JAMES & PAT & DAVE (Theodore Boborol, 2020)

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Sayang kasi namukadkad ang pechay, I mean comedic talent ni Loisa Andalio dito. Ganito nag-start si Kim Chiu dati eh. Ganda pa ng rehistro ng mukha niya sa big screen. I can’t wait to see more of her in future (non-Hospicio) projects.

Nasobrahan ang pelikula sa corny humor at mostly OA performances (lalo na si Awra Briguela as “Sasha Valur”). Bawal ang normal conversations dito. Kelangan level 999 ang delivery na maririnig ng mga aso sa kabilang kanto. Grabe nakakatulili!

Kung Got 2 Believe ang peg ng first movie, dito naman may brutal roast ng Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita. Infer natawa ako nung sinabi na baka mabagok pa ang ulo ni Claudine nung nagpagulong-gulong sila ni Rico sa burol. Mapanood nga ulit ‘tong sina Mela.

Umayos ng 5% ang acting ni Ronnie Alonte. Kaso feel na feel niya na siya ang second coming ni Robin Padilla. At sana lang hindi siya nilagay sa mga kadiring situations na supposedly romantic like magka-hard on matapos masubsob ang talong niya sa pechay ni Loisa, no?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

BLOCK Z (Mikhail Red, 2020)

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Enjoyed a couple of thrilling sequences, but everything else just felt completely derivative. Wala ako pinalampas na zombie movie kaya sila agad yung naiisip kapag merong familiar na eksena. Tapos yung reveal na takot ang zombies sa tubig eh kakagamit lang sa Lola Nidora movie na Train to Ubusan. Di ba nila napanood yun?

People can hate on Julia Barretto all they want, but she’s a really sensitive actress and definitely one of the better ones of her generation. Sayang lang kasi yung female empowerment action scenes niya happened towards the end na. Also, nauna yun gawin ni Erich Gonzalez sa We Will Not Die Tonight so medyo less ang impact sa akin.

Ian Veneracion looked like a vampire amidst all the zombies. Bakit di siya tumatanda at all? At may time talaga siya mag-solo concert with his guitar knowing na easily triggered by noise ang mga nagkakagulong zombies sa labas ha. Nahiya naman sa kanya si Kumander Liway.

Ang apt lang that Ian and Julia’s characters supposedly won the genetic lottery in this movie (meaning immuned sila sa zombie virus). Pero hello, we don’t need anyone to tell us na nanalo talaga sila sa genetic lottery na yan kasi mukha akong aliping saguiguilid next to them.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

ON VODKA, BEERS, AND REGRETS (Irene Villamor, 2020)

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Parang dito dapat nilagay ang subtitle na Not A Love Story. It felt deeply personal to me. Pakiramdam ko bff ko si starlet Jane (Bela Padilla) at sobrang helpless ko habang pinapanood siya battling her substance abuse issue.

Gusto ko din that Francis (JC Santos) was literally a supporting character. JC took a back seat this time around and helped Bela shine even more. It might be their nth pairing pero undeniable talaga ang chemistry nila. Very real-life couple ang kulitan at tinginan.

I wonder if nag-storyboard sina Direk Irene at cinematographer niya before shooting this film. Ramdam ko kasi na pinag-isipan ang framing ng bawat eksena na kahit yung abstract painting (Who’s the artist? Ang ganda!) sa room ni Jane may sinasabi when seen next to her (or maybe not at gusto ko lang lagyan ng meaning).

Ang only gripe ko lang is medyo rushed yung ending. Hindi ko nakita si Jane na nagdurusa sa rehab ala Sandra Bullock sa 28 Days. Gusto ko sana maging part ng kanyang recovery lalo na that “love isn’t always the answer”. Hindi naman talaga love lang ang sagot sa alcoholism problem, but it sure would be nice to have someone to love you and hold your hand during the entire healing process.

Rating: ★★★★☆

NIGHTSHIFT (Yam Laranas, 2020)

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Not bad considering na ang daming elements na isiniksik sa movie. May musings on life after death, may commentary on our overworked medical staff, may pa-quote kay Emily Dickinson at Peter Pan, may Greek chorus ng mga bangkay, may lumilipad na Dementors, may discussions on Rapture (yung Biblical, hindi gay bar) at blood moon, etc.

Ramdam ko yung bagot at fatigue bilang naka-double duty yung morgue assistant character played by Yam Concepcion (na magaling dito). Pero mas gusto ko malaman ang secret nya sa pagiging fresh (with permanent curled lashes) after a 24-hour shift.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

MIA (Veronica Velasco, 2020)

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Kung gusto ko makarinig ng non-stop random trivia about earth science eh di sana nakipag-date na lang ako kay Kuya Kim.

Favorite part ko nung dinala ni Edgar Allan Guzman si Coleen Garcia sa minahan tapos nagka-realization si Ate mo: “Ngayon nakikita ko na talaga na open pit mining is MADNESS!!”.

Greta Thunberg is shooketh!!

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆