2019

Hello, Love, Goodbye

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The film centers on the love story of Joy and Ethan, Filipino workers based in Hong Kong. Ethan, a bartender, is keen on romantically pursuing Joy, a domestic helper who is wholly dedicated to providing for her family. This movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

CAST: Kathryn Bernardo, Alden Richards, Maymay Entrata, Maricel Laxa, Joross Gamboa, Jameson Blake, Kakai Bautista, Lito Pimentel, Jeff Tam, Lovely Abella, William Lorenzo, Maxine Medina, Jerome Ponce, Pang Mei Sheung & Angela Poliquit.

GENRE: Romance, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Hello, Love, Goodbye is actually a cinematic history combining a top-billed actress of ABS-CBN & top-billed actor of GMA under Star Cinema. And yes, the risk was truly worth it. What I like about Hello, Love, Goodbye is its story-line. It was really great to have on-board a story about our beloved OFWs. It’s been a while since movies about them has been given a spotlight in the film industry. With a movie giving respect and tribute to the heroes overseas, HLG features a heart-warming & inspiring story about Joy who is struggling to work harder as a Domestic Helper for her dream in working as a full-tine nurse in Canada. The beginning of the film was really heavy and moving. We saw how tiring Joy is and the situation is really heart-wrenching as well. The movie begins to lighten up when Joy met Ethan. What happens next is a unique love story that has truly entertained the audience all throughout. I can’t help but fall in love with Ethan and Joy as the characters fall in love despite their respective problems, inhibitions and fears in life. The whole movie offers a decent and solid amount of romance, comedy, drama & life-changing lessons that will appeal not only for OFWs but to the rest of the audience – both fans & even non-fans. What I like about Hello, Love, Goodbye is that it tackles many relevant issues very near to the heart of the Filipinos. It is more of a “family movie” more than a romantic comedy one. It still gave utmost value to the basic unit of society. Moreover, its an eye opener to all of us that LOVE IS A SACRIFICE. Reaching your dreams is not a walk in the park. The Setting of HONGKONG was a perfect spot of  a story about dreams, struggles and romance. Shots on the busy streets were executed well. I really love the scenes on the streets especially the scenes on the rural areas. I loved how they depicted the busy side of Hongkong and the rural side too. Cinematography was top-notch. Musical scoring was also great. I really love the Official Soundtrack. Lastly, the film’s strength is its talented actors and actress. Kathryn Bernardo & Alden Richards’ strong on-screen chemistry and acting performances is award-winning and worth every penny. This unlikely pairing worked well. I was like watching a real-life couple acting together. Kathryn is a gem of Philippine Showbiz. She gets better and better every movie. Alden on the other hand, performed his best so far. Aside from a very talented lead, the supporting characters were really helpful in elevating the mood of the movie – Kakai, Lovely, Maymay, Jeffrey & Joross were such a joy to watch. I am also impressed with Hongkong Actors and Actresses in the movie. Overall, Hello, Love, Goodbye is the best Star Cinema Film for 2019 so far and perhaps one of the best Pinoy movies ever made. HLG is worth watching more than twice.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I really don’t like the fact that I have to watch the movie again just to relieve the feelings and the moments this film gave me.

RATINGS:

10/10 POPCORN

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2018

The Hows of Us

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A young couple dream of growing old together as they as they deal with the struggles of being in a long-term relationship. They must make decisions and take risks as they fight for their passion and for the love of their lives. This movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

CASTS: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Jean Garcia, Susan Africa, Ria Atayde, Kit Thompson, Alwyn Uytingco & Juan Miguel Severo.

GENRE: Romantic, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

For me, THE HOWS OF US is definitely the best KATHNIEL Movie so far. I have been a fan of all Kathniel movies and I am looking forward for their movie projects. The Hows of Us is by far their most promising movie offering  matured and quality performances from both Kathryn & Daniel. Plot-wise, it is very easy to digest. What make it stand out from all their other movies is that the film is raw, honest, genuine and very realistic. The movie is simply all about having a long-term relationship and just surviving it against all odds. What makes it special is the scenarios and decisions the characters have to be made. All of the scenes are truly relatable. With the conflict of Passion, Family & Stability, The Hows of Us has perfectly portrayed  the crossroads of emotions and decision-making. At some point, I am really affected by their decisions too. The movie is emotionally-compelling specially that the lines and conversations were brilliantly-crafted. I must commend the script writer for a job well done. Cinematography is also commendable especially the scenes shot in Amsterdam. Musical Scoring was good too. Acting-wise, Kathniel and Daniel delivered their best performance yet. Chemistry is given. But what sets their performances from all their previous movies is MATURITY. I see a more seasoned acting prowess from both of them. Kathryn slayed every scene. Daniel never failed to give justice to his role too. Overall, The Hows of Us will truly affect its viewers especially that it touches a lot of values and issues which are truly happening nowadays. What I like about the film is that it imparts a very valuable lesson about love and life. Moreover, it makes us realize the decisions we will be making that will truly define our future. Worth-watching all over again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

How I wish AMSTERDAM was given a little more emphasis in terms of Production Design. Nevertheless, it still give me that invitation to go there very soon.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorn.

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2018

My Perfect You

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The film centers on Burn, a broken-hearted man looking to start over and Abi, a hostel owner whom he meets while on vacation. As the film progresses, the two will fall in love with each other despite differences and circumstances surrounding them. My Perfect You is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

Cast: Gerald Anderson, Pia Wurtzbach, Tonton Gutierrez, Dimples Romana, Janus del Pardo, Wilma Doesnt, RJ Ledezma, Marlann Flores, Paolo O’Hara & Darwin Tolentino

Genre: Romantic, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

Star Cinema never fails to produce quality films with the new addition of My Perfect You. Generally, the movie has the typical RomCom Formula which Star Cinema is heavily investing lately. What differs it from other movies is its twist. Without spoiling the twist, My Perfect You is a light-hearted yet inspiring film about second chances in life and gives us a better understanding of depression. Its message cuts deep as it creatively engage its audience with laughter and charm while creating a slow pinch as the movie progresses and as the twist and turn around is unfolding. The movie is utterly inspiring especially for those who are undergoing depression. Moreover, My Perfect You imparts a very basic lesson of smiling and being brave in facing life’s challenges. Indeed, a SMILE could change the world. The movie is successful in letting its audience laugh and feel a little romantic especially on Gerald and Pia’s scenes. The movie’s premise is simple but your whole perspective will change after the twist. Wish I could discuss the turn around and share thoughts about but I guess I have to give a little bit of mystery for the audience. Production design is good. I loved the location of the Happy Sunshine Camp. The underwater scenes were done well too. Gerald and Pia has a good chemistry. They both gave impressive performances and acting chops fit for the film’s dynamics and demand. Gerald shows an improvement on his craft. He was effective in portraying a man defeated by life and challenges. His physical appearance down to his facial expressions – I can almost feel in his eyes that he is tired and wanting to give up already. Pia’s quirky and bubbly portrayal also made the movie light and likable.  Pia’s performance was impressive too given that this is her first lead role in a movie. Aside from his comedic timing, she was also convincing during dramatic scenes. Supporting Characters such as Janus, Wilma, Tonton and Dimples also gave justice to their roles. Wilma’s portrayal was the best. I really commend Dimples’ scene with Gerald, it was heart-wrenching for me. Overall, the movie depicts many social values and realizations especially on the battles all of us are facing. I salute Star Cinema for this bold risk in producing eye-opener movies like this.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Some of the outdoor scenes were a little bit overexposed in my eyes. Some of the song choices were a bit off too. But still, this is worth-watching.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn.

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2017

Unexpectedly Yours

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Two former high school friends, Patty and Cocoy, met after 30 years. Patty on the recovery after her annulment and struggle with keeping with her daughter and Cocoy finding the woman her life after dedicating his life working hard overseas for her family. Their story evolves on a story where Patty and Cocoy crosses each other’s paths and began to discover so many things both for each other and in their own lives. This movie is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina under Star Cinema.

Casts: Robin Padilla, Sharon Cuneta, Joshua Garcia, Julia Barreto, John Estrada, Maxene Magalona, Marissa Delgado, Maritoni Fernandez, Yayo Aguila, Denise Joaquin, Pamu Pamorada, Minnie Aguilar, Hyubs Azarcon

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Unexpectedly Yours is one of those quality RomCom Films you expect from Star Cinema and the ever reliable hands of Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina. The movie is a complete package of romance, comedy and drama touching different aspects of our lives from Marriage, Overseas Employment and even dealing with the Age of the Millennials. What I like about this film is its light-hearted plot that is generally entertaining and inspiring as they touch family values with an effective touch of romance and charm of the characters. With the right mix of good cinematography and soundtrack, Unexpectedly Yours tickles your heart and will make you smile from beginning to end. Comedy is on-point too. Aside from that, the movie’s biggest strength are its characters specifically Sharon Cuneta and Robin Padilla. This was a comeback movie for them. I am not a fan of Sharon and Robin but I fell in love with them in the movie. Their undeniable chemistry and impressive acting performances are I think more than enough to cover for your admission ticket. Sharon’s comedic timing and dramatic scenes are to live for. I loved the way she makes jokes about her weight and at the same time effectively portrays as a typical protective mother. Robin, on the other hand, effectively portrayed an OFW who longs for the love of her life after securing the future of his loved ones. Joshua and Julia were also a great support for this classic love team. Both of them gave a fresher feel since they cater the younger market profile. Joshua’s acting performance is impressive as usual. A more quirky and relaxed Joshua compliments well with Robin. Both of them did a great job as the epic “Mag-tito” tandem. Julia is also great in the movie. Her soft rebellious side with a heart also complimented with Sharon’s character portraying a “strict” and “manipulative mom”. Overall, I enjoyed Unexpectedly Yours. The movie added up to one of my most favorite Star Cinema RomCom Films ever made.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

I can’t point out anything negative. The bottom line is, I enjoyed the movie in all angles.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Seven Sundays

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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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2017

So many reasons to love My Ex & Whys. LizQuen’s best so far.

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This Star Cinema Masterpiece is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina that is all about trust and second chances in love. The story evolves bewteen Cali and Gio, former lovebirds, that were separated because of trust issues. The story follows the game of chances and realizations on their failed relationship the second time around.

Casts: Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Joey Marquez, Ara Mulach, Ryan Bang, Joross Gamboa, Neil Coleta, Dominic Roque

Genre: Romance, Drama

Past Movies of LizQuen: Everyday I Love You & Just The Way You Are. 

WHAT I LIKE?

I like everything about the film. Generally it is predictable but My Ex & Whys is probably the best LizQuen movie so far. With its very relatable plot about romance and second chances, the movie appealed well with all die-hard LizQuen fans and fans of Pinoy RomComms as well. From the tried and trusted Star Cinema Production and the magical and romantic hands of Cathy Garcia-Molina, the movie is overall feel-good and inspiring. What I loved about the film is its cinematography and production value. I commend the slow motion scenes and of course the scenes in Korea which was produced well on big screen. Aside from its not-so-complicated plot, My Ex & Whys will glue you with outright comedy and witty hugot lines and engaging conversations that won’t bore you at all even for a single minute. Also, LizQuen formula never fails to impress me. This time, I saw them as more mature in terms of acting. Hats off to Liza Soberano. The irresistible charm of Liza and Enrique is more than worth your admission ticket. Loved the variety of the supporting characters too that added spice and life in the film. Credits to Ryan Band and Joross Gamboa for being the best compliments as support. The film will put a lingering smile in your face after. It will move and inspire you in terms of second chances and taking risks about love. One of Star Cinema’s best.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Sorry to disappoint fans but there is still no kissing scenes. Well, you can call that a spoiler.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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