NUWEBE (Joseph Israel Laban, 2013)


Nuwebe touched on a delicate (and controversial) subject matter handled much better in recent MMK episodes. Several scenes had people laughing.

The interview parts were problematic. The kid was forcing herself to cry while uttering weird word choices that elicited giggles.

Jake Cuenca failed to bring anything to his role, except show his ass. Nadine Samonte fared better as the suffering, confused mom.

There were so many elements of Insiang apparent in this movie. I wonder if that classic served as an inspiration to the director.

And did we really need that blatant Eskinol Master product placement? Did it deserve a scene of its own even if it had no bearing at all?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 7, 2013.)


MOVIE REVIEW: BWAYA (Francis Pasion, 2014)


Jeffrey Jeturian’s Tuhog was a brilliant take on how media tend to exploit real-life tragedies. Francis Pasion’s Bwaya felt just like that.

It bordered on being a cheap sensationalism piece in Rated K and a typical dramatization in Maalaala Mo Kaya.

As expected, it was full of TV Patrol acting at the expense of the usually dependable Angeli Bayani. Such a shame.

I was a tad disappointed because Pasion did this much better in his previous work Jay (a personal favorite). If there’s one thing I loved it was the gorgeous cinematography with all the aerial shots of the Agusan marshlands. Who knew the trouble that lurked there?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 6, 2014.)