2016

Working Beks

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Working Beks is indeed one of Viva Films’ sensible films to date. I loved the film. Perhaps, the best reality-based Pinoy film about Gays ever made. Loved the variety of the 5 gays in the movie that became mirrors of what the world is all about in our own eyes. The film is a celebration of love and respect. I admire how the director was able to put into pieces the five different stories into one powerful and inspiring piece. Scenes are simple. Lines and scenarios are pretty much relatable as well. The conflicts shown in the film were also very realistic and an eye-opener thing. From the issue of AIDS, discrimination and being true to ourselves, Working Best was able to hit those spots with maturity and even right amount of comedy. Acting-wise, I am pretty impressed with TJ Trinidad, EA Guzman & Prince Stefan on this one. The addition of John Lapus & Joey Paras added light feels as well. I just find the ending to be a bit off. The director did not how to end the film. The ending should have been better for me. Despite a very hanging ending, I still loved the whole film. Giving it 4/5 stars.

2016

Bakit lahat ng Gwapo may Boyfriend?!

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Cheers to Viva Films’ best film to date and I must say the GAYEST Pinoy film ever. Bakit lahat ng Gwapo may Bakla actually exceeded my low expectations with the lackluster and lousy movie projects of Viva lately. I ended up pretty satisfied after the movie that literally gave me some solid laughs. Loved the way the whole material was utilized well. From production design to the Cinematography, the film will never disappoint. The film’s strength lies in Anne, Paolo, Yam and Dennis. All of the 4 actors complimented well with each other and has given justice in their respective roles. I must give it to Paolo for this one. He is the biggest revelation of the film. Anne and Dennis pulled out some chemistry as well. Generally a bit too mainstream but the film was able to caught its audience with relatable conversations and real scenarios that are very familiar to Gays and the like. Anne was fit for the role. Dennis on the otherhand is scorching hot. The first half of the film is truly-entertaining. The other half is a bit slow as it focused more on the realizations of the characters. Nevertheless, the film’s flawa were forgivable, The film is highly-recommended sa mga bakla out there, discreet or loud. 4/5 stars.

2016

Camp Sawi

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Camp Sawi is actually good. From all of these disappointing and non-sense Viva Films lately, the film is actually a rare stand-out. From its very relatable plot and very engaging conversations, Camp Sawi invested well on its HUGOT & Moving on formula that is very appealing to everyone. Aside from the plot, the film showcased the beautiful island of Bantayan in Cebu. Lastly, the film’s strength lies with its talented cast. Bella Padilla is impressive. Arci and Yassi are on their normal best too. Yes, Arci is nailing it again here. The complexity of the conflict may be as shallow as the whole plot, but the mix of drama and comedy, made the film enjoyable to watch. Some valuable lessons in love along the way too. Not be as memorable as others but loved the film as a whole. 3/5 stars

2015

The Break-up Playlist

 

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A not-so-quirky Sarah G and Piolo at his best. The Breakup Playlist silently touch its audience with love through music. It is not your typical Star Cinema RomCom with loud formula. I love how the director arrange the sequences and song numbers just enough to blend in its overall concept of music and love. Song choices were good. The plot is well-crafted with engaging conversations and a relatable storyline. For me, this is Sarah G’s most mature acting performance to date. Oh well, Piolo is Piolo. Still, a Star Cinema’s finest. 5/5 stars.