kills“, the second movie in David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s planned trilogy of “Halloween” movies. The film, which is due out this Halloween season, picks up immediately on the events of the 2017’s direct sequel to the original.

Universal has just dropped a brand-new teaser today, showing a couple of ominous shots from the film, and a bloodied trio of female survivors from the last film. Allyson (Andi Matichak), Karen (Judy Greer), and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) are aboard a truck when they spot a convoy of firefighters responding to the house where Michael was supposed to die in.

“No, no,” Laurie explodes. “Let him burn. Let him burn!”

The firefighters’ response is a nice addition, but fans will know that, despite Laurie’s impressive efforts, Michael has returned from deadlier situations. Only time will tell how Michael survives the fire when “Halloween Kills” slashes through theaters on October 21, 2020.

Watch the official teaser below:

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Joseph Mangat’s docu “Holy Craft” wins at Cannes Docs 2020 https://unreel.ph/news/holy-craft-documentary/ https://unreel.ph/news/holy-craft-documentary/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:57:33 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6589 The film examines the intersections of religion, labor, and gender.

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The Filipino documentary Holy Craft bagged the top prize at first Marché du Film, Cannes’ entirely online documentary event that showcases screenings and virtual meets with filmmakers.

Cannes Docs awarded Joseph Mangat’s documentary the highest award – Docs-in-Progress – which earns him a follow-up project (with @IEFTAorg’s support) and a cash tip of €10,000. Holy Craft won alongside Anna Nemes’ Beauty and the Beast, Nicolas Levesque’s The Free Ones (Les Libres), and Theo Montoya’s Anhell 69.

The new docu explores the intricacies of living in a predominantly Catholic country, taking place inside a religious craft factory. The full synopsis reads as follows:

[Holy Craft] examines the intersections of religion, labor, and gender… This factory contains a mishmash of workers from various communities, from LGBTQ workers to outcasts and otherwise unemployable figures in their society

Cannes jury member Lina Soualem had this to say about the film: “It offers a look into the backdoor of the Catholic religion business, highlighting its most hidden protagonists, the poor workers of a profit-based economy.”

Holy Craft also screened with other Filipino docus, including Nowhere Near (dir. Miko Revereza), Remnants of a Revolution (dir. Cha Escala), and The Remotes (dir. John Torres).

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“Nightmare” Explained: Freddy Krueger as the ‘coolest’ bogeyman https://unreel.ph/feature/nightmare-explained-freddy-krueger-as-the-coolest-bogeyman/ https://unreel.ph/feature/nightmare-explained-freddy-krueger-as-the-coolest-bogeyman/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:07:10 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6574 A deep dive on Wes Craven's 1984 classic.

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Despite his unrelenting penchant for torturing children, very few recognize Freddy Krueger as a bogeyman. Over the years, this came to feel like rightful validation: Freddy, from the outset, fills his own pair of shoes. He kills from a different realm (that of dreams, or in technical terms, of the “subconscious”) and there, gleefully, slashes and dices his young victims.

If Michael Myers is rightly revered as an impervious force of pure evil, Freddy – who brings terror in viscous (read: iconic) geysers – is a monster fueled by sheer mania.

The sequels to the original “Nightmare” film — may their rote movie souls rest in peace! — point us to an incredibly bonkers backstory that reveals Freddy as “the son of a hundred maniacs”, which in hindsight, only makes perfect sense.

"Nightmare" Explained: Freddy Krueger as the wacko bogeyman
The official poster of “A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984)

In Wes Craven’s 1984 original, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, children grow up cautioned about his coming, through an eerie rewriting of a familiar nursery rhyme that bookends the film. “One. Two. Freddy’s coming for you.” In the same film, we learn Freddy’s bloody rampage is inspired by what many will attribute to sheer, almost terminal, suburban perfection.

In another life, he worked as an aloof gardener, who we can easily pass as a harmless old guy —what with his begrudging fashion sense; really, red and green stripes? — except that, in reality, he had murdered (and sexually molested?) around twenty young kindergarteners. He was tried in court, acquitted by a slight legal loophole, but ultimately judged, juried, and executed by a band of parents who are, for a lack of a more apt term, went diabolically crazy.

He was burned alive, like a witch by a circle of pagans. He gets stuck in the dream world and from there does his handiwork (get it?), murdering the children of the parents who had killed him.

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Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

The conceit of all this is straightforward: a maniac kills teenagers in their dreams. Others forward a different reading, rightly praising Craven for blurring reality, dreams and — later in the more recent entries of the franchise — fiction.

While this, to some degree, is also true, with Craven taking cues from surrealists like Bunuel, and more evidently, Polanski, I read “A Nightmare on Elm Street” as really more of an exposition on the physiology of sleeping and the actual dreaming. A key scene is where Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is about to put to REM sleeping for examination. “I don’t see why you just couldn’t give me a pill to keep me from dreaming,” she exclaims, which her doctor calmly dismisses, saying that only cuckoos don’t dream. Craven’s observations on the world’s anxieties on modern science, specifically that concerning dreams, are accurate and relevant up till now.

Doubtless a skilled technician of cinema, Craven crafts his film with impressive enough earnestness and flair. He gives the titular “nightmare” a face, one that represents a kind of slumber America likes to fall under – suburbia. Freddy, like all other bogeymen in Holywood, is the most violent towards people who numb themselves with the fallacy of idyll around them, be it sex or alcohol or media. But it’s his sadistic methods that make him more terrifying, charismatic even. Freddy can most certainly make a career as an entertainer — strip him off the finger-knives — like a Patrice O’Neal copycat, with brutally funny quips and oneliners.

"Nightmare" Explained: Freddy Krueger as the wacko bogeyman
The original “Nightmare” opens with a sequence framed within a frame, referring to the monster’s otherworldly abilities and circumstance.

Our introduction to him happens at the beginning of the film, where he creates his knife glove—a portentous moment because it all happens in a frame…inside a frame. This styling is no incident: Craven makes smart use of this odd framing and tells us that Freddy isn’t a monster from our own realm. If Ghostface from the “Scream” movies likes to trample it, Freddy likes to make his own.

Freddy’s true weapon isn’t the sharp blades he appends on a farmer’s glove. It’s the four corners that separate his world from his victims’ (read: his frame from theirs) – a world that unfortunately, people lull into during sleep. As the victims fall into their subconscious, they are helpless, and this helplessness makes Freddy frighteningly stronger. In what seems like a reply to horror films in general, Freddy throughout the series cuts his own fingers, rips his own face, and transforms himself into a car, all for spectacle – for show – spiking the terror of his victims.

Freddy’s small indulgences point to a close parallel to rape and molestation — he is, after all, invading the victim’s subconscious — echoing Craven’s first feature-length film, “The Last House on the Left”. The bathtub scene is a prime example, with Nancy’s legs open wide and between them is Freddy’s hand emerging from the water. The scene carries on with Freddy pulling Nancy to what looks like an abyssal body of water, almost drowning her, which is what nightmares feel, or what watching them feels like. Samuel Bayer’s 2010 remake more than hints on this—”Now, how’s this for a wet dream,” the new Freddy quips.

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Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is the object of Freddy’s fatal practical gags.

Though seemingly impervious, Freddy isn’t as strong in the physical realm, giving the characters generous opportunities to escape. The most obvious: they can skip sleep by making sure that caffeine is in good supply. One can also ask someone to watch them as they get a few hours of shuteye and shake them awake when they start to twitch in all sorts of strange ways — that is unless their friend isn’t a young Johnny Depp, which, for Langenkamp’s character, is a bummer. Tasked to guard Nancy while she goes to sleep, Depp’s Glen Lantz drifts off, and as a result, falls prey to Freddy, making a literal geyser of blood and guts, which, to those who play trivia (wink!), is a direct reply to the elevator scene in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”.

Freddy’s origin, abilities, and goals make him a complicated villain. Is he a mere face representative of the corruption in the spotless idyll of American suburbia? Is he simply a maniac who relishes on his victims’ pathetic pleas? Or is he indeed a monster, the very own creation of his victims’ parents? Like any bogeyman, he fits any purpose that needs serving.

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“Pamilya Ordinaryo” drops on Netflix this week https://unreel.ph/news/pamilya-ordinaryo-on-netflix/ https://unreel.ph/news/pamilya-ordinaryo-on-netflix/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:07:20 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6568 Stream Eduardo Roy Jr.'s acclaimed drama this Friday.

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Watch "Pamilya Ordinaryo" when it drops on Netflix this week

Here’s your PSA to catch Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo” this week.

The film, which follows a young couple in their search for their lost infant child, is set to make its Netflix premiere Friday, June 26, 2020.

The film is currently up now on Netflix. The synopsis reads:

Barely making a living as pickpockets, a teenage couple in Manila resort to desperate measures when their one-month-old child is kidnapped.

Watch "Pamilya Ordinaryo" when it drops on Netflix this week

The film premiered theatrically at the 2016 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, where it bagged Best Picture, among other awards. It stars Hasmine Killip and Ronwaldo Martin.

Check out the trailer for “Pamilyang Ordinaryo” below:

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“Ready Or Not” filmmakers are making a “V/H/S” reboot https://unreel.ph/news/vhs-reboot/ https://unreel.ph/news/vhs-reboot/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:21:55 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6563 The reboot will have a single fluid narrative.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: This story first appeared on Genre Nutters.


"Ready Or Not" filmmakers are making a "V/H/S" reboot

The “V/H/S” movies – a series borne out of the curious minds of our friends at Bloody-Disgusting – is a franchise that either outstayed its welcome or has barely scratched the surface, depending on who you ask.

Regardless, we are getting a reboot in “V/H/S ’94”, a reimagining of the 2012 original, taking after its anthology form but this time telling a clear, single narrative, with each “video” connected.

(So, “Sinister”, then?)

David Bruckner is attached to produce the film, which features entries from Simon Barrett (“The Guest”), Timo Tjahjanto (“The Night Comes For Us”), and newcomer Chloe Okuno. Bruckner is currently attached to direct the remake of “Hellraiser”.

The filmmaking collective Radio Collective – the team behind last year’s smash hit, “Ready Or Not” – are also serving as producer. The filmmaking trio (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella) is working on an upcoming “Scream” sequel.

Check out the trailer for the original “V/H/S” movie below.

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Help Unreel.ph cover Philippine (and world) cinema! https://unreel.ph/feature/write-for-us/ https://unreel.ph/feature/write-for-us/#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 15:17:15 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6547 We pay our contributors!

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To the absolute champion that’s reading this, I applaud your stubbornness to make a living as a writer. Hold onto that, for as long as you can.

No one else bothers to tell you because you’ll come face-to-face with it soon enough. Writing is a tremendously difficult career to devote yourself to. But I guess the fact that you’ve chosen to write about films, specifically, is that you like hellish torture.

Unreel is purely a passion project.

I personally don’t expect any gain from doing this – monetary or otherwise. But seeing how Filipino creatives constantly get beat down by publications expecting them to write great shit for free when they obviously have the resources, I’m making the active decision go against the “write for us for free” bullshit that’s so prevalent in the industry.

Which brings us here. A call for contributors who want to write about films – and get paid for it!

Though what we pay won’t make a living, it’s pay nonetheless. It’s a gig that I hope Filipino writers will be proud to put in their CVs and portfolios.

With all that out of the way, let’s get into how you can start writing.

What we’re looking for

Unreel is looking for contributors who will help us with content. We’re building up the following verticals:

Film reviews

Because our core team (that’s me and Geoff!) can’t possibly cover every film on the regular, we are enlisting help from talented and inquisitive writers like you.

Click here to read our reviews.

Articles, think pieces, and breakdowns

Watched a film or series that seems to have stuck in your head? Got an idea about movies you want to voice out? Submit your pitches to us as a contributor and we’ll see how to make it happen.

Click here to read our features.

What you’ll get out of it

We pay our contributors. Just because other publications get away with it, doesn’t mean that we should do it too. It’s nothing to build a whole living upon, but it’s a great starting point for film writers who refuse to bend over for bigger publications who ask them to write for free.

Aside from this, our writers also get:

📼 Access to exclusive screeners
🎟️ Invites and passes to film festivals, screenings, and other press events
✨ Free Letterboxd Pro subscriptions for top contributors
🍅 Opportunity to become RT-certified reviewers (we’re working hard on this!)
✅ …and more perks!

Write for Unreel.ph

We’ve built Unreel out of blood, sweat, and inextinguishable passion. It’s only apt that we hope to work with people who are passionate about the art, the craft, and the culture of movies.

If you feel like you fit the bill, fill-up the form below.

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Petersen Vargas’ BL series “Hello, Stranger” drops June 24th https://unreel.ph/news/hello-stranger-bl-series/ https://unreel.ph/news/hello-stranger-bl-series/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:30:32 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6541 The series stars Tony Labrusca and JC Alcantara.

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Black Sheep has been working hard to tease its upcoming web series, Hello, Stranger, a BL series directed by Petersen Vargas (2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten). The series, which adapts the popular “boys love” genre, is top-billed by Tony Labrusca (ML) and newcomer JC Alcantara.

With confirmation that the series will, in fact, premiere on June 24, 2020, fans are eager for a trailer – to which Black Sheep alluded will come this weekend.

Details are sparse regarding the story; we’ll update this article once the trailer drops. But fans should take recluse in the fact that Vargas has directed 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten (2016) and Lisyun Qng Geografia (2014) – both of which earned many accolades in their respective festivals.

Though initially codified rather simply, BL series like Hello, Stranger (and Jun Lana’s Gameboys) have gone beyond the mold of cutesy gay-cum-queer love stories for a presumed female audience.

Excited to see where Black Sheep takes this.

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Alison Brie has to survive murderous host in Dave Franco’s debut, “The Rental” https://unreel.ph/news/the-rental-trailer/ https://unreel.ph/news/the-rental-trailer/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:55:11 +0000 https://unreel.ph/?p=6537 The new thriller opens July 24, 2020.

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"The Rental" trailer pits Alison Brie with murderous host

The first trailer for Dave Franco’s directorial debut, “The Rental”, has just dropped. It comes from IFC Films, which picked up the title earlier this year for a July 2020 release.

The film stars Alison Brie and Dan Stevens as a young couple out on vacation with friends, played by Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White. Unbeknownst to them, there are cameras hidden in the beautiful rental house they’re BnB-ing in, and their host is keen to murder.

The Rental is a character-driven horror thriller about two couples who rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.

Franco has partnered up with Joe Swanberg – a filmmaker who’s at least been in close proximity with the genre, be that appearing in home invasion thrillers (“You’re Next”) or penning particularly erotic ones (“24 Exposures”) – as co-writer and producer.

You can watch the full trailer for “The Rental” below. It opens in theaters and on-demand on July 24, 2020.


Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Genre Nutters.

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