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Happy New Year!!!   Leave a comment

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!

I would have inserted a YouTube video of Katy Perry’s Fireworks but that would pale in comparison on how Jacques Audiard used the song in Rust and Bone. Thus, just a picture of fireworks in the sky.

Thanks to everybody who visited this blog in 2012. According to WordPress’s annual report sent to me, I had over 81,000 visits this 2012 ranging from 154 countries all over the world.

I’m deeply touched and humbled by this! Off to a happier 2013 over here at Tit for Tat! Happy New Year again!

Posted December 31, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Uncategorized

2012 Weirdest Search Entries on my Blog   3 comments

Being a blog owner, one of the small yet funny perks is seeing what viewers are searching when they’re visiting your page. Usually, it’s the keywords to the current movie reviews or more specific ones including the name of the actors in it. However, here are 12 of the weirdest items that they tried to look for in my blog:

12: SCOTT NAILS NAKED

scott nails naked

In case you are not aware, Scott Nails is a pornstar. And I knew that by searching it up on Google after seeing that nine people tried to search him on my blog. How in the world did people thought I’ll have Scott Nails naked in my blog is beyond me.

11. MGA LARAWAN NI DANIEL PADILLA

mga larawan ni daniel padilla

Last time I checked, I’m not Google Images? In fairness, the search is specific and complete. Sadly for these nine people, I don’t have pictures of Daniel Padilla in my blog.

10. JUDE LAW’S TEETH

jude law's teeth

First, I’m no teeth expert. Second, what’s up with Jude Law specifically? His set of teeth is the only one I’ve seen being searched in my blog. Hmm.

09. BUOD NG ENTENG NG INA MO

buod ng enteng ng ina mo

Possible title for the next sequel?

08. EDELE ADARNA

edele adarna

I simply don’t know her. Is she the lovechild of Adele and Ellen Adarna? Is she the one responsible for Someone Like You? 😦

07. ANG SAYA NG DALAWANG KALIWANG PAA

ang saya ng dalawang kaliwang paa

I’m really happy for them. Kung ano man ang dahilan kung bakit ang SAYA ng dalawang kaliwang paa, then so be it. 🙂

06. NAKED GIFS

naked gifs

I’m sorry but I can’t help you with this one.

05. TITS

tits

It only occurred to me now that having a blog name of TIT for TAT might actually confuse people into thinking this is a porn site. That might be the case for these people searching tits of different actresses. If you’re into statistics, Cristine Reyes’s tits is the most searched in my blog.

04. AIAI DELAS ALAS BOOBS

aiai delas alas boobs

…and it all went downhill from there.

03. HYDROCEPHALIC

hydrocephalic

I really don’t know where to start with this one. And to think there are two separate results searching for the same thing.

02. MOCHA USON BUTAS

mocha uson butas

I don’t think I’ve specifically written anything about Mocha Uson since I started my blog. And what butas are they referring here?

01. RYAN GOSLING NAKED

ryan gosling naked

What’s shocking with this one is the number of search entries it had. A thousand plus posts! I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned having a naked Ryan Gosling on my blog. That’s weird. Hahahaha.

Posted December 31, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in 2012 Year End Lists, Lists

12 Best Local Shows of 2012   7 comments

Local television in 2012 have been filled with star studded primetime dramas, variety specials, and more interesting shows to watch to. With every personality trying to get a TV gig nowadays, it’s safe to say that TV is indeed one of the most powerful form of message delivery these days. For 2012, these are the shows that took top honors:

Showbiz Inside Report

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12. SHOWBIZ INSIDE REPORT (ABSCBN 2)
Hosts: Ogie Diaz, Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen, Joey Marquez | Saturdays, 3:00-4:00 PM

This Saturday showbiz oriented program of ABSCBN is different from the usual fare of tsismis related shows nowadays. It does not need guests on its studio just to discuss something. Each host usually does canned and a long interview that tackles beyond the usual promoting questions that personalities are usually asked. It also does not hurt that the four hosts have charming rapport with one another and that the audience can be a part of the discussion via Facebook and Twitter.

Luv U

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11. LUV U (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Miles Ocampo, Kiray Celis, Igi Boy Flores, Marco Gumabao | Sundays, 3:15-4:00 PM

Usually the time slot for teen dramas, the usual 4PM Saturday barkadahan show has shifted to the Sunday 3PM slot, and there’s no better show to represent it than ABSCB’s Luv U. Unlike previous shows, it does not go beyond the usual teens acting as mature dramas that past youth oriented programs tried to depict. This one is very tongue in cheek, light, and fun, and that’s where the show’s strength lies.

MMK

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10. MAALAALA MO KAYA (ABSCBN 2)
Host: Charo Santos-Concio | Saturdays, 8:00-9:30 PM

The only one who made the list for the second consecutive year, the longest running drama anthology in Asia is still far and away one of the best showcases not only of acting performances but some of the most interesting stories as well. This year alone we saw the award winning Kamao with a boxer Coco Martin, Edgar Allan Guzman as a gay student wanting to be a seaman in Bangkakng Papel, and my personal favorite, the Angel Aquino-Jane Oineza starrer Manika about a young girl’s cursed beauty.

Himala Ngayon

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09. HIMALA NGAYON (ABSCBN 2)
Premiered: December 9, 2012

Premiering as a special documentary on Sunday’s Best, this documentary by Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat about the behind the scenes details of what is arguably the best film in local cinema, Ishmael Bernal’s Himala was premiered to local viewers nationwide. It is just fitting that this was the year they showed it after the restoration of the film in its 30th anniversary. Watching this documentary was such a blast and I’m not sure it’s not just the cinpehiles and the Noranians who enjoyed this.

Pinoy Adventures

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08. PINOY ADVENTURES (GMA 7)
Host: Richard Gutierrez | Saturdays, 6:00-6:45 PM | May 13, 2012 – September 29, 2012

Despite the show being canceled now, it was still a blast to see Richard Gutierrez travel all around the country to find the most engaging activities and learn more about the cultures of different provinces in the Philippines. From Palawan to Bukidnon and from Surigao del Norte to Bicol, we witnessed interesting things that’s why it’s sad that it only lasted for a season.

Dolphy Alay Tawa

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07. DOLPHY ALAY TAWA: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE KING OF PHILIPPINE COMEDY

When the Comedy King passed last July, it is given that the whole showbiz industry regardless of network, genre, and age will mourn as we all lost an icon. One good thing that came out of it was this joint benefit concert that featured talents from the three biggest stations in the country. Simultaneously broadcasted over at ABSCBN, TV5, and GMA, history was definitely made this time around.

Storyline

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06. STORYLINE (ABSCBN 2)
Host: technically, nobody | Fridays, 11:00 PM

Now nearing its fifth year on air and with almost 300 episode under its belt, Storyline has maintained its quality given the range of the theme of its episodes. Headlined by the tandem of Patricia Evangelista and Paolo Villaluna, this weekly documentary shows gives much of the thinking and realizing part to its audience rather than spoon feeding them about it. We need more of this in local television, but I’m also thankful that we have at least there’s one that already exists.

Inside the Cinema

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05. INSIDE THE CINEMA (Cinema One)
Host: Boy Abunda | Every first Tuesday of the month, 7PM

This informative movie talk show is probably the closest one that we’ll have in terms of tackling the different experiences of important people in the film industry with their past efforts. Think of  Brillante Mendoza discussing the moment before he was announced to be the Cannes Best Director or Amy Austria discussing her disappointment with her Bubbles film, this discusses moments in movie making that are too good to be true. And for this year alone, Boy Abunda got the likes of Cesar Montano, Gina Alajar, and Nora Aunor to discuss what’s inside the cinema.

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

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04. KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (GMA 7)
Host: Jessica Soho | Sundays, 7:30-9:00 PM

Just this year alone, this magazine shows has picked up awards from the PMPC Star Awards for Television, PMAP Makatao Awards for Media Excellence, USTv Student Choice Awards, Gawad Tanglaw Awards, and even the 6th Hildegarde Awards for Women in Media & Communication. Need I say more? Jessica Soho’s covered topics range from really anything and everything under the sun, and that’s what makes the show fresh when you watch it every single week.

Zoren-Carmina

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03. ZOREN-CARMINA: ALWAYS FOREVER, A WEDDING LIKE NO OTHER
Premiered: November 24, 2012

Probably the celebrity wedding of the year, there’s no better way to be a part of it than by watching how this fairy tale unfolds right before our eyes. And by the time that the couple has exchanged their I Do’s already, there’s literally not a single dry eye in the room.

Walang Hanggan

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02. WALANG HANGGAN (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta | January 16-October 26, 2012

Probably the year’s biggest primetime drama, this ABSCBN soap opera that included three generations of actors in it from veterans like Susan Roces and Helen Gamboa to the likes of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta up to the next in line such as Coco Martin and Julia Montes, Walang Hanngan has been both a critical and commercial success during its ten-month run. The show has been the most widely watched and has left a lot of pop culture references in it. It will definitely go down as one of the most prominent TV dramas in soap opera history.

Be Careful with My Heart

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01. BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap | Mondays-Fridays, 11:15 AM – 12:00 NN

And probably the biggest surprise in local television this year is Be Careful with My Heart. Thinking about it, this is the little show that could. And it actually did! But given more time to think, there is no surprise why this certainly hooked to all demographics. This simple tale of an optimistic young lass who aims to be a flight stewardess yet ends up as a household maid captured the hearts of the whole country with its natural and positive approach. This show proves that a program does not need a major villain for people to watch it. And it does not need a young loveteam for it to actually work. And with that, I say kapit bisig!

That’s it! What are your favorite shows in local boob tube? Pipe them in the Comments section! 🙂

And as always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

2012: The Year in Lead Actors   1 comment

2012 lead actors

Hey everyone! We’re still continuing the yearend lists over here at Tit for Tat. Aside from that, we’re also doing the recap of the movie performances in local cinema the past year. The past two days, we gave the focus to the supporting actresses and supporting actors. It’s time to move now to the leading categories. For this day, we’d give the spotlight to the men and tackle the Best Actor category. Like what I said, these are possible choices from all the award giving bodies this year from mainstream to indie and those that can cross-over in between. Let’s begin!

LEADERS OF THE PACK

Probably the strongest contender in this category for this year is acting legend Eddie Garcia as he adds another memorable turn for his role as the old gay man living with his dog in Bwakaw. His competition this year might skew to much younger actors though as there have been lots of good awards-bait performances this year such as the likes of Dingdong Dantes‘ MMFF winning performance in One More Try, Coco Martin‘s indie comeback as the father who found the remains of his daughter in Santa Nina, Jericho Rosales as the single parent whose son gone missing in Alagwa, and JM de Guzman as the mussel diver in the title role Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino.

MIDDLE TIER

As for the other lead roles in contention, award giving bodies might also throw a bone to Arnold Reyes as the loyal driver who was caught in the middle in his Congressman employer in the Tribeca hit Graeland, awards staple John Lloyd Cruz might get some nominations as well for his performance opposite Bea Alonzo in The Mistress or for his movie with Angel Locsin, Unofficially Yours.  Scene stealing Archie Alemania should hear his name be read especially at the Comedy Best Actor of the Golden Screen Awards for his role in Cinema One Original entry Slumber Party. And in a surprising turn of events, we’d have a battle of two heroes this year in the Best Actor category: Alfred Vargas as Andres Bonifacio in Richard Somes’ Supremo and ER Ejercito as Emilio Aguinaldo in the MMFF entry El Presidente.

Cinemalaya movies also produced a lot of worthy Best Actor turns such as the winning performance of Kristoffer King in Oros, Pen Medina in Kamera Obskura, Dominic Roco‘s Gibson in Ang Nawawala, and Thai actor playing lone soldier Ananda Everingham in Kalayaan. Casting issues (from Cinemalaya) aside, Allan Paule‘s fantastic turn in Emerson Reyes’s MNL 143 can possibly reap nominations as well.

THE REST OF THE RACE

Other lead actor contenders that might are still in the race are Dennis Trillo in the title role of Ang Katiwala, Cinema One Originals Best Actor winner Alex Medina in Palitan, newbie actor Gerry Adeva as the title role in Mamay Umeng, Allen Dizon in Joel Lamangan’s drama Migrante, and the most intelligent and uptight of the three gay friends Markki Stroem in Slumber Party. Among mainstream movies, one can also consider Derek Ramsey in A Secret Affair, Aga Muhlach in Of All The Things, Piolo Pascual in Every Breath U Take, Enchong Dee in The Strangers, and Vice Ganda in either This Guy’s in Love With U Mare or Sisterakas.

That’s it. Last part of the acting spotlight tomorrow with everybody’s favorite category: Best Actress!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

30 Best Songs of 2012   Leave a comment

Yesterday was about fashion (Part 2 of the Best Red Carpet looks two days from now!) , but today’s focus will be on the music. Music in 2012 has been a transitional stage. While we still get the likes of club bangers, the music industry has been more welcoming in embracing alternative and electronica music as well. That of course, and the usual pop fare we had.

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The eight songs above are the past songs which the topped my list since I started doing them back in 2004. Which one will take the top spot this year? Will Usher finally have a guy companion on the list? Moving from Gangnam Style and Starships aside, here’s thirty of the stand out songs of the year.

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30. NOW IS THE START (A Fine Frenzy)
Album: Pines

Alison Sudol, more familiarly knows as A Fine Frenzy has been in the industry since 2006, but I don’t think a lot of people are still familiar with her music. While her genres cover pop-rock the most, I think listening to Now is the Start will give you an idea with her musical direction, and this song is a perfect representative of that.

29. TONIGHT (John Legend featuring Ludacris)
Album: OST – Think Like A Man

While most of John Legend’s recent outputs are with The Roots, he never lost touch using his jazzy voice that are perfect for romance time music. This one, a collaboration with Ludacris, can be inluded to that list.

28. I WON’T GIVE UP (Jason Mraz)
Album: Love is a Four Letter Word

While he won’t probably achieve success that is similar to the longevity of his song I’m Yours had, it’s perfectly fine especially if he’s spewing hits such as this romantic song I Won’t Give Up which was the carrier single of his latest album.

27. TALKING WITH THE WOLVES (Glen Hansard)
Album: Take the Heartland

Best well known for that romantic song with then girlfriend Marketa Iglove, Oscar winner Glen Hansard is back releasing EPs and singles such as Talking with the Wolves which is a perfect contrast to the genius that is Falling Slowly.

26. LEVELS (Avicii)
Album: The Singles

Swedish DJ Avicii broke into a more commercial fare this year, thanks to his song Levels which took a sample from the famous Etta James song “Something’s Got a Hold On Me.” There’s no better promotion than this than being heard worldwide when it as used as the song during the Swimsuit Competition of Miss Universe this year.

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25. GIVE YOUR HEART A BREAK (Demi Lovato)
Album: Unbroken

The follow up to her inspirational song Skyscraper, Demi Lovato’s next single Give Your Heart a Break was a catchy pop single that reminds us of late 90s pop music. Well done, Demi!

24. FREEDOM AT 21 (Jack White)
Album: Blunderbuss

While his Grammy nomination for Blunderbuss as Album of the Year was a surprise, it is definitely not surprising to think that it contains the rock track Freedom at 21 which is one of the songs of the past year.

23. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN (Ellie Goulding)
Album: Halycon

While the US is lately catching up on Lights (which was released two years ago), Ellie’s first single from her latest album Halycon, Anything Could Happen is as catchy as one can get, and definitely worth to be heard by many.

22. VIDEO GAMES (Lana del Rey)
Album: Born to Die

Probably one of the weirdest instances of Saturday Night Live ruining your career (hey there, Ashlee Simpson!), Lana del Rey was next in line for stardom but that just didn’t happen. Regardless though, the quality of her music deserves a second chance especially with songs such as Video Games.

21. ADORN (Miguel)
Album: Kaleidoscope Dream

 Considered as the biggest R&B hit of the year, Miguel’s Adorn definitely deserves the accolades it received such as the Grammy Song of the Year. If anything, Miguel’s songs are perfect throwback to the old R&B, and this is no exception.

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20. JUST A FOOL (Christina Aguilera featuring Blake Shelton)
Album: Lotus

It’s quite saddening to know that Christina Aguilera’s latest album did not do well commercially thinking that it had some great gems in it such as this collaboration with fellow The Voice coach Blake Shelton. In Just a Fool, Christina showed potentials of going the country route which will probably work well for her career.

19. DAREDEVIL (Fiona Apple)
Album: The Idler Wheel

Fiona rarely does albums, but when she does, you know it’s worth the long wait. From her latest album The Idler Wheel, this track entitled daredevil is one of the standout tracks.

18. SAFE & SOUND (The Civil Wars featuring Taylor Swift)
Album: OST – The Hunger Games

When she’s not singing about heartbreaks and boys, Taylor Swift can do much better such as this T-Bone Burnett produced song that was recorded as a collaboration with fellow country acts The Civil Wars. Safe and Sound perfectly captured the environment created in the world of The Hunger Games.

17. OVER YOU (Miranda Lambert)
Album: Four the Record

From one country superstar to another, Miranda Lambert donned back to back great albums with her follow up Four the Record. This CMA Song of the Year winner, which was dedicated to Blake Shelton’s younger brother, was sung so emotionally by Miranda that it transcends to its listeners effectively.

16. TAKE CARE (Rihanna featuring Drake)|
Album: Take Care

Rihanna and Drake’s collaborations are always top notch. In 2010, I ranked their first collaboration What’s My Name at number 7. The second time they did it, this time for Drake’s album, is a perfect song that captures the status of an optimistic relationship. There’s something about this ex couple’s songs that works well.

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15. DIAMONDS (Rihanna)
Album: Unapologetic

When will this girl srsly take a rest? While waiting, we’d have to admit that this first single off her seventh album Unapologetic, was real LSS worthy. The Sia penned track Diamonds also showed improvement in her vocal abilities. But again, rest please?

14. ANGELS (The xx)
Album: Coexist

From their sophomore album Coexist, this English indie band’s first single Angels was reminiscent of some Norah Jones melody, only this time, with a three man band performing.

13. TRY (P!nk)
Album: The Truth About Love

Pop superstar Pink has just came up with her best album date, and as she effectively switches from tongue in cheek songs such as Blow Me One Last Kiss, she’s also capable of giving us worthy tracks such as Try that shows her powerhouse vocals.

12. I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE (Taylor Swift)
Album: Red

Bash her all you want, but this dubstep inspired song from Taylor Swift definitely shows that she can be creative with her approach in music even if the lyrics remain about moving on (or lack thereof).

11. LONELY BOY (The Black Keys)
Album: El Camino

The lead single off their Grammy nominated album El Camino, Lonely Boy was a clear representation of the different influences had that results to this catchy distinctive sound in the song.

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10. HO HEY (The Lumineers)
Album: The Lumineers

Giving the current trend of folk pop in it, The Lumineers are one of the year’s breakthrough acts, thanks to their lead single Ho Hey which garnered both critical and commercial success.

09. MERCY (Kanye West)
Album: Cruel Summer

Kanye West’s celebrity status (he’s dating Kim Kardashian after all) can be really annoying, but the same can’t be said for the music that he releases. With the help of fellow rap artists Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz, this song Mercy is probably the best rap effort of the year.

08. BAD GIRLS (MIA)
Album: Matangi

Her first and so far, solo single, for her latest effort Matangi, Bad Girls was part hypnotic, part bad ass, and the infused Indian sounds in the beginning already had you hooked. Plus points for that awesome music video.

07. HOME (Phillip Phillips)
Album: The World from the Side of the Moon

Just when we’re ready to erase American Idol from the planet, here comes latest winner Phillip Phillips doing a Mumford & Sons inspired song as his coronation single. In the eleven years that the show existed, Home is the best song that they have ever given to a winner.

06. SKYFALL (Adele)
Album: OST – Skyfall

2011 champ Adele might not be as visible as last year (though she picked up six Grammys earlier this year), but she donned one of the best Bond soundtracks ever in history via the same titled Skyfall. Trivia: Adele asked and read the whole script of the movie first before penning the song with constant collaborator Paul Epworth.

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05. WE ARE YOUNG (fun featuring Janelle Monae)
Album: Some Nights

We Are Young which was fun’s debut single was one of the pioneers on the abolished domination of the clubbangers from the Billboard Hot 100 this year. After all, who wouldn’t get hooked to this song? Even Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart were jamming to it.

04. MIDNIGHT CITY (M83)
Album: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

M83 is on their sixth album already, and yes, even I wasn’t aware of them prior to this one, but this catchy Midnight City (which inspired Christina Aguilera’s Lotus Intro) with it’s  really memorable riff in it is definitely one of the year’s bests.

03. PYRAMIDS (Frank Ocean)
Album: Channel Orange

Probably the best new act this year, Frank Ocean’s smooth vocals were just to die for. This is the voice of classic R&B that made it really famous. While Thinking of You is the one getting recognition left and right, I’d still prefer the underrated Pyramids as his best effort from his breakthrough album.

02. THE A TEAM (Ed Sheeran)
Album: +

Not that he needs Taylor Swift just to boost of his popularity, but Ed Sheeran is a talent act of his own. This young Brit (just 21!) is already making a name for himself prior to the Swift collaboration and was even one of the performers at this year’s Olympics. Ultimately, his A Team song got the recognition it deserved as it got a nod for Song of the Year. And deservingly so.

01. SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW (Gotye featuring Kimbra)
Album: Making Mirrors

And in the end, my pick as 2012’s song of the year is this collaboration between Gotye and Kimbra.  Somebody That I Used to Know starting from its sampled beat in the beginning up to its repetitive lyrics in the near end is an appealing track of its own. While Gotye being a one hit one wonder is on an issue of its own, I’d still defend this as the song of this year.

Now I ask you, what are your picks for this year? How about the year of music in general? And what are you expecting this 2013?

Posted December 29, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in 2012 Year End Lists, Lists, Music

2012: The Year in Supporting Actors   Leave a comment

2012 supp actors

Yesterday, we kicked off the awards season here at Tit for Tat with a recap of the year in supporting actresses in local films. For this day, we’d do the counterpart and discuss the year in supporting actors. Mostly, supporting actor roles this year were veteran actors doing comeback films or newbie actors in their first films. Like the pattern yesterday, we’d divide them into three parts:

LEADERS OF THE PACK

If he’s not submitted or inserted in the far crowded Lead Actor category, Thy Womb‘s Bembol Roco can find his name among award giving bodies this year as the husband of Nora Aunor who wanted to have a child of his own. Ronaldo Valdez seems like that he will be a staple to as Bea Alonzo’s benefactor in The Mistress. Filmfest Best Supporting Actor winner Cesar Montano is also gaining notices as the standout from the ensemble of El Presidente playing the role of hero Andres Bonifacio. Relatively younger actor Zanjoe Marudo had two award worthy performances this year: as one of the soldiers in Adolf Alix’s Kalayaan, though I can see award giving bodies going for his showier performance as Tristan in the drama One More Try. Round up the top five is the comical and scene stealing performance of Joey Marquez as the passive and under da saya husband of Janice de Belen in Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles.

MIDDLE TIER

After the top five, these men’s performances can also see a nomination or two from these award giving bodies: versatile actor Art Acuña can do back to back wins at the Urian and Golden Screen for his performance as the head of police in the Cinemalaya entry Posas. Veteran actor Mark Gil can do a comeback at the awards circuit in his flashy performance as Frankie in Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi. No stranger to awards, Carlo Aquino can also pick up nominations for his turn as the younger son in Adolf Alix’s Mater Dolorosa while older brother Cogie Domingo also has buzz from the same film. The same can be said for Cinemalaya Supporting Actor winner Joross Gamboa playing as one of JM de Guzman’s friends in Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino. Kristoffer Martin, playing lazy younger brother to another Kristoffer (King, that is) who does not want to live a poverty stricken life in Oros can be a candidate as well. If voters are much in love with El Presidente, then Andres Bonifacio might not be the only hero nominated in this category. Christopher de Leon‘s Anotnio Luna can be in the running as well. Joel Torre might gain some notices too, if voters are kinder to Mariposa for his role as Primo, the butcher. Ogie Alcasid‘s one hit wonder slash understanding father to Sam Concepcion might pick up some notices as well for his performance in I Do Bidoo Bidoo. Lastly, Patrick Sugui can also get nominated especially in award giving bodies that has new actors of the year categories as the frat neophyte in Gino Santos’s The Animals.

THE REST OF THE RACE

As for the rest of the race, one can also take a look into the performances of Mon Confiado as the boss who has the hots for one of his employees’ wife in Palitan, Sef Cadayona as the hostage of three gay friends in Slumber Party, corrupt politician Menggie Cobarrubias whose family was put into a test in Graceland, and the pair of Mariposa actors Dennis Padilla as the cop who wants a promotion and Alfred Vargas as Carlos, the boyfriend of Erich Gonzales’s sister in the movie. Looking further, other performances that might be up for consideration were newcomer Nicolas Varela in Aberya, Robert Arevalo as Vilma Santos’ now healthy father in The Healing, Baron Geisler’s Spanish soldier performance in El Presidente, Sid Lucero as one of the Abu Sayyaf members in Captive, and Niño Muhlach as fairy gaymother in Slumber Party.

That’s it! That’s just 25 names, but it gives award giving bodies a lot of options to choose from in next year’s awards derby. Tomorrow, spotlight for the leading actors of the year will be given.

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

18 Best Red Carpet Looks of 2012: Short Dresses   Leave a comment

For this day, we’d continue with our year end lists here at Tit for Tat. Today’s theme will be fashion. Among all the thousands of red carpets look that we’ve seen this year, I divided my list into two parts: one is for the short and the cocktail dresses while the second part will be for long gowns. Here are 18 of the best red carpet looks of the year that involved women in short and cocktail dresses.

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2012: The Year in Supporting Actresses   3 comments

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2012 has given us a wide array of supporting actress performances from dramas to comedies, from musicals and even horror films both in indie and mainstream movies. This category also contains some of the finest names in television, films, and even the stage. Here’s a sample masterlist of who can get nominated from the award giving bodies next season.

Take note that when I say award giving bodies, it’s as varied as the mainstream hard on of the PMPC Star Awards for Movies up to the indie love of the Manunuri and sometimes the in between such as the Golden Screen Awards.

LEADERS OF THE PACK

I wouldn’t be surprised if veteran actress Anita Linda will pick up a lot of supporting actress trophies for her performance as the foul mouthed Alzheimer’s healed grandmother of Coco Martin in Santa Nina. If not that, then she might gain notices for albeit a similar role in Olivia Lamasan’s The Mistress. Speaking of The Mistress, comeback veteran actress Hilda Koronel can find herself back again in  awards territory as the original life spewing one of the famous movie lines of the year via “Layuan mo ang asawa ko. Tagalog ‘yan para maintinfihan mo.” Janice de Belen had a fabulous year giving memorable performances in all of her movie appearances this 2012. While I can see her getting nominated for the horror films she did, her biggest chance is still Joey Reyes’s Cinemalaya entry Mga Mumunting Lihim portraying the role of Olive, the one in the quartet of friends who wasn’t able to finish college and gets a boyfriend twice younger than her age. Janice’s co-star Agot Isidro can also reap nominations as the self centered judgmental friend Sandy also from the same movie. To round off the top five, I’d put Angelica Panganiban‘s name here as workaholic Jacqueline who’s trying to be the perfect wife in One More Try. While I can see cases wherein Panganiban will be moved to Lead, I guess they might throw her a bone here in order to avoid internal competition from Angel Locsin. Not that it’s a fraud or something because I felt she was actually a supporting actress in this one.

MIDDLE TIER

If award giving bodies failed to like any of the women above, then you can always count Nora Aunor’s performance as Emilio Aguinaldo’s second wife in El Presidente though lack of screentime will probably hurt her. Lovi Poe suffers the same fate as Thy Womb co-star Aunor from appearing in the final moments of the film especially since local award giving bodies love scenery chewing scenes that screams acting from its audience. Both Fides Cuyugan Asensio and Raquel Villavicencio can also be in the running this year as the more superior nuns of Adoration Clositer in Vincent Sandoval’s Aparisyon. Young actress Alessandra de Rossi also got a boatload of performances this year and she can get nominated as Coco Martin’s past love in Santa Nina or the cop daughter in the family ensemble Mater Dolorosa. A lot of mothers can also get a nomination or two this year such as those of Eugene Domingo as an annoyed mother who found out that her son fathered a teenage daughter in the musical I Do Bidoo Bidoo, Cherry Pie Picache‘s mother who keeps a secret in Lawrence Fajardo’s The Strangers, Rosanna Roces as the mistress of Philip Salvador who is dependent to Gina Alajar in Mater Dolorosa, and Dawn Zulueta as a strict mother who’s distant from her son in Ang Nawawala. Since there’s an abundance of mistress themed movies, one can also expect a nod for Andi Eigenmann‘s role as the third party in A Secret Affair.

THE REST OF THE PACK

And as for the others, possible supporting actress turns that can receive mentions this year include Kim Chiu‘s transformation as Vilma Santos’ half daughter in The Healing, Mercedes Cabral as Nora Aunor’s friend in Thy Womb, Gina Pareno as the voice of reason to daughter Angel Locsin in One More Try, Annicka Dolonius as Gibson’s apple of the eye in Ang Nawawala, and Angel Aquino as one of the victims in Brillante Mendoza’s Berlin entry Captive. Further supporting mentions that might grab attention at next year’s award giving bodies are Cinema One Originals winner Ria Garcia in Melodrama Negra, Daria Ramirez as Pokwang’s mother who took care of her grandchildren in the absence of her daughter who went abroad for a living in A Mother’s Story, Toni Gonzaga who is caught in between Vice Ganda and Luis Manzano’s antics in This Guy’s in Love with U, Mare, Angelina Kanapi as Dennis Trillo’s cousin in Ang Katiwala, and Cherie Gil in the comedy ensemble Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi. 

That’s it! That’s just 25 names, but it gives award giving bodies a lot of options to choose from in next year’s awards derby. Tomorrow, spotlight for the supporting actors of the year will be given.

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REVIEW: Si Agimat, Si Enteng, At Si Ako   6 comments

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Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote is probably one of the most overstaying franchise in Metro Manila Film festival history. Enteng Kabisote is now on its seventh outing, while Agimat is now on its third. Its stars Bong Revilla and Vic Sotto has been festival mainstays for a long time now. This is Vic’s eleventh consecutive entry and Bong’s eighth since 1999. The two already previously collaborated on the first Agimat and Enteng two years ago. I really don’t know why I’m giving you all these details, but just so you know, they’re collaborating again this year with an additional companion via Judy Ann Santos in Tony Reyes’s Si Agimat si Enteng, at si AKO.

When they’re not busy fighting off monsters, Agimat (Revilla) finally married long time girlfriend Samara (Sam Pinto). This means that pal Enteng (Vic Sotto) together with his wife Faye (Gwen Zamora) and the rest of the Kabisote gang is also invited. The third person in the crowd is environmentalist Angelina Kalinisan Orteza a.k.a AKO. When technologically savaged monsters are off to conquer the world, it is up to this trio to save the world and call it a day.

Most of the first part of the movie was focused on introducing the three characters. We get to see how it was for Agimat and for Enteng and their respective partners. It was also an introduction for AKO’s character. From there, everything else went down. Now we got a boatload of product placements. Mind you, they’re not just simple product insertion in the background, but actual dialogues containing their individual endorsements. That was probably the movie’s lowest moment. But everyone else was annoying. The storyline with wives getting jealous to Ako was disastrous and annoying. I was thisclose to championing Ako to flirt with both Enteng and Agimat, but then I remembered this is not a mistress movie. Possible sequel next year perhaps?

If anything, there’s not much to look forward to actually. I enjoyed Judy Ann Santos stint as Ako, though it was somewhat obvious that this is just a one time commitment. The three leads have chemistry, and I enjoyed their group hug running joke. The movie tried to fit in everything that they can just to say it’s a family friendly movie by including shallow portrayals of taking care of the environment or an overacting Aiza Seguerra in a group prayer scene. Some technical achievements were also commendable such as the make up and shots of the gorgeous Ilocos Norte.

But amidst all this, these questions still remain: Is this really necessary? Would something have changed if the movie was not made? What can it still offer to its readers? And lastly, when will it end?

Grade: 1.5/5

Here are the reviews of the other Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 entries:

El Presidente
One More Try
Shake, Rattle, and Roll 14: The Invasion
Sisterakas
Sosy Problems
The Strangers
Thy Womb

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REVIEW: Sosy Problems   7 comments

Sossy Problems

GMA Films’ solo horse in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival  is a female driven comedy that derives its title from the conyos and the sosyal upper class people  and their problems in life. Starring the foursome of Rhian Ramos, Heart Evangelista, Bianca King, and Solenn Heusaff, Sosy Problems is directed by Andoy Ranay.

In the movie, we were introduced to four friends: Lizzy (Rhian Ramos) is the self proclaimed leader of the group, a spoiled daughter that will pass as an heiress. Claudia (Heart Evangelista) and Margaux (Solenn Heusaff) are daughters of two rival beauty queens. Despite that, the two are best friends despite their clashing mothers. The last one to complete the group is Danielle (Bianca King) whose father is a former congressman that dealt with some issues while in position causing the demise of their power and money. In the beginning, we see a TV exec planning to do a feature on them ala Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but the main sosy problem is for them to save their hangout place which is a polo club now bought by Bernice (Mylene Dizon), a promdi social climber who married someone famous that caused her instant rich status.

The writing of the movie is a combination of overused and confused. It is overused with its recycled plots and lazy writing. A young woman tempted to keep up with her friends despite being  financially incapable? Done! A rich daughter with a mother who has the accent of other dialects for? Done! Thing is, being original is not the strongest suit of most movies nowadays, but the writing here is terribly lazy that they didn’t even bother. It was confused in the sense that the first part dealt with the concept of getting them for a reality show when the second part dealt with them fighting for the polo club.

I admit, there were probably one to two scenes, mostly involving the four leads in it such as their tea party and their rally to save the polo club, but when they’re individually on screen, they were relegated to these uninteresting characters that were been there done that. It seemed to me that the four women are having fun though, and I enjoyed Solenn Heusaff and Heart Evangelista the most. Rhian Ramos and Bianca King were okay too, though I did not buy Agot Isidro and Cherie Gil even for a second, and Mylene Dizon was a bit fun though I somewhat imagine Kris Aquino’s Sisterakas character to cross over their film. And I’m sorry but who’s giving Tim Yap the right to act? I really don’t know why he keeps on getting hired. He’s not an effin actor and is probably worse than all the other characters combined. The way he felt as if he’s the fifth sosy lady here is so annoying.

The film took what could have been an interesting concept with the sosyal and the conyo people with a more interesting take in it. Sadly, though, even the writers had no interest of going there. They went easy way out of with the generalizations and the over the top portrayals of such. With that, it’s really hard to find anything that I can recommend to you to watch this movie.

Grade: 1/5

Here are the reviews of the other Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 entries:

El Presidente
One More Try
Shake, Rattle, and Roll 14: The Invasion
Si Agimat, si Enteng, at si Ako
Sisterakas
The Strangers
Thy Womb

You can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl