MOVIE REVIEW: HERE COMES THE BRIDE (Chris Martinez, 2010)

“Apir, apir, apir! Hindi na uso yan. Wisik-wisik na lang. Masdan mo ang beauty kwooohhh, tataas ang kilay mwohhh! Tseeehh!!” Achieve na achieve si Angelica Panganiban dito. Definitely one of the best comedic performances in Philippine cinema history.

Mahusay din ang buong ensemble. Ang saya nung sequence ng multiple personality switches during the second solar eclipse. Lalong na-highlight kung gaano ka-talented yung cast. Given naman na magagaling na mga komedyante sina Eugene Domingo, John Lapus, and Tuesday Vargas, pero who knew na sobrang nakakatawa ni Jaime Fabregas? Kahit ilang beses ko na ito napanood ang lakas pa rin ng tawa ko sa Markova bit niya.

Pero yung totoo, kung magising ka isang araw sa katawan ni Angelica, ano ang unang-una mong gagawin? Wrong answers only.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: THE KINGMAKER (Lauren Greenfield, 2019)

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When Imelda Marcos mentioned that “Perception is real, and the truth is not”, it couldn’t have been more true in her case. If I didn’t know any better, I would have fallen for her allure as a wonderful First Lady of the Philippines. She was extremely charismatic here, beautiful (moreso in her prime), very well-spoken, and sounded smart with her empty platitudes on beauty and mothering.

But the cloud of disillusionment completely dissipated with the testimonies of the Martial Law victims, the unanswered questions on the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth, and their family’s connection to President Duterte’s ascent to power.

Although I felt that this documentary faltered a bit towards the end when it lost focus on its engrossing (emphasis on gross, per Dilawans) subject matter, I really liked the fact that it took a seemingly neutral stand on Imelda the person (or the icon, depending on one’s political views). Let the people (or audience) think and decide if we need to forget the atrocities of the past or say never again. In the end, people really get the government that they deserve.

Rating: ★★★★☆

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BREAKUP PLAYLIST (Dan Villegas, 2015)

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I really liked that the movie didn’t trivialize love. Gino and Trixie’s love story didn’t happen overnight. You actually know how and why they fell in love.

Not all love stories are the usual meet cute and full of romantic or kilig moments. As in real life, more often than not they’re uneventful and boring.

But you know their love is true and your heart breaks for this crazy couple fighting over trivial things like the car aircon.

And even with an ending that felt a tad forced, you know this isn’t your usual fairy tale romance. Pain is inevitable, but love remains.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published July 8, 2015.)

MOVIE REVIEW: BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Sharon Maguire, 2001)

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Knew the signs wasn’t right
I was stupid for a while
Swept away by you
And now I feel like a fool
So confused, my heart’s bruised
Was I ever loved by you?

Out of reach, so far
I never had your heart
Out of reach, couldn’t see
We were never meant to be…

P.S. #TeamDarcy4evs

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published June 27, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: INCEPTION (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

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I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…I dreamed a dream in time gone by…Now life has killed the dream I dreamed. (In my chosen reality, this film is further proof that art and commercialism are not mutually exclusive.)

Marion Cotillard and that Edith Piaf song! ❤️

I have this strange fascination of ambiguous endings and the one used here with the spinning totem was just perfect. Chase your reality!

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published July 4, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: ATHLETE A (Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, 2020)

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Even in our country where people predominantly still think that women get what they deserve (and that they had it coming) because of how they dress, it’s no wonder that sexual abuse victims would rather keep silent than kick the shit out of the real villains.

This Spotlight-like documentary that chronicled the disgusting cover-up made by USA Gymnastics to protect a pedophile in their organization was an incredibly tough watch. I used to really love gymnastics, probably the only Olympic event that I eagerly anticipated. I was one of the millions that cheered when Kerri Strug made that historic vault despite of an injured ankle. Finally knowing all the behind the scenes that led up to that moment broke my heart even more.

When all of the victims bravely stood and spoke before their abuser and called him out for being the monster that he was, I just couldn’t control my emotions. We really need to protect our kids. We really need to end victim-blaming. And most importantly, we really need to stop enabling these deplorables.

Your move, Viva Management.

Rating: ★★★★☆