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.
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.
Kita Kita is a unique love story of Two Filipinos living in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The story begins with Lea who suffered temporary blindness. She then met Tonyo who happens to live right across Lea’s house. Aside from finding a “kababayan” in the quiet neighborhood, Lea and Tonyo gradually became closer and realize that there is a genuine connection between the two of them. This movie is directed by Singrid Andrea Bernardo under Spring Films.
Probably one of the best Pinoy Romantic Comedy Film ever made. Kita Kita is definitely a masterpiece. The movie is genuine, light-hearted, subtle and very emotionally-compelling. I have never watched a film full of heart, laughters and emotions from a very unusual but effective chemistry of the main characters. What I like about Kita Kita is its simple tone and story-telling formula. I love how the scenes started off so simple yet striking. I like how the Director sprinkle some on-point and simple interpretation of the whole film’s romantic formula. I really love how a simple storyline could have a genuine impact from a viewer’s point of view. Aside from a very creative approach in presenting Leah and Tonyo’s lovestory down to an emotional turnaround that will redefine how we perceive about love, the movie was brilliant enough to showcase two sides of the story. Moreover, the comedy is on its perfect timing. Conversations were simple but very engrossing at times. Kita Kita will make you laugh, cry and even fall in love. Alessandra and Empoy’s chemistry from being a romantic and comedic duo were just a beautiful sight. They were both great and I am amazed of their strong connection in the film. Aside from a simple yet striking plot, the movie is shot beautifully in the beautiful Sapporo Japan. The place is just so perfect for the film’s tone. What more I can say? I fell in love with Kita Kita. Worth-watching and highly recommended.
A devastated Cielo wen on travelling around the Philippines after her boyfriend for 11 years break off their engagement two months before their wedding. When a series of hand-illustrated postcards are delivered to her, she went on a journey across the country in search of the anonymous writer. Aside from healing herself from the break-up, Cielo aims to find something as she go wandering the beautiful places in the Philippines. Written and directed by Ice Idanan.
Casts: Alessandra de Rossi, Teri Malvar, JC Santos & Pepe Herrera
Genre: Romantic, Drama
WHAT I LIKE?
Filipinos loved stories about heartbreak and the process of moving on. We even find it more fascinating if that involves travel or the find-yourself-in-another-place kind of storyline. Sakaling Hindi Makarating is the film for you. Started off with a very organized and somehow predictable plot, the movie will focus on the journey of Cielo in the process of healing and finding the author of the post card. I loved the little bits of flashback focusing on the backstory of the heartbreak. I also loved the conversations. It was made in a subtle way with very simple words that pierced through your heart at times. When Cielo started travelling, this is the part where the film found its strength. The movie was able to feature 5 different places in PH namely Zamboanga, Batanes, Marinsique, Siquijor & Ilocos (Pagudpud). Glad to be with 3/5 places in the film during my personal travels. For me, the film is very relatable at many points. Aside from that, I loved how Tourism has somehow shown in the film as well. Alessandra de Rossi was the star of the film. She was just amazing. Her acting was real and consistent. The addition of Teri, Peppe & JC were also vital in the movie. They all did a great job. Cinematography is superb. Loved the canera angles especially the drone shots. The movie is inspiring. Glad to have travelled 3 out of the 5 featured places in the movie: Pagudpud in Ilocos, Siquijor Island & Zamboanga City.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
The greatest weakness of the movie is the disconnection I felt as a whole. I was never emotionally moved as I expected it to be or perhaps the message of the movie didn’t reach me as well. It maybe as inspiring and beautiful especially on the travel side but Sakaling Hindi Makarating lacks flavor and spices. I did not find justice in the ending and the turning point. Moreover, I wish they could have spent more time in Siquijor. I have been to that island and it was magical. Also, the places Cielo have been were not utilized well to set emotions and realizations. It was too vague for me. They could have use more angles on sunsets, winds and waves and highlight the emotion the character is undergoing. I felt the disconnection on those aspects. The realization left me hanging and I felt that the character deserve it. I can’t somehow find the significance of her travels until the last credits. Watching it with low expectations will help a lot.