MANILA, PHILIPPINES — It has been a while since people have been able to sit in the theaters and cinemas to enjoy new movie releases. And as much as everyone misses the crowd and the pleasant aura it brings, admittedly, everyone has to wait a little more until setting foot inside the room again.
However, the best news is that GMovies, the leading online ticketing platform, and UPSTREAM.PH, a new online transactional video on demand (TVOD) platform’s partnership has been the prime alternative source of entertainment, especially for the string of new releases you won’t be able to see on the big screen.
The most endearing part is you can still sit back, relax, and binge-watch from the comfort of your homes these fresh titles, movies, shows, documentaries, and streaming media, off the festival circuit, arthouse films, and local indie movies you’ve never seen before.
Each month, they add a brand-new lineup of international and local titles so you can have something new to look forward to, including the 2019 award-winning local movie, Cleaners.
In this anthology coming-of-age film, director Glenn Barit navigates the trying times of assigned cleaners in a rural catholic high school during the noughties. These students struggle with different societal pressures of being clean, proper, and pure while they discover that the world is dirty and superficial, to begin with. The movie, starring Ianna Taguinod, Leomar Baloran, Julian Narag, Carlo Mejia, Gianne Emira Rivera, Allan Gannaban, Charise Mabbonag, and Andrei Marquez, is now on UPSTREAM.
The strong social media anticipation for Cleaners grows out of the movie’s off-kilter yet distinctive cinematography process shown in the trailer. The team behind the film uses 30,000 photocopied materials and funky highlighters to create a retro stop-motion animation as it brings together relics of a bygone era such as awkward jeje speak and GM texts while the local emo anthem, Typecast’s Will You Ever Learn, plays in the background. In fact, Cleaners has garnered a Famas Award for Best Screenplay, five “Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino” awards including Best Picture and Best Director, among others, and three awards, including Best Picture, in the QCinema International Film Festival.
To watch the film, you just need to download the GMovies app on your smartphone or visit gmovies.ph, select the movie, tap the “Pay” button and choose your payment option, click stream now on UPSTREAM, then sit back. For a one-time payment, the entire household can even see it together for five days.
Excited? Aside from Cleaners, check out UPSTREAM’s roster of drama, action-thriller, documentary, coming-of-age, and international films you can book and watch (in five devices!):
Nobody, streaming now
Hutch is a nobody. As an overlooked and underestimated father and husband, he takes life’s indignities on the chin and never rocks the boat. But when his daughter loses her beloved kitty cat bracelet in a robbery, Hutch hits a boiling point no one knew he had. What happens when a pushover finally pushes back? Hutch flips from regular dad to fearless fighter by taking his enemies on a wild ride of explosive revenge. The writer of John Wick showcases Emmy® winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) as fans have never seen him before: an average family man who becomes a lethal vigilante, unlike any ordinary action hero. Starring Better Call Saul’s Bob Odendirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Alexei Serebryakov, and Christopher Lloyd.
Call It What You Want (Thai BL Series), streaming now
The story of BL director, James, who has a secret on-set romance with one of his actors, Ait. The series explores the darker side of the entertainment industry, and the pressure actors receive from talent agencies, revealing the corrupted BL industry that is indeed far from perfection. Starring Time Dhamawat Suntanaphan, Michael Kiettisak Scofield, Kaprao Pongkorn Wongkrittiyarat, Daniel Chang, Benz Panupun Vongjorn.
Spirit Untamed, streaming October 15, 2021
Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in the beloved franchise full of adventure, family, and friendship. Free-spirited Lucky Prescott moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother, who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy. Starring Isabela Merced; Marsai Martin; Mckenna Grace; Julianne Moore; Jake Gyllenhaal; Walton Goggins; Andre Braugher.
The Forever Purge, streaming October 29, 2021
Members of an underground movement who are no longer satisfied with the annual night of anarchy and murder, decide to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks a wealthy Texas ranching family and their workers. Exposed by daylight, the two families are forced to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them. Starring Jason Blum; Michael Bay; Andrew Form; Brad Fuller; James DeMonaco; Sebastien K. Lemercier.
Together, Upstream and GMovies can usher you into a new world of cinema and recreate the experience into something unforgettable. Go to https://bit.ly/GMovies-Shows to book your tickets now.