Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nerisa G. Cabral's Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala (1984) Parental Guidance

Copied and pasted from imdb:
A Singer Who Rises From Rags To Riches Must Regain Back Whatever She Has And To Turn The Tables Upon Those Who Haved Wronged Her.She Promised That When She And Her Family Rises From Poverty,Discontent,And Oppression She Must Confront The Stars Of Her Pasts And Make Them Kneel Before Her.However Things Are Coming To A Change When Her Stepfather Is Killed By A Dog.And Even Her Brother Who Is Unjustly Accused Of A Crime That He Never Commits.She Will Meet A Young Boy Who Discovered Her And Will Help Her Overcome The Obstacles,Intrigues,Traps,And Even The Stars Which Will Tear Them Apart.

I was in High School when I first saw this film and it was the talk of the town.  People were raving about the songs and the acting.  People were praising Tommy Abuel's portrayal of Ador and some thought Pilar Pilapil's role, Monica, was unbelievable, but they weren't saying Ms. Pilapil didn't do her job well, for she did more than well.  It's just that she was almost pure evil, but thankfully there was some redeeming factor.    

After singing Tubig At Langis(1980---Sharon's first George Canseco song), Sharon Cuneta's voice jumped from sounding cute to a very sultry type of singer.  Since then her voice matured and became more melodic than ever.  She has also honed her craft in acting and she has proven during that time that she was more than a poor little rich girl.  She could also be convincingly poor that worked her to get herself and her family out of the slums.

Raymond Lauchengco still spoke a little bit like a rich boy, but he acted so well that it was overlooked.  

Lani Mercado and Eula Valdez were perfect as the evil half sisters.

Rey "PJ" Abellana did his part well too.  Besides being the two sisters(Alicia and Rebecca)' "object" of affection, he was also a good voice of reason for Rebecca, along with Rebecca's mom, Fidela.

Eddie Rodriguez, I think, was sort of typecast as someone a rich person gets interested in and marries(or someone who is about to go bankrupt and is saved by a rich heiress or something), but he either has a poor wife or a poor lover.  

Timmy Diwa did OK as Ricky...he was just trying to be Monette's knight in shining armor.

Janet Giron and Charlon Davao acted like seasoned actors at their respective young ages.

Vangie Labalan, Manny Castañeda, Cris Daluz and the rest of the troop helped make the movie beautiful.

There were many heartbreaking scenes, but there were light moments too.

What else?  Oh, that's right!  There were continuity problems that I didn't notice back then, but so what?  It's still one of the best movies produced by Viva Films in the 1980s.  The lessons(Say NO to illegal drugs; it is better to give than to receive, mercy and compassion; revenge is NEVER sweet; those who have the gravest sin and are forgiven are the most grateful and you can never truly love if there's hate in your heart) the morals(almost the same with the lessons---the mother "here" named Monica taught her daughters to look down on people, filling them with hate and misguided values thankfully, Fidela and her husband Ador inculcated their children to love God, be compassionate and forgiving), the acting(great actors were hired and they truly immersed in their roles)...true, there were...I mean, there are lots of cheesy lines, but in toto it is a truly unforgettable thirty-four year old film.

Directed by 
Emmanuel H. Borlaza

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  
Nerissa Cabral ... (story)
Jose N. Carreon ... (screenplay) (as Jose Carreon)
Orlando Nadres ... (screenplay)

Sharon Cuneta as Rebecca Rios
Eddie Rodriguez as Roman Estrella
Raymond Lauchengco as Jun Rios
Lani Mercado as Alicia Estrella
Eula Valdez as Monette Estrella
Janet "Elisa"(of YAGIT fame) Giron as  Young Rebecca
Rey 'PJ' Abellana(of ANNA LIZA fame)   as Dante
Gina Pareño as Fidela Rios
Tommy Abuel as Ador Rios
Manny Castañeda as Bing
Vangie Labalan as Pining
Charlon Davao as Young Jun
Jennifer Sevilla as Young Alicia
Romeo Rivera as the family lawyer
Cris Daluz as one of the good neighbors
Timmy Diwa as Ricky, boyfriend of Monette


Pilar Pilapil as Monica Estrella


Christopher De Leon
Robert Campos
Rod Navarro
Tito O. Mina
Mary Walter
The German Shepherd who acted his part as an angry dog who killed Ador

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reviving Old Blog entries: Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo(2006)/Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (2007) both rated PG

Directed by:  Jose Javier Reyes
Written by:  Joey Reyes and Mary Ann Bautista

Judy Ann Santos
Ryan Agoncillo
Gina Pareño
Gloria Diaz
Juliana Palermo
Lui Villaruz
Tuesday Vargas
Derek Ramsay
Kat Alano
Cacai/Kakai Bautista
Cheena Crab
Soliman Cruz
Gerard Pizarras
AJ Perez

Written and Directed by Jose Javier Reyes

AJ Perez, Ariel Ureta, Cacai Bautista, Derek Ramsay, Dominic Ochoa, Gerard Pizzaras, Gina Pareño, Gloria Diaz, Judy Ann Santos, Juliana Palermo, Kat Alano, Manny Castañeda, Robin Da Roza, Ryan Agoncillo, Soliman Cruz

Both movies are entries for the Metro Manila Film  Festival.  KKK was shown Christmas 2006 and SSS was shown the following year, Christmas 2007.

My blog entries both got lost in cyberspace.  I have them on file, but my NOTEBOOK is sort of obsolete, so I think I have to let professionals retrieve my files in the future. Good luck to me with that!

Anyways, today was a slow day for me.  I was able to research and ghostwrite, but I finished quite early so I decided to write some blog entries of old films that made a mark in my heart, but aren't "here" yet.  

Both movies were written, directed and acted well.  Which do I like better?  I like KKK more, but SSS has a lot to offer too.

Both are dramedies(Drama/Comedy) with a touch of romance.  The situations are very real and a lot of people could relate to them.

The actors were well chosen and they work well together.

I know I am just making general so-called reviews, but I just want to share to the world that these two movies are worth watching again and again.

Kudos to all involved in these two films.  :-)

Babangon Ako'y Dudurugin Kita (A Film By Lino Brocka) 1989 and The GMA 7 Sine Novela (Directed by Joel Lamangan) 2008


One of my favourite movies of all time is BABANGON AKO'T DUDURUGIN KITA...almost all Lino Brocka films, for me, are classics and worth watching.

Revenge may sound sweet to those who have the means to destroy the lives of those who ruined theirs in the past, but in the end, you would realise that it is just a vicious cycle.  If you do win in the end, would you really feel like a winner?

This is one of my favourite Bembol Roco films and I think this is also one of the best Sharon Cuneta has ever starred in.

I think besides the horror of politics and scandalous relationships, I think that one of the lessons of this movie is that we should never treat anyone we love as gods and make them our world because it would eventually destroy us.  Another lesson is that crime does not pay.

Ruben Rustia, who plays Salve's dad, made us feel his displaced love for his daughter.  He had all the good intentions for his daughter, but his heart got broken into pieces because he felt he was the cause of all the bad things that happened to his beloved daughter.

William Lorenzo, who was one of the award-winning director's favourites, played a very vital role here.  He was used to do something evil. He did his role well.

Hilda Koronel played the very hateful vixen here called Via.  I guess Salve was too subservient for Alfred(Christopher De Leon)'s taste that's why when a beautiful woman of the world got more than interested in him, he didn't just take the bait, he actually swallowed the whole can of worms...hmm...well, I think you know what I mean.  I hope I am right.

Some people want the attention Salve is gave Alfred, but Alfred hated it.  Thankfully, after all the trials Salve underwent, she met Rod(Bembol Roco), who helped her with her revenge plots.

In 2008, this became a GMA 7 Sine Novela starring Yasmien Kurdi as Salve, Marvin Agustin as Alfred, Angelika Dela Cruz as Via and JC De Vera as Rod.  Salve in the Sine Novela version was an unassuming heiress that was deprived of her inheritance, changing Gilda Olvidado's original story that was originally a series published in Philippine comics that became a live action movie produced by Viva Films(the aforementioned movie).  To lengthen the story, they added subplots.  The Sine Novela was directed by Joel Lamangan and Ms. Dina Bonnevie had a special participation "there"(the role of Mona Lisa in the movie---well, something like that).  It also stars Patrick Garcia, Tonton Gutierrez, Diana Zubiri, Paolo Contis, Dion Ignacio and Glydel Mercado.

Of course, I like the movie better, but the Sine Novela was also beautiful and exciting, and offered something interesting that could be considered original.

Both the movie and the series are worth watching.

That's my two cents worth.

Thanks for reading.  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Never Not Love You (2018)

NEVER NOT LOVE YOU is a very realistic movie that proves that "team REAL" has very good onscreen chemistry.   The thing is, James Reid is a better actor than Nadine Lustre and it's a great thing that they are not competing against each other.  

The couple really work well with one another, it's just that James became Gio Smith, whereas Nadine was still Nadine.  She can act, she's beautiful, toned, and one of my favourites, but in this movie, we saw how James has grown as an actor.  He definitely has honed his craft. From the immature spoiled brat of twenty-three up to his oldest age in the movie, his character buildup was justified.  Whereas Nadine's Joanne looked cold or stoic most of the time, except when she was happily in love or when she was crying.  Wait, maybe that was how her character should be...well,  I don't know.  

The "ending" was quite unfair to James's character disappointing us a bit and made us say, "Yun na yun?"

Nevertheless, the story is beautiful and was well directed by Miss Jadaone. There were scenes there that you would ask, "Was that necessary?", but as a whole it would leave a mark in your heart.

ALL the characters complemented each other, so it's a great team effort.

As one of my friends said, it is intense.

So, even if we got disappointed with the "ending", we still did not regret watching this.  It's worth it!

It's a different James Reid, Nadine Lustre in 'Never Not Love You'

‘Never Not Love You’ first-day reactions are overwhelmingly positive

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) -Parental Guidance

The Jaegers of Pacific Rim
From imdb
From the Worldwide Web:
Jake Pentecost(John Boyega) is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori(Rinko Kikuchi), to live up to his father's(Idris Elba) legacy.
Initial release21 March 2018 (Belgium)

Scene inside the elevator before watching 
Pacific Rim Uprising:
Guy 1:  Are you sure it's not patterned after Transformers?
Guy 2: Definitely.  It has its own identity.

So everyone in the elevator was off to see this movie and they were all excited.  We were about four groups three and amazingly, there were others ahead of us.  It was the first full feature(of the day) and it was a weekday, and for such a day, even if the theatre was not full, we were quite a number for that particular theatre we were in(there were two theatres showing the movie at the Central Square).

Common Sense Media's Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson
 The movie as a whole is pretty exciting and well thought of.  It centres on Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) and Amara Namani(Cailee Spaeny) with powerful supporting characters in Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Jing Tian/Tian Jing, Scott Eastwood and others who did equally well.

The scenes are believable and realistic.  We were observing dad if he was bored or something, but he was enjoying everything.  He was even smiling when the movie was through, but when we asked him if he enjoyed it on our way home, he said, "No.  There's no story at all."  "What?" "That's my opinion." "That's not true..."

Hmm...I think he was just pulling our legs or being contrapelo or something.  

Five years ago, when we watched Pacific Rim we did not even expect to like it, but we did...we still do.  I am just glad that its sequel did not disappoint and it's making me excited to see more sequels in the future.

I think I'll just leave the rest of the opinions to the experts and not all of them share mine(or I don't agree with all of them):

Pacific Rim: Uprising Movie Review: A Perfect Popcorn Entertainer!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Ready Player One (2018)

My eleven-year-old nephew loves to play BORDERLANDS, which incidentally was featured in this trailer:

The movie is stupendous, spectacular, exciting, nail biting and a lot of other superlatives that you could think of in a positive way.  It's like Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION, but not.  It is designed for the younger viewers that even older ones would appreciated.  As one of the critics mentioned(not verbatim), it's a Steven Spielberg 1980s movie at its best.

The music and the games are from the 1970s and 1980s.  John Hughes films are mentioned and a whole lot more.

Since Ernest Cline is also one of the screenwriters, he was able to convey to Steven Spielberg how he envisioned it to be, and thankfully, Mr. Spielberg interpreted it very well and even made Mr. Cline's imagination more believable.

The movie and the story is set in the future around twenty-seven years from now.  It's a dystopian live in the mind or the virtual world would make you out of touch of reality if you are not careful...that is why people who meditate, like Daito, have more peace and more in touch with their surroundings without getting distracted.

This movie is thrilling whether you are familiar with the story or not.  So what if you've read spoilers?  The way it was written, directed, acted and everything else made every scene interesting.  

It will also make you think and there were a few scenes that got to me...made me misty-eyed.

Some people stayed until after the credits to see if there's a teaser or something.  Well, we didn't stay, but we were "told" by Google that there is none.  LOL.   


I really love this film and so does my family.  

Would I watch it again?  

Indeed, I will!

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline 
Based on Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

From the Worldwide Web: From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger. Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. “Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” upcoming “Dunkirk”). Behind the scenes, three-time Oscar winner Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) reunited his creative team from “Bridge of Spies,” including Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”), Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and Sarah Broshar (“The Post”), and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone (“Moonrise Kingdom”). The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (the “Back to the Future” films, “Forrest Gump”). Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, and Amblin Production, a De Line Pictures Production, a Steven Spielberg Film, “Ready Player One.” Slated for release on March 30, 2018, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mary Magdalene (2018)

From the Worldwide Web:
MARY MAGDALENE is an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.
Initial release15 March 2018 (Germany)

If a movie I've watched earlier in life is not here, it's probably lost in cyberspace or I was too overwhelmed to write about it or the magic went pfft or I simply have nothing good to say, so you may safely surmise that I do have something good to say about this film.

MARY MAGDALENE, as described above, is supposed to be an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood figures in history. 82% of Google users liked it, while less than half liked it on other sites.

The cast is a very good ensemble of great actors, and I must say the description above and the actors made me excited to see this movie.  Unfortunately, for me and the rest of the people in the cinema, at least those who made loud comments in the theatre and those in the restroom, the actors are the only saving grace of this film.

Other people walked out of the theatre in dismay.  Others stayed, but had lots of snide comments.

"Ah, this version is definitely just the figment of imagination of the writer."

Mary Magdalene was the title character, but she was too clingy to Jesus and even if the story is not what The Da Vinci Code is trying to celebrate, it is implied that Mary of Magdala had strong feelings for Jesus of Nazareth.

Mary here had a more important role than Peter.  So I get it.  This is about empowerment of women.  I am a woman and I should be thrilled, but I am not.  There's a funny feeling in my stomach and I'm not liking that feeling.

Another thing...they pointed out that it is the C.E. year 33, that means it's the year of Christ's crucifixion, death and resurrection. Jesus is supposed to be thirty-three years old.  He may look a little older because he is tired and he walks miles and miles, but Joaquin Phoenix looked twice his age here, at the very least. I mean, twice the age of Jesus.  Joaquin Phoenix is forty-three years old and he could look younger than his age if he wanted to, but they did not even attempt to make his features softer and more charismatic. At any rate, Mr. Phoenix did act well.

Shucks.  I am trying NOT to say this is LOOSELY based on the Holy Book, but my goodness.   How else could I describe it?  It is indeed based on the Holy Book, but this is a work of fiction. A lot of scenes are not Biblical even if the towns are.  They created a lot issues involving Mary.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was there as well.  They had a short chat on how Mary Magdalene loved Jesus.

Variety's Guy Lodge described this as the Director Garth Davis's revisionist religious biopic and I think it's a perfect description of it.

If you are intending to learn history and Biblical facts, this is NOT the movie to watch, but if you are prepared to see a different perspective on Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth, then go ahead and watch this.

Oh, by the way, the actors are NOT the ONLY saving grace of the film.  Please click the link below:

Actor Joaquin Phoenix Talks How Starring in Mary Magdalene Movie Changed His Thinking About Forgiveness

Yes, an actor described it too, but...


If you could see great chemistry between Phoenix and Mara, it's because they are real life sweethearts.  Yes, that's why.

Another thing.  Dad said that even if this is a work of fiction I should remember that Jesus elevated the role of women is society.  
"...servant or free, woman or man no more."(One Bread, One Body) 

In dignity, men and women are equals and should respect one another.

I argued that it is indeed true, but he did lessen Peter's role and the other apostles looked like decorations.  Judas did not hang himself on a tree.  He hung himself, yes, but not "there".  Jesus did not baptize people in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit(well, the Great Commission has yet to happen and it was only then Jesus told them that), but some mantra

I am babbling already.  

It's still up to you if you wanna watch this or not anyways.

Added on Easter Sunday(A neighbour who loved the film posted the link):

The Real Reason Why Mary Magdalene Is Such a Controversial Figure

After all, I'm NOT a critic.  I am just an OBSERVER.  

Nerisa G. Cabral's Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala (1984) Parental Guidance

Featuring the songs composed by the genius called Willy Cruz and international pop songs (covers) Copied and pasted from imdb : A S...