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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 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

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