MOVIE REVIEW: UNTRUE (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2019)

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At least iba sa usual Pinoy fare. Kaso mukhang mas bagay siya na short film. Kung tutuusin di rin naman bago ang story nya sa typical revenge thrillers. Ramdam mo pa na malakas ang influence dito ng Gone Girl.

Sobrang bano talaga umarte ni Xian Lim. Yung atake sa role eh parang day 1 pa lang niya sa Baliw-Baliwan 101 course ng Star Magic Workshop. Dami ko tawa sa kanya. Dun sa eksena na umiiyak siya na parang bata napa-“Huy ginagawa mo?” talaga ako sa screen.

Okay naman si Cristine Reyes. Ang standout for me here was Rhen Escaño. Malakas ang star quality niya kaya pala nakuha siya na scissor sister sa Adan.

Maayos naman ang techs overall. Pero ang nagustuhan ko talaga dito ay yung use nung mala-Greek chorus kasi naalala ko ang Mighty Aphrodite ni Woody Allen.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: WRATH OF THE TITANS (Jonathan Liebesman, 2012)

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Maybe it was because I wasn’t fond of Greek mythology. Maybe it was because I found Sam Worthington in full warrior garb funny. Maybe it was because the line “Release the Krakken!” made me pass gas in my seat. I would never know since I kept trying to stay awake every 15 minutes.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published April 19, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: 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: ★★★☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (Renny Harlin, 2014)

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My notes on The Legend of Hercules:

1. The special effects were so bad that they used the same fake lion that mauled Eugene Domingo in Momzillas.

2. If Hercules was a demigod with extraordinary strength, then why couldn’t he kill his opponents with one blow? I know I’m overthinking. So bored.

3. Hercules won a fight and the people started throwing confetti. That scene really made me laugh out loud.

4. Kellan Lutz had saucer-sized nipples. I remembered this product I saw in Makati Cinema Square that could make one’s nipples rosy pink.

5. Lutz was a bad actor. As in Gerald Anderson level. And he loved making tampisaw in the batis. He should have Mother Lily’s magic kamison.

6. Why do people keep shouting their lines in these Greek/Roman movies? It was like the other soldiers or townspeople were deaf. Laging galit din.

7. Stay for the end credits. I think they used live goats on the soundtrack. I have no words.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published January 11, 2014.)