Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AbnkkabsnplaKO the movie...review & reflection

So far what I already read among Bob Ong’s books are ABNKKBSNPLAko and Lumayo ka nga sa akin. I’m neither a fan nor hater of him, but I recognize his power to Filipino readers which is commendable simply because not all Filipino (especially youth) are engrossed to reading.  So when I learned that Viva Films has movie adaptation of his book and it's top billed by Jericho Rosales, I swear that I should not miss this flick.

Interpretation: Unique work of Art

It was only in the movie house that film is directed by Mark Meily, one of the very few local directors that I like.  And for the nth time he didn't disappoint me in how he shares his vision in this film.  The cinematography is fine, the actors know their characters and the effects blend well in the  aura of what novels trying to visualize.

The truth is Bob Ong’s books are not fit for the big screen because they are satiric and too weird for general moviegoers. But if you can relate in the characters of the movie/ novel—I mean you are part of Bagets generation, reminiscing your school days and there’s Roberto ( Echo), Portia (Meg Imperial),   Yulo (Vandolph), and Special Someone (Andi Eigenmann) in you – this film is a must see for you.

Jericho acts naturally, Andi shines specially

I like Jericho as an actor, he’s talent shines when he’s into intense scenes.  In ABNKKBSNPLaKO, there’s no really intense sense like action or heavy drama. In fact, you can say that this piece is more of a feel good one.  But somehow he manages to make it appeals naturally intense so you’ll laugh when he did mistakes, feel sad when Special someone (SS) goes away or worried if he disappoints his doting mother (played by Bing Pimentel).

Between Portia and SS, I can relate to first. I’m not lesbian, but I think every girl has similar Portia experience – yes I’m talking about that first move for your first love/ crush. Meg acting is not so impressive for me because it looks like a little bit overacting in some scenes. I think she’s a good actress but being a lesbian doesn't suits to her. Vandolph, on the other hand, is simply Vandolph in the film.  He just called Yulo there.   About Andi, it is my first time to see her as special as someone you treat as Campus Crush ng Bayan.

Reflection

One of the many things that this film wants you to learn is about valuing your time and the time of other people. It’s literally but nicely executed in the scene when Bob was late in his class and caught by his professor (played by Gino Padilla).

But generally, it this flick is for all students. Reminding them to cherish their education and the experience they will get from school. It is simply valuable for personality development. 

Bride for Rent...it's Kim Again

After the success of Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush mo, Kim Chiu and Xian Lim are back on big screen through their new romantic comedy film Bride for Rent.

Plot that's not new

Without mentioning any movie as an example, the story of Bride for Rent is definitely not new. Welcome the famous cliche of Rich boy meets poor girl and the need of hiring a woman to pretend as a wife.

Perhaps, if it's other love team and Star Cinema had no persuasive trailer I'll not bother to watch it.  Another factor is Kim and Xian's charisma.

Now if you look for something new, don't bother to line up in the nearest or fartest cinema in you- you'll 200 pesos can be use in something useful.

Kim strikes again

Kim and comedian-book author Ramon Bautista saved whatever flaws the movie got. Here, Kim  did give big contribution to make the  whole film working. She did slapstick and passable over acting spiels. But effective and selling especially if you like her. I do by the way. With Xian,  I can't feel something special or any greatness in his acting. He's just become lovelier because of his looks ( though I hate his hairdo) but acting wise no improvement.  Okay once in while he shouts, throw tantrums or stares.

I commend Pilita Corales (Lala of Xian) because she has super special role here like Empoy( bff of Xian).  The rest of the cast including Dennis Padilla, Matt Evans , Lloyd Zaragoza and others are just fine.

Reflection

The angst of  Roco (Xian's character) boils down to deep disappointment. And it's true that the one that can hurts you most is also the one that you love the most.

I's really difficult to forgive- not only because of wrongdoings but also if the person is someone that is close to your heart.  Well,  life is a roller coaster ride.  We can't expect everyone acts in the same straight line in any situation.  We can't stop to yell, close our eyes or cry. So better to love, care, feel lost and learn to forgive.          

        

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bakit Hindi ka Crush Ng Crush MO...It's Kim

My sister has a huge crush on Xian Lim and I'm curious with Ramon Bautista's wit and novel writing skill so we ended up watching this film adaptation of Tagalog book Bakit  Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo. By the way, Kim Chiu is very daringly cute here.

Review:


It is no surprise that Kim who  made this film successful in box office because of her unquestionable popularity. You may contest on her acting prowess but still she's the one that moviegoers buying. For me,  she met the expectation of Star Cinema and the character that she portrayed  Sandy Veloso. Sandy is a typical lass who's laughing subject in the many because of her pathetic love life, image and weak disposition though she's very good and dedicated to her job.

In some point, Kim was over acting and yet, you would tolerate her because actually she's trying to be  funny as much as she could. If I'm going to rate her, She made me laugh 7 times out of 10 tries. what commendable of her acting  in this film, she looked very believable. You'll assume that she's also like that  in real life.

Xian is Heartthrob in all angle and he made me giggle when he embraced Kim while playing guitar. You'll feel that he's into Kim but other than the  tweetums or romantic side, Xian needs to enhance more his acting. there's scene that so pale and it seemed he just throwing his lines. Even in highlight scene such as he ranted against his lolo, played by Freddie Webb,  I felt something was lacking.

As a third wheel, occasional extra and visible adviser  Ramon Bautista managed  to steal some scenes from  Kim and  Xian Lim. And it's nice that his part of giving advice was smoothly inserted in the flow of the  story.

If you're looking light funny romantic film watch this movie. if you need some advice about your love life and your question is the same with  title of this flick that also featured Mylene Dizon, Angeline Quinto, Tonton Gutierrez, and Kean Cipriano, go! Just don't put a lot of expectation  like it's super romantic.

Reflection:


I asked myself, if this question is applicable on me. The answer is no.  I think most of my crushes have crush on me as well,  but they didn't court me. hehehe! So if there's such thing as friendzone, me, I stay the object of admiration but they don't love. sound like pathetic too, sad! hehehe!


I agree with Ramon's suggestion and comments. Most of them are true and happened on girls. he has line telling Daig ng Malandi ang maganda ( Flirts beat beautiful ladies), which knock my heart. Yeah perhaps that's the factor lacking in me, I don't know how to flirt, to express my self and to express my emotion. In fact, there's a man in our neighborhood that I think fits with me and perhaps, I have crush on him that I just ignore in the past. When I finally, realized and ready to open up, he eventually went far away.

So here's the thing that I realized from the movie that I'll apply in my love life.

  • I have to play the game
  • approachable or sociable
  • Be myself all the time
  • be open to express my thought
why I'm not telling that I'll change my image or fashion too like Sandy Veloso, I still can't see that I need to do that. Let's see if there's a man that  will make me change from what I'm right now.