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2012: The Year in Lead Actresses   7 comments

2012 lead actresses

Hey there everyone! And Happy New Year once again from Tit for Tat! ūüėÄ

There’s no better way to kick off 2013 with a blog post that covers a topic awards prognosticators love the most:¬†BEST ACTRESS.¬†The past few days, I have been covering acting performances in local cinema, and we’ve already tackled¬†supporting actresses,¬†supporting actors and¬†lead actors. To complete the list, here’s my coverage of lead actress.

LEADERS OF THE PACK

There’s no better person more fitting to begin this coverage with the one and only Superstar herself Nora Aunor. After years of absence in local filmmaking scene, she is back with Brillante Mendoza’s¬†Thy Womb as midwife Shaleha who wants to grant her husband’s wish of having a child. Aside from La Aunor, Gina Alajar‘s role as the matriarch in Adolf Alix’s¬†Mater Dolorosa¬†gives her a huge possibility to have an awards comeback as well. A pair of Kapamilya actresses can find themselves contending at different award giving bodies: Angel Locsin will definitely be nominated either for her role as the sultry Princess in¬†Unofficially Yours though my bet is she’ll get nods ¬†for her role as a mother who will do anything for her son in the MMFF entry¬†One More Try.¬†Bea Alonzo‘s most mature performance to date as the title role in Olivia Lamasan’s¬†The Mistress can reap some nods as well. As for the fifth spot, a consecutive visit at award giving bodies is plausible for veteran actress Shamaine Buencamino, this time, for her comedic turn in Loy Arcenas’s¬†Requieme.

MIDDLE TIER

Aside from the five names above, other¬†noteworthy¬†lead actress performances the past year were from Jodi Sta. Maria as the newest member of Adoracion Convent in¬†Aparisyon,¬†Pokwang as another mother who sacrificied as an OFW in the US in¬†A Mother’s Story, and¬†French actress Isabelle Huppert having the most vital role in Brillante Mendoza’s Berlin entry¬†Captive. Vilma Santos can get in based on name status alone for her movie last year,¬†The Healing,¬†while Lauren Young as the psycho best friend of Maxene Magalona in¬†Catnip can break through the awards circuit too. Other performances that gained buzz this year were Cinemalaya Best Actress winner Ama Quiambao in¬†Diablo,¬†Erich Gonzales who is in search of her sister in Manila in¬†Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi,¬†Veronica Santiago who plays the charming ¬†title role in¬†Pascalina,¬†LJ Reyes who resorted to being the town prostitute in¬†Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino,¬†and Judy Ann Santos as the owner of the diary in¬†Mga Mumunting Lihim.

THE REST OF THE RACE

As for the rest of the race, there’s also Anne Curtis, not as the other woman, in¬†A Secret Affair, the pair of Fe GingGing Hyde and Glorypearl Dy trying to escape in¬†Ang Paglalakbay ng Mga Bituin ng Gabing Madilim,¬†Mylene Dizon as the other nun in¬†Aparisyon,¬†and Cinema One Originals Best Actress Mara Lopez in¬†Palitan.¬†There’s also the performances of Erich Gonzales as the¬†unang aswang¬†in¬†Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang,¬†Angelica Panganiban as the naive Majoy in¬†Every Breath U Take,¬† and real life sisters¬†Assunta and Alessandra de Rossi in¬†Baybayin.¬†Lastly, Angel Aquino can also see herself nominated either for her performance as the torn mother in¬†Amorosa: The Revenge or as the reporter who everybody thought was dead in Biktima.

That’s it. Who are your bets this year? Are you excited for the coming award giving bodies? I sure am! ūüôā

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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!

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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.

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

REVIEW: A Secret Affair   9 comments

Mistress themed movies are the new bread and butter to become a staple hit nowadays, so everyone wants to star in one. Whether it’s the society’s penchant for seeing two women fight, hear endless quotable lines, or simply the gossip mongers nature of the people in our country, they’ve become a tradition now to expose affairs in the big screen, at least. The latest to join the bandwagon is the triumvirate of Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, and Andi Eigenmann under the helm of TV director Nuel Naval in his first movie offering entitled¬† A Secret Affair.

Raffy (Anne Curtis) and Anton (Derek Ramsay) have been in a relationship for just three months, but he already popped the question to her. While she said yes, she gets cold feet the night before the actual wedding causing them to call the event off. Raffy went abroad to think about it, while Anton is left here devastated. Raffy’s sorority sister, Sam (Andi Eigennman), has the hots for him and tried her best to take her place, sexually at least. So when Raffy re-entered the picture, chaos ensues among the three.

To start things off, the storytelling seems straight out of the telenovela handbook. Characters leaving no room for logic at all and women snapping at each other. The friends of the other two women switch from one camp to the other, while Raffy switches from a petty bitch at one scene to a helpless crier on the next one. Sam’s too one note of a character that when she feels hurt, you can’t help but laugh at her. It seems as if there’s no big rationale behind their actions but just to play cat and mice with each other trying to have the last laugh.

As if that’s not enough, the dialogue was cringe-worthy. I admit there were those parts that worked with me dialogue wise, but it was an overkill. Normal people do not speak this way, and it occurs as if the writers are attempting to come up with a quotable line that will serve as a catch phrase in the long run, so they inserted all their entries in the film and relies on which one will work (For the record, my favorite is Raffy’s delivery of “Alam mo saan masarap mag-kape? Sa burol mo.“). The rest were just simply cheap pot shots that reflect how poorly the characters were written.¬†The biggest laugh though comes in the end, when we’re treated to a “reflection” part of the three characters of what they’ve learned from it. Ahhhhh! Last shot to justify the relevance of the film.

For what it’s worth, I appreciate Nuel Naval’s direction. There were some scenes that showed some potential. I’ve been a fan of his¬†Maalaala Mo Kaya¬†episodes, and I know that he can do better given a tighter and better material to work on. As for the acting, Anne Curtis has already amassed this likable persona that you would be rooting for her either way even if she’s the mistress (see:¬†No Other Woman) or this time, the protagonist. But having a likable personality can only bring you so far especially if you’re given a poorly written character to play. The same can be said for Andi Eigenmann who definitely has made her presence felt but can’t escape from the one note character that she was given too. Derek Ramsay was thankless as usual, though I guess one puts too much effort given that body he shed off in the film. Jaclyn Jose was the only remarkable among the supporting players, but even she is a hit or miss.

The way I see it, the film’s biggest problem is its material. For a movie that tends to borrow all the tips from the telenovela handbook, it tried to push a “realistic” (re: moral) ending. I’m pretty sure that many people from this production can do better than this; it’s just that there’s no one who rose above the helpless material they were given.

Grade: 2/5