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MMFF 2013: Why ‘10,000’ Hours Deserves All The Attention

The action-drama 10,000 Hours bagged 14 trophies from the recently-concluded Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 Awards Night. From the story to the technical aspects of the film, 10,000 Hours offers something new to the moviegoers (at least for the MMFF season).

10,000 Hours Movie Poster

10,000 Hours Movie Poster

My grandfather and I watched the movie. His curiosity about the Amsterdam scenes and the positive reviews he read convinced him to go to the cinema.

Robin Padilla is known as the ‘Bad Boy of Philippine Movies’ and as a kid, I remember watching his movies (hello, Baby Ama!) and he often starred in action flicks with pretty leading ladies to support him. He went to jail and got out as a changed man. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he widely embraced by his fans on his showbiz comeback and had done a number of sitcoms and action series on the major networks.

He had a number of movie attempts the past years, but it didn’t do well in the box-office. The theme of his films are good, but there was something lacking in the execution. He needed a project which will regain the interest of the new generation to Pinoy action films.

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Is ‘Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir’ Worth Watching?

The plan of turning San Pedro Calungsod’s short but meaningful life on the big screen has been going on for years. I remember seeing a photo of another actor who is the original choice to play the coveted role. It would be impossible nowadays for mainstream film outfits to shell out money for such project (it’s all about the money, honey). Gone are the days when Filipino moviegoers could expect to an inspirational film for Christmas or Holy Week.

Fr. Diego San Vitores (Christian Vazquez) and Pedro Calungsod (Rocco Nacino)dro-Calungsod1

Fr. Diego de  San Vitores (Christian Vazquez) and Pedro Calungsod (Rocco Nacino)

We all know that Metro Manila Film Festival is for the family and most would prefer to watch the feel-good films. Watch this film as it serves as a reminder of the sacrifices of San Pedro Calungsod. It will serve as an inspiration to the youth and we need films like this especially after all the challenges our country have gone through the past months.

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Movie Review: When The Love is Gone

Gabby Concepcion’s return in the Philippine entertainment scene was a big deal way back. Why? Aside from his matinee idol status in the 80’s, his personal life is also controversial. The public were eager to know what happened to him after he turned his back from fame. For anyone who is bankable and interesting, leaving showbusiness is a big deal.

Scenes of Cristine Reyes as Cassie in "When the Love is Gone"

Scenes of Cristine Reyes as Cassie in “When the Love is Gone”

His showbiz comeback is considered successful. He is an in-demand teleserye actor and is even paired with leading ladies that are close to his daughter’s age. There were rumours before that his movie comeback will be via the remake of the 80’s film “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi”. What happened was he and daughter KC Concepcion starred in a movie for Father’s Day. I am not sure if they met the expected box-office gross, but the movie wasn’t as markable as the producers wished.

Cristine Reyes is one of the hottest stars in the biz. Just like Gabby, she is bankable and controversial. She entered showbiz via Starstruck and for a time, she was just known as “Ara Mina’s Little Sister”. When she turned 18, she embraced her sexiness and began accepting daring roles. When she moved to ABS-CBN from GMA, she played the title role in Eva Fonda and that’s where her talent was seen by the masses. There was a time wherein she was crowned as box-office queen with Anne Curtis when they did “No Other Woman“, where she played as the legal wife.

This time, Cristine Reyes is the mistress. And what a fierce mistress she is!

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