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.