Director: Marlon Rivera
Cast: Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez, Cherie Pie Picache, Mercedes Cabral
This film has got to be one of the best Filipino films in years. From the actors to the script – it speaks volume and when I said volume, it totally has its own voice! It’s funny, evocative and just pure genius!
It chronicles a day in the life of three budding filmmakers as they set out to create an Oscar-worthy film! JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano and Eugene Domingo totally delivered on this one! I loved how most scenes were written with humorously but with the subtlety of provoking its viewer’s thoughts.
Its mundane exterior was just a subplot to carry us through a ride where the actors delivered their lines with sheer conviction. Kean Cipriano stood out for me here playing the uber-OC director of the movie while JM De Guzman provided the support he needed to give a sense of additional sensibility to the screen. Cai Cortez as the production manager was also someone you’d remember.
Eugene Domingo’s portrayal as Mila, the mother of seven children and as her fictional ‘self’ helps the film to find its balance giving support to these newbies.
I won’t tell you guys any more spoiler since the film is obviously available everywhere since its release in 2011 (so far I’ve seen it a few times now) but if you have not seen this one, what are you waiting for? Oh and yes, my friend asked me before if I thought the film “in reality” was an Oscar-worthy one – I say, Why not?
The film was chosen by the Film Academy of the Philippines to represent the Philippines in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards.
Director: Jun Lana
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Eddie Garcia, Iza Calzado, Daniel Fernando, Nora Aunor, Noni Buencamino, Sue Prado
Set in a rural area during the downfall of the Marcos regime, Jun Lana’s Barber’s Tales centered more on women empowerment which somehow mirrored the era’s political upheaval and its end result during that time [where then widowed Corazon Aquino became the first woman president of the Republic Of The Philippines]
Newly widowed Malou played by Eugene Domingo suddenly finds herself manning the town’s only barbershop which has been passed for generation from her husband’s family.
Unable to attract customers [yes, because she’s A woman], Malou forged a friendship with a prostitute named Rosa and the latter urges her “colleagues” to get their male clients to patronize Malou’s barbershop or risked being found out. With this development, Malou was able to slowly step up and take center-stage and assert herself into the town’s male dominated territory where rumors spread faster than anyone could imagine. This gig also led Malou into a dangerous territory where she’s got to choose one side in order to keep her legacy.
The film is not hard to like at all. The humor inserted every now and then keeps on swaying me thinking if I should take the theme very seriously or not. There’s some sort of magical realism feel into it that somehow negates its more serious impact. The juxtaposition of Eugene Domingo’s character here and her portrayal at Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank simply goes to show how immersed Domingo is when it comes to tackling her roles. Here, we feel so much from her anguish. There’s even emotion when she looks at Iza Calzado (who played the mayor’s wife) dead in the eye. Eugene clearly knows how to choose projects that will highlight her movie appeal and her Whoopi Goldberg-like acting style (this is just in my opinion though – there really is some semblance if you think about it).
The very latter part of the film has quite a dramatic flair that Jun Lana could’ve done without although in hindsight, it feels like there’s just a pressing need for him to leave all loose ends tied. I didn’t like it but it didn’t discourage me to appraise the feature as a whole because it is what it is. The inviting visuals were good during the first half but it was inconsistent for the rest of the film. The music rendered by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab may have been too forced when it was used but it definitely magnified each scene.
Overall, Barber’s Tales made a magnificent job in luring the audience off their couches and head off to the cinema. It is after all starred by Eugene Domingo and although the technical side of it somehow didn’t live up to its potential, it’s still a film that any Filipino viewers would be proud to showcase overseas.
Barber’s Tales premiered at the 2013 Tokyo International Film Festival where Eugene Domingo bagged the Best Actress Award. It had its Philippines wide release in August of 2014
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Tagged Corazon Aquino, Daniel Fernando, Eddie Garcia, Eugene Domingo, Filipino Film, Film Review, Iza Calzado, Jun Lana, Noni Buencamino, Nora Aunor, Sue Prado, Tokyo International Film Festival
It’s just last week that I was finally able to catch one of the most talked-about films of 2011 entitled Zombadings: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington. Reason being is that I’m not really big on local films recently because they became too commercialized over the years. I’m glad that some films still offer something new or something fresh like this one. I even wrote a blog about this film that was shown during the Cinemalaya Film Festival last year and thought that the trailer was pretty funny but I didn’t really get the chance to watch its entirety.
The film is about a young boy named Remington who loves pokig fun on gay men (transvestite in general) until he insulted an old transvestite who put a curse on him stating that he’ll turn gay once he grow up. Without realizing it, on his 21st birthday – Remington knew something changed because he suddenly could speak gay-lingo without realizing it and was turning gay in the midst of gay men being hunted by a serial killer in their town.
I guess what I liked most about the film is its concept. It’s very original and very fresh as it uses Filipino gay lingo which are pretty funny. I also loved that they used subtitles for the gay lingos that made the film more relatable and funnier. I think that’s the main thing about the film. It’s not a gay film, it’s actually a movie for everyone. Of course there is the usual stereotyping of gay people such as wearing tacky clothing, working in beauty parlors, being effeminate and all. It was funny in that context but after that, you’d somehow wish that they didn’t show it in a general manner.
On a more positive note, Mart Escudero who played the lead role Remington was definitely the star of the film. The guy can really act and he played it beautifully while being supported by a very strong cast! Somehow, though, the film got lost in the end when the Zombadings (gay zombies) appeared. I guess it’s alright since altogether, the film delivered some good laughs, fresh ideas, great acting and just something new to the Filipino film industry. Kudos to the creator of this film and everyone involved in it.
Director: Jade Castro
Starring: Martin Escudero, Lauren Young, Kerbie Zamora, Janice de Belen, John Regala, Angelina Kanapi, Leandro Baldemor, Daniel Fernando with the special participation of Roderick Paulate and Eugene Domingo
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Tagged Angelina Kanapi, Cinemalaya Film Festival, Daniel Fernando, Eugene Domingo, Filipino Film, Film Review, Jade Castro, Janice de Belen, John Regala, Kerbie Zamora, Lauren Young, Leandro Baldemor, Martin Escudero, Roderick Paulate
SM Megamall Cinema 12
P160 with D
Director: Joel Lamangan
Starring: Eugene Domingo, John Lapus, Diether Ocampo, AJ Perez, Andi Aigenmann, Carla Abellana, Xian Lim, Arron Villaflor, Carl Guevarra, JC Tiuseco, Lucho Ayala, Sam Bumatay
I wasn’t so keen to watch this film in the cinema but I figured that It would be a great pass time since it was top billed by Eugene Domingo. I was expecting to laugh from start to finish and I just did. The comedy isn’t fresh at all but Eugene’s take on acting is beyond amazing. She’s a really,really funny and intelligent woman. It’s not a smart film but it’s a “fun” one. The only “annoying” or “anti-climactic” scene in the film was the dance sequence in the ice-skating rink. WTF was that?? It’s so out of nowhere– it’s like audience were given 10 minutes break from the film to do what they want to do (pee, buy snacks, nap if you could). It was way off –so random, corny and uncomfortable.
John Lapus gave a very good support as well as Diether Ocampo and Carla Abellana. AJ Perez, Andi Eigenmann and Arron Villaflor are just eye candies in the film and they did that role –well, okay.
If you’re looking for a good laugh, then you should catch this one. For good direction– go catch Salt / Inception — I think they’re still showing.
I’d give it a 7.5/10 ratings.
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Tagged AJ Perez, Andi Aigenmann, Arron Villaflor, Carl Guevarra, Carla Abellana, Diether Ocampo, Eugene Domingo, Filipino Film, Film Review, JC Tiuseco, Joel Lamangan, John Lapus, Lucho Ayala, Sam Bumatay, Xian Lim
On DVDDirector: Bb. Joyce Bernal
Starring: Eugene Domingo, Dingdong Dantes, Zanjoe Marudo, Miriam Quiambao, Baron Geisler, Ariel Ureta
Combine Bb. Joyce Bernal and Eugene Domingo and you’ll get the whacky film Kimmy Dora, a starring role for Eugene where she has to play twins! Yes, peeps–she played the dominatrix Kimmy and her uber sensitive twin sister Dora (who looks like Dora the explorer in a retarded kind of way)– LOL With a star-studded casting, you’d laugh at almost every scene. The storyline is not very deep and quite exaggerated at some point but you’ll enjoy every bit of Eugene’s punchlines…I’d like to praise the acting of Miss Universe 1st Runner Up Mirriam Quiambao–who acted as the punching bag assistant of Kimmy Dong Hae…Over-all, It’s not much of a story and I won’t tell the story cuz it’s such a simple one so just try to watch it if you wanted to have a good laugh and see some of the biggest stars in TV and Music!