After her best friend dies, Barbs starts a new life as a straight man named Bobby, which leads her to Trisha’s ex-boyfriend Michael Angelo, to her own ex-boyfriend Greg and to a woman claiming she is pregnant with Barbs’ child. Born Beautiful is directed by Perci Intalan under Cignal Entertainment, Octobertrain Films & The IdeaFirst Company.
CAST: Martin del Rosario, Paolo Ballesteros, Lou Veloso, Chai Fonacier, Kiko Matos, Akihiro Blanco, Gio Gahol & VJ Mendoza
GENRE: Comedy, Drama
WHAT I LIKE?
Born Beautiful is a charming and highly-entertaining masterpiece from beginning to end and is a worthy follow-up from the blockbuster flick – Die Beautiful. What I like about Born Beautiful is that it became consistent with the whole foundation of Die Beautidul along with flashbacks and appearances from the former lead actor – Paolo Ballesteros. Despite the new character from Martin del Rosario emerged in this movie, it is nice to know that the image of “BARBS” is still maintained and preserved. In fact, Martin del Rosario portrayed “Barbs” very well and he really deserve an acting award for this one. Picking up from the death of her best friend, what I love about Born Beautiful is its rawness and authenticity about the portrayal of being “Gay” behind those fancy make-ups, colorful costumes and the roller coaster ride of Pageantry. Comedy will always be there from beginning to end. I loved the fact that they did not gear towards being so dark and disturbing on this 2nd installment. The movie focused more on the love triangle of Barbs and the other talented cast. Kiko and Akihiro were both amazing actors and good supporting characters of Barbs in the movie. The kissing scenes were just pure bliss for me. The other gay characters were also a breathe of fresh air. Chai did not disappoint with her interesting character too. She was just pure joy to watch on screen. Overall, Born Beautiful is worthy-sequel of Die Beautiful.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Born Beautiful is not as deep and affecting compared with Die Beautiful. Well, it does not invest on too much dramas which I think can please majority of its audience. Of course, watch out for that R-16 Content & Scenes.
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Felix, in his sophomore years, found his love for journal writing as his outlet from disappointments in life. His life changed after the arrival of the half-American Snyder brothers, entangling him in their dark ambitions. This Cinema One Originals is directed by Petersen Vargas.
Casts: Khalil Ramos, Ethan Salvador, Jameson Blake & Ana Capri
Genre: Romance, Drama
WHAT I LIKE?
2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten has effectively interpreted Homosexuality and Friendship into a much deeper meaning. The film is generally mature and conservative as it does not follow the formula of other coming-of-age Pinoy Gay Films produced in the past. What is good about the movie is that its subtle phase, cooler feel and tone, controversial plot, on-point cinematography and some pretty good acting performances from all characters blended well to come up with a very emotionally-engaging and charming masterpiece. It may go in darker tone as the story progresses but the film’s sequence and build up of tension is just right to give way to a lingering and a bit shocking ending that will truly stir your emotions and imaginations as well. I loved the concept of narration on majority of scenes. These were helpful on the creative side. The sequence and scenes are panned out well. loved the film’s color and texture too. The film is also consistent with its timeline. Shot in the 1990’s in Pampanga right after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Character build-up was also good. Each characters in the film are given justice and time to shine. The film’s strength lies in its 3 main characters that are truly eye-candy to watch. Khalil as Felix, being the senior actor, has done an impressive portrayal of a naive, discreet, curious and intelligent boy who is in his journey to discover his true gender. Khalil’s performance was powerful. he was just fit for the role. On the otherhand, newcomers Jameson and Ethan were great support too and they too were impressive on their respective roles. Jameson was effective in being a violent, stubborn and hard-headed boy. His controversial scene in the movie is just unforgettable. Ethan was also a revelation. in the movie. He was impressive in terms of acting too. Just like Jameson, Ethan also has a charm and a talent. The movie makes me wanna compare it to Thai Gay ones that are conservative in nature. For me, the best Pinoy Gay coming-of-age film that will truly glue you from beginning to end.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Watch out for some profanity in language and obscene acts not suitable for younger audience. By the way, this is R16 in Cinemas.
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