MOVIE REVIEW: F#*@BOIS (Eduardo Roy, Jr., 2019)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Frontrow and center ang fearless performance dito ni Ricky Davao. Wala akong maisip na ibang veteran actor na kayang buong tapang na dila-dilaan at isubo ang paa ng ibang tao (juskopo, sana naman nagpa-foot spa muna si Fuccboi #1 bago gawin ang eksena). Nangangamoy grand slam siya ngayong taon ha.

If you’ve seen Pamilya Ordinaryo or Quick Change, hindi ka na maninibago sa takbo at style ng pelikulang ito. Yung todo sa stress levels tapos wala ka naman magawa kundi manood at ma-stress pa lalo. Tapos hindi ka bibigyan ng malinis na resolution kaya gusto mo na lang umuwi at mag-shower agad agad.

Nagustuhan ko na ipinakita dito ang mundo nina Ace (Royce Cabrera) at Mico (Kokoy de Santos, a revelation) bilang mga sex workers slash konteseros. Ramdam yung desperation na kumita ng pera habang rumarampa na halos labas ang kaluluwa maliban sa tube sock na nakapasok sa kanilang bikini.

(Side note: Hindi ko alam kung intentional pero ang ganda na yung pattern ng dugo sa likod ni Ace pagkatapos ng saksakan ay parang parte ng design sa national costume niya nung bikini open.)

Sana lang mas naging invested pa ako sa characters nila. Hindi kasi umabot sa point na halos mabaliw na ako kakaisip kung nasaan si Baby Arjan. Siguro rin kasi may negative perception agad talaga sa mga fuccbois. Kasalanan na naman ‘to ni Gerald.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: LAST FOOL SHOW (Eduardo Roy, Jr., 2019)

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It was the Ang Babae sa Septic Tank of local rom-coms that needed a bit more smart humor. As a Star Cinema production, I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t have the balls to completely bite the hands that financed it (most of the in-jokes focused on their posters).

Instead, it poked fun at recent non-SC love stories (albeit some were brutally spot-on, like that Ocean Deep montage ala Kita Kita or the awkward beach dancing ala Mr. and Mrs. Cruz). Seriously, they chose Arci Muñoz in the lead and not a single callback from Always Be My Maybe or Can We Still Be Friends? Wasted opportunity.

Muñoz was irritating in the kooky Issa character, but fared better as the serious Mayessa. JM de Guzman was just okay. Both performances lacked that “wink wink” factor that made Eugene Domingo in Septic Tank and Klaudia Koronel in Tuhog hilariously brilliant.

Plus half a star each for the use of (what I assumed were) the director’s real Balanghais and that Baby Arjan reference.

Rating: ★★★☆☆