"Adapt: Why Success Always Start with Failure" by Tim Harford
MOVIE REVIEW. It isn’t’ t really hard to sell the movie to
women. It’s directed by Olivia Lamasan (“Madrasta”
“Sana Maulit Muli” “Milan” “The Mistress”). It stars Piolo
Pascual at his most subtle and restrained performance,
and Toni Gonzaga (I described her to Panky as “Ang
babaeng John Lloyd”. Her character isn’t universal but
Gonzaga makes her relatable.” “May babae bang ganun
ka desperada?” Panky asked. “Meron pero bihira
lang…She’sa composite. A little bit of this and that.
That’s why they cast Tony. She’s relatable.” “Kasi kung
ako ‘yun Pinamigay ko na ‘yung lalaki.” I retorted, “Kaya
nga Ginny, hindi Panky ang pangalan ng karakter ni Toni.
Ikaw si Ginny nung pumunta siya sa Barcelona.”) Toni
shines and repeats her performance in the elevator scene
in “My Big Love” (which is one of my favorite scene)
extensively. Her character is loud, pesky, full of fears and
vulnerability (Why does her character always go abroad?
In “My Only You” she auditions for Japan. In “My Big
Love” she goes to Japan). Not all women will relate to
Ginny, but it’s played by Toni so that’s a counter
balance. And what is it with Star Cinema and bad wigs
on its female lead? (You see it in “A Very Special Love”
too.) I think what makes this movie great is it tackles an
issue that everyone can relate to: moving on.
In an odd way, I felt there wasn’t much building towards
the chosen ending. Lamasan makes you invests in a
certain arc only to make an non foreshadowed twist. I’m
all for realistic ending but cinematic technique calls for
some foreshadowing. Nevertheless, this is the rare find in
mainstream Philippine cinema, that movie worth the hype
and the ticket price. An almost perfect romantic movie!
(By the way, this isnt necessarily be a date movie. I saw
troupes of female friends and singleton (we were seated
between two people who watched it alone) so don’t wait
for a date. Brave it up and watch this!)
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You’re a fourth year irregular in law school. You’re 26. Life is calling. Mother now has a mug that says “Ask Me About My Grandchild.” She does not have any grandchild. Your newsfeed is filled with wedding photos and babies your peers think you should have right now. You don’t attend weddings and you skip the birthday parties of your friends’ kids. They think you suck: you career-oriented codal-toting legalese-speaking jerk.
You feel you are in sort of a never ending stasis you hope will get better as each day passes. It doesn’t. You count the units left before you graduate. You refuse to set a time frame. You think being asked when you will graduate is rude.
You think of the possible stumbling blocks: difficult professors who only pass so precious few, difficult professors who don’t teach but who only pass so precious few, difficult professors who teach subjects which are pre-requisites and who only pass so precious few and the worst: difficult professors who don’t teach, supposed to be teaching subjects which are pre-requisites and who only pass so precious few. (You know the professors you rank up there with Voldemort, except they are real people you come across the hallway and apparently, though real, have hearts made of cold stone and steel.)
You weigh your options, feel a brewing storm inside. You try to quell it as you fuel up with coffee, and you arrive at no decision. You dress up, go to law school, and hope it will get better tomorrow. It won’t. #buhaylawstudent
"That Awkward Moment" is a pretty entertaining film full of promises but ultimately fails to deliver a "zeitgeist" movie as its title suggests. It’s somewhere between "The Hangover" and "Sex and the City" for guys. I wish they cast a lead who is relatable like John Lloyd (like Sarah Jessica Parker was a relatable Carrie Bradshaw in the TV series). I kept on getting reminded of "Notting Hill" or "Closer". It feels derivative. The light of the film is the female cardboard beside Zac Efron. There’s a lot of unexplored themes and threads perhaps intentionally so to merit a sequel. Just wait for the movie when it lands on DVD, like you did for "The Lucky One." What is it with Zac Efron and crappy movies? And why didnt they just cast John Lloyd?