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Quick Movie Review: The Trial (John Lloyd Cruz)

Its trailers are all over our televisions, its lead stars are all over ABS-CBN shows — I’m sure most of our Pinoy readers know what I am talking about. I’m referring to Chito Roño’s latest film, The Trial. The Trial features top stars in the industry. Richard Gomez, Gretchen Barretto, Sylvia Sanchez and John Lloyd Cruz are some of them to name a few.

The Trial Poster
photo credit: philnews.ph

STORY

The Trial’s story concept is not unique at all. If you have watched Forest Gump or Budoy in the past, you’ll know what I mean. But surprisingly, I was not bored watching the film at all. There’s something exceptional about it that will get you hooked to watch it to its end. I also appreciate how the flashbacks and the present time were carefully presented during the movie. It’s very cohesive that you will not be left hanging about the ending. I’d really like to commend the writer and the director of The Trial (Ricky Lee and Chito Roño) for producing such a masterpiece.

Just a little gist:

The story of The Trial  revolves around a 27 year old mentally challenged guy named Roland (John Lloyd Cruz) who allegedly raped his teacher (Jessie Mendiola). How he survived the whole court proceedings is something to look forward here. (I’ll leave the watching part as your assignment. I want to spare you from spoilers.*winks*)

ACTING

The Trial is composed of powerhouse actors. John Lloyd Cruz, as always showed why he deserved the crown as the box-office king. He acts so naturally that you will be moved with the lines he delivered as a mentally challenged individual. I have no doubts that he will receive an award for his role in this film. The supporting actors and actresses of the movie were as great as the lead character. I appreciate how Richard Gomez and Gretchen Barretto portrayed their roles. I actually cried on many scenes with Gretchen on it because I was so convinced with her acting. Sylvia Sanchez, as expected displayed an excellent performance as John Lloyd’s mother in the film. Vince De Jesus, who played as Roland’s father, actually surprised me. His acting was superb as well that I really enjoyed his character together with the punch lines that came with it. Enrique Gil and Jessie Mendiola also exhibited an outstanding performance when portraying their characters during the movie.

MY RATING: 10/10

I’m giving The Trial a perfect ten. Contrary to what many people perceive, Tagalog movies are not “corny” as they were ages ago. The Trial is one of the new breeds of movies that are worth your dime and your time.

You must definitely watch The Trial on the big screen (It’s R13 though because it tackles some sensitive issues). Oh, let me warn you, the movie is a tearjerker so don’t forget to bring your tissues and handkerchiefs and your shoulder to cry on (if you have one)

Lahat ng Tao may Diperensiya kung Jinudge.

ciao.  

 ****marj****

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Quick Movie Review: She’s the One (Bea Alonzo & Dingdong Dantes)

After waiting for several days, I’ve finally got the chance to watch She’s the one. For the information of everybody, She’s the One is one of the latest chic flicks in the movie scene in the Philippines right now. This Star Cinema produced movie was portrayed to life by Bea Alonzo, Dingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil. On this post, I will going to give you my insights about the film to guide all the moviegoers out there who are torn whether they will watch this one or not.

She's the One Poster photo credit: wikipedia

She’s the One Poster
photo credit: wikipedia

STORY

She’s the One’s story line is great. I think many will be able to relate with the “bestfriends-turned-lovers” relationship of Cath (Bea Alonzo) & Joaquin (Dingdong Dantes) here. Aside from this, “May-December love affair” is also another interesting subject that was addressed in the movie.

ACTING

The chemistry between Bea and DingDong is  undeniable. Plus, their acting looks so natural that I felt like I was watching a real-life scenario with my own eyes. I would  also like to acknowledge Enrique’s acting here. He has played his role as Cath’s young lover so well that my mom and I couldn’t help but laugh with his “juvenile” courtship strategies. 😀

MY RATING: 8/10

I’m giving She’s the One an eight out of ten because I didn’t feel so much emotion while watching it (I laughed several times though throughout the film). Maybe, it’s because I haven’t experienced the same thing as the characters did. I really don’t know. But, overall, the movie is great. If you want to watch some feel-god movie amidst your stressful life, then I am recommending you to watch this with your family and friends.

ciao

 ****marj****

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10 Must-Watch Romantic Asian Movies

I am such a sucker for Asian romantic films so when boredom hits me, I usually grab my laptop and watch some feel-good movies. Here are my top 10 personal picks so far:

NOTE: This is arranged in no particular order

1. 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (Korean)

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It was 2005 when I first watched “100 Days with Mr. Arrogant”. That time I instantly fell in love with this movie. My, the chemistry between the two lead characters is  simply undeniable. 😀 8 years later, I viewed this film one more time. To my surprise, I felt like I was watching the whole thing for the first time. I was never bored all throughout even though I’ve seen the scenes before. In fact, I still get excited about them and laugh out loud with the movie’s punchlines as if I’m watching it for the first time.

TRIVIA: If you are familiar with Gil Ra Im in Secret Garden,  she is the lead female character here.

2. Hello Stranger (Thai)

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This movie is also good. This one’s filled with hilarious and romantic scenes  that will keep you entertained till the end. If you are a Asian Dramas fan girl like me, you’ll enjoy this. I was even encouraged to travel  alone to Korea someday after seeing this movie. Who knows? I might find my destiny there too just like the female lead. *wishful thinking*

3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Thai)

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This is such a feel-good high schooler  movie. At first, I am quite hesitant to watch it because of Nam’s appearance. (Well, she looks like a real loser at first. hehe. ) But as I go through the film, I realized that the movie is quite good. Plus, I didn’t expect the latter part of the film.

4. Bangkok Traffic Love Story (Thai)

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My friend recommended this film to me and I am thankful that she did because Bangkok Traffic Love Story is simply amazing. It presents a different plot with interesting scenes. Actually, until now, I am still wondering whether this kind of love story can actually exist or not in real life.

5.  ATM Error (Thai)

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ATM Error is more of a comedy rather than a romantic film. If you want to laugh out loud then you must not miss this. *winks*

6. My Boyfriend is Type B (Korean)

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This one’s for the hopeless romantic types. It reminds the HRs out there (well, I am not an exception to this) that we should not always live up to our “ideals” because if we do, we might just get disappointed in the end. Instead, we should learn to accept the flaws of our other halves to sustain our relationships with them.

TRIVIA: The two main characters here became real-life couples  for three years. They are also the protagonists in the Kdrama, Sweet 18.

7. Chilling Romance (Korean)

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Chilling Romance is something unusual. It presents romance amidst a horror story. I was actually quite terrified in the beginning. *winks* You just have to ignore the horror scenes and you’ll definitely have a good time watching this one.

8. My Little Bride (Korean)

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Another feel-good movie, My Little Bride depicts the story of an arranged marriage between childhood friends. How the lead characters eventually realized their feelings is something to look forward here.

9. He was Cool (Korean)

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I actually watched this because of curiosity. (I heard that the female protagonist who was also the female lead in Attic Cat here killed herself in 2007) Good thing, I followed my curiosity because I really had fun watching this.

10. A Very Special Love 3 Part Installment Series (Filipino)

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I love John Lloyd Cruz’s movies but I am not being biased when I say that these three part installment movies are absolutely good! I wish there are English-subbed versions of these movies so that it will also be appreciated by our foreign friends.

How about you? Do you have another set of must-watch Asian romantic movies list? Care to share it to me on the comments section? I’d appreciate it if you also recommend me Taiwanese or Japanese movies.

ciao

****marj****