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The Knee-Jerk Critic

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THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MOVIE REVIEW: Ilawod

Nabother ako sa portrayal ng sexuality ng ng mga bagets dito... but bothered in a positive way. Typically kasi, pag ang artista mo eh nasa mid teens, puro kasweetan o pagka-angstsy ang portrayal. O kaya pagka-brat. Hanggang doon lang, tapos bigla, buntis. Dito overt ang sexuality na pina-ooze kay Teri Malvar at kita mo na intention yun ng director, to may you squirm and feel uncomfortable. Hindi ito basta kirititay-katuray. Hindi ito variation ng landitay-lanturay-harot. This is lust that goes beyond sexual. Eto yung Dan Villegas na hinahanap ko.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC RETRO REVIEW: Himala, 1982 (Restored)

Parang mahirap i-classify ang Himala with today's standards. It is a masterpiece created by its time, yet whose questions and message remains current. Yung motif ng unblinking eye of the media sa Himala, aba that's reality TV at its best and worse. Yung sumisinghap na ng last breath si Elsa, kinukunan pa ng video, aba palitan lang ng iphone yung mga camera eh it's so 2017. Iba ka Ishma! Iba ka Ricky Lee! Ate Guy! Para siyang perfect storm when a great material is performed by a great actor under the guidance of a great director. Greatness galore! Kaya naman pala classic at iconic.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MOVIE REVIEW: Passengers

Nung nabalitaan ko pa lang ang casting ng movie na ito napa-Ayyy na ako! Jennifer Lawrence at Chris Pratt! Hungganda siguro nilang panoorin sa big screen together. Ayoko nang magadditional spoiler pa. Suffice it to say na ang moral of the lesson ay, tama nga ang kasabihan na magbiro ka na sa lasing, wag lang sa sobrang agang ginising, lalo na kung 89 years too early. Ganun.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MOVIE REVIEW: Sing

Personally, I prefer my musicals to have original songs dahil theater queen ako, but then even sa Broadway uso na yung musicals based sa playlist of an era or one particular artist or group so what do i know. Overwhelming ang dami ng kantang ginamit.Parang namalengke sila ng songs tapos isinaksak lahat sa loob ng movie na parang wala lang, samantalang ang That Thing Called Tadhana nag-crowdsoruce pa (sowsyal way of saying namalimos) para lang mabayaran ang right to one song ni Whitney Houston. Asan ang katarungan?!!!! Cheret.

Kneejerk Look Back at the MMFF2016

The origin of this post is my newly-minted at recently-claimed ninong, Joel David idea. Gawa raw ako ng omnibus MMFF2016 post where you guys can find all the reviews, so here it is. 🙂

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016: Die Beautiful

Die Beautiful tells the nonlinear story of a transgender beauconera, from her days as budding badinglet named Patrick with her beshfrend Barb, it followed her through her various struggles in life on the way to finding herself, up to her rise,eventual death and fabulous wake as the beauty queen... Trisha Echeverria!!!

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016 REVIEW: Seklusyon

Maganda naman yung movie. At yung texture ng shots, yum. Ang production design. Ang scoring. Wala lang talaga yung borkot at gulat na inaasahan ko. Para lang siyang bonggang pilot episode ng isang supernatural thriller sa Netflix o HBO. Bongga pero parang nagpigil.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016 REVIEW: Kabisera

Maganda naman may gustong sabihin yung movie tungkol sa societal ills sa macro and how it affects the pinoy family sa micro level. Pero hindi natahi nang seamless at ang lumabas ay hodgepodge of issues na na graze lang ang surface at acting moments that may or may not been deserved.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016 REVIEW: Vince&Kath&James

Kasabay ko at pumuno ng sinehan ay ang target market ng pelikulang kabataan na ayaw bigyan ng Star Cinema ng 30% discount sa ticket. Narinig niyo yon?!!! The youth! Kebs sila. Basta barkabarkada silang nanood, isang halera per barkada. Sabay-sabay pang kinikilig ang mga pohtah sa bawat pachenes na eksena. Anlakas maka-tanders.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016 REVIEW: Oro

Humarap si Irma sa camera na puno ng emosyon pero walang luha, parang gumamit ng Johnson's Baby Shampoo, no more tears! Lumitanya siya nang mahaba, ramdam mo sa bawat kataga yung kontroladong galit niya na biblical in proportion. Righteaous anger meyn, righteous anger! Parang Jesus na nangwarla at the temple lang. Oro may have lost La Aunor due some differences pero it gained something else with Adlawan. If Ate Guy have stayed sa movie and did what the script asked, it would have been another Aunor moment, nothing more. But with Irma, Oro became an ensemble piece, walang bida, tulong-tulong lahat to present a believable slice of life...however bitter it may be.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016 REVIEW: Saving Sally

Minsan yung mensahe wala dun sa kwento ng pelikula kundi nandun sa ingat at alaga na ibinigay sa paggawa nung pelikula. Wa etchos, habang pinanonood ko siya iniimagine ko a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing Marty. Rhian will still be Sally though, saka si Kuya Bodjie IS Kuya Bodjie. Cate Blanchett could sub for Shamaine. And Antonio Banderas will be Zorro. Ganun ang casting. Basta.

THE KNEEJERK CRITIC MMFF2016 REVIEW: Sunday Beauty Queen

in three minutes care na ako sa subject nila, 5 minutes kinukorot na dibdib ko, 10 minutes emotional roller coaster na ako na hindi ko mawari na di ko alam kung mangingiti ako na na maaawa na magagalit na manliliit. Pohtangina Baby Ruth Villarama, all the feels teh, all the feels. Di ko keri. Mabuti na lang malambot yung seats sa Uptown Mall in fairness dahil parang lugaw ako pagkatapos. Tinunaw ako ng SBQ emotionally.

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