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Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill

Boy-GoldenVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.54 (12 ratings)

Genre: Action

Director: Chito Roño

Writers: Catherine Camarillo, Guelan Luarca, E.R. Ejercito

Cast: Jeorge Estregan, KC Concepcion, John Estrada, Tonton Gutierrez, Leo Martinez, Gloria Sevilla, Eddie Garcia

Synopsis: The film is very, very loosely based on the life of Arturo Porcura (Jeorge Estregan). Once upon a time, he was known as Boy Anino, notorious leader of the Bahala Na gang. But rival gangster Tony Razon (John Estrada) attacked him in his home, leaving his entire gang and his family dead in the ruins. But Porcura survived, and now he returns under a new alias, Boy Golden, and he seeks revenge against those that did him wrong. Along the way, he meets Marla D (KC Concepcion), a dancer who also has a bone to pick with Razon. Together, the two carry out a dangerous plan to take on Manila’s toughest gangsters. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 130 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

5.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film is relentlessly, tirelessly fun, and something that we haven’t really seen in our cinema. Boy Golden is a joyous, raucous experience, and I personally recommend it to anyone that enjoys fun.” (Read full review)

4.5         Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“I didn’t mind (Estregan) in this film because there are sooooooo many fun elements: the colorful cinematography, the surprising twists and turns, the fight scenes that are on the level of the best Southeast Asian (Thai, Hong Kong, etc.) martial arts action movies, a genuine sense of humor, outrageous violence and it’s ridiculous and silly in the best possible way.” (Read full review)

4.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

Boy Golden doesn’t carry with it the commentary and insight that most of our nation’s more notable films so openly flaunt; but it does have something better. It has fun. And it has a violent, colorful, and masterful way of showing it.” (Read full review)

4.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Too bad that the jurors of the Metro filmfest are so dumb they didn’t recognize the merits of the film, which is quite ambitious and borders, at some points, on inspired delicious lunacy.” (Read full review)

4.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

“Roño pulls no stops in delivering an all-out bombastic gangster movie, with no deep pretensions whatsoever in regards the concepts of crime, revenge, loyalty, retribution and justice. He is simply having a fun time at the movies, and so are we.” (Read full review)

3.5         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Boy Golden may not be the most coherent film, but it is bursting with charm and identity, a feat that justly deserves recognition especially today when most action films are unfortunately made with less verve and just more starpower.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“This one manages camp and action smoothly that it’s an enjoyable watch. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story, and the fight scenes were for the most part, well done.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

Boy Golden is not a perfect film. Filmmakers could have trimmed down its running time. They could have made Razon a more monstrous villain or cast a more suitable actor for that role. However, Boy Golden‘s awesome action segments, beautifully choreographed by veteran foreign stunt directors, are a rarity in local films.” (Read full review)

3.0         Carljoe Javier (GMA News)

Boy Golden is kitschy, absurd, over the top, at times tasteless, often tacky, and almost devoid of any self-awareness. Through those characteristics, it becomes a wonderful piece of camp to be enjoyed.” (Read full review)

3.0         Jasmine Cruz (Business World)

“The film’s plot features some surprising twists, so you won’t get bored. Allegiances change, characters’ pasts are revealed, and unexpected people pop up in the last minute.” (Read full review)

3.0         Fred Hawson (ABS-CBN News)

Boy Golden is a generally well-made gangster movie, but it is not without its flaws. It may be campy and violent, but it was certainly an earnest effort by its cast and crew.” (Read full review)

1.5         Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“Boy Golden’s face sets the tone for the rest of the movie, which despite Carlo Mendoza’s commendable effort in cinematography, is campy and fake—and it’s not even a musical.” (Read full review)

Bwakaw

Verdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.17 (29 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Jun Robles Lana

Cast: Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Soliman Cruz, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Bibeth Orteza, Soxie Topacio, Joey Paras, Beverly Salviejo, Gardo Versoza, Alan Paule, Luz Valdez, Jonathan Neri, Ronaldo Bertubin, May-I Fabros and introducing Princess as Bwakaw

Synopsis:  Rene (Garcia) is a gay man who came out of the closet at age 70. Ailing in his twilight years, he thinks it is now too late for love, even companionship, and that all there is to look forward to is Death. He has made a will, bequeathing his few possessions to his even fewer friends. Everything is packed and labeled, ready for distribution. He has even paid for a coffin, taking advantage of a funeral home’s Summer Sale. Nowadays the only companion Rene has is Bwakaw, a stray dog that hangs around his house and follows him wherever he goes. As Rene waits for the day of his death, he gets the surprise of his life when it is Bwakaw who suddenly falls ill and is diagnosed with cancer.

Trailer: 

Review:

5.0      Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“A meditation on old age and death, Bwakaw is splendidly leavened by acerbic wit and rough humor.” (Read full review)

5.0       Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“More than homage, Lana weaves a tale rich with snippets of both unbridled hilarity and regulated emotional bearing.” (Read full review)

5.0       Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“I was reminded once again of the power of cinema. The cathartic nature of the silver screen not only for its makers, but for its viewers. The magic of communicating something fictional, but crafting it in a way that expresses something real.” (Read full review)

5.0       Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

Bwakaw is sensitive and funny, where Lana is able to manipulate the expected into being laughable, and absurdity becomes acceptable truth.” (Read full review)

5.0       Julien Merced Matabuena (Manila Bulletin)

“The best thing about Jun Robles Lana’s latest opus, Bwakaw, is that it managed to tell the conventional—not to mention imaginably depressing—stories of coming to terms with one’s self late in life and growing old alone, yet put a surprisingly optimistic twist to it.” (Read full review)

5.0      Maridol Rañoa-Bismark (Yahoo Philippines)

“Each scene takes you on a roller coaster of emotions, thanks to Rene and Bwakaw.  And you can’t help but go where every jolt, every bump on the road takes you.” (Read full review)

5.0      Kikko Kalabud (Hot for Movies)

“Jun Lana handles Bwakaw as lightly as possible yet (it’s) still very gripping, with just enough humour, intelligence and heart.” (Read full review)

5.0      Nel Costales (1505 Film Avenue)

“Director Jun Lana crafted a film so good that if only the late comedy king Dolphy had a film like this in his oeuvre, then there’s a higher chance of him being hailed as a National Artist for Film.” (Read full review)

5.0       Taking a Break

“The story is rich with characters who seem to have been plucked out from our everyday lives–but they’re given such colorful characterization that they might seem larger than life at first.” (Read full review)

5.0       Present Confusion

“Eddie Garcia delivers the performance of his career as Rene. Although irascible, you never really hate his character.” (Read full review)

5.0       Ihcahieh

“Garcia plays his role con mucho gusto that you just could not help but shower him with praises. The supporting cast members do not disappoint either, and many moments are stolen by the gay beautician assistant played by Paras through his character’s loud demeanor.” (Read full review)

5.0       Jowana Bueser (The Birth of Damnation)

“The film tackles aging and loneliness yet the best thing about it is humor.” (Read full review)

4.0       Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Jun Lana has finally found his film. This is moviemaking at its finest. There’s nothing new about the story or treatment, but the combination of excellent acting, writing, and directing could not be brushed aside. People will still react positively to such ‘tired’ but universal themes as love, friendship, acceptance, grief, and redemption, when they are presented with honesty and with no affectation.”

4.0       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“There’s a lot of talent on display here, but the film’s astonishing heart is what makes it worth everyone’s time.” (Read full review)

4.0       Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“Both funny and touching, I find this as one of the more enjoyable entries of this year’s filmfest.” (Read full review)

4.0       Rob San Miguel (The Chair)

“Mahusay ang direksyon ni Lana. Hindi niya minadali ang pag-usad ng kwento. Hinayaan niyang makilala ng manonood ang mga karakter.” (Read full review)

4.0       Jerky San Pedro (The Daily Anomaly)

“A dreary depiction of rural life and of growing old alone and miserable that slowly gains color, bolstered by  the top-notch performance of Eddie Garcia.” (Read full review)

4.0       Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“What I loved about the film was that it was not THAT sentimental with its scenes.  Especially towards the end where it could easily be blown to gigantic melodrama proportions.” (Read full review)

4.0       Arvel Salcedo (Spot Reviews)

“Wild applause to Eddie Garcia for a fine portrayal of a bitter old old lone grump.” (Read full review)

4.0       Joal Eduarte (Cinephiles)

“I like the hush, minimalist style of direction and relaxed pacing. The humor was great too – so great, in fact, that it overpowers the film’s ability to elicit the sympathy of the audience towards its characters and plot at a higher emotional level. A lot of scenes could have been really powerful had the comedic elements present in them been toned down, or in some cases, removed altogether.”

4.0        Edwin Sallan (InterAksyon)

“Feels like an MMK episode and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Well-written, well-acted, nicely photographed. One of the festival’s best.”

3.5        Vincenzo Tagle (We Talk About Movies)

“The movie would have benefited from better focus and tighter editing, but for what it is, it is sufficiently entertaining and occasionally touching.” (Read full review)

3.5        Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“Lana thankfully doesn’t overplay Rene’s relationship with his askal, Bwakaw, to melodramatic heights and instead uses to flesh out Rene’s fears and frustrations about living a life full of regrets and bitterness.” (Read full review)

3.5        CBCP CINEMA

“Bagama’t wala nang kailangan pang patunayan ang isang Eddie Garcia, nagawa niyang buhayin ang katauhan ni Rene nang hindi kinakailangang maging stereotyped.” (Read full review)

3.0        Oggs Cruz (ABS-CBNews)

“Delightfully unhurried, Bwakaw manages to make stretches of quietude and nothingness both entertaining and meaningful. It also helps that the film’s images are composed, lighted, and framed exquisitely.” (Read full review)

3.0        Eduardo Dayao (Cinephiles)

“Has several narrative threads and nuances worth honing in on, particularly the Armida-Eddie romance and the saint in the bedroom, that I sort of wish it honed in on more. And any film about a man and his dog automatically gets a star from me, no matter how schmaltzy it gets. This doesn’t get half as schmaltzy as it could’ve. Some of the acting and the comedy bits (the heart attack) gets a little grating but for the most part, it’s funny and affecting. Eddie’s perf is a no-brainer. Conventional and harmless, on the whole, though.”

3.0        Scud in Real Life

“Eddie Garcia is hilarious and terrifying in his madness.” (Read full review)

3.0        Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Malaking bagay sa isang tao ang umibig pero ang may pinakamalaking pitak sa pag-ibig na ito ay ang pagmamahal sa sarili.” (Read full review)

2.5        Fred Hawson (Fred Said: Movies)

“The main fault of this film is that there were no big surprises at all. There were no hidden symbolisms or deeper meanings. It did not challenge me to think at all.” (Read full review)

Modern Classics: 1990

Andrea, Paano Ba ang Maging Isang Ina?

Director: Gil Portes

Writer: Ricardo Lee

Cast: Nora Aunor, Gina Alajar, Lloyd Samartino, Dan Alvaro

Aunor delivers one of the fiercest performances of her career as an NPA rebel who goes pregnant and temporarily leaves her baby with her best friend (Gina Alajar, also bringing her A-game) as she goes back underground to seek the whereabouts of her husband, only to be detained and presumed by Alajar and husband (Lloyd Samartino) to be dead.

The early ’90s was the height of Pinoy melodrama and director Portes and writer Lee were two of the masters of the genre. Sure enough, this film is filled with melodramatic scenes. What keeps the material engaging even after repeated viewings is the central, universal theme of fighting for justice: for wrongs done to society and wrongs done to your own life. Depending on your sensibilities, you will find the climax either laughably over-the-top or painfully gut-wrenching. Either way, it’s  certainly one of the most unforgettable in Philippine cinema.

*Poster courtesy of Video 48

Scene from the film: 

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Gumapang Ka sa Lusak

Director: Lino Brocka

Writer: Ricardo Lee

Cast: Dina Bonnevie, Christopher de Leon, Eddie Garcia, Charo Santos-Concio, Bembol Roco

Speaking of masters of melodrama, nobody was equal (at least in this part of the world) to Lino Brocka, and the film’s title alone (literally, “grovel in the muck”) evokes images of intense hatred. Yet the irresistible story (involving characters mired in a web of sex, violence, and Marcosian politics [redundant!]) arguably calls for none other than a melodramatic treatment for a fully satisfying viewing experience. Santos-Concio’s delicious performance as an Imeldific character is one for the books and works in fine juxtaposition to de Leon’s quiet, textured portrayal as Bonnevie’s boyfriend.

*Photo courtesy of uploadedbydencio.blogspot

Teaser: gumapang-ka-sa-lusak-teaser-113637738

Ang Panday 2

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.00 (11 ratings)

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

Director: Mac Alejandre

Writer: RJ Nuevas

Cast: Bong Revilla, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Philip Salvador, Eddie Garcia

Synopsis: Flavio (Bong Revilla), the titular blacksmith, goes on a quest to save his love Maria (Iza Calzado) from the clutches of his evil nemesis Lizardo (Philip Salvador).

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Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0          Mihk Vergara (Lagarista)

“It is not until the introduction of Baruha (Lorna Tolentino) that the movie turns from bland movie-of-the week to dystopic Lynchian tour-de-force.The introduction of Baruha starts a split in the narrative, where we leave the happy, content villagers of the opening and explore the depths of Baruha’s fragile mind.” (Read full review)

4.0          Jojo P. Panaligan (Manila Bulletin)

“The film offers exciting action scenes complemented by special effects that almost steal the thunder from the story. The shots and production design are impressive, harkening to the way the international fantasy epics such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings were done.” (Read full review)

3.0          J.I.E. Teodoro (GMA News)

“If there is one thing that is excellent about this movie, it is the cinematography by Toto Uy. The picture is clear and colorful, a real delight for children and the child at heart… The visual effects by Jay Santiago and the production design by Richard Somes are lovely to say the least.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“There is a subplot in Panday 2 that captures the darkness and horror of the old fairy tales. Something terrible happens, but the filmmakers don’t assure the audience that it’s okay, everyone will have a happy ending. Pretty brave for mainstream product. For this we will overlook much of the silliness.” (Read full review)

1.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“At the center of all this is Bong Revilla, who is just as effective as he was the last time. Which is to say: he’s not very effective. He plays Flavio like a mannequin, with no thought put toward the character’s growth or the internal conflicts that might be plaguing him.” (Read full review)

1.5          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Envisioned as the local version of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, its spectacle is lost in its vacuous drivel. Technology should help move a plot. Instead, the story takes the backseat to glorious computer-generated images. There was never a single moment of authentic emotion, thus there was never a sense worthy of empathy.” (Read full review)

1.0         Rolando Tolentino (Pinoy Weekly)

“Ang Panday ni Ramon Revilla, Jr. ay purong fantasya: komunidad na walang ginawa kundi magpatuyo ng tela, lumilipad na mga dragon at may komunidad pala ang mga ito, kwento na natuto na sa “franchise films” na ikinukwento na ang magiging suliranin para sa susunod na installment, at iba pa.” (Read full review)

1.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“Like a zombie in search for a living human brain to feed on, the film gnaws on your sanity. It actually forces you to wish for random calamities that would salvage you from the misfortune of sitting through a confused and disastrously taxing film.” (Read full review)

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2.0          Step Up Guy (Cinephiles)

Ang Panday 2 is a dismal failure — as far as substance is concerned. Voiceovers on the tv trailers boast of the film’s Hollywood-caliber special effects, which is true enough, but a derivative plot and banal characterizations sink the glossy film faster than you can say Fernando Poe Junior.”

1.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“Ito ang Rated K as in Kaning-Baboy. Naawa ako kina Rustica Carpio, naawa ako kay LT, naawa ako kahit kay Mark Lapid. 0.5 para sa isang MMFF icon, si Baldo Marro as fight instructor. Sana gumawa rin si Cris Pablo ng pelikula tungkol sa punyal na humahaba. Sorry, wala talaga akong na-appreciate. Pwede na ‘yung eksena ni Iza na hindi s’ya gumagalaw. Ang husay-husay n’ya r’un.”

1.0          Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever Carl)

“It’s just a rehash of the previous installment and a rehash of other mythical fantasies of Hollywood.” (Read full comment)

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