Today’s Opinion

WHAT IS WRONG WITH TODAY’S Philippine Cinema? Have we been overthrown by foreign films and the current events? Isn’t this just the best time to make a movie out of all the immense stress that our lifestyles have been doing to us?

Out of the eighteen movie photos that I happen to encounter this afternoon, there were only two pinoy movies that were out. One seemed extracted from pure sensible emotion while the other seemed to come from some bigtime producer’s pockets.

The first one was entitled “The Red Shoes” a film brought to life by Unitel Productions (the one responsible for Mark Meily’s “Crying Ladies”) starring Marvin Agustin and Nikki Gil. The first thought that came to my mind was that this must’ve been that Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank starred in. And then it suddenly came to me that that movie showed up years ago and that this one must be some new Gerard Butler film. But I was deceived by the color of the heels as I saw Marvin and Nikki’s profiles in the middle.


The story goes around a pair of red shoes that Agustin’s character stole from the former First lady Imelda Marcos during the 1986 EDSA Revolution to give to his love (portrayed by Nikki Gil). The synopsis seems interesting and I can’t wait to watch it this Friday.

The second movie is yet another failure from Star Cinema. The people that brought fancy and whim to my childhood seems to be loosing its charm nowadays which makes me think that this movie would probably hit bootleggers and DVD markets even sooner than you think.


I’ve never been a fan of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo’s love team ever since tehy were teamed up after that soap opera. I don’t know why. I’ve always been impressed with John Lloyd’s acting but Bea? I don’t know. She sure is pretty but I’ve never been convinced with her acting. It’s always seemingly too stiff and self-depriving.

So anyway, about the movie, I’ve read the synopsis and discovered that John Lloyd’s character gets torn with his past lover played by Bea (wow, I’ve never heard of that plot before..) and the present. I’m not sure how it ends since that’s just what the synopsis gave me but I’m not in to find it out.

And then, I happened to pass by the other side of our mall and found this other interesting flick (no seriously. I only found TWO interesting Filipino Flicks today) that’s about to open next month.

Romeo at Juliet seems like a contemporary take on the classic romance between two lovers. The movie will air in selected theaters in March 24 is about an unconventional story of star crossed lovers which I guess will finally end up tragically. It stars Alessandra De Rossi and Victor Basa.


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