DIRTY DANCING (Emile Ardolino, 1987)

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Baby (Jennifer Grey) wanted to send her leftovers to the starving children of the Philippines (well, Southeast Asia actually) so nobody should ever put her in a corner.

Patrick Swayze’s hips were on fire!! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

DEAD KIDS (Mikhail Red, 2019)

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May isang scene dito that brought back a childhood trauma. Yung part na tiningnan ng isang alta kid yung tag ng shirt ni Sta. Maria at pinagtawanan na department store item.

Kasi nung isang field trip namin wala akong masuot na bago kaya hiniram ko yung polo shirt ng dad ko. Akala ko walang papansin kasi damit lang naman. Pero may isang nakakita na number 7 yung logo sa harap at pilit talaga tiningnan ang tag. Sabay-sabay sila nagtawanan na Jaworski yung brand ng suot ko.

Kaya one big pakyu sa inyong mga rich kidz! Babalikan ko kayo soon!!

(Just kidding, pinagtatawanan na lang namin ng mga friends ko β€˜to. Pero totoo ang childhood trauma. So mag-ingat pa rin sila chz.)

P.S. Ang lakas ng star quality ni Kelvin Miranda dito. Pwede sila magkapatid ni Martin del Rosario. At ang galing talaga ni Vance Larena.

P.P.S. Kung nilakihan pa sana ang roles nina Gabby Padilla (I love you!!) at Sue Ramirez, ang laki sigurado ng maitutulong nila sa kwento.

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

SILLY RED SHOES (James Mayo, 2019)

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Huy bakit ang lakas magpakilig ng KyCine? Sobrang cute nila together at plus point pa na marunong sila pareho umarte. Nadagdagan na naman ang mga paborito kong love teams. Given the right break, sure ako todo sikat ang dalawang batang β€˜to.

Nagustuhan ko yung pagkahabi ng fantasy element dun sa main daddy issues storyline. Feeling ko nga with a few tweaks ay maganda siya na full-length feature. (Or siguro it was easier for me to overlook the flaws din kasi free sa iWant?) Still, na-enjoy ko talaga siya.

Ang galing pa ng supporting cast with Herbert Bautista (potential comeback soon?), the always dependable Anna Luna, and the biggest surprise here Karen Reyes (ghorl mahusay ka pala sa iyakan?).

Ganda nung confrontation scene with all five characters in the frame. At yung signature (?) lakad-lakad sequence ng director na nagpaalala sa β€˜kin nung impressive breaking the fourth wall scene sa Kuya Wes.

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

CHARLIE’S ANGELS (Elizabeth Banks, 2019)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

I felt bad that this reboot flopped in the US box office since there were several things that I actually liked here. Sure, I would have wanted it to be more fun/campy/action-packed and less serious/dragging/TV-ish, but it still delivered the goods.

The new Angels were really adorable/interesting/badass and it was great to see them with distinct personalities. My favorite was Ella Balinska as Jane, who had the right amount of elegance/fierceness/charm (her chute-sliding scene was amazing).

Not too keen though on that Mission: Impossible (the movie, not the show) -type twist. Also, Sam Claflin probably gave the worst performance in cinema this year.

In the end though, it was hard for me not to appreciate a movie that really screamed girl power (bulletproof bras!) and feminism and respect, especially one where a male character asked for consent before he could touch a woman’s back.

β€œWomen can do anything!” Hell, yes!!

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

FROZEN II (Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, 2019)

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The story felt too complex for the young ones (β€œDad, what’s permafrost?”), but might also not be as engaging to the older crowd (the mother sitting next to me had a well-deserved hour of nap before she tends again to her kids for all of eternity).

I really liked the 80’s vibe of Lost in the Woods and almost everyone was humming/singing Into the Unknown as they stepped out of the theater. The rest of the songs were not as catchy, although they would fit right in a Broadway musical.

Plus one star for Olaf’s hilarious recap alone (don’t miss his post-credits scene). Oh, and those gorgeous new dresses of Elsa would be perfect for Halloween 2020. Get your wallets ready, dear parents!!

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

24/7 IN LOVE (Mae Czarina Cruz, John-D Lazatin, Frasco Mortiz, Dado Lumibao, 2012)

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Definitely a mixed bag but the good ones greatly outweighed the stinkers. The weaker stories were saved by strong performances from Maja Salvador, Angelica Panganiban, and Kim Chiu while the interesting segments were further enhanced by the excellent turns of Bea Alonzo, Zanjoe Marudo, Xyriel Manabat, and Pokwang.

The Bea-Zanjoe segment was just so good it could have worked as an entire movie. I’d recommend this just for that wonderful bit alone.

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

(Originally published December 5, 2012.)

CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2019 SCORECARD

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Sila-Sila (Giancarlo Abrahan) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
2. Metamorphosis (J.E. Tiglao) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
3. Tia Madre (Eve Baswel) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
4. Lucid (Victor Villanueva) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
5. Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo (Denise O’Hara) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
6. Yours Truly, Shirley (Nigel Santos) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
7. Utopia (Dustin Celestino) – β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
8. O (Kevin Dayrit) – β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. Gio Gahol (Sila-Sila)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1. Alessandra de Rossi (Lucid)
2. Cherie Gil (Tia Madre)
3. Jana Agoncillo (Tia Madre)
4. Regine Velasquez (Yours Truly, Shirley)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Ricky Davao (Metamorphosis)
2. Topper Fabregas (Sila-Sila)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Iana Bernardez (Metamorphosis)
2. Yayo Aguila (Metamorphosis)

Best Short Film

1. Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert (Janina Gacosta, Cheska Marfori) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
2. Sa Among Agwat (Don Senoc) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
3. The Slums (Jan Andrei Cobey) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
4. Ang Lumunod sa Atin (Sonia Marie Regalario) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
5. Sa Gitna ng Lungsod (Ivan Cortez) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
6. Last 2 3 4! (Genevieve Ofania) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Until next year!!

CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2019 SHORT FILMS

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LAST 2 3 4! (Genevieve Ofania, 2019) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Oh, it has already been broughten!!

Kung pep squad ang short film na ito sa UAAP Cheerdance Competiton, sigurado ako na ito ay Ateneo Blue Babble Batallion.

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SA AMONG AGWAT (Don Senoc, 2019) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Napanood ko na ito nung Cinemalaya. Maganda pa rin.

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ANG LUMUNOD SA ATIN (Sonia Marie Regalario, 2019) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Pwedeng 90’s episode ng Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Syokoy. Gusto ko yung implication na nalulunod ang bata sa kanyang fantasy world kakanood ng mga paborito niyang pelikula tulad ng Ang Panday, E.T, at The Neverending Story. Hindi ko lang talaga ma-take yung isang eksena na suminghal ang nanay niya sabay sabi ng β€œWala ka talaga pakialam sa pamilyang to eh. Sana ikaw na lang ang… (ultra-contrived dramatic pause).”

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THE SLUMS (Jan Andrei Cobey, 2019) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Satire kung satire. Dami kong tawa dito. Sobrang scathing criticism sa mga exploitative docus and news features romanticizing poverty (including subtitles na walang kinalaman sa totoong sinasabi ng mga interviewees). Walang nakaligtas kahit ang silver lining speech ni Catriona, delivered by the syokoy boy sa taas na naging baklang kanal dito.

β€œKung mahirap po kayo, bakit po kayo mataba?” sabay focus sa cellphone. Hala grabe siya! Napaisip tuloy ako bigla kaninong side ba ako.

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SA GITNA NG LUNGSOD (Ivan Cortez, 2019) – β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Nagsusumigaw ang filter ng SERIOUS DRAMA!! Sana lang hindi chaka umarte si kuyang Martial Law victim.

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ANG GASGAS NA PLAKA NI LOLO BERT (Janina Gacosta, Cheska Marfori, 2019) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Lakas ng tama sa puso ng kwento na β€˜to. Napakahusay pa nina Dido dela Paz at Soliman Cruz. Sobrang nagustuhan ko yung ambiguity ng desires and motivations nila habang more bonding sa love for music. Ganda!!