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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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Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2012 Review: Part 3   3 comments

Hey everyone! Cinema One Originals 2012 officially ended yesterday, so this is pretty much a late post, but what the heck. Sadly, I wasn’t able to watch all movies in competition (I missed¬†Aberya, Anak Araw, and Baybayin and not because I watched films in alphabetical order), but ten out of thirteen is still a good record I guess. Anyway, in case you haven’t seen, here’s Part 1 that includes reviews of¬†Mamay Umeng, Mater Dolorosa, Slumber Party,¬†and¬†EDSA XXX.¬†And here is Part 2 which covers Ang Paglalakbay ng Mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim, Pascalina,¬†and¬†Catnip.¬†

Here’s the third and last part:

Melodrama Negra

MELODRAMA NEGRA
Director: Maribel Legarda
Starring: Gee Canlas, Bong Cabrera, Jerald Napoles
Competition: Cinema One Currents

The film has multiple story lines going on. There’s these three recently dead people whose souls are wandering around Manila. Then there’s also a group of three friends, a pair of sisters and a shy man, and a congressman, his conniving son, and his driver. All of them waiting for something before they can move on with their lives.

If anything, the film is loyal to its title. It really tends to go melodramatic every now and then especially during the stories that involved the three wandering souls. But what’s captivating about it is that I bought every minute of it. The movie was over the top, but it was the intention all along, so it definitely served its purpose. Usually, when you hear the comment “iiyak ka, then matatawa ka then maiiyak ka“, it’s easy to dismiss that film since that means it is uneven at best, but not here. It works in the context of the movie.

In true Layeta Bucoy¬†writing¬†fashion, there’s a lot of¬†tagos worthy lines here. I also like the way she made the characters interact with each other. Gee Canlas started pretty annoying at first, but she totally had me with her Sharon Cuneta references. The whole ensemble was serviceable, though my favorite was the whole segment of Arnel Ignacio scene-stealing turn. It was short, but it was really effective. I totally did get why this got the Audience Choice, and I don’t think I’d argue with that decision.

Grade: 3.5/5

Palitan

PALITAN
Director: Ato Bautista
Starring: Alex Medina, Mara Lopez, Mon Confiado
Competition: Cinema One Currents

A young couple (Alex Medina, Mara Lopez) settles in the poverty stricken Quiapo, but with the husband deep in debts to his employer (Mon Confiado), he gave him a life changing offer.

Known primarily as a homage to the original erotic classic¬†Scorpio Nights, this movie has pretty much big shoes to fill, but to no avail, wasn’t able to give it a proper tribute. There’s too much sex going on, however; too less emotions that the viewers are feeling for the characters. There were also a lot of contrived scenes just to give it a more sexual approach, and the ending was predictable. It is also worthy to mention that the first sex scene between Mara Lopez and Mon Confiado took forever to be over one has to wonder if the target audience was men suffering from erectile dysfunction. The casting was good though; Mon Confiado really gives this creepy boss vibe well, Alex Medina has this raw enthusiasm that is transparent in all of his scenes, and Mara Lopez passes the innocent woman from the province role she had. All in all, it was too inconsistent to effectively work, though there there were some bright spots in it.

Grade: 2.5/5

Mariposa

MARIPOSA SA HAWLA NG GABI
Director: Richard Somes
Starring: Erich Gonzales, Alfred Vargas, Mark Gil, Joel Torre
Competition: Cinema One Plus

Innocent young lady Maya (Erich Gonzales) travels to Manila in order to find her long seen sister. The moment she sets her foot there, her long journey will lead her to endless horrifying discoveries.

The good things: The production design was top notch, probably my favorite of the year. It was lively, colorful, and sets the mood of this world that Maya entered. Mark Gil and to an extent, Joel Torre, were the clear standouts. Mark was flamboyant and over the top, and he was so into it that such commitment is fun to watch on screen. Torre was also committed, though not given the same chance as Gil.

The bad ones: Given that this runs a two hour mark, I won’t be surprised if people lost interest halfway. There’s nothing solid to hold on to in terms of the characters. Yes it was packed, but I would have been fine with more minutes if it can open the characters a lot more to its viewers. Nevertheless, it was visually stunning, but there’s more than meets the eye.

Grade: 2.5/5