Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo in Lakbay2Love (FB/Lakbay2Love)

Must Watch: Lakbay2Love+

Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo in Lakbay2Love (FB/Lakbay2Love)
Lakbay2Love movie poster: Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson
Biker-actors Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson star in environmental advocacy film Lakbay2Love.

Erasto FilmsLakbay2Love is a romantic, coming-of-age, environmental advocacy film by director-producer Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil (Boses) starring actors and real-life bikers Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff (two of my fitspirations!) and Kit Thompson.

Dennis Trillo, reliable as ever, fits the bill as forest ranger and biker Jay-R. He bikes during his free time based on his social media (I promise I’m not a stalker!) and it shows. He seems to have done all the biking stunts on his own, even climbing up to a high mountain peak. It was a beautiful visual, and it felt like I was transported to the mountains, but I was holding onto my seat for dear life.

Solenn Heussaff plays half-Filipino half-French photo journalist (or was she a videographer? Not really sure) Lianne. Reeling from her boyfriend Macky, played by Kit Thompson, recently leaving her, Lianne accepts an environment-focused project at Jay-R’s request. She, along with her work companion and friend Monday, played by Patricia Ismael, embarks on this project and immerses herself in the world of biking. There’s a funny bit where Lianne says that growing up as a half-French people asked her weird questions including “what does voulez-vous coucher avec moi really mean?” LOL! IMO, this is Solenn’s best acting piece so far.

The film features actual biking events and the people involved in these kinds of projects. We get to visit a vintage bike shop, witness a bike race, and see padyakeros on and off the tracks. We even get to travel to different bike trails in and around the metro. The Benguet trail looks so gorgeous and beautifully captured on film. Aside from the beauty, we also briefly see the ugly side of things, poignantly depicted by the felled logs caused by illegal logging. Having seen that Lianne realizes that all of her problems seemed so petty. It also made me realize that the environment is still not a primary concern in our country, and that needs to change. To those running for office this coming elections, please focus on these issues. Include the environment in your platform and you have secured my vote.

We can’t just stop at watching this beautiful environmental film. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” That also applies to our fight for the environment. Let’s start supporting more environmental advocacy projects. Let’s pick up a bike and ride around the metro to decrease pollution. Let’s spread the message of this film and make this a personal journey for all of us—a journey to love for Mother Nature. 🙂

If you’re looking for a light feel-good movie that packs a message, I recommend watching Lakbay2Love. Support Philippine indie films. Watch the trailer below:

When the world is crumbling around you, love may just find you a new trail.
Starring: Solenn Heussaff, Dennis Trillo, Kit Thompson
Directed by: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil
Screenplay by: Layeta Bucoy & Elle Marfil
Produced by: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil 

Have you watched Lakbay2Love? What did you think of the film? Are you into biking? Do you suddenly want to buy a bike, learn it, and ride all around the country? Sound off in the comments below.

You’re Still The One Movie Review+

I had high hopes when I first heard that Dennis Trillo will be making a movie for Star Cinema (co-produced with Regal Films), and with Maja Salvador no less. Star Cinema has been making quite satisfactory films recently and I wondered how they would utilize Dennis. I had always wanted a good romantic-comedy material for Dennis. I’ve been a fan since his Twin Hearts and Mulawin days by the way. I’m also a fan of Maja. I’m not fond of the fact that she has an album and a singing career, but I do love her acting. I’m also sad that Gerald Anderson broke up with her. Tsk!

Anyway, the movie You’re Still The One was promising at least looking at Dennis’ Instagram posts. I was excited about how they would bring us back to the 90s. His Nick Carter haircut. The university setting. I had really high hopes. But sadly, I was just disappointed. I almost walked out of the movie house not because of the performances of the two leads but because of the bad writing and poor direction. There seemed to be a disconnect among all the elements of the movie. Nothing was jelling. I didn’t feel that I was transported back to the 90s at all. I guess the director just decided to put a pager and some old peso bills in some scenes and called it a day. The supporting characters did not support at all. They weren’t utilized well. They were just there.

I’m not gonna make this post long because I already wasted my time tonight. (Mind you, I’m very patient with movies especially local ones.) Dennis and Maja were good (as always) though their dialogue could have been MORE natural. Maybe it’s the script. UGH. Just recalling the terrible storyline makes me want to barf. I don’t know.

Sorry, but Dennis and Maja deserve better material than this. Watch it, just so you’d know what I mean. Or like me, watch it just to support Dennis and Maja.

Remember Her Name: Lilia Cuntapay+

“Kilala mo ba kung sino si Lilia Cuntapay?” 

Lilia Cuntapay (KOON-tah-pie) may be an unfamiliar name, but if you grew up watching the earlier movies of the Shake Rattle and Roll franchise, her face has haunted you at some point in your life. So you better remember her name.

Now an award winning actress (Cinema One Originals 2011), Lilia Cuntapay stars in Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone), a mockumentary of her journey leading to a fictionalized awards night. Along the way, we discover the story of the woman behind the mysterious persona we’ve grown to fear. Her motivations and aspirations. Her professional ethics. The highs, glamor, and prestige. The trade-offs, sacrifices and disappointments.

What does it take to be the most iconic bit player of Philippine horror movies?

I was lucky enough to have caught the movie (together with Dagitab) in a special screening in Teatrino last January 17, 2015. The movie surpassed any of my expectations. Each scene was effectively executed. It garnered genuine laughs and tears (at least from me). More than a comedy, (also according to the makers) the film is an inspiring tale of an underrated personality who values her craft more than anything else.

Perci Intalan’s Dementia #DementiaHorror+

High caliber acting, a stunning background and a solid plot. These are a few of the things that you can expect in watching the directorial debut of Perci Intalan.

Mara (Nora Aunor) who suffers with dementia is brought to her ancestral home in the beautiful islands of Batanes. Her family is hoping that being in a familiar environment would bring back her memories. However, during their stay, Rachel (Jasmine Curtis-Smith) begins to sense things that are unexplainably shared with her sick aunt Mara.

Catch Dementia in still showing in selected cinemas. Watch it now before it’s gone!