‪28 DAYS LATER (Danny Boyle, 2002)

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‪Every day feels like a zombie apocalypse anyway.‬

Rating: ‪★★★☆☆‬

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27 DRESSES (Anne Fletcher, 2008)

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Wedding planner. Cynical photographer. Exposé on the perennial bridesmaid. Crush fell for another girl. Wait, it’s definitely Got 2 Believe!!

Still, Katherine Heigl (when she used to be really likable) and James Marsden were all cute and charming together and made the most out of every possible rom-com cliché.

I couldn’t relate to Bennie and the Jets (way before my time), but that final scene with the row of 27 dresses made me tear up a bit just like a guest in an actual wedding.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

13 GOING ON 30 (Gary Winick, 2004)

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In retrospect, it was actually a bit creepy watching a grown man kiss a teen trapped in a woman’s body.

Still, this was a great showcase for Jennifer Garner. Her performance reminded me so much of Jamie Lee Curtis’ in Freaky Friday and a little bit of Tom Hanks’ in Big. She was incredibly charming here that I wondered why her career as a rom-com leading lady never really took off.

The young Jen was played by Christa B. Allen. Yup, Charlotte Grayson of Revenge. 😳

Loved the Liz Phair song!!

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“Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you
It’s inevitable, it’s a fact that we’re gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you..”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 3, 2017.)

HIHINTAYIN KITA SA LANGIT (Carlos Siguion-Reyna, 1991)

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Number of “i-Dawn Zulueta mo ako” moments: 3 (2 with Dawn and 1 with Jackie Lou Blanco)

Grabe yung buwis-buhay love scenes sa moors ng Wuthering Heights, I mean, breakwaters ng Batanes.

Na-miss ko bigla magbasa ng Mills & Boon romances.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

AD ASTRA (James Gray, 2019)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Grabe ‘teh! Good call talaga na hindi natuloy ang plan ko manuod sa IMAX with Laser ng Evia. Dun lang ako sa Dolby Atmos cinema nila pero nahilo na ako at di nakahinga sa scene na nag-freefall si perpetually sad astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) from outer space to earth.

Akala ko aantukin lang ako sa film kasi medyo traumatized pa ako sa pretentiousness (ay sorry, profundity daw) ng Interstellar at Solaris (the Soderbergh remake), but I survived naman with my major buttered popcorn and large iced tea from Taters (very Krissy lang, sana i-sponsor na nila ako). I can’t say the same for the rest of the audience. Meron mga mahimbing ang tulog habang yung isa eh walang ginawa kundi mag-check ng cellphone (pasalamat siya at five rows ahead siya sa akin kaya di ako pumatol).

I guess tama yung mga nagsabi na this might not be for everyone. Puno kasi ng introspective voiceovers about the meaning of life and relationships (“In the end, the son suffers the sins of the father”) ang pelikula kaya medyo slow ang pacing. Halos bumagsak ako nung Philo classes ko back in college kaya hirap na hirap sumabay yung utak ko dito.

Meron naman mga major ganap every so often (yung mala-Mad Max: Fury Road lunar chase scene, yung baboon na puno ng angst, etc.). Masaya din mag-isip kung ano yung mga space-related films ng cast (every time nagsasalita sa recorded video si Liv Tyler, naaalala ko ang Armageddon at kung bakit mas gusto ko ang Deep Impact).

Natawa ako dun sa space shuttle na naghatid kay Roy sa moon kasi very Cebu Pacific at lahat may bayad. Kulang na lang sumigaw yung FA ng “Snacks for sale!”. Interesting din na ang daming mahahabang hallways sa lahat ng hubs dito, including yung sa Mars. Mayaman talaga ang Amerika. Tapos yung futuristic room na may moving images reminded me of Black Mirror’s Fifteen Million Merits. Nung blooming flowers yung background, sobrang ganda at pwede na ma-post sa One Perfect Shot (o alam na, strong contender na naman si Hoyte van Hoytema for Best Cinematography sa Oscars next year).

But the best thing about this was Brad. Ang expressive ng mga mata niya lalo na sa scene na nananawagan siya sa father niya (the always masungit Tommy Lee Jones) na matagal na di nagpaparamdam. Imagine mo na lang kung gaano kahirap maghanap ng missing tatay sa bawat sulok ng mundo. Eh paano pa kung sa Neptune diba? Walang-wala lahat ng daddy issues ninyo.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019 Scorecard

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Best Feature Length Film

1. CIRCA (Adolf Alix, Jr.) – ★★★★☆
2. OPEN (Andoy Ranay) – ★★★★☆
3. LSS (Jade Castro) – ★★★★☆

4. LOLA IGNA (Eduardo Roy, Jr.) – ★★★☆☆

5. THE PANTI SISTERS (Jun Lana) – ★★☆☆☆
6. CUDDLE WEATHER (Rod Marmol) – ★★☆☆☆
7. WATCH ME KILL (Tyrone Acierto) – ★★☆☆☆
8. G! (Dondon Santos) – ★★☆☆☆
9. I’m Ellenya L. (Boy 2 Quizon) – ★☆☆☆☆

Not seen:
Pagbalik
Verdict

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. CHRISTIAN BABLES (The Panti Sisters)
2. JC SANTOS (Open)
3. PAOLO BALLESTEROS (The Panti Sisters)
4. KHALIL RAMOS (LSS)
5. MARTIN DEL ROSARIO (The Panti Sisters)
6. RK BAGATSING (Cuddle Weather)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1. ANGIE FERRO (Lola Igna)
2. SUE RAMIREZ (Cuddle Weather)
3. ANITA LINDA (Circa)
4. ARCI MUÑOZ (Open)
5. JEAN GARCIA (Watch Me Kill)
6. GABBI GARCIA (LSS)
7. MARIS RACAL (I’m Ellenya L.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. JOHN ARCILLA (The Panti Sisters)
2. ELIJAH CANLAS (LSS)
3. ENCHONG DEE (Circa)
4. VANCE LARENA (Open)
5. RICKY DAVAO (Circa)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. TUESDAY VARGAS (LSS)
2. JACLYN JOSE (Circa)
3. MA. ISABEL LOPEZ (Lola Igna)
4. MERYLL SORIANO (Lola Igna)
5. INA RAYMUNDO (Open)
6. IANA BERNARDEZ (LSS)
7. GINA ALAJAR (Circa)
8. ELIZABETH OROPESA (Circa)
9. VIA ANTONIO (The Panti Sisters)
10. ROXANNE BARCELO (The Panti Sisters)

Until next year!!

LOLA IGNA (Eduardo Roy, Jr., 2019)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Lumaki ako sa lola kaya sanay na sanay ako makita siya nakaupo sa arinola. Nung bata pa ako, di ko talaga alam kung ano ang gamit niya bilang hindi naman ako nakaupo pag umiihi. Kaya nung isang beses na sumakit ang tiyan ko around midnight at sa takot na pumunta sa banyo, may surprise na naghihintay sa lola ko pagbukas niya ng takip nung umaga.

Marami akong magagandang memories with my lola kaya hindi ako nahirapang magustuhan ang pelikulang ito na tungkol sa isang lola (malamang si Lola Igna diba, a spectacular Angie Ferro) na mag-celebrate ng kanyang ika-118 na birthday at tinutulungang makapasok sa parang Guinness Book of World Records (may prize na almost $50k for every year kaya halos $6M ang makukuha niya; may ganito ba talaga? Iinom na ako ng Ensure every day kung totoo ‘to).

May theory ako na kaya siya umabot ng ganun katanda kasi sanay ang katawan niya sa germs kaya malakas resistensya niya. May part sa simula na ipinakita ang isang nilalangaw na toilet bowl sa labas ng bahay tapos sa sunod na eksena eh breakfast table na at punung-puno ng langaw ang kanin at ulam niya. Same langaw ba sila galing sa labas? Ayaw kong isipin parang magkakasakit ako.

(Also, sobrang ganda ng scene na yan kasi nag-tagay siya ng tuba para sa yumao niyang asawa. Yup, first ten minutes pa lang umiiyak na agad ako.)

Maganda ang first half ng movie with the right balance of comedy and drama. Lakas ng tawa ko dun sa itinapon na wiwi tapos may kurot naman sa puso nung sinabi niya na ang gusto niya mangyari sa buhay niya na hindi pa niya nagagawa eh yung mamatay na siya. Tapos sobrang infectious ng bungi-bunging smile ni Ms. Angie sa eksena na ‘to grabe ang galing niya talaga. (At syempre kabogera as always ang aking favorite na si THE Ma. Isabel Lopez as an atribidang anak slash opportunist, este, entrepreneur pala.)

Medyo nabagalan na ako nung second half lalo na at medyo conventional na ang pinuntahan ng story nung kay Yves Flores. Napaisip pa ako kung intentional yung kabaong reference sa Magnifico kasi medyo similar din ang naging twist.

Si Meryll Soriano pumasok nung bandang dulo tapos may isang scene lang na sinusuklayan niya lola niya tapos ang husay ng bawat patak ng luha. At natawa ako kasi obviously maganda siyang buntis dahil babae ang naging anak niya (bilang nasabihan ni Lola Igna yung isa niyang kapitbahay na lalaki ang ipinagbubuntis nito kasi ang chaka niya haha!).

“Ang dami ko nang libing at burol na di na dapat pinuntahan. Ako ang laging iniiwan. Ako ang laging nagluluksa.” Ang sakit naman nito. Wait, mukhang may second thoughts ako dun sa Ensure ah.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

MGA ANAK NG KAMOTE (Carlo Catu, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

The first twenty minutes that resembled a well-crafted ST mystery really made me believe that I would end up loving this film. But then it turned into a futuristic political satire where sweet potatoes were banned like marijuana and it completely lost me.

I appreciated the restrained performance of Katrina Halili here (and she looked very much a screen goddess, like a young Alma Moreno). I really wish this went all out as a Diligin Mo ng Arnibal ang Uhaw Kong Kamote.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published September 13, 2018.)

BILLY MADISON (Tamra Davis, 1995)

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“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

“Ok, a simple ‘wrong’ would have done just fine, but yeah…”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

P.S. O’Doyle rules!!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published September 11, 2018.)