#2017YearendFaves :#TheKneeJerkCritic MovieReview

I was planning to post a Top 10 best pinoy film list for 2017 so i checked my good friend Wikipedia to remind me at a glance kung anu-ano’ng nga ba ang ang napanood ko among the pinoy films released this year.

Punyeta andami rin pala, at andami rin akong hindi napanood. I totally missed out on two film festivals pa. Hungkapal naman ng fez ko kung magdedeclare ako ng best-best keme eh karamapot lang naman pala sa naipalabas ang napanood ko. So I’m making a 2017 Favorite List lang. Click on the title na lang kung bet niyo basahin ang full TKJC reviews.

I’M DRUNK I LOVE YOU – directed by JP Habac

Starring Maja Salvador na nagtake pa ng course sa Star Cinema  Finishing School for Perky RomCom Lead Actress, the delicious Paolo Avelino na di na kailangang mag-lessons sa pagiging delicious, at Dominic Roco bilang veklang best friend dahil wala lang,  kailangan lang may vekla, dahil mas maganda pag may vekla, kaya dapat may vekla.

Tungkol sa merlat na may pagsintang pururot all throughout college sa isang hot guy na nafriendzone na siya. (Shet!) Before graduation, inaya siya ni guy for one last drunken beach fling. Hopia ang merlat na this could be her moment, only to find out may kakatagpuin pala kasing ibang girlina si hot guy sa beach (Double shet).

Gamit ang pinagsanib na pwersa ng alkohol, bagnet, selos at desperasyon, finally ibinulalas ni merlat ang damdamin sa kanyang sinisinta.

Sagot ni otoko, “Thank you.” (Triple shet shutanginamez!)

Added feature na have ng singing moment si Paolo saka super intergrated ang soundtrack sa pagpush ng kwento at hindi pang background emote lang.

Lakas makawasak ng feels.

 

KITA KITA directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

Ang box office hit ng taon. Starring indie queen Alessandra de Rossi at ang millennial leading man Empoy Marquez.

Who would have thought an indie film would rule them all?! Set in Sapporo Japan, Kita Kita is one of the very few local movies shot on location that managed to integrate the foreignness at quirkiness ng locale to help the story along,  and hindi basta para masabi lang na nagshoot sila doon  (cough* Northern Lights *cough Dear Other Self)

Tungkol sa malungkot na Girl, na bigla, pakak!, najulag pa. Shutanginerz de ba? Enter frame si chaka Guy. Ice queen mode si Girl na julag. Syempre naman, nasemplang na lovelife najulag pa eh. But Guy charms Girl through humor. Guy melts down Girl’s defences. Girl falls for Guy. Kaso paano kung bigla magka-sight ulit si Girl at makita na chakaru na frog pala ang prince charming niya?

Romcom siya pero, awts!, masakit ‘teh masakit. Hindi naman lupasay-level sakit. Jacklyn Jose na emote ng sakit lang, pwedeng habang kumakain lang ng squidballs sa kanto.

Or pwede rin namang tungkol lang sa chakang otoko na nang-stalk lang ng blind girl. You be the judge.

 

RESPETO directed by Treb Monteras ll

Best Picture sa Cinemalaya and deservingly so dahil kita mong labor of love/love letter to the underground art of fliptop.

Starring Abra and Dido dela Paz. Tungkol sa isang cutie bagets na small-time na runner ng droga na laging nabuboogie wonderland coz he’s a nobody pero who aspires to be somebody, at least sa larangan ng fliptop. Kaso supot ang verse niya, lost.

Enter frame eccentric older guy na retired poet pala who schooled cutie bagets sa craft of creating verses as well the value ng respeto, sa ibang tao at mas lalo na sa sarili.

 

PATAY NA SI HESUS directed by Victor Villanueva

Originally an entry sa QCinema Film Festival, it enjoyed a wider release as a part of this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Starring Jacklyn Jose and a company of good though unknown actors.

A black comedy tungkol sa isang dysfunctional na family and their dog na nagroad trip para makipaglamay sa namatay na estranged pudra de familia nila. Shot almost entirely in Cebuano and still the comedy translates well. Sobrang funny at sobrang of the wall. Comedy of the absurt na pushing the envelop of good taste without crossing the line.

 

THE CHANTERS directed by James Robin Mayo

An entry sa 2017 QCinema Film Festival, starring Jally Nae Gilbaliga at Romulo Caballero. Tulad ng Patay Na Si Hesus, it managed to transcend language barrier maski na it was shot entirely in the native language of the Suguidanon.

Tungkol ito sa isang millenial na girlina na so into pop culture at sa lolo nito na nag-iisang chanter na lang ng katutubo nilang epiko. May bibisitang pop star sa lugar na super-idol ni girlina and girlina would do anything para ma-impress ang idol niya. Lost ang plan A niya na magpaka-backup dancer so go to Plan B, magcha-chanting siya.

Funny ang movie without being overtly comedic at sobrang natural ng acting. A small movie with a big heart.

 

NEOMANILA directed by Mikhail Red

Another entry sa 2017 QCinema Film Festival. Starring Eula Valdez and Tim Castillo

Of all the competition entries sa filmfest, i though this was the only one that was mainstream ready.  Ganun na kapulido ang filmaking.

Kaso for one reason or another, I wasn’t able to write a review for. Sorry naman. I will spank myself.

Tungkol ito sa isang smalltime crook na bogets from the slums na kinantot ng malas ang buhay and ends up being na eventually mentored ng pseudo-tita niyang hired killer.  The movie presents the underbelly of the urban jungle so the characters are not black or white, they are black and grey and greyer. Maski gamitan ng sabon, hindi puputi na puting-puti kasi tubig poso. Ganern.

Mapapa-ice cream after sa heaviness, pero sulit.

 

SEVEN SUNDAYS directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina

Starring Ronaldo Valdez with Aga Muhlach and Digndong Dantes, Cristine Reyes, and Enrique Gil.

Tungkol sa empty-nester na widower na pudang feeling nadededma na ng mga bonakis niya dahil may kanya-kanya nang buhay at pamilya. Enter kumpareng doctor who greets him on his birthday by saying “Happy birthday pare! ‘Nga pala last mo na yan kasi may cancer ka at matetegibams ka na in, siguro seven Sundays. Enjoy!” Ganun.

 

Seeing Aga and Dingdong in one frame is already worth the ticket price. Plus, see Cristine Reyes make wearing losyang shirt fashionable. Hungganda ng pohtah.

May mga movies na one-hanky or two-hankies kung magpaiyak, ito kailangan yata beach towel ang baon. Cryola galore pero magaan sa dibdib.

 

SI CHEDENG AT SI APPLE directed by Fatrick Tabada

A CinemaOne entry this year from directed by the same guy who wrote Patay Na Si Hesus, starring magandang hayops Gloria Diaz and Elizabeth Oropesa.

Actually saw this twice, one with the jowa and another with the mudrakel and it stood a second viewing pa rin.

Tungkol ito sa dalawang magbestfriend na senior citizens. Yung isa kinda bobitang wannabe starlet gusto nang umeskapo sa jowa nambu-boogiewonderland  and the other lola tungril who want to come out of the closeta na. To get what they want they plan na chugiin ang mga asawa nila. Parehong failure at success. Si lola tungs balak lasunin ang imbalidong jowers kaso naunahang itong matigok in his sleep. Si starlilet naman tried to used black magic kaso that failed so she just made saksak na lang.

Together, they made putol the head ni jumbaging jowa tapos nagroadtrip to Cebu to look for lola tungs’s childhood sweetheart habang severed head. Halarity ensued. Ansaya de ba.

Yung una, ded si pudang, roadtip ang family. Ito naman ded ang bowakels, roadtrip ang magbff. I’m sensing a trend na baka trilogy tungkol sa patay na may roadtrip. Can’t wait!

 

CHANGING PARTNERS directed by Dan Villegas

Another CinemaOne entry, and for me, the best of the lot. Kebs kung hindi siya ang best picture.Based on the PETA musical of the same title, starring Jojit Lorenzo and Agot Isidro na deservingly won acting awards here. Co-starring Anna Luna and Sandino Martin who held their own in face of two tor d force performances.

Tungkol ito sa magjowang may age gap na on the verge of breaking up. Sounds simple enough no? But try telling the same story in four variations, a. the cougar ang the fuccboi, b. the DOM and the batang humarot, c. lola tungs and the baby lipstick lesbian, at d. ateng beki and his boylet.

Tapos gawin mong musical. Taraaaay!

 

SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES directed by Raya Martin

A crime procedural starring Noni Buencamino and Sid Lucero as two crime-solving Jesuit priests. Meron palang ganun no?

Tungkol nga ito sa dalawang pari na on the trail ng gumagalang serial killer na shumushutay ng mga bagets sa slums ng Payatas. Wit lang shumushutay, remove pa ng fez at cut-off pa their junjuns. Ouch nemen kohyah!

They try to solve the crime while splukening in English while maneuvering around the political landscape filled with cameo appearances of stars who were also splukening in English with varying success.

Very athmospheric and dark. Ganda ng lighting. Not perfect pero may ambisyon, at infairness may K namang magpakaambisyoso.

ANG LARAWAN directed by Loy Arcenas

MMFF 2017 best picture na dapat lang kasi mananampal ako kung hindi. Char. Starring Rachel Alejandro and Joanna Ampil with Paulo Avelino and Sandino Martin along with a virtual who’s who in Philippine musical theater.

Based on the stage musical Ang Larawan by Ryan Cayabyab and the late Rolando Tinio, na based sa play na Larawan na Filipino translation ni National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera of the iconic play written in English by National Artist Nick Joaquin entiled Portrait Of An Artist As A Filipino.

Isnabera! Sige try niyo talunin ang pedigree.

Tungkol sa magshupatid na old maids na dating richina pero fallen into hard times. The only treasure left was yung huling obra ng pudang nila na maraming bet bumili pero hindi nila maatim ibenta maski witchikels na nila kayang magbayad ng kuryente at umaasa na lang sa handouts ng iabng shupatids nila.

So kakanta na lang sila. Charot.

A must watch.

 

DEADMA WALKING directed by Julius Alfonso

Another MMFF 2017 entry na, lilinawin ko lang, though may patay rin at LGBTQ rin ang characters ay hindi variation lang ng Die Beautiful. Iba siya ok? Starring Joross Gamboa at Edgar Allan Guzman.

Based on a Palanca Awarding winning play, kwento ito ng dalawang bekis na magBFF, isang maharot na struggling stage actor at isang pa prim and proper businessgay na richina kaso malapit nang mategimbams. Tanggap na ni baklang richina na matetegibams siya, pero dahil OC bet niya na oversee ang sariling lamay para perfect siya hanggang sa huli. With the help ni BFF, they staged a fake death and a palamay ng taon.

NKKLK.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s