BASTA’T KASAMA KITA (Rory Quintos, 1995)

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How To Eat Talangka (aka Baby Crabs) According To Alex:

“First, you open the door. And then sawsaw mo sa suka. Binigar! Like that. And then divided by two. One you eat like that. Then rice, okay? Then the other one you eat also like that. Understood?”

I mean, seriously, why wouldn’t the Princess of Bavaria fall in love with him (chimes and music and all), especially if he looked very much like peak Aga Muhlach?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published January 21, 2019.)

DAHAS (Chito Roño, 1995)

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It’s been 23 years since this was shown in theaters as an MMFF ‘95 entry and I’m still bitter over the fact that it lost Best Picture (and Best Actress for Maricel Soriano) to standard drama fare Muling Umawit ang Puso. Great Pinoy thrillers rarely get the respect that they deserve.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published January 20, 2019.)

ESKAPO (Chito Roño, 1995)

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Our own version of (a real-life!) Prison Break. This is the part of history that I choose to believe in and no amount of revisionism can make me think otherwise.

You know you’re watching an effective thriller when you still get excited over something that 1) you’ve seen several times already, and 2) you very well know how the film will end.

My favorite moment though would have to be that brilliant aerial shot of Teresa Loyzaga as the Imelda Marcos tossing petals at the coffin of the late Don Eugenio Lopez. Pasabog as always in a scene rich with symbolism.

Rating: ★★★★☆