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  • I'm going to post my reviews soon at HOT FOR MOVIES
  • Review: Enteng ng Ina Mo

    Don't expect na binigyan ko 'to ng 5 stars. I tried to enjoy it pero 'yun lang 'yun.
  • MrSinisterMrSinister PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Segunda Mano

    - I'm very disappointed with the movie
    - hindi man lang ako nagulat or natakot kahit isang scene
    - halfway through the movie, nahulaan ko na agad yung killer
    - I've seen the "twist" over a dozen times
    - Bangs Garcia is smokin' hot and kinda funny
    - as always, Kriz is terrible
    - 1/5
  • lifehouse232lifehouse232 PEx Rookie ⭐
    Review: My Househusband

    Light drama with some comedy scenes. Medyo dragging ang first part. It only becomes interesting nung pumasok na sa picture si Eugene Domingo. Save for some Juday drama scenes (of course, magaling siya sa iyakan), I think it was Uge who carried the movie. Dun natawa ang mga moviegoers. Pero hindi laugh out loud. Mas funny pa ang Babae sa Septic Tank and Zombadings.

    Overall, okay naman ang movie. Realistic ang theme. Again, it's light drama not comedy. Madidisappoint kayo kung ang hanap niyo eh yung talagang sasakit ang tiyan niyo kakatawa.
  • Panday palang na papanuod ko kasi daming pamangkin ko ang gusto nito...eto naman ang sa akin... sabi ko nga ganda ng esp FX nito at natutuwa ako dun kasi keribels na nating makipag sabayan ng technology hinde lang sa ASIA kungdi maging sa holiwood. akala ko sila lang ang kering gumawa nun... sa story naman nagandahan ako atleast alam ng director nito kung saan dadalhin ang manunuod never akong na inip saluob ng sinehan kasi bawat eksena na ramdaman ko na eto talaga yung panday na pinanunod ko nung bata pako...me tawanan, drama, kilig lahat na yata andito.. super like ko na si benjie Paras hinde sya OA dito like ko an *** eksena ni pekto at belly maliit lang pero matatandaan mo sila sa movie n ito...nakakaarte pala si kris bernal.... super cute ni alden goshhhhh...

    overall.... 9/10

    segunda mano naman mamaya..
  • my house husband- 19/20

    can relate. nadala nila ryan and eugene ang movie. mas marami yatang exposure si ryan kesa kay juday since ryan is the title role holder.
  • went to a full house screening of Segunda Mano last night at around 9 in the evening at Megamall. Sad to say I was disappointed. Sorry, Kris, but kung tinaya mo ang pangalan ng mga Aquino sa pelikulang ito, handa ka na ba magbayad? Heheheh. Poor Angelica Panganiban she was very underutillized in this one. Anong pinakain ni Kris sa kanya at pumayag siya na ganito kaliit ang role niya? Bangs Garcia though should be thankful that she was cast here at ang laki ng supporting role niya rito, and on top of that tuwang-tuwa sa kanya ang audience. Movie was well directed compared to last year's very horrible Dalaw, though some scenes were shot like it was a TVC rather than a film. It was fun to see it in a packed theater kasi maraming nagsisigawan at nagugulat, but that's it. The story was really weak and medyo confused movie sa identity niya - kung purely horror ba siya, kung horror comedy ba or kung horror suspense siya or combination of the three. It would've worked well as a pure suspense thriller rather than a horror flick.

    Shake, Rattle and Roll, on the other hand, was really impressive. Watching it in 2D and in Dolby Surround heightened the viewing experience.

    The first episode wasn't scary but it worked well sort of as a children's fable since I think this was the 'pambata' episode among the three. Medyo masakit lang sa tenga ang talunan nina Maricar and Zanjoe. Overall, kahit may pagkacheesy si first episode at walang takot factor, ang ganda ng production niya.

    The second episode was really great. Excellent performances from Kathryn Bernardo and Louise de los Reyes, maayos ang daloy ng istorya, ang ganda ng cinematography, maayos ang make-up, flashback scenes were executed well, akma *** musical score... reminded me of the 90's teen flick The Craft pero hindi ripped-off version but more of Pinoy na pinoy ang dating. Ang galing ng second episode. Napanganga ako after watching.

    The final episode was more of a major satire in a horror setting. Hats off to Regal for pulling off something like this! Matagal lang masyado ang pacing ng third episode but the whole episode was a brilliant move to slap people in the face and make us come face to face with our very human reaction towards typhoons and floods and that karma is one hell of a B****. Not scary, but it worked well as a horror satire. Good job, Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera.

    In my opinion, go for Shake Rattle and Roll and ditch Segunda Mano unless you're one big Kapamilya fan.
  • MY REVIEW ON SEGUNDA MANO:


    Gawd, i hate expectations. or maybe I expected too much.


    The movie started with a revelation. Though it wasn't shocking or nerve-pounding, it tells a lot on a certain character and the way it was delivered was...I think...too blatant...and too dry. The character's mystery and purpose was blandly revealed, they destroyed the character's impact on the movie. Whenever the character appeared, parang wala na lang. "O ayan na siya.." would be a common reaction.


    The story was really dragging.....period. Nothing short of a good story. The pacing was so ordinary. And also, there wasn't a hint of creepiness in the air unlike in Feng Shui, Sukob, T2 and The Road. T2 is by far the best movie I have seen in terms of creepiness, not scary but absolutely creepy.


    I can't even feel the movie's theme which is all about second hand items. They didn't introduce "Segunda Mano" even after almost the last half of the movie. I can't even feel the theme at all.


    There wasn't any build-up on the characters. Jhong's character was just something I can call "out of the blue". Yung pwedeng wala siya sa movie. Angelica's character was kinda lame too. She is not scary when she is supposed to be scary. She is beautiful in her shots though, too pretty for a demented ghost. Dingdong's character was acted well by Dingdong himself although medyo premature yung arrive ng character niya. Bettina's character was really acted well, I am now her fan. Helen's character was...so Helen Gamboa in her drama days. Bang's character was half-half. Half funny and half cheesy, but na-appreciate ko talaga yung highway scene niya, tawa kami ng tawa sa pinangagagawa niya dun parang konti nalang mababaliw na siya.....and Kris.......*sigh* ok, I admit I still like the way she shouts, but she was still better in Feng Shui (which happens to be my no. 1 favorite local horror movie of all time) ... and the last 20 minutes was good enough to make bawi sa lahat ng kulang moments ng movie.


    and yes, I expected a lot. A LOT....because I like all the previous horror movies of Kris, and since Kris herself said in one of her interviews that among all her horror movies, this movie is the one she is most proud of. So mas lalo akong nag-expect. And then after, I was like, why? what is it in this movie that made her say that? Feng Shui was by far better (and I mean 200% far better) than this movie.


    ..and please let me say this out loud, CHITO RO?O SHOULD HAVE DIRECTED THIS MOVIE.


    but besides all the low points, the movie's last 20 minutes was really good. Hands down to Kris, Dingdong, and Helen Gamboa. Parang nanoood ulit ako ng Visconde Massacre ni Kris


    My Verdict? 2.8 out of 5 stars
  • ‘Enteng Ng Ina Mo’ Leads First Day of MMFF Box-Office Race with a Record-Breaking P38.5-M

    Enteng Ng Ina Mo is breaking all records in MMFF opening day history!

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    Read More: ‘Enteng Ng Ina Mo’ Leads First Day of MMFF Box-Office Race with a Record-Breaking P38.5-M
  • my mmff reviews.....

    as Of Today 5 Movies Na Napapanuhalatang Faod Ko,

    First Yung Enteng,walang Pagbabago Same Parin Yung Concept Nakakasawa Na,70/100 Ang Rating Ko,,,

    Second Yung Panday 2,okey Yung Effects Nya,pero Nde Sya Ganun Ka Pulido,halatang Fake,wala Parin Level Sa Hollywood,hahaha...the Story,so So,65/100 Din Ang Rating For Me,

    Third Yung Segundo Mano,kung Gusto Nyo Matawa Ito Panoorin Nyo,yun Lang Masasabi Ko,wala Yung Sinasabi Ni Kris Na Oh My God,hahaha,,,ganun Parin Pag Arte Nya Bano,hahaha,,nakakatawa Si Bangs Dito,nyahahaha....rating 60/100,,,


    Fourth Yung My House Husband,,,juday And Ryan Plus Eugene Domingo,great Tandem,congratz...sa Mga Napanuod Ko Ito Yung My Story,very Realistic At Makakarelate Ka,especially Yung Magasawa,at Maraming Values Na Matutunan,nangangamoy Best Picture,si Ryan Magaling Din Dito Nde Ako Magtataka Na Sya Ang Maging Best Actor,juday Walang Pagbabago,maiiyak Ka Kapag Sya Na Nagdeliver Ng Drama Line,another Best Actress Her, Eugene Best Supporting Actress For Sure,best Director At Best Story For Direk Joey,90/100 Ang Ratings Ko Dito,,

    Last Kong Napanuod Yung Shake Rattle And Role,okey Naman Sya,pero Sana Last Natoh,ang Ganda Ng Episode Ni Uge,best Shakeof All Time,,,,hahaha...rating 70/100,,,


    Next Ko ***** Panoorin Yung Yesterday,today 2mrw,pero Nde Kopo Alam If Kelan,if My Extra Budget Pa *****,hehehe
  • review ko sa ENTENG NG INA MO.....mas marami nagsabi na sana full "ang tanging ina" nalang and korni because of enteng....maraming na didisappoint kapag napupunta na sa kabisote scene yung movie....

    hay, as a big fan of tanging ina, mukhang ang hirap na isingit ng new story kung magkakaroon pa ito ng sequel....

    SEGUNDA MANO tomorrow!
  • asiong salonga. manila kingpin

    -maganda *** cinematography as in.. kaso may isang part na hindi ata consistent dun sa color ng movie.. pero sandaling part lang naman..
    -ang tanda na ni george estrgan to play a 28-year old siga same with dun sa mga kafighting scenes nya tuloy parang nakakatawang tingnan *** mga scenes kasi parang mga lolong siga *** pinapanood ko...
    -nagandahan ako sa soundtrack ng movie
    - may mgadragging na scenes or parang for me pilit masyado... AYOKO NG MGA LOVE scenes ni Gov!.
  • hindi ba parang ang concept ng segunda mano, dalaw at sukob ay may pagka-same? parang lahat sila kailangang may siraing bagay para wag na sila habulin ng mga humahabol sa kanila. imo lang naman.
  • icolicol 10th PEx Oscar Pool Top 10
    SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL 13

    If you’ve been watching every Shake, Rattle, and Roll movie, then this is not the year to stop it. If you have given up already, this is the time to renew your faith. It’s worth the watch. At least we don’t get a killer Christmas tree, an overflowing aquarium, or Nieves the engkantalarya.

    My full review here
  • Maricel, malutong ang sampal kay Carla
    Solenn at Paulo, bongga ang patungan

    Abante Tonite
    ni Allan Diones



    TATLO pa lang ang napapanood namin sa pitong entries ng MMFF 2011 at so far ay nagustuhan namin ang mga ito.

    After ng Ang Panday 2 at Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 ay napanood namin sa red carpet premiere nito sa Megamall ang Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow ng Regal Entertainment.

    Kahit bida rito si Maricel Soriano ay wala itong kinalaman sa 1986 movie niya with Vilma Santos and Snooky Serna na may ganu’n ding pamagat.

    Si Mariel Montes (Maricel) ay top exe*cutive ng TV network na NBS. Istrikta, dominante, mataray at terror na boss si Mariel kaya takot sa kanya ang mga katrabaho niya.

    Ten years nang annuled ang kasal nila ng mister niyang si Gary (Gabby Concepcion), pero bitter pa rin siya dahil mahal pa rin niya ito.

    Ang dalagita nilang anak na si Eunice (Eula Caballero) ay malayo ang loob sa kanya dahil sa kanyang ugali.

    Mas kasundo ni Eunice ang bagong asawa ng daddy niya na si Charlotte (Carla Abellana), na labis na ikinaiinis ni Mariel. Sekretarya ni Mariel ang half-sister niyang si Selene (Solenn Heussaff) na madalas niyang laitin at pagdiskitahan.

    Ang ina (Agot Isidro) ni Selene ang bagong asawa ng TV tycoon na si Donald (Ronaldo Valdez) na ama ni Mariel.

    May kapansanan si Donald kaya hindi na nito magampanan ang mga obligasyon sa asawang mas bata sa kanya.

    Kept boy ng ina ni Selene ang personal trai*ner nito sa gym na si De*rek (Dennis Trillo), na binabayaran nito bilang parausan.

    Halos kaedad lang ni Selene si Derek na bukod sa naging PT rin ni Selene ay kinuha rin niyang Tagalog tutor, hanggang sa nagkarelasyon sila kahit may boyfriend si Selene, si Vincent (Paulo Avelino).

    Nakababatang kapa*tid ni Mariel si Jacob (Jericho Rosales) at magkasama sila sa trabaho. Slave driver na boss si Mariel kaya halos walang panahon sa kanyang pamilya si Jacob at puro ito trabaho.

    Dating lead si*nger ng banda ang maybahay ni Jacob na si Lori (Lovi Poe). Iniwan nito ang kanyang career para kay Jacob at sa kanilang sanggol na anak, pero hindi masaya si Lori sa buhay may asawa.

    Nagkaroon ng trahedya na nakaapekto sa mga pamilya nila at bumago sa mga buhay nila.

    ***

    Hindi ganu’n kataas ang expectations namin sa Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow kaya natuwa kami na nagustuhan namin ang pelikula.

    Malaking improvement ito sa huling adult drama film ni Direk Jun Lana na My Neighbor’s Wife.

    Mas maayos ang narrative nito, maganda ang daloy ng kuwento at kahit malaki ang cast ay may kanya-kanyang moment ang bawat karakter.

    Melodrama pa rin ang dating nito, pero isa itong matinong adult family drama na pulido ang aspetong teknikal.

    Type namin ang pagka-glossy nito na ang ganda ng mga ginamit na location, at may effort din si Direk Jun na ga*wing makabago ang atake sa pelikula.
    Madalas tarayan at lait-laitin ni Maricel si Carla, na klik na klik sa audience.

    Palakpakan ang fans sa mga batuhan ng linya nina Marya at Carla. In fairness kay Carla ay keri niyang maki*pagsabayan kay Maricel, na nananatiling class at poised ang dating niya.

    Ang lutong ng sampal ni Marya kay Carla.

    In fairness ay mahusay ang ensemble performance sa Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Li*taw ang galing ni Ronaldo Valdez bilang patriarch kahit the whole time ay naka-wheelchair siya.

    Kaswal umarte si Solenn, na sakto sa karakter niya. Mainit ang love scene nila ni Paulo, na walang takot na pumatong si Solenn kay Paulo habang wala siyang suot na bra.

    Bongga ang kanilang patungan at laplapan, kaya nagtilian ang fans na parang kinikiliti.

    Bagay rin kay Agot ang papel niya at epek*tib siya bilang nanay na naipit sa anak niya at sa boytoy niya.

    Natural na natural si Dennis bilang gigolo na dating callboy at macho dancer. Sympathetic ang character ni Dennis kahit tinuhog niya ang mag-ina.

    Okey ang tandem nina Jericho at Lovi, pero mas naramdaman namin ang akting ni Lovi na walang masyadong effort.

    Pass*able ang acting debut ng TV5 star na si Eula Caballero.

    Ang daming nagaganap sa screen at halos walang laylay na eksena.

    Exciting ‘yung magkakasunod na bukingan na hanggang sa ending ay may mga nari-reveal na lihim.

    May laban sa filmfest Best Picture award ang Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.
  • ihcahiehihcahieh PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    SEGUNDA MANO
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    A quick indication of a failed horror movie is when it is marketed as such in the trailer but everyone in the audience is laughing come first day of screening. If Bulong was the peg then they should have made it clear from the very beginning. People don’t like getting ripped off, and that’s exactly how some people in the CR felt after the closing credits, unless you have another interpretation for, “Moneyback! Nagbayad ako para matakot, hindi para tumawa!”


    So, where does Segunda Mano go wrong?

    Read More: http://www.ihcahieh.com/2011/12/segunda-mano.html
  • renz7renz7 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    My take on [highlight]Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow[/highlight]

    First, I have to ask kung ganun ba talaga ang texture ng pelikula. Hindi kasi siya glossy on most parts. If it is, then medyo minus points siya sa visual appeal (sa SM City Cebu ako nanood). I think the lighting and ang rehistro ng cast on the final output can still be improved. I found some of the shots grainy. I'm no film director and I don't have the background but as a viewer, I know a good film shot when I see one.

    Matino ang movie and the story was simple and easy to relate to. Kunsabagay, we all have issues/experiences when it comes to moving on and keeping secrets.

    Maricel shone on this movie! Andami nyang dramatic highlights. Very memorable yung confrontation scene nya kay Carla sa ospital and that scene na hawak nya ang Ipad ng anak nya. [highlight]Those moments gave us the Maricel who's brilliant in tackling the drama genre.[/highlight]

    While I am not fully (operative word is fully) convinced on Maricel's take on her role as a network head/executive, there's no question na magaling siya in tackling the roles of a mother and an ex-wife na di pa nakapagmove on.

    I have to commend Mother Lily and director Jun Lana for gathering and directing respectively stars who did justice to their given roles.

    I have to commend newcomer Eula Caballero. I sense fire. She's one of those newcomers na ramdam na ramdam mo na gusto ang ginagawa nila and would like to be better at what they do.

    Overall, nagustuhan ko ang movie. It's not the best local family drama I have seen but it's one movie I wouldn't have hesitations on recommending.

    RATING: 8/10

    from kapamilya thread..
  • ipopiipopi Member PEx Expert 🎖️
    Manila Bulletin, Dec. 27, 2011

    'Asiong Salonga' brings action back… well, almost
    by Rowena Joy Sanchez

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    MANILA, Philippines — Controversies aside, “Manila Kingpin: the Untold Story of Asiong Salonga” has its merits especially the attempt to bring back the glory days of action movies.

    Making a period film is not easy even with abundant and top-of-the-line resources at one’s disposal. “Asiong” nevertheless works thanks to its neatly shot scenes that were made more elegant—amid the gore — by the black and white finish. Applying sepia tones in some parts of the film also rendered a more nostalgic feel for “Asiong,” which follows the life of the feisty “Robin Hood” of Tondo, Nicasio “Asiong” Salonga — from his rise as the “Hitler” or “Hito” of Tondo to his fall by the hands of one of his confidantes. And although the film was visually monochromatic, every frame was sharp and crisp, as if the ‘40s and ‘50s eras were revived in 2011.

    The production design worked almost flawlessly with the cinematography, with places like the Luisa and Sons Restaurant in Recto, Manila gracing the screen for a particular scene. (Well, Gov. ER Ejercito did reveal in an interview that production cost amounted to P75 million. Now that’s a whole lot of money.)

    Younger folks might not be too familiar with Asiong’s story, although his life had already been made into films thrice, with former actor and president Joseph “Erap” Estrada (1961), the late Rudy Fernandez (1978), and guess what, Ejercito himself (1990) playing the title character. The remake would’ve been an excellent opportunity to delve deeper into Asiong’s character, his real aspirations and intentions behind going after criminal gangs and secretly donating robbed riches to his “kababayans” in Tondo. However, it felt that the action was given more priority than the backbone that could’ve further solidified the entire film.

    It’s also pretty ironic that, considering that “Asiong” is an action film, there were slow-paced action sequences. The excitement gets suspended in some scenes, like when Asiong and his gang raided a rival’s headquarters. He looked so ready to attack, yet his opponent’s minions merely showed up one by one, like minor foes in an adventure first-person shooter video game. The slow motion editing applied in these scenes, although aiding the film to look stylish and relatively innovative, sometimes marred the thrill and the climactic feel.

    “Asiong” also had problems in continuity. Indications as to how much time has elapsed from scene to scene were not very clear. And it didn’t help that we saw the belly of Fidela (Ejercito’s leading lady Carla Abellana) grow one moment and then look flat the next.

    Ejercito’s action star presence was all over “Asiong.” His supposed dramatic moments are a different story, though. At some points, his expressions were confounding — we couldn’t make from his face whether he was scared or was fearless and ready to fight more.

    His support cast, nevertheless, turned in solid performances, especially Regala and Geisler. The former need not overdo his acting; his heartlessness was so believable, it was almost real. Boys, don’t look up to Totoy Golem (his character), he ain’t a good role model.

    Musical scoring for the film filled the dramatic gaps in “Asiong,” although we can’t help but note how strange it was to hear an instrumental version of Tears For Fears’ 1982 hit “Mad World” played in an important scene. The international classic somehow took away the focus on the scene instead of enhancing it.

    In a way, “Asiong” stands out among the other entries in the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival; not only for the genre in which it belongs (it is the only action movie entry), but also in applying elements not usually seen in present-day mainstream films. Filmmakers and producers can take a cue from this one.

    Given the downsides in “Asiong,” we’re curious as to how Direk Tikoy Aguiluz handled the film, with his way and his vision. Will a director’s cut be released at all?

    The 37th Metro Manila Film Festival runs until Jan. 7, 2012.
  • And finally this is my review for the movie, I was expecting that this movie will scare me and give me goosebumps and yeah I had goosebumps but it was because of the high temperature inside the moviehouse haha. Going back the first part of the movie was lame my friend almost caught me sleeping, I was not but I was supposed to hehe. They try to scare the people some were, but I was surprised when an image of a young girl selling sampaguita appeared on the mirror where Bangs Garcia is facing. I like the effect of the "pusa" where in Kris get something on the floor under a lamesita when a cat suddenly came out hahaha nagulat kami but we end up laughing "pusa lang pala" hahaha. I did not like the tone of the voice of Kris it was like she doesn't have energy and I find it unnecessary to have that tone of the voice and most of her expressions are like paiyak or she's almost breaking down into tears it's also unnecessary. I hate her expression when she had a nightmare yet whenshe woke u it seems that she had a wonderful dream, I find it less expressive, might as well she should have shown an expression of fear and nervousness.

    The movie tries to scare the people but for me and in my part they were not successful until the climax came and the climax should be the peak, most thrilling, exciting part of the story and they successfully gave justice to the climax, they lived on the exact meaning of climax! Very thrilling though hindi pa din scary but I liked it, it's full of suspense, and the mystery was finally revealed and my predictions were right! Dingdong Dantes killed the characters of Jhong Hilario and Bettina Carlos including Angelica Panganiban, that Angelica Panganiban is protecting Kris Aquino and they are actually sisters. I also thought that Dingdong killed his daughter Angel because the last scene of Angel was Dingdong gripping her hands so I thought she was killed by her father and cooked her meat hahaha, I thought of that because the barbeque served to Ms. Helen Gamboa (mother of Kirs) was focused and shot in a full close-up so I was thinking what's the point of giving the barbeque a close up shot, what's the relevance? I don't get it! Anyway the climax is the best part and it made me turn my perceptions on the movie. It's one of the best indeed but not the scariest and I love the movie I can watch it all over again and I think hindi ako magsasawa.

    I commend the acting of Ms. Helen Gamboa she gave justice to a role of a mother longing for the loss of her daughter I almost cried on her scene with Kris where they broke down and told Kris that she's privileged to have Kris beside her despite the loss of her husband and Marie (her daughter). Bangs Garcia also stood out she's the icebreaker of the movie she sticked to her character and gave justice, she can be nominated as best supporting actress. Angelica Panganiban she's one of the reasons why I did not get scared she's so pretty and sexy she's a hot multo! hehe She's very angelic and I find her convincing. Dingdong Dantes all I can say is Kris was right! Dingdong deserves an acting award his character carried us away very convincing, I commend his acting, brilliant and perfect for the role!
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