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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

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

2012: The Year in Supporting Actors   Leave a comment

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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 Acu√Īa 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 Ni√Īo 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

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

Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2012 Review: Part 1   5 comments

It’s the time again for Philippine film festivals. While Cinemalaya holds its own on July, December seems to be the busiest month, as we get to have the Cinema One Originals, Cinemanila, and the Metro Manila Film Festival. Isn’t it funny to put MMFF on the same sentence as the other two? Hahaha. Oh well. I’m really finding it hard to fix a schedule this December to cater all of these, but let’s get it on! Last Saturday, I started my Cinema One Originals marathon, and this is the first of my three part festival review.

Disclaimer:¬†I won’t get the chance to see¬†Ang Paglalakbay ng Mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim until Cinemanila, so m review for it will be later than the rest.

Mamay Umeng

MAMAY UMENG
Director: Dwein Baltazar
Starring: Gerry Adeva, Sue Prado, Crizzalyn Enriquez
Competition: Cinema One Currents

It follows the life of Mamay Umeng (Gerry Adeva) as he waits for his impending death.

Once the¬†opening¬†shot sets in, it invites you in to this particular atmosphere that makes you a part of the waiting. There’s a lot of long steady shots in here which might not be for impatient casual watchers, but that’s where the film lies its strength. It doesn’t need a lot of dialogue in it, but it speaks a lot more than that. Mamay Umeng’s waiting becomes more interesting when it speaks to you how much he’s already ready about it, yet you still see the things he do and accomplish in the process. It is here where you get to appreciate him more. Plus points to the score in the movie.

Rating: 4/5

Mater Dolorosa

MATER DOLOROSA
Director: Adolf Alix Jr
Starring: Gina Alajar, Cogie Domingo, Carlo Aquino, Alessandra de Rossi
Competition: Cinema One Plus

The matriarch of a family (Gina Alajar) that is involved with a lot of crime-related businesses is put into a test both as a mother to her family and as a head of their businesses.

As it reminds me more of an¬†Animal Kingdom than a¬†Godfather, what I like about about it is that it gives you a direct portrayal of what it wants you to see. The capability of Lourdes Lagrimas (Alajar) to survive and fight for what’s her is what holds to be the single puzzle piece that connects them all together. And of course, Gina Alajar takes the character of Lourdes a step further by giving her a memorable and impressive portrayal that is worthy of Best Actress nominations. Cinematography was commendable, and a candidate for ensemble of the year. With¬†Kalayaan last Cinemalaya and¬†Mater Dolorosa¬†in a year, Alix’s versatility is definitely more prevalent than ever, and it makes him as one of the more exciting directors around.

Grade: 4.5/5

Slumber Party

SLUMBER PARTY
Director: Emmanuel dela Cruz
Starring: Archie Alemania, Markki Stroem, RK Bagatsing, Sef Cadayona
Competition: Cinema One Currents

On the eve of Miss Universe 2010 pageant, a slumber party of three gay friends (Alemania, Stroem, Bagatsing) becomes more interesting when they took hostage a neophyte thief (Cadayona) in their house.

No doubt about it, Slumber Party is hilarious and a riot. With that said, it also tends to go overboard most of the time. The drama that ensues mid-way is too much to handle and bordering on cringe-worthy. When it suddenly shifts to comedy, it works again, then it shows another sign of potential to cross over dramatic territory, and it makes you think “When does this end?” If anything, I see it as some sort of parallelism of the characterization of gay people’s friendship in general. The length of the film is too long for me, but I’ll push that it deserves a watch just to see a Best Actor performance from Archie Alemania. Markki Stroem and RK Bagatsing delivered as well, and Sef Cadayona showed real potential especially when he acts only with his eyes (which is most of the time). Also, a flamboyant Nino Muhlach steals the last act of the show.

Grade: 2/5

EDSA XXX
EDSA XXX
Director: Khavn dela Cruz
Starring: Jeffrey Quizon, Sheree, Althea Vega
Competition: Cinema One Currents

A musical satire on the impacts of EDSA revolutions on Philippine history.

Pronounced as EDSA Trenta (EDSA XXX), it’s really hard to make a review of movies that were unfinished, and director Khavn dela Cruz mentioned that this is not the complete vision that he had for this film; thus he’s pulling it out from the competition category, but he still gave us a glimpse of what was done so far. From what we’ve seen though, the film can stand on its own and it’s not as if what we’ve been served is a mess. Mind you, this is the first film of him that I’ve seen so there’s no comparison that I can use per se, but I actually liked it. It took me a while before I can finally set in to what he wants to accomplish, but once it got its stride, this is an enjoyable and witty take on EDSA revolution. Lots of LSS-worthy numbers, and I like the use of Corregidor as its setting. The last song lingers the most and makes for an excellent closure to the movie.

Grade: 3.5/5