2018

Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story)

SID & AYA

FILM INFO

Sid met Aya, a mysterious woman whom he met after asking to spend time with him as he battles insomnia and those long & empty nights. This movie is directed by Irene Emma Villamor under Viva Films.

Casts: Dingdong Dantes, Anne Curtis, Gabby Eigenmann, Cholo Barreto, Bubbles Paraiso, Josef Elizalde, Pio Balbuena, Gab Lagman, Joey Marquez, Jobelle Salvador & Johnny Revilla.

Genre: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Sid and Aya is indeed not a love story. The movie is a life story. It teaches us to take risk for the persons we love. The movie is pragmatic and straightforward. It gives us a different kind of views in love and in life. It was raw and realistic. The status inequality was laid down well along with the contrast of characters between Sid & Aya. Sid being an established, well-mannered, handsome and arrogant person at the peak of his career. He is a go-getter and very determined in his goals. Aya, a hardworking middle-class woman who is cool, jologs and outgoing person. She is a family-oriented person. I salute how the Director played creatively the contrast of the 2 main characters and made it look seemless as both of them flaw effortlessly on the film’s promise of love and happy endings. Sid and Aya is not your typical sugar-coated love story. With the addition of scenes in the workplace (PH Stocks Market, Laundry & Coffee Shop), these location add to the complexity and differences of the two characters living their own lives and crossing their path somewhere in between. Cinematography is on-point. Color Grading was perfect. The Japan Scenes were beautiful and impressive. The Soundtrack was great too. Everything is so smooth and flawless. Anne and Dingdon were such a joy to watch and I must say, their first time together on screen was a huge success. They were the film’s gem aside from the unconventional plot material. There is something deep and relevant about the ending. Its a thought-provoking and inspiring to say the least. Overall, I highly recommend Sid and Aya to everyone. 

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

How I wish the movie’s running time was longer. I was craving for more Anne and Dingdong’s scenes.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn

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2017

Seven Sundays

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FILM INFO

Seven Sundays is a story of the Bonifacio siblings, who reunite after their father is diagnosed with cancer. On the process, they have to deal with unresolved issues among themselves as they fulfill their promise to their father to stick together. This movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

Casts: Ronaldo Valdez, Dingdong Dantes, Aga Muhlach, Cristine Reyes, Enrique Gil, Donita Rose, Ketchup Eusebio, Kean Cipriano, Cacai Bautista, Jeffrey Tam

Genre: Family Drama

Previous Movies of Cathy Garcia-Molina: My Ex & WhysJust the 3 of Us

WHAT I LIKE?

Seven Sundays is a cinematic masterpiece and one of Star Cinema’s finest films after Tanging Yaman. The film is a perfect blend of family drama, romance and heartwarming message that cuts deep. What I like about the movie is its faithfulness to the Filipino Family spirit and its direct and on-point interpretation of family-oriented values that most of us can relate to. Its very close to the Filipino audience as it tackles different issues within an ordinary family setting from indifferences and struggles that are realistic. I really commend the creativity on majority of the scenes specially the Opening Credits. Cinematography-wise, its impressive. Phasing and variety of sequences are great since the scenes were supported well with superb performances and consistent story-telling technique. The scenes and conversations were just right with the plot. I really love the script and choice of words too. Seven Sundays’ main strength is its impressive cast of characters. All of them were just great in their own roles and were all good compliments with each other. Aga Muhlach was a perfect choice as an eldest sibling. Dingdong Dantes’ portrayal of a rich sibling was good too. Cristine Reyes may play the same role of a estranged wife but this time, she is realistic. Enrique Gil’a role at first maybe vague and irrelevant but as the story progresses, he will bring us into a deeper take on his side in the family. Overall, Cathy Garcia-Molina did a great job in combining a stellar cast with a very heartwarming and inspiring plot material close to our heart. Worth-watching indeed.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The ending is a bit off and cringe-worthy for me. Its forgivable though.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorns.

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2016

The Unmarried Wife

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The Unmarried Wife never failed to be one of Star Cinema’s finest. However, I find the whole film’s running time to be exhausting as it is bloated. The film might be a cliché from all the infidelity-themed out there but there is something about The Unmarried Wife. I actually loved how the film portrayed Woman empowerment and how the conflict became the turning point inspiration of the film’s intriguing title. The movie was supported well with some flashbacks that actually made sense as a whole. Aside from that, the scenes were not so overdressed and the confrontation scenes were elevated with mature execution. The Director was so subtle in delivering the film’s message. A little bit heavy at some point but the degree of conflicts in the film were actually the factor to convey what the film is all about. At some point, you will think that the film is too much. Aside from a very good execution in terms of story-telling, the film’s strength lies with its talented cast. Angelic P. never failed to impress me with her acting prowess. Dingdong and Paulo were both fit for their role. The 3 actors complimented well in all of their performances. Not as impressive as it should be but the film is a masterpiece on its own. 4/5 stars