2017 · Pinoy Indie

Ang Larawan

 

Larawan

FILM INFO

Based on the 1997 stage play, Ang Larawan the Musical which in turn was based on “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” by National Artist, Nick Joaquin. The film was set in 1941 just before the World War II in a mansion located in Manila. This movie is directed by Loy Arcenas under Culturtrain Productions Inc.

Casts: Paulo Avelino, Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Sandino Martin, Cris Villonco, Aicelle Santos, Nonie Buencamino, Robert Arevalo, Celeste Legazpi, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Rayver Cruz, Jojit Lorenzo, Dulce, Bernardo Bernardo, Jaime Fabregas

Genre: Musical

WHAT I LIKE?

Finally, a full-length and old-fashioned Pinoy Musical Masterpiece that successfully executed its Musical Scenes and at the same time depicted a nostalgic feeling of Philippine History and Literature… Ang Larawan is truly worthy to be the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Picture that offers appreciation of our very own treasures. The movie will take you to Old Manila specifically in Intramuros set before the World War II. I must say that being a Period Movie, Ang Larawan exceeded expectations in terms of execution. From houses, walls, costumes and even down to the choices of words, I really can see the careful and extensive research done to achieve a perfect depiction of a film set in 1941 in the Philippines. I really like how Arcenas utilized different techniques especially on musical scenes. He effectively played around the same corner of the house in majority of the scenes but set a perfect and unique mood in each sequences that will make a feeling that it was shot somewhere else. Arcenas is faithful with the material and loves to keep intact with a certain scene while highlighting the emotions of the characters. This technique truly captivated me with every frame and it almost feel like I can see raw emotions from each of the characters. Ang Larawan’s success is of course attributed with the Musical production that composed of nearly 95% of the film’s running time. I am just amazed with Ryan Cayabyab’s composition as well as the interpretation of the characters. Joanna Ampil is truly impressive and deserving of the Best Actress Award as well. She got my attention most of the time. She was just brilliant and emotionally-engaging. Rachel Alejandro was a good support too. I really love majority of their duets as well. Paulo Avelino was also perfect with his role as Tony Javier. He may not sing as good as everyone else but he was convincing in his portrayal as a desperate and shady small-time pianist in the film. Aside from the amazing lead characters, the film is well-supported with other amazing performances of well-known celebrities and gem of Philippine showbiz. Their musical collaboration is some scenes are such a joy to watch on the big screen. If you are in to quality films and you love Philippine History and Literature, Ang Larawan might be one of your favorite films so far.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Given that its a full-length Musical Film, expect that majority of conversations will be sang of course. Not-so-fan of the genres may find the movie boring given the formula. Also, to manage everyone’s expectations, Ang Larawan is more of a direct translation of a masterpiece which means that you should not be expecting grand musical numbers rather a series of conversations sang beautifully and with emotions. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea especially as compared with other MMFF 2017 Entries but Ang Larawan is truly a gem of Philippine cinema.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Siargao

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FILM INFO

Diego, a musician who returns to his hometown of Siargao to take a break from the chaotic life in Manila. There, he meets Laura, a fashion and beauty video blogger nursing a broken heart after her boyfriend dumped her. Along the way, they challenge each other as feelings grow between them. For Diego, returning to Siargao also means facing his past, including ex-flame Abi. Siargao is directed by Paul Soriano under Ten17 Productions.

Casts: Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Wil Dasovich, Mica Javier, Roxanne Barcelo, Will Devaughn, Enchong Dee

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Siargao’s strength is the island itself. The movie undeniably showcased the best of the island in all angles. Probably, this film has the best execution in terms of promoting a certain Philippine destination. I am glad they chose Siargao in Mindanao. With lots of bad publicity and apprehensions about Mindanao, creating a beautiful movie like this will somehow help us to slowly erase all negative things about our beautiful island and be able to promote our underrated tourist spots worthy of a Massive Tourism campaign. Thank you to the producers of Siargao for this superb job in terms of Cinematography and production design. I really can see the brilliant hands from Underwater Camera angles to breath-taking aerial shots of the whole island. I really like the snippets of Tourism-inspired videos that were shot beautifully. My most favorite parts are the shots with the waves. They were just so professionally-done. I am glad Pinoy film-makers could pull-off some great shots with surfing scenes. Overall, I also love the color tone of the movie. It really suits to the island-life feels and as well as the demand of the scenes. Story-wise, Siargao need not to be that deep. Somehow, you forget the story-line because of the amazing island shots and sequences. If you are in for some appreciation of Siargao and its natural beauty and adventure offer, you might find the movie fairly enjoyable.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Despite a breath-taking view of the island and an impressive cinematography & breakthrough cinematic techniques, Siargao fails to provide a solid foundation and conflict material and gave in to its several tendencies of Eat, pray, Love cliches. In as much as I wanted to fully enjoy this cinematic masterpiece, I can’t help but get disappointed with the full potential of the film. I expected it to venture a whole new story-telling experience but just like the big waves of the island, the plot is drowned with incoherent story development and weak character build-up. There is nothing in the plot that could either inspire or provoke you. At some point, the story has no bearing at all. More than a lackluster plot, Siargao suffered with a weird characterizations that were a bit off to the whole story. Honestly, Erich could easily be removed from the whole film and will have no effect with Jericho and Jasmine’s story at all. I expected Erich’s character to be fully involved but I felt she was just a beautiful seashell on the shore. Aside from that, I find Jericho and Jasmine’s love story to be lacking in terms of foundation. To begin with, it was not established well. Just like Tourists in the island, their story lasted from their entire stay and ended up after they left the island. Siargao is better off a Tourism Advertisement and Instagram Filter than a movie.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Deadma Walking

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FILM INFO

The film is all about gay best friends for life John and Mark whose friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish. Deadma Walking is directed by Julius Alfonso under OctoArts Film and T-Rex Entertainment.

Casts: Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Gerald Anderson, Eugene Domingo, Candy Pangilinan, Dimples Romana, Vin Abrenica,                                                      

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama   

WHAT I LIKE?

Deadma Walking can easily be compared with Die Beautiful but after watching it, I must say that Deadma Walking is much lighter and much more entertaining to watch. I am really amazed on how a very shallow plot of faking your own death and mounting a fake funeral can be so emotionally-engaging and even inspiring to say the least. I really like how the Director played with the script and invested on several comedic timings from its talented actors and actresses and a plot that is easy to digest. Aside from a very dynamic approach on the story-telling, the movie is a power-house of cameo roles from several prominent celebrities in the industry. What I also admire is their creativity in presenting the idea of death in a manner that is quite heartwarming and thought-provoking. There was never any dull moment from beginning to end. What I also love is the inclusion of musical numbers through their own concept of Crying Divas. Deadma Walking’s strength is mostly attributed to its talented cast namely Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman. I must say, the two of them was great and delivered award-winning performances. Their performances alone are worth the price of your admission ticket. Joross is given to be a good actor to begin with. What surprised me a lot is EA Guzman’s impressive acting performance that really deserving on an award. EA was the perfect gay best friend for the role. He was funny and charming. After watching the film, I had high respects to them as an actor. Deadma Walking should be part of your MMFF 2017 Bucket list.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

For me, there is nothing not to like about Deadma Walking.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Metro Manila Film Festival 2017

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“Tis the season for MMFF!

Christmas is fast approaching and so is the much anticipated and I must say, the now controversial Metro Manila Film Festival. Last year, MMFF took a bold risk in venturing a very wide and diverse list of movies generally having social impact and quality as a whole. 2016 was supposed to be “CHANGE IS COMING” year for the festival as quality films are being shown and showcased to the public. Unfortunately,  the 2017 selection has somehow pulled a little bit backwards. Well, I won’t dwell much on my opinion on this year’s MMFF selection process but allow me to give you a bird’s eye view of the Eight (8) Official Entries that will serve as your movie guide. MC MOVIE REVIEW will also give its Fearless Prediction and Impression on each of the entries. 

MOVIE #1: DEADMA WALKING

  • Director: Julius Alfonso                                            
  • Casts: Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Gerald Anderson, Eugene Domingo, Candy Pangilinan, Dimples Romana, Vin Abrenica,                                                        
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama   
  • Producer: T-Rex Entertainment, OctoArts Films                        

SYNOPSIS: The film is all about gay best friends for life John and Mark whose friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish. 

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MC’s IMPRESSION:  This movie reminds me so much of “DIE BEAUTIFUL” from last year’s MMFF. I can’t help but have a little comparison though at some point. Honestly, I didn’t like the Trailer but I am still watching this movie as support to the LGBT Family. I think this movie will be a good mixture of comedy and drama as expected. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Box-office wise, this might land somewhere between Top 4-5. Considering its mature theme, this will draw a much lesser crowd from family and conservative ones. Also, the BEST ACTOR AWARD is lurking somewhere in the movie.

MOVIE #2: ANG PANDAY

  • Director: Rodel Nacianceno & Coco Martin
  • Casts: Coco Martin, Awra Briguela, Julio Diaz, Jake Cuenca, Gloria Romero,  McCoy de Leon, Elisse Joson, Ejay Falcon, Eddie Garcia, Michael de Mesa, Jaime Fabregas, Agot Isidro, Onyok Pineda   
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama           
  • Producer: CCM CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS, Inc., Viva Films & Star Cinema                    

SYNOPSIS: Lizardo, the immortal evil nemesis of Panday comes back from the world of darkness to once again bring havoc to the human race. With Flavio III not knowing that his bloodline is the only one capable of destroying Lizardo, he will have to scour different worlds to be able to gain the trust of the mythical power of the legendary sword.

Ang Panday

MC’s IMPRESSION: It is a little bit tiring to see numerous big screen adaptation of Panday but somehow Coco Martin gave a little inspiration for me to consider this movie. Trailer-wise, I find it “lacking” in terms of  fantasy feels. I am expecting it to be too melodramatic given the tendency of Filipino movies nowadays. Of course, let us not forget that this is also a Romantic Movie. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: This will give Vice Ganda’s The Revengers (Unfortunately!) a little run for their money. Given the COCO MARTIN fever here in PH and somehow a very effective Marketing Strategy lately, the movie could land into Top 1 and Top 2. The movie might also be the best recipient of BEST EDITING, CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SOUNDTRACK and VISUAL EFFECTS. Well, somehow its a given.

MOVIE #3: LARAWAN                                                                                                           

  • Director: Loy Arcenas             
  • Casts: Paulo Avelino, Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Sandino Martin, Cris Villonco, Aicelle Santos, Nonie Buencamino, Robert Arevalo, Celeste Legazpi, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Rayver Cruz, Jojit Lorenzo, Dulce, Bernardo Bernardo, Jaime Fabregas 
  • Genre: Musical     
  • Producer:  Culturtain Musical Association Inc.                                                                                                                

SYNOPSIS: Based on the 1997 stage play, Ang Larawan the Musical which in turn was based on “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” by National Artist, Nick Joaquin. The film was set in 1941 just before the World War II in a mansion located in Manila.

Larawan

MC’s IMPRESSION: I am really amazed that the MMFF 2017 is welcoming this type of movie in their roster. Even though I am not musically-inclined, I found the Trailer to be pretty cool and awesome. It is truly seldom to see Musical-themed movies. For those seeking quality films this MMFF, Larawan might be first on their list. Hello! Its Paulo Avelino plus the Pillars of the Filipino Music Industry is behind these as well.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Given the trend of moviegoers of MMFF, most likely that this movie will unfortunately land in the last two spot of the BOX OFFICE. Majority of the moviegoers wanted to laugh and patronize Vice Ganda so they won’t mind skipping Larawan on their list. It is sad actually. The BEST ACTRESS, BEST PICTURE, Culture-Sensitive Award and Best Musical Scoring might belong under Larawan’s belt.

MOVIE #4: SIARGAO                                                                                                                           

  • Director: Paul Soriano     
  • Casts: Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Wil Dasovich, Mica Javier, Roxanne Barcelo, Will Devaughn, Enchong Dee   
  • Genre: Romance, Drama       
  • Producer: TEN17P Productions

SYNOPSIS: Diego, a musician who returns to his hometown of Siargao to take a break from the chaotic life in Manila. There, he meets Laura, a fashion and beauty vlogger nursing a broken heart after her boyfriend dumped her. Along the way, they challenge each other as feelings grow between them. For Diego, returning to Siargao also means facing his past, including ex-flame Abi.

SIARGAO

MC’s IMPRESSION: SIARGAO is quite a good choice as one of this year’s entries. The movie benefited well on Tourism-driven kind of Marketing Strategy that became effective for Sagada from the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”. Compared with ALL OF YOU, this movie looks like a little serious on its approach. Also, people might be new with Jericho-Erich pairing which is relatively new on the big screen. Travel-junkies might also consider this movie especially those who are very much interested to visit the island of SIARGAO.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: SIARGAO might be less appealing in terms of box-office returns compared with its closest competitor in the genre – ALL OF YOU. It might also land in the Bottom 3. Given the tried and tested chemistry of Jennylyn and Derek, SIARGAO might struggle a bit. Awards-wise, this might be the 2nd or 3rd Best Picture. After this movie, SIARGAO TOURISM statistics will definitely increase. 

MOVIE #5: GANDARRAPIDO!: THE REVENGER SQUAD                                                           

  • Director: Bb. Joyce Bernal       
  • Casts: Daniel Padilla, Vice Ganda, Piza Wurtzbach, Karla Estrada, Ejay Falcon, Lassy Marquez, MC, Wacky Kiray, RK Bagatsing, Loisa Andalio, Michael Flores           
  • Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure                 
  • Producer: Star Cinema and Viva Films

SYNOPSIS: The movie revolves around Emy, who is protective of his younger brother Chino. As evil forces start invading Earth, Emy is forced to unleash his superpowers. Chino’s powers are also activated as he turns 21, giving him super speed and earning him the name Rapiddo. The fun and conflict start when another superhero, Kweenie enters their lives. They must all form a superhero squad in defending the Earth from dark forces. 

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MC’s IMPRESSION: Well, if its Vice Ganda, it must be blockbuster. Despite the movie’s premise in being non-sense as expected, moviegoers just wanted to laugh inside the cinema. If that’s the case, then The Revengers will truly rake millions of cash in the Box Office. From the usual Vice Ganda’s breed of humor and slapstick style, people won’t mind seeing a trashy movie just for pure cinematic entertainment.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Definitely, this movie will be in bottle-neck between Ang Panday but generally, The Revengers will top the Box Office among the 8 entries for this year’s MMFF. They won’t probably win any awards but the movie will surely shatter box office returns as expected. 

MOVIE #6: ALL OF YOU                                                                                                                     

  • Director: Dan Villegas   
  • Casts: Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay, Sam Milby, Solenn Heussaff, Yayo Aguila, Kean Cipriano, Nico Antonio, Enzo Marcos, Via Antonio, Hannah Ledesma, Kelvin Yu                 
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama     
  • Producer: Quantum Films, MJM Productions

SYNOPSIS: Gab and Gabby, two individuals who have strong opposing views on love and marriage, fall in love and agree to be in a committed relationship. As they hit their 3-year mark, the couple find themselves back to where they started as they asked themselves where their relationship is headed.

All of me

MC’s IMPRESSION: I am self-confessed fan of Dan Villegas and as well Derek and Jennylyn so definitely ALL OF YOU is part of my movie list. The trailer looks promising as it always satisfy my craving for the kind of movie Dan Villegas is producing. Compared with the previous films under his belt, I think that ALL OF YOU might pull itself a little bit in terms of plot attack.

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Given the tried and tested Dan Villegas magic and Jennylyn-Derek superb chemistry on-screen, ALL OF YOU might land in the Top 4 of the Box Office List. Moreover, Jennylyn might not win the Best Actress Award this time since it might be for Ang Larawan’s Joanna Ampil. 

MOVIE #7: MEANT TO BEH                                                                                                               

  • Director: Chris Martinez               
  • Casts: Vic Sotto, Dawn Zulueta, JC Santos, Daniel Matsunaga, Andrea Torres, Gabbi Garcia, Ruru Madrid, Baste       
  • Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy     
  • Producer: Octo Arts Films, MZet Productions, APT Entertainment

SYNOPSIS: The story involves a married couple who decided to get separated after realizing they don’t love each other. Their children, who was affected by this separation,  embarked on a mission to save the marriage of their parents despite having separate relationships together.

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MC’s IMPRESSION: Upon seeing the Trailer, I was like DUUUH! Well, this is by far the weakest MMFF entry among the 8 films. I find the storyline to be very shallow and not worthy to be in the MMFF. Well, that’s basing from a great and diverse movie selection from last year. Meant To Beh might not be included in my movie list to watch out for. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: Despite being equally trashy as The Revengers, Meant To Beh will either land in the Bottom 3 or Top 5 the most in terms of box office. I still believe that Bosing has solid fans out there to support this lame movie.

MOVIE #8: HAUNTED FOREST                                                                                                           

  • Director: Ian Lorenos     
  • Casts: Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal, Jon Lucas, Raymart Santiago, Joey Marquez, Jerald Napoles, Betong Sumaya, Myrtle Sarrosa, Miho Nishida, Beverly Salviejo, Kelvin Miranda 
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller       
  • Producer: Regal Films

SYNOPSIS: Haunted Forest tells the story of Nica, a teenager forced to leave her life behind when her estranged policeman father who got reassigned to the province. The once peaceful town is now haunted by “sitsit,” a supernatural being who preys on women, eventually leaving the victim’s lifeless body in the middle of the forest.

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MC’s IMPRESSION: Being the only Horror in this year’s MMFF, expectations are high for Haunted Forest. I can’t help but compare this to their successful and breakthrough Horror Film – The Haunted Mansion which is by far the best in the genre of Pinoy Horror. Well, at first glance of the trailer, I think Haunted Forest is a competitive horror piece. How I wish there will be less special effects  and related stuff to lessen the goofy feels instead of a scary one. 

MC’s FEARLESS FORECAST: This movie is a strong contender of the Top 3 spot considering that Horror Films during the MMFF run is usually successful at the box office. Given the followers of Jane and Maris and as well as Jameson and Jon, the movie will truly draw a younger crowd. If the movie will be a word-of-mouth success, Haunted Forest might even give Ang Panday a quick run for their money. 

Oh well! You might no entirely love this year’s selection but I do hope you will still support and patronize Pinoy Films this Holiday Season. Please note that CINEMA OPERATORS have full discretion on the Film Selections per area so be sure to catch those films you feel won’t make it on the cut.

The METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL will start on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017 and will end on the first week of January 2018.

 

2017 · Pinoy Indie

Smaller and Smaller Circles

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FILM INFO

Smaller and Smaller Circles is a film based on the Filipino Mystery Novel of the same title by F.H. Batacan that revolves around the solving of the murders of young boys in Payatas. The movie is directed by Raya Martin under TBA, Tuko Film Productions & Buchi Boy Entertainment.

Casts: Nonie Buencamino, Sid Lucero, Bembol Roco, Carla Humphries

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Investigative

WHAT I LIKE?

Smaller and Smaller Circles is a Filipino Novel Adaptation from FH Batacan about the mystery of the death of young boys at Payatas Dumpsite. First of all, SASC is I believe a rare movie that took seriously the Murder Mystery Genre with its superb Production design and engrossing storyline. What I like about the movie is its depth and accurate attack on crime-solving scenes without sacrificing the whole plot and carefully laying out all cards and twists smoothly in a way that the audience enjoy every bit of mystery and thrills. Smaller and Smaller Circles has the right chunk of suspense wrapped in creative cinematography and a very consistent Period setting. It is set during 1997 and I really love its cinematic and nostalgic tone & impressive production design from the places, way of speech, vehicles and even upto their hair and make-up. Aside from this impressive piece of art, the movie has effectively brought its Filipino audience into the world of forensic investigation. For a Filipino film, SASC is in all angle,  a great and breakthrough film deserving of that spotlight. Raya’s take on the scenes are creative and compelling. Narration was on point and camera angles were clean. I really love on the how the scenes depicted a vivid picture and backdrop of Manila in the late 1990s plus a very brilliant approach in incorporating religion, politics and crime investigation into a nearly perfect package worthy of an international citation. I am also impressed   with the characters in Smaller and Smaller Circles. Lucero and Buencamino were both great in their portrayal sa Jesuit Forensic Priests. Buencamino gave a convincing role of Priest that stands firm with his beliefs. On the otherhand, Lucero is a very charming one inclined more on the Academic side. The two make a good chemistry in most of the scenes. I also like the support given by Humphries, Roco, Trinidad and the other casts. They were all effective on their chosen roles. The contrast of the characters and the demand of the plot fits perfectly. Overall, the movie is worth every cent of your admission ticket and perhaps one of the best Pinoy movies of all time.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Expecting this film to be action-packed might disappoint viewers since the approach is really different from that of the mainstream. In a forgivable consideration, how I wish the Climax part was built up on a different manner. A little bit intensity on the confrontation will do. Neverthless, it did not changed the way I looked at this masterpiece

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

12

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FILM INFO

12 is a story of Anton and Erika, a couple who has been together for 12 years. The story will evolve into their lives as they struggle to cope up with various problems and hurdles in their relationship especially living together in one roof. 12 is directed by Dondon Santos under Viva Films.

Casts: Alessandra de Rossi, Ivan Padilla

Genre: Romantic, Drama

Previous Movie of Alessandra de Rossi: Kita Kita (2017)

WHAT I LIKE?

12 took a lot of risk in its storytelling and cinematography. For me, the risk was worth it. What I like about the movie is its bold approach in investing more from a conversational formula alongside a secluded setting and a very relatable conflict material specifically made for long-term couples undergoing certain issues in their relationship. It is just raw and affecting. Raw in the sense that the conflict material is their. Also, there were less backstory hence the Director focused on two tones of the story only – the ups and downs of the relationship of Anton & Erika. What I even like is how creatively the director set the two phases of their lives through cinematic tones and production setting. Moreover, conversations are abundant yet there were all real and heartfelt. It was generally natural and raw to hear it straight from the two characters. You can easily see their emotions cutthrough effortlessly. Cinematography is impressive. I also love the timing of the Sound Engineering. There were no unnecessary flashbacks and the storyline is presented in a straightforward and on-point manner. Acting-wise, I am impressed with Alessandra and Ivan on this one. Alessandra gave a pure and raw acting performance. Ivan, despite the Fil-Am accent, was actually effective in his portrayal too. Both of them look good on-screen and chemistry is undeniably there. Overall, the movie may be melodramatic but it has some pinch of humor that flows effortlessly as the story goes by. What I love about 12 is that it brings us to a deeper understanding of some of the issues a long-term couple are experiencing. What is most admirable is the lesson it tries to impart its viewers in terms of respect and love for both ourselves and towards others. I just loved the simplicity and realism shown in the movie. For me, 12 delivered.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Somehow it will really disappoint lots of viewers especially if they are expecting the story to be dynamic such as Kita Kita and the like. A big portion of some of the disappointments of the audience are largely attributed to comparing the movie from others too. Therd is no point of comparison because the movie delivered enough justice with the demand of its plot and phasing. Well as I said, watch 12 with your own risk. For me, the risk is worth it.

RATINGS:

8/10 Popcorns.

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2017 · Pinoy Indie

Pauwi Na (2017)

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FILM INFO

Pauwi Na is one of the Official entries of the 2017 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino that tackles a story a struggling family who traveled from Quezon City to Bicol Region on a pedicab. A series of unfortunate events will test their determination as they finally make their way home. This movie is directed by Paolo Villaluna under Universal Harbester Incorporated.

Casts: Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryll Soriano, Jerald Napoles, Jess Mendoza & Chai Fonacier.

Genre: Family Drama.

Previous Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Movies: Patay na si Hesus (2017)

WHAT I LIKE?

I am just so impressed with Pauwi Na. For me, one of the best Pinoy indie drama made in years. Finally, it is so great to see a quality movie about poverty and family values wrapped in a simple package yet cuts deep with your emotions. Actually, I am literally blown away on how the movie creatively played with its story-telling technique and cinematography from visual editing to production design. At some point, I can see Poverty on beautiful setting. This is somehow a good thing for light-hearted moviegoers since majority of the scenes are not so directly hard-hitting. The scenes are subtle enough to portray hardship and poverty because it will allow you to feel it instead. What I like is the insertion of creative scenes and metaphors in between major setbacks in the story. These interpretations are just brilliantly executed. The plot of the movie flows naturally with very relatable sequences that were all shot beautifully. I also loved their interpretation of Jesus in the movie. Aside from a very impressive Cinematography and Plot presentation, Pauwi Na’s strength is mostly attributed to its very talented casts. Bembol and Cherry Pie were just so delightful to watch on-screen. They both gave meaningful performances. Jerald and Chai were great as well. I must say, all of them were pretty good. Overall, the movie is heartwarming and very inspiring. Its definitely worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I can’t say any negative about the film. I enjoyed it as much as I was inspired by its very relatable and light-hearted plot.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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Yes, you may still watch some of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Films here in Davao City. until September 23, 2017.  Visit FDCP Cinematheque Davao here at Palma Gil Street, Davao City. You may call them at (082) 282-4579.

Here’s the Schedule below:

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PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO (FDCP CINEMATHEQUE DAVAO)