Cast: Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, TJ Trinidad, Shamaine Buencamino, Audie Gemora, Adrienne Vergara, Michael de Mesa.
Dir: Jerrold Tarog.
After an actress injures herself on the set of her latest film, strange, disturbing start to happen in her life. To say more would be to spoil the film, and one of the joys of seeing this is watching it unfold. This is not only the best Filipino film of 2017 so far, it's one of the best films of the year so far period. After beautifully tackling a romantic drama (Sana Dati) and a historical epic (Heneral Luna), Jerrold Tarog gives probably his best work in this superb mind-bending psychosexual thriller. It is a narratively and stylistically ambitious film, drawing inspirations as varied as Ingmar Bergman and Satoshi Kon. And he pulls it off beautifully. The film keeps you guessing and puts you at the edge of your seats. Definitely a must-see.
Oscar Prospects: Uh, I don't know if we'll submit this for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. It's not the type Oscar usually goes for. But who knows?
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Demian Bichir. Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, James Franco, Guy Pearce.
Dir: Ridley Scott.
The second of a prequel series by director Ridley Scott detailing the origins of the Xenomorph has a crew ship carrying human colonists investigating a mysterious signal, and of course, the horror begins. While this film is certainly well-made, well-acted and has some decent scares, one can't help but feel Ridley Scott has tapped into this well too many times. The stories have become a tad too derivative and pretty much lost the magic of at least the first two movies of this franchise. Still, this is a solid science-fiction horror thriller that simply feels a bit too familiar. Perhaps Mr. Scott should move on but whatever.
Oscar Prospects: Visual Effects is possible.