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Chikkaness Review: BABAGWA - Combines Sensuality, Melodrama and Humor In Storytelling In Marvelously Harmonious Proportions

BABAGWA combines sensuality, melodrama and humor in storytelling in marvelously harmonious proportions. Jason Paul Laxamana redefines love in all its weird and surprising variations with this characteristically strange tale involving an Internet scammer (Alex Medina), a wealthy spinster (Alma Concepcion), a scheming manipulator (Joey Paras) and  a virtual opportunist guy (Kiko Matos). Laxamana did a fantastic job with the script and it makes the audience think and excited on what's going to happen next as the story develops. This is a film that leaves a lasting impact not only because it's so unique, but because of how emotionally charged the performances of Medina and Paras. The sequences where Greg (Alex) and Marney (Joey) squabbled because the former realized that he's being cheated by the latter was very affecting and terrifically acted. Both are good candidates for the Best Actor category in the award-giving bodies this year. This is a sub

Chikkaness Review: PUROK 7 - Unique Chef-D'Oeuvre That Will Move and Inspire You

Purok 7 is a structurally and thematically focused cinema masterpiece, representing Carlo Obispo's very promising work to-date. The story revolves around how the 14-year old Diana (Krystle Valentino) and her younger brother (Miggs Cuaderno) lived a life themselves after their mother left them to work in China and their father (Arnold Reyes) lived with another woman. S et in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film highlights the light side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival despite fear on the fate of their family. Krystle's performance will definitely draw much attention but Miggs' deserves praise also for his credible act. I'm also moved by Arnold's portrayal that deserves commendation - raw and effective. The sense of bliss and delight is skillfully handled by the actors especially during the scenes shared by Krystle and Juli

Chikkaness Review: TRANSIT - A Heartfelt Story Powerfully Told

TRANSIT is a forceful, heartfelt and unsparing triumph from new director, Hannah Espia. It represents a tightly wound study of the plight of OFWs in Israel who faced deportation issues way back 2011. Espia achieved her effects through a strong visual focus. She followed her characters as if her camera can look nowhere else. It's a story of Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel, who comes home to his son Joshua's 4th birthday who was under the care of sister, Janet. It was on that day that Moises, together with their Filipino neighbors, Janet and her daughter Yael, find out that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers even if they were born in Israel. In order to protect their children, Moises and Janet decided to hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house. One of the many highlights of this film is the acting, especially from Marc Justine Alvarez who played

Muling Buksan Ang Puso Pilot Week Review: Wonderful Series Brimming With Heart As Well As Ache

Muling Buksan Ang Puso is an upcoming primetime drama series of ABS-CBN that's set to premiere today after Juan Dela Cruz. The opening sequence in the coconut plantation and the focus on Susan Roces and Pilar Pilapil's characters on their status on the said plantation feel mundane yet natural and compelling. Isidro and Gil are so exquisitely natural with their characters as Carissa and Marietta, respectively playing as best friends who both fell in love to the same man, Nicholas (Jestoni Alarcon). Nicholas will soon disappear from the lives of the two. Carissa's foster mother, Adelina is played by Susan Roces who is against her daughter's friendship with Marietta because of her past rift with the latter's parents, Elvira (Pilar Pilapil) and Bernardo (Dante Rivero).  Marietta will be gifted with two children, Leonel (Enchong Dee) and Sarah (Julia Montes) where the latter is deemed as least favorite by the mother. On the other hand, Francis (Enrique Gil)

Muling Buksan Ang Puso Touches Learnings on Relationships and Realities

Dreamscape is exciting us again with its newest drama offering in Kapamilya primetime via "Muling Buksan Ang Puso," topbilled by three of the network’s newest ‘Primetime Idols’–Teleserye Sweetheart Julia Montes, Versatile Actor Enchong Dee, and Next Ultimate Leading Man Enrique Gi l who are expected to deliver to ur de force per fo rmance s. It's a story of three young individuals whose relationship will be affected by the past of their parents played by returning Kapamilyas Agot Isidro and Cherie Gil with characters that that the audience can choose to like or hate. The series is supported by top caliber actors like Daniel Fernando, Dominic Ochoa, Jestoni Alarcon, Ms. Pilar Pilapil, , Dante Rivero, and the one and only Queen of Philippine Movies Ms. Susan Roces, who is set to take on a very challenging role. Adding to the very interesting cast are Malou Crisologo, Pooh, Matt Evans, and introducing the 2013 New York Festivals (NYF) World’s Best Tel