MOVIE REVIEW: IADYA MO KAMI (Mel Chionglo, 2016)

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I never worried about missing a single detail because there were endless flashbacks that explained everything.

Also, lahat na lang ba ng mga pelikula ngayon na may mga pari ay tungkol sa kanilang pagiging makasalanan? Lahat malalandi o kaya may anak?

At least sa Spotlight kinokondena ang kasamaan nila. Sa atin hinahanapan pa ng happy ending.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published May 3, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: EXPRESSWAY (Ato Bautista, 2016)

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This was Bautista channeling his inner Tarantino. I loved the play on light and darkness and shadows, but you could smell the movie’s twist a mile away. This was still On the Job na ber ber lite.

At least Aljur Abrenica finally stepped out of his Machete mode and acted alive for once. I wonder what Joel Torre and JM de Guzman could have done in the lead roles, though.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published April 22, 2016.)

MOVIE REVIEW: DYAMPER (Mes de Guzman, 2016)

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Although shot in gorgeous black and white, this was countered by the blatant sound issues all-throughout the movie.

I wish it had a more coherent story to latch on to that didn’t require a repetitive explanation in the end.

Was this Timothy Castillo’s big screen debut? He was obviously the breakout star in this one. So good!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published April 22, 2016.)

MOVIE REVIEW: TPO (TEMPORARY PROTECTION ORDER) (Joselito Altarejos, 2016)

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Where the director left a camera in one spot, never really following characters, making the background noise louder than the dialogue.

Where a Temporary Protection Order form was flashed onscreen while a voiceover read everything that was written on it.

Where a trip to the local sanglaan unfolded real-time, including computation of the interest (thrice!) and actual counting of cash.

Where we had to endure watching characters for several minutes wiping the stairs with spilled urine from an arinola.

Such odd choices! And I didn’t even learn anything new about domestic violence. Seriously, what was the point?

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published April 22, 2016.)

MOVIE REVIEW: MRS. (Adolf Alix, Jr., 2016)

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It was a fascinating story of an older woman and the colorful lives of other women that revolved around her. This was my kind of Alix movie (after the disastrous Chain Mail and dismal Whistleblower).

Whether she was placing ointment on higad marks or reminiscing about her dead son, Elizabeth Oropesa attacked her role with such gusto. ❤️❤️❤️

Rounding up the great cast were Lotlot de Leon, Angeli Bayani, Daria Ramirez, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Rosanna Roces, and Anita Linda.

FYI, Lotlot was brilliant in that church breakdown scene. Also, mas magaling siya magwalis ng mga dahon kesa kay Janine. 😂

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published April 22, 2016.)

MOVIE REVIEW: SAKALING HINDI MAKARATING (Ice Idanan, 2016)

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Although it reminded me of a local version of Eat, Pray, Love, it was still a different kind of “love” story with a very interesting central mystery and top-notch performances from the entire cast led by the wonderful Alessandra de Rossi. The feels! The FEELS!

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)

MOVIE REVIEW: SINA DINO AT ANG KANILANG SIKRETO (Miller Ursolino, 2016)

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This look into the lives of our local seamen was fascinating (and heartbreaking), but didn’t really break the surface. At times, it felt like an ad to encourage more sea workers and nothing more. I would have wanted to see more of the promised secrets.

(Also, the screening was marred by several sound glitches. Not sure if it was just the copy or part of the actual documentary.)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)

MOVIE REVIEW: BUHAY HABANGBUHAY (Paolo Herras, 2016)

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A dark comedy about a pesky ghost that just wouldn’t move on. I could see its rich comic book beginnings, but it just didn’t successfully translate to the big screen. Although filled with some great images, it was oftentimes baffling, with bad special effects and a waste of a talented cast.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)