Yesterday, my friends and I decided to watch Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes from Star Cinema, Quantum Films and IdeaFirst Company. It stars Judy Ann Santos as Lianne and Angelica Panganiban as Cindy. Two young wives with one common problem. Their husbands cheated. Inasawa ng asawa nila ang isa’t isa.
I entered the cinema without expectations. Joke. It was directed by Jun Robles Lana so I had expectations. I haven’t seen a trailer but I read an article on PEP that portion of the movie was shot in Taiwan during gay pride. That’s where I found out that the husbands were played by Joross Gamboa (Gary) and JC De Vera (Felix).
Star Cinema‘s post-Valentine offering, Always Be My Maybe is probably the bravest rom-com movie in recent localrom-com history. For me, it does not try to impress. It doesn’t have complicated backstories. The characters don’t have complicated family problems. There are no product placements (at least that I caught). Minimal unnecessary cameos. It just keeps everything simple and that’s how it became effective to keep the audience applauding and wanting more.
It stars Arci Muñoz, fresh from A Second Chance, and Gerald Anderson. A super-duper random pairing if you ask me.Coming from nowhere, you see a movie teaser showing Arci doing a make-up tutorial viral video, and Gerald down on his knees, proposing to an unknown girlfriend but ultimately rejected. This is enough to make me go line up and watch this movie. Thankfully, I did.
Seeing Gerald and Arci on the big screen feels refreshing like when I saw Jennylyn and Derek in English Only, Please, which coincidentally was also directed by Dan Villegas. Their chemistry is undeniably natural. Arci Muñoz as Tintin is Arci Muñoz being the reliable actress that she is. Ever since Starstruck, she has always proven that she’s competent to handle any role. And as Tintin, she does it again. She’s effortless (and super funny too!). Gerald Anderson (Jake), on the other hand, may have just found a new career in romantic-comedy. He makes the audience kilig even as a “dirty” playboy with a beard and lots of bad tattoos. He gives the depth and maturity required by the scenes. As an actor, he is effective and, as Jake, he is as lovable as ever. (And his laugh is cute!)
The film tries to steer away from the conventional style of storytelling. It has many scenes where the characters just have long conversations like in the Before Sunrise trilogy. Conversations you think are irrelevant to the development of the story but, subtly, these effortless dialogues form the almost invisible puzzles at the end. The slow build-up is worth it in the end. You’ll find yourself watching two strangers meeting each other, going on friendly dates and hanging out early in the morning. And as they fall in love, unknowingly, you also fall in love with the movie.
If you’re looking for a simple, funny and a little sexy feel-good movie that makes you want to hope and love again, I recommend watching Always Be My Maybe. If you’re going on a date, DTR muna! Watch the trailer below:
Have you seen Always Be My Maybe? What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.
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.
As the title suggests, Starting Over Again is a film about a love that has been lost and revisited by the main characters Marco Villanueva (Piolo Pascual) and Ginny Gonzales (Toni Gonzaga).
We all know from the trailer that Ginny’s the one that pursued her then History professor, Sir Marco during her college years (2004) as an architecture student. Being Ginny, a bubbly, enthusiastic, hopeless romantic that she is, she eventually wins Marco’s heart. All goes well until Ginny decides to leave Marco for unknown reasons, for an unknown acceptable reason (to quote the movie).
Fast forward to 2013, Ginny and Marco meet again. Both have changed and are more successful. This creates (false?) hope for Ginny and doubt and confusion for Marco as he already has a new girlfriend in the person of Patty (Iza Calzado). As the former couple goes down memory lane, they are reminded of the feelings they once felt for each other. The love, joy, excitement and of course, the pain.
Both are searching for closure. Ginny wants to know if there is a reason why destiny has brought them back together and Marco, on the other hand, needs to know why Ginny left him in the first place. Will they get the closure that they need? Or the one that they want?
Judging from its past releases, Star Cinema has been slowly becoming more and more radical in its films’ themes and story lines. It is slowly distancing from forgettable romantic comedies titled with love songs and brainless comedies.
At least for me, the paradigm shift started with My Amnesia Girl. My Amnesia Girl’s trailer has promised a story that is supposed to be familiar and in parallel with the plot of similar films like 50 First Dates or A Moment to Remember (Korean). However, like what is done in Kim Chiu and Xian Lim‘s second film, Star Cinema plays with the viewers’ expectations and shifts them in an at least less predictable perspective. It’s the same formula but just a different equation.
Bride for Rent introduces Kim Chiu as Raquelita Dela Cruz a.k.a. Rocky, 24 years old from Sampaloc, Manila. She is your typical cinematic breadwinner with a big family, a big heart and an over-the-top bubbly personality. She sidelines as a direct seller of bras and make-up and a commercial model. Xian Lim, however, plays a spoiled Lola‘s boy with commitment issues caused by childhood emotional baggages. Rocco also has a trust fund (yet to be received unless he’s married at the age of 25), which basically is the reason why the two opposite characters will meet.
For the record, I did not like the first installment (A Very Special Love) of the “Sarah-John Lloyd Trilogy”. Yes, it was entertaining especially the “sun dance”. Yes, John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo had great chemistry. However, it overlooked a lot of things. Things I needed to consider it a romantic movie that would be remembered at least for the next five years.
Okay, I was wrong because fast forward to 2013, Star Cinema releases the third (and last?) movie entitled It Takes a Man and Woman.