100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA is a Failed Version of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

It seems the movie 100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA tried to copy the charm of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER but it failed. Bella Padilla's character, Stella, has an interesting personality. She's dynamic and more importantly, real. But the role of JC Santos, Fidel, is too self-righteous and pathetic too be likeable. He is drowning with …

ADORATION Movie: Stagnant [But Beautiful] Setting, Engaging Emotional Journey

The 2013 film ADORATION [also known as ADORE in US, Canada and UK; and internationally as TWO MOTHERS and PERFECT MOTHERS] is about two long time best friends [Naomi Watts and Robin Wright] who fall in love with the other's son. It's the ultimate MILF movie you might think. But if you are just looking …

Transgression of Values in Victor Villanueva’s PATAY NA SI HESUS

SPOILER ALERT! Victor Villanueva’s PATAY NA SI HESUS in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is the only entry I had only watched and probably the only that I would watch among the film festival’s most recent batch. It has a very simple story—it is simply a story of an almost typical Visayan family—yet very …