MOVIE REVIEW: JUST ONE SUMMER (Mac Alejandre, 2012)

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This movie was pure torture to sit through, especially since it made a lot of our talented local actors come out hysterical and hammy (Joel Torre with eyes popping out of their sockets, Cherry Pie Picache acting subdued and lazy, Alice Dixson sounding shrill, and a worthless supporting turn from Ms. Gloria Romero).

I tried to think of something nice to say but with the poor direction and terrible performances, I just couldn’t.

Elmo Magalona delivered his lines like he was in a declamation contest (in time for Buwan ng Wika). Oh, and there was a “gulong-gulong down the burol” scene that will probably end up as the most cringeworthy moment in Pinoy cinema this year.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published August 24, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: SCHOOL SERVICE (Louie Ignacio, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Two hours of watching the poor suffer without really learning anything about their lives (most of their stories were just mentioned in passing and never touched on again). How could we sympathize with these fleeting characters when they were no different from any random street children that we encounter every day begging for alms?

I would always prefer Ai-Ai delas Alas in a dramatic role. Parang ang dami niyang hinanakit sa mundo kaya nakakaawa whenever she would break down bigla. Here, she was like a depressed version of Ina Montecillo. In one brilliant scene, she was exposed by another woman for being a fraud on a wheelchair and when she stood up and gave the other a huge slap, I actually cheered for her even if I shouldn’t have. Ang galing niya lang kasi kahit nasa mali ang character niya. Ramdam mo ang galit.

Maybe I would have liked this more if the young kids (except for Therese Malvar, who’s good in anything) sounded more authentic and not like they were part of a speech contest for Buwan ng Wika.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 8, 2018.)