D DC De Castro

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  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Fri, 27 Dec 2019 12:02 AM

    Miracle in Cell #7 (2019)

    G Drama, Family
    Cast
    Aga Muhlach, Bela Padilla
    Director
    Nuel C. Naval

    I think this movie is successful due largely to the heart-wrenching story. The progression of the scenes though, the direction, the cinematography, to me doesn't seem quite as polished. In terms of acting, Aga was good, but was easily surpassed by his supporting cast. Overall however, it's a pretty decent movie. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, and I think that's a testament to how good the story was.

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Sat, 23 Nov 2019 8:26 AM

    Frozen II (2019)

    G Adventure, Animation, Comedy
    Cast
    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
    Director
    Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

    I like it, but for me it didn't surpass the first movie. But as most sequels are terrible and not needed, this one really isn't so bad. The story and voice acting were truly great, but the songs were bad, they were too mature and not catchy at all. I can barely remember anything, unlike in the last movie where I was googling every song after the movie to study the lyrics. My favorite was probably the tribal chant, which was brought in from the first movie, that's how much I didn't the like the music in this one.

    The story is quite nice, and ties in nicely into the first movie, tho... Read more

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Fri, 1 Nov 2019 3:27 PM

    Hello World (2019)

    G Animation, Romance, Sci-fi
    Cast
    Haruka Fukuhara, Minami Hamabe, Takumi Kitamura
    Director
    Tomohiko Ito

    It's just okay. Watchable, even. I think the film tried to do too much, but ultimately failed to deliver a seamless coherent storytelling. The movie pulls inspiration from other films within the last decade or so for its visual narrative, but I'm not sure it really did the film any favors except make an already confusing story even more convoluted.

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:39 AM

    Mary, Marry Me (2018)

    PG Comedy, Romance
    Cast
    Toni Gonzaga, Sam Milby, Alex Gonzaga
    Director
    RC Delos Reyes

    Mary, Marry Me is largely just drivel. Ugh. It’s very reminiscent of a typical Pinoy rom-com, but not one of the good ones mind you, which is especially disappointing when I found out it was produced by Ten17P, who I have amazing respect for after seeing last year’s Siargao. The jokes were unbelievably corny and cringe-worthy, the acting was trite at best, and the story was as predictable as ever. I didn’t believe that the cast had any chemistry, and even the blooper reel at the end credits wasn’t funny. Smh. Barely 2⭐️ over 5.

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:11 AM

    Aurora (2018)

    PG Horror
    Cast
    Anne Curtis
    Director
    Yam Laranas

    Aurora deserves an award for sound. It’s very Hollywood, very dramatic and suspenseful, and sets the movie on the right note from the get go. Cinematography isn’t bad either. The ever gorgeous (even with little to no make up) Anne Curtis’ shots were just as haunting yet beautiful as the landscape. She also carried the movie quite well. I think where this movie had the most problems is in the story. It got kind of muddled and convoluted somewhere in the middle towards the end. Also, spoiler, there’s hardly any horror scenes; the movie having to rely mostly on cinematography and sound to... Read more

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Thu, 28 Dec 2017 8:25 PM

    Ang Larawan (2017)

    PG Comedy, Drama, Musical
    Cast
    Rachel Alejandro, Paulo Avelino, Joanna Ampil
    Director
    Loy Arcenas

    I loved it. It’s the first time I’ve seen an actual Filipino musical. I didn’t even know we were capable of producing such kinds of movies! It was almost like watching a play. The quality of Ang Larawan is so good, it’s comparable to foreign musicals. The production, the costumes, the music; everything was wonderful to watch. And I loved how, even though it was set in the past, it wasn’t exactly about the country’s history like other period pieces. It was just this story about two sisters set during that time, and how their lives were trapped by the pressures that come with having ... Read more

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Tue, 26 Dec 2017 1:41 PM

    Siargao (2017)

    PG Drama, Romance
    Cast
    Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith
    Director
    Paul Soriano

    This movie made me into a fan of Paul Soriano. It made me want to go to Siargao, made me miss the beach. It made me wanna travel, and maybe even vlog about it. It made me wanna try surfing again. It was just absolutely, unbelievably beautiful.

    Truthfully, the story dragged a little. Although that seems to be the norm by indie film standards anyway, so it wasn’t that big of an issue. (Not a connoisseur here, so I really wouldn’t know.) The slow-paced story is the only flaw to what would’ve otherwise been a perfect movie. Because really, everything else was amazing, and more t... Read more

    Love the Visual Effects
    Superb Cast
    Love the Soundtrack
  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Sun, 22 Oct 2017 7:44 PM

    Bad Genius (2017)

    PG Comedy, Crime, Drama
    Cast
    Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan
    Director
    Nattawut Poonpiriya

    Seriously enjoyable movie. I cannot even fault anything in it. From the acting to the story, everything was just right.

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Sat, 7 Oct 2017 8:15 PM

    Last Night (2017)

    R-13 Drama, Romance
    Cast
    Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga
    Director
    Joyce Bernal

    I don’t really get how the rating of this movie isn’t any higher because I thought it was fantastic. What a great year for Philippine cinema. This movie felt a little bit like an indie movie. It’s not your typical Star Cinema rom-com. It gets a solid 4 rating for me for sure, if not more.

    The cinematography is absolutely beautiful, and it showed our city in such beautiful, picturesque light. Although sometimes I got confused with the timeline. It felt like the movie was set in the seventies from the beginning. I think maybe it needed more modern touches to make it seem like ... Read more

  • D DC De Castro Reviewed a movie   Sat, 7 Oct 2017 8:03 PM

    The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

    G Action, Animation, Comedy
    Cast
    Justin Theroux, Dave Franco, Jackie Chan
    Director
    Charlie Bean

    I give this a 2.5 rating. It wasn’t particularly bad, I just think everything felt a little bit half-baked. The token characters, the predictable storyline, everything felt a little bit flat and was kind of meh.

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