SARAH GERONIMO: THIS 15 ME (Paul Alexei Basinillo, 2018)

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Popstar Royalty Queen Sarah Geronimo is Popstar Royalty Queen Sarah Geronimo.

Sayang lang kasi hindi fully na-capture ng special ang collective energy ng sold-out crowd sa Araneta (considering na highest grossing local concert siya of all time).

May time pa na mas malakas ang sigawan for James Reid. Wait, ano na pala nangyari sa prods with Daniel Padilla and Xian Lim?

Impressive ng dancing niya sa Tala number kahit mas marami pa kanta ng mga back-up singers nya. Tapos sunod-sunod yung foreign covers eh ang daming magagandang OPM songs from her last four iconic albums.

15th anniversary and di isinama ang career-defining na To Love You More? Uhm.

Nagustuhan ko yung mga behind the scenes na lumabas ang genuine personality niya. Mas open na siya at spontaneous. Ang laking difference from her Expressions days. We needed more of that here.

The best part pa rin yung Leaving on a Jet Plane na nakasuot lang siya ng plain white tee and ripped jeans. Parang nagpapaalam na siya sa glamourous showbiz life kasi lalagay na siya sa tahimik (pero parang lang pala). Sigurado ako bumaha ng Popster tears sa Araneta that night.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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ANG HULING HENYA (Marlon Rivera, 2013)

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Bland, boring, and unfunny. Rufa Mae Quinto deserved so much better. Who wanted to see her oh so serious?

I couldn’t believe that Ang Huling Henya was from the same guy that gave us Ang Babae sa Septic Tank. They were on opposite ends of the comedy spectrum.

Quinto’s one of our finest comediennes but she just wasn’t in her element here. Booba’s not funny when she’s smart.

Aside from a clever bit involving Shaira Luna, Jessica Zafra and “Sen. Miriam”, the movie was almost devoid of laughs.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published August 21, 2013.)

AWOL (Enzo Williams, 2017)

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Forget that the movie was pro-EJK (it really wasn’t any different from a Fernando Poe, Jr. or Charles Bronson revenge flick), it was just terrible. It couldn’t even give the audience a decent showdown between the bida and kontrabida (puro batuhan lang ng putang ina).

Why did Gerald Anderson talk that way? Parang namamaga ang dila.

Mag-ingat sa lechon. Nakamamatay.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published August 21, 2017.)

TRIPTIKO (Miguel Franco Michelena, 2017)

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What a joke (and the joke was on us)!! These three episodes could have worked better as ten-minute shorts instead.

The only one that I kinda liked was Musikerong John because of its Twilight Zone feels, but everything else just felt like extended gags.

If your idea of weirdness was seeing Joseph Marco chug down a thimbleful of nana that came from his own pigsa, then this dark comedy would be right up your alley.

I’m staying away from anything Bavarian forever.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published August 21, 2017.)

MISS GRANNY (Hwang Dong-hyuk, 2014)

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Miss Granny nga diba? So tungkol sa lola? Na merong paboritong apo? Tapos pinanood mo pa rin Javier! Ano iyak ka? Iyak ka ngayon?

I completely get why this Korean feel-good fantasy already had multiple successful Asian reincarnations. I can already imagine how this will work in a Pinoy setting.

Now I’m even more eager to see if Bebe Idol Sarah Geronimo and Nova Villa can match (or even exceed) the wonderful performances of the two leads here. Can’t wait!!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published August 21, 2018.)

ANG MANANANGGAL SA UNIT 23B (Prime Cruz, 2016)

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Ooh, Wong Kar-wai aesthetics set to a hipster soundtrack! Most visually-pleasing (that labia majora wings reveal was awesome!) among the three Prime Cruz films, but also my least favorite.

There wasn’t enough story to latch on to that I kept wondering if the chicken oil (?) she used to rub on her burning loins was stolen from Mang Inasal. I’m all for an interspecies love story so it was unfortunate that the movie ended just when it was actually getting better.

Rating: ‪★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 20, 2017.)