Review: My Amnesia Girl

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     Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Toni Gonzaga

     Directed by:  Cathy Garcia-Molina

     Running Time: 120 mins

     Release Date: November 2010

 

 Overview:

When Apollo (John Lloyd Cruz) finds himself surrounded by friends who are beginning to settle down, he is faced with the possibility of finding his true love. It all boils down to one name: Irene. It must be fate then, when he once again sees Irene (Toni Gonzaga), his ex-girlfriend from three years ago with whom he had the best memories with. Apollo and Irene were a perfect couple, and were engaged to be married. It all ended at the altar when Apollo had a bout of cold feet and left Irene alone in the aisle.

Now, Irene pretends to have no recollection of Apollo, having acquired “amnesia” shortly after their separation. Apollo sees this as the perfect opportunity to pursue Irene again, and be able to undo all the mistakes he made in the past, by offering Irene the best memories she could ever have.

True love is difficult to resist, they learn. Just when they find themselves ready to commit to each other, the pains from the past catch up with them, challenging them to finally own up to the mistakes made and lies said, and eventually realize what it is to forgive and forget.

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I Say…

Love super cheesy pick-up lines? They are here. They’re all here. All nonsense and funny cheesy pick-up lines in one movie. I think I’d freak out if even if it’s JLC talking to me with ‘that’. As in eww. Such a huge allergen.

Anyway… sorry for the delay… once a John Lloyd fan, always a John Lloyd fan so, My Amnesia Girl I needed to see. And I just did. Setting aside the allergic pick-up lines, it actually made me laugh. It wasn’t the story I was imagining in my head but I still found myself smiling… and giddy. It’s more of, like, a dream sequence to me. Admit it. It’s not realistic. Not even idealistic. But not bad. Who could think of commemorating and compressing all 28 birthdays in just one? Who would go down and back 12 floors not just once but countless times just to impress a girl and convince her that you’re stupid enough to do just that? I haven’t met such guy. We all have our limits. But since it’s a movie, it’s OK. Smile

But all those I mentioned made My Amnesia Girl a unique love story movie. A modern dalagang Filipina and masugid na manliligaw story… where most of us can relate to, I think.

There isn’t enough agony in this one unlike all other John Lloyd movies. But not bad. Even former basketball legend Atoy Co was cheesy here. I guess it’s alright to be cheesy sometimes…

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Review: You Got Me [2007]

220px-You_Got_Me_CoverDirected by: Cathy Garcia Molina
Writers: Raz dela Torre & Francis Lua

Cast:

Toni Gonzaga as Moe Santander
Sam Milby as
Kevin Robles/PX
Zanjoe Marudo as
Caloy
Johnny Delgado as Allan Santander

Plot: (STAR Records)

Everybody in this world is scared. But Sometimes, it takes two scared persons to do one brave thing: to fall in love. Lt. Amor “Moe” Santander (Toni Gonzaga) fears nothing. Nothing except love. Lt. Kevin Robles (Sam Milby) fears everything, especially professing his love to the one girl he’s loved all these years. Caloy (Zanjoe Marudo) is a man who runs from street to street with his pirated DVD merchandise in tow. He has to escape this unrelenting policewoman.

The next day, by the inexplicable turn of events, Moe’s love story begins. Caloy tries to win her heart, while Kevin continues to love her from a distance. Are Caloy, Moe & Kevin making the right choices? Will true love be given a chance to happen?

You Got Me! Is sure to catch the hearts of people who take the biggest risk of all – to surrender to love and embrace all the vulnerabilities and possibilities that this wonderful promise brings.

I Say…

Not bad… I can say it’s quite laughable. I can stand the lines and it wasn’t boring. The setting gave me a different feeling since the story took place in Manila, the city we all know.

The story wasn’t too slow paced, neither was it fast paced. But Johnny Delgado’s role was quick, and really funny. How his part ended was quite lame though. I really cannot figure out the significance of coconuts falling down from trees every time the heroine gets so excited about something. Zanjoe Marudo didn’t act like a newbie at all. He walks, talks and acts better than Sam Milby did. He played the part naturally as if there isn’t a need to act at all. He seems like a natural “taong kalye”, if not for the way he looks.

I’ve heard feedback before that they somehow patterned this movie to the popular Korean movie Windstruck. Well, I can say it’s nothing like Windstruck. But I saw that whoever wrote or planned for this movie got the inspiration from the later and must’ve tried to conceptualize something that looks like it but not feel like it.

As far as the ending is concerned, well I wasn’t paying that much attention already. Just like that Caloy gave up and did not create more conflict for Moe and Kevin. Most of the time endings make you feel that what you’ve just seen was worth your time.

Review: One More Chance [2008]

one more chance posterDirected by: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Story & Screenplay: Carmi G. Raymundo, Vanessa R. Valdez

Cast:

John Lloyd Cruz as Popoy
Bea Alonzo as
Basha
Derek Ramsay as
Mark
Maja Salvador as Trisha

Plot (Star Home Video):

Will you change that love or love the change? For anyone who has loved… and lost.

Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo) have been together forever. Their love story started when they met as students in the university. Popoy was taking up engineering while Basha was in Architecture. They have been inseparable since. Everything is perfect.

At least that is what Popoy thinks.

Until one day, Basha suddenly asks for a break up to give her room to grow.

Will Popoy learn to let go?
Will Basha be able to move in completely?

I Say…

I know it’s a bit too late but this I have to do. I really need to praise my favorite love team once again. I am a huge fan of Bea-John Lloyd team and I’ve seen all of their movies together since day one. This time around, they have changed into more matured actors, as seen in every moment of this movie. All their movies were certified box office hits and to add to that long list, is One More Chance.

The story is good, and they were perfect. I’m sorry, but I really can’t help but praise every bit of what they have done! I also loved Maja and Derek’s respective characters… I can’t imagine the supportive new girlfriend to be another girl who’s not Maja Salvador. There were no annoying characters, only characters to love. They’re all important and it would feel different if one of them will be pulled out.

They seem to have used the same technique as other Star Cinema love stories, wherein they titillate their audience until the plot heightens and then they make you guess before it ends. I’m glad that they still stick to happy endings. I’ve changed a bit… since I love happy endings now more than tragedy. And in that light, it’s right to watch as many love stories as I can before I go back to my old liking.

Sorry for being such a sucker for Bea-John Lloyd films… One More Chance is really good. I think I’ll watch it again when I have the time.

Oh… and don’t you think our school looks great when looked at from that angle? It’s my favorite side of UST too… =)

Review: Ang Tanging Ina [2003]

Ang Tanging InaRelease Date: May 28, 2003
Running Time: 110 minutes
Direction by: Wenn Deramas
Screenplay by: Mel del Rosario, Keiko Aquino, Temi Abad, Jr.
Released by: Star Cinema

Cast:
Ai-Ai de las Alas as Ina
Marvin Agustin as Juan
Nikki Valdez as Tudis
Carlo Aquino as Dimitry/Tri
Heart Evangelista as Portia/Por
Alwyn Uytingco as Pip
Marc Acueza as Sixto
Shaina Magdayao as Severina/Seven
Serena Dalrymple as Cate
Jiro Manio as Shammy
Yuki Kadooka as Ten-ten
Eugene Domigno as Rowena
Dennis Padilla as Eddie
Kaye Abad as Jenny
John Prats as Jeffrey
Angelica Panganiban as Gretchen

Nomination:
FAMAS Awards Best Actress: Ai-Ai delas Alas

Plot: (Star Cinema)
With 3 dead husbands and 12 children to take care of, Ina (Ai-ai delas Alas) fights to be both a provider and homemaker. Frustrated between staying out to earn a living and staying in to take care of her children, she desperately hides her hardships. But this led her children to grow resentful of her, as she becomes part of their problems. Although not her own doing, much less wanting, it seems that her best are never good enough. So what else can a mother do?

I Say…

Tanging Ina is a cool, spoof movie. Lines from old, hit movies were restated and spoofed. It’s really amusing and so heartwarming. It tells about how Ina [Ai-Ai de las Alas] struggled to be a single Mom to 12 unique children born from 3 different fathers [Edu Manzano, Jestoni Alarcon and Ton-ton Gutierrez], It’s kind of different from common comedy, light-drama local movies, and it is no surprise to have received praises left and right when it was shown. Unbelievable as it may seem, it is one of the highest grossing local films. I was thinking it was because of its powerhouse cast that it was able to create so much “noise” in the local entertainment scene. Each artist has its own set of followers who owned a spot in the movie house. But no, I guess it’s not just because of that that the movie is a good one. I admit to be a bit guilty of being ungrateful to my Mom, and the movie triggered one spot in my heart for my her. I mean, I know everyone will feel guilty if you’re not the appreciative/expressive type.

Seeing each star 4 years after, they all look really different. All 12 of the artists who played Ai-Ai’s children are all venturing on different career paths at the moment. It’s just a little weird comparing how they looked and acted like 4 years ago in the said movie to what they are now. Some of them went as far as changing images and moving from ABSCBN to GMA 7.

Simply put, Ang Tanging Ina teaches children to appreciate their Moms, despite their odd ways of showing how much they love and care for us. Quoting Joey de Leon’s quote, “God can’t be everywhere that’s why he created mothers..” No one knows us better than the person who raised us up and no matter how the world works, you owe to her your existence. If you’re the sensitive type/don’t get along well with your Mom or simply a person who likes to cry while watching movies, be prepared. Although it’s comic, it can make you shed a tear or two when it gets to the issue. Happy mother’s day to all mothers!