Movie Reaction: Kuwaresma

Take note: reaction lang this, not totally a review. but I think I would also like to give some insights about the overall (most in some parts) of the movie. So here, let’s start.

“Kwaresma is a new horror film of Erik Matti released on May 15, 2019. He is the director and also the writer of the movie. It tackles about the mysterious death of Manuela and the possesed ‘house’. Her twin, Luis, went home to attend the funeral and was welcomed by Rebecca and Arturo, their parents. Not long after, Luis was haunted and bugged by the unrested spirit not just of Manuela, but also some unknown spirits in the house.”

So basically sa trailer naipakita ‘yon, set din in early 1980s, though I expected na mas magfofocus kay Manuela yung story.

Actually, ang daming tanong sa isip ko nung matapos yung film. Medyo marami rin kasing elements na lumabas sa movie na kung iisipin, okay lang kahit wala na do’n. For example na lang yung maraming flashbacks and details ng ilang characters na hindi nabigyan ng justification sa dulo.

Sabi ni dude na kasama kong manood, “maraming tanong kasi maraming laman” kaya medyo nagkanda gulo-gulo yung utak ko. By the way, may nabasa rin kasi akong review na pang “brainy” lang daw yung movie, so feeling ko hindi lang kami brainy enough to really get the meaning or purpose ng ilang elements do’n na pinakita? Lalo na yung isang riddle do’n, hanggang ngayon iniisip ko siya e. Hmmm. But… oh well, this is my reaction. Hehe.

Also, (this may contain spoiler sa mga hindi pa nakakanood hehehe) okay na sana ako sa kwento lang ni Manuela. Tipong malaman lang yung totoong nangyari sa kanya, kaso nalagyan ng iba pang side & back story, so medyo humaba ng kaunti at nawala na yung focus do’n sa Character. Bumalik na lang sa dulo.

Yung pag-execute at pagtagpi-tagpi ng ilang scenes medyo disturbing for me. Lalo na sa character ni Luis. Parang… hindi ba niya naisip yon no’ng una pa lang? How come nakalimutan niya eh araw-araw niyang nakikita ang sarili niya? Gano’n. (ayaw ko magbigay ng spoiler e kaya ‘di ko mabanggit hahaha)

I understand, sobrang daming ideas ng creators do’n sa movie, I think hindi lang na-compress sa almost 2hrs na haba. Siguro kung gagawin pang mas mahaba or babawasan ng ilang eksenang keri naman kahit wala, mas malilinis ng bahagya. Ang dami rin scenes kasi na nainip ako, saka may ilan din na na-feel ko yung pagka-trying hard manakot ng audience.

May narinig akong comment after lumabas ng cinema na the movie was somehow unorganized, kasi nga there are so many elements na bigla-biglang nagpopop out of nowhere. And those biglaang revelations inside the revelations inside the revelations seemed overwhelming in a negative way. Too many infos in a too short period of time.

I am not sure if kaya gano’n ay dahil may nabasa akong article na madalian ang shoot nitong movie na ito. It was the fastest shoot the director was done, tipong gano’n. They started October 2018, according to the article, and the movie was released May 2019. The preparation and creation was truly so short nga. Though the positive side of it, kaya naman pala na makapag-produced ng gano’ng movie, however huwag lang pansinin ang mga nega sides. So ayun, still kudos to the people behind the movie!

Oo nga pala, there are some scenes sa trailer na inabangan ko sa movie pero wala. I was sure hindi talaga siya nasama e, or… nakaligtaan ko lang? Hehe. Pero wala talaga iiihhh. Baka nando’n sa director’s cut? Not sure.

Sa mga actors naman, napansin kong parang robot magsalita ang iba. Feeling ko na-overpower sila ni Mr. John Arcilla. Ang galing niya do’n grabe. Kapag siya na yung kasama sa eksena nagiging invisible yung kasama niya kahit hindi nakapokus sa kanya yung camera.

Storywise, okay lang. Ang dami ko kasing nababasang medyo oa yung review na super ganda raw. But it’s their opinion, for me saktuhan lang gano’n.

In terms of cinematography and the overall horror vibes, good. Napakita naman na it was set in earlier times and creepy na house.

Music and sounds, swak sa bawat eksena. Naghanap lang ako ng ilang pang jumpscares pa sana pero keri na. Gusto ko yung song sa umpisa. :)

Siguro kung ira-rate ko ‘to from 1-10 I am going to give this movie 5.

I may say that is not the best of Erik Matti but I am still looking forward to more of his movie. :)


I am also still looking for a local horror/mystery movie that will level Bliss of Jerrold Tarog in terms of the plot, cinematography, acting, and the unforgettable effect it brought me.

Movie Reaction: Goyo, Ang Batang Heneral

This may contain spoilers, but I promise I’ll do my best not to say anything that can ruin someone’s excitement to watch the movie aside from Goyo died. he he. Well, this is just a merely movie reaction so this is probably subjective.

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, is a movie about Gen Gregorio “Goyo” Del Pilar, who died at a young age during the Philippine-American War in Tirad Pass. It is considered as a sequel to another successful historical epic film by the same director, Jerrold Tarog, entitled Heneral Luna last 2015 as some scenes are connected. Anyway, if you haven’t watched the trailer of Goyo, you can watch it here:

Prior to this, there was a short film that served as a Prelude that was released in Cinema as a commercial / teaser entitled, Angelito, to introduce Goyo, which display its intertwining relationship from the first movie.

Anyway, going back to the purpose of this post, here are my reactions / things I noticed in the film:

  1. The ambiance is much darker (and frustrating, even though you already know the ending) — or is it because the colors are less saturated and it created colder ambiance and emotions? Ah, but this movie weighs too much for me. Huhu.
  2. Unlike the first film, this movie has a touch of romance, narrating Goyo’s relationship with different girls, most esp. with Felicidad and Remedios.
  3. Goyo without his uniform was a normal — usual person who just want to enjoy his youth.
  4. Some visual fx are disturbing, esp during the first attack of the Americans at night. The gun fires were too obvious, but well, it is still manageable to be ignored if you choose. Still kudos to the production!
  5. I didn’t feel the other characters. BUT my favorite was Vicente. Oh I love how he portrays such a good example of a Captain and a true friend! I cried over the scene where he was informed of Goyo’s death. *le cries* T_T
  6. Speaking of Goyo’s death, I just couldn’t accept that he died that way. I mean, he could have just died in a battle! But being shot while just standing and thinking — or maybe more like accepting their fate of losing, or reminiscing everything — is not okaaaaay for me. Oh my heart. MY HEART!!!
  7. I really hate Aguinaldo in both films. Grrr.
  8. I love that they used symbolism in the film — some are the mango scene, the dreams, Goyo’s drowning in the lake, the Gavel, etc.
  9. I hate Aguinaldo.
  10. I was hoping to know the real reason of Gen. Luna’s death. But oh well, I guess there will be more films in the future? Hoping.

I can’t say that it’s the best of Tarog’s films for now, but it was promising! I like Luna’s story more (AND I LOVE BLISS!!!), but of course, they lived different lives, so I still can’t judge lol.

Anyway, Goyo is still fafable.♥


Movie Review: Lady Bird

At first I thought it was just another film about religion, with a rebel high school teenager as a protagonist who goes to a catholic school and is way too hard-headed to obey her parents, especially her mother, BUT it was not JUST about that. Well, it’s a bit cliche (with a glyph at the e): an average teenage girl who wants to experience everything — luxury, love, belongingness — but this movie has something unique everyone can relate to. And oh, this film’s a bit musical too.

ladybirdposterWell, the very first reason why I watched this movie is because of the main character: Saoirse Ronan aka Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson in the movie. I learned the film from, of course, researching about her upcoming movies, and patiently waited for it.

lady bird

I was so curious about the title. I thought it was just because it’s the “name” Christine wanted for herself, but looking back to a children song which goes “Lady bird, lady bird, fly away home”, it makes sense. And I think this is the perfect title for this movie. I don’t want to explain further, because it will create “spoilers” lol. You go watch it by yourself.

One of the things that I liked about this movie, is the way it deliver the feelings to the watchers. Kudos to the actors, they did a great job, and of course to the Director, Ms. Greta Gerwig, for creating such a masterpiece. The cinematography too is good! The scenes are kinda “indie-like” but not much because it also creates “mainstream” vibes. And oh, what makes it cool is the movie was set in 2002.


It tackles about the love of a family, the love for a friend, the love that you have for yourself — I love the moment Lady Bird realized she don’t need the people in the limelight to also be recognized, and the moment she accepted Danny’s (Lucas Hedges) apology and promised she would keep his secret safe — and the love for what you have.


I can also relate and can see myself to Lady Bird. I also loved to join theatres, I also wanted to go to a prestigious art school in college, I was also an average, I also longed for luxurious stuff, and got envious to the people who can afford something more than what I have. You know, typical teenager. But I love her characteristic. How impulsive she is (Lady Bird) when mad, and also soft and apologetic when she realized she was wrong. The swirling throw of emotions made me want to watch more.

The portrayal of characters are good. Julie (Beanie Feldstein), her best friend, is one of my favorite. She’s the kind of people who always accept you back even though you already walk away from her.


I also love the clashing but complementing character of Lady bird and her mother. Watching her (Laurie Metcalf), she portrays a very strong, prideful but deep inside, warm and understanding personality of a mother who will do everything for her child’s happiness and good future.


I cried watching this. There are too many scenes that I did relate to. I can say that this movie was the most satisfying (because for a fact that I did relate to this), yet a bit frustrating (I believe it has an open ending) film that I watched so far this 2018.

All in all, if there are 5 stars in front of me now and I have to color them yellow, I will draw another one beside the last star. Hehehe.

I am excited to the other movies Ronan will be starring. Gonna look forward for moooooore!



Chilling Romance / Spellbound 2011 (Movie Review)


Jo-goo, a street magician (Lee Min-ki), notices a miserable looking girl, Yeo-ri (Son Ye-jin), in the audience during one of his performances, and she winds up being the inspiration for his “Horror magic show.” The show became a runaway success almost overnight and Jo-goo in turn, is now a successful stage magician with a model girlfriend. Yeo-ri works for Jo-goo, playing the specter in his show. Forward to almost a year later, the darkness inside her, something her fellow colleagues sense, keeps her from truly connecting with them. When Jo-goo’s attempt to include Yeo-ri in a staff dinner finally succeeds, hilarious disaster ensues when she ends up blindingly drunk. Jo-goo calls Yeo-ri the next morning to sort things out, but when the phone disconnects with a weird sound, he decided to drop by her place for a visit instead. There, Jo-goo met and engages in a game of hide-and-seek with a ghost child, which then scared the bejesus out of him later that night. As the two of them spent more time together, developing a fast friendship, Yeo-ri confesses the long story behind her gray, wan face. (*)

chiling-romance-spellbound-korean-movie-3It’s a Korean movie again! lol. So, I watched this yesterday afternoon coz yeah I got bored again (what a bum life!!) but I actually planned to go outside the house and find job somewhere, but unfortunately, I fell on the stairs, (take note: I’m on the last step) which caused me to have sprain in my right ankle. Stupid right? I know, I know. Well, going back to the movie, it’s a Horror-Romantic-Comedy or whatever you may call it.


I don’t want to give spoilers about the movie (if you haven’t watch it yet) but I am telling you, some scenes are shocking! My heart almost jumped out. lol. Oehmgie. Especially when the lady ghost is appearing. I don’t know if it’s the sound effect, the make up or I am such a coward that time, (coz I’m the only one watching in the room, while my sister and her friends are in the living room, laughing out loud etc etc.)

vlcsnap-2012-04-16-14h47m56s123See the picture above? It’s the elevator part. Well uh, I can’t find a scarier picture of the girl but her make up (being the ghost) was awesome! heehee.


So uhm the ratings! Wala na kasi akong masabi pa. lol. 7/10 stars! I can’t say that it’s a must watch but the movie has this 3 package I am looking for – 1) Romance. 2) Thrill/Suspense. and 3) Heartbreaking lines (speech or sort of)…(?) Hehehe! And… I’m going to color now a drawing I made yesterday night. Til the next post Worpy! :)

You Are The Apple Of My Eye (Movie Review)


You Are The Apple Of My Eye was based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Taiwanese author Giddens Ko, who also directed this movie. Starring  Ko Chen-tung as Ko Ching-teng, a prankster and a mischievous student who eventually becomes a writer and Michelle Chen as Shen Chia-yi, an honor student who is very popular amongst the boys in her class. (*)


It’s a story about bringing back the memories of the past, remembering the feeling and moments with your first love, and realizing that true love doesn’t mean that lovers should end up being together.


This movie breaks my heart into million pieces. It’s a perfect movie to watch on this perfect Valentine’s Day for singles like me. But that doesn’t mean that story is about bitterness or something. Actually, the movie taught me the consequences of loving somebody. And it’s true, that when you love someone, it’s not about how you feel, it’s not about what will happen., and it’s not about receiving back the love that you are giving — It’s about loving without desiring anything in return and cherishing the chance of loving someone.



When watching the movie, I can’t refrain myself from smiling and also remembering my high school years. I super miss those —  the “hoity-toity” times with your friends when your crush are passing, the stolen glances to your first love, the sweet and memorable moments together with the love of your life, those nonsense and little fights, those small reasons of cooling off, and specially the time when you both decided to end it up.

you are the apple of my eye 那些年, 我们一起追的女孩

One thing I learned in the story  is that… In love, you’ll get hurt and lose hope. You’ll try to move on and forget, but in the end, no matter what happens, you’ll always love and care for that person. 


And this.. is one of my favorite scene: “Do you believe in parallel universe? Maybe in that universe we are together.” and the part… “Thank you for liking me.” and “Thank you for letting me like you all those years.” Hnggggg~ I’m crying now. :( And… the most saddest part, was remembering and that flashback moments! Damit I cried like a river!


I really thought they will end up marrying each other but yeah, you’ll never know what will happen in the end. :(

“When you really like a girl, you’d be happy for her. when you see her finding her Mr. Right, you will want them to be together and to live happily ever after.” – Ko-Teng

Still, it was a happy ending, they both found their “own” meaning of a happy ending. P.S. You. Should. Watch it if you still haven’t!!! :D

Only You Can Hear Me (Kimi Ni Shika Kikoenai)


Ryou (Narumi Riko) is a girl isolated by everyone else in her class, she doesn’t even have a cell phone because no one would call her anyway. One day, she suddenly starts hearing voices of Shinya, who lives in a different prefecture. Kimi ni Shika Kikoenai (literally “Only You Can Hear Me”) is a fantasy film about the long-distance love between these two characters through telepathy. (*)


So, I watched this movie one boring night with my sister. We actually didn’t like it at first because ahm, it was a bit unrealistic though we already knew that it was a fantasy film, just like the description said above. But the thing that i disliked about the movie is the “ringing”  and “hanging up” effects when they mentally calling each other.  Haha! I think it’s kinda weird to imagine that you’re calling someone mentally and it rings then suddenly stop ringing when picked up. You know? The usual cellphone? Hoho.

The other thing is, the time duration. No I mean, there was a 1 hour delay between their places (while having a conversation thru mental cellphone). For example, in Ryou’s (girl) place, it’s already 6 in the evening while in Shinya’s (boy) place, it’s only 5 in the afternoon. I just didn’t get the logic. How can they communicate each other when there’s a delay? And the other thing tooooo, Ryou had a contact to her future self. Hmm, I really don’t understand how. But still, you should watch this! IT’S a SAD ONE! My fave genre. :)


The thing that I liked about the movie was… THEY MET but THEY HAVEN’T.. or that’s what I thought. Haha! The movie was kinda confusing too >< I thought they couldn’t meet because of the delay of time but they actually met! But there are two version of how they met. Ehhh, it’s hard to explain! You should watch. xD


And the thing I loved about the movie, was the theme song :) I really love it. I love the part when Ryou (female lead) played the piano. How I wish I can play like her, too! Hohoho.

Anyway, my rate for the movie is 6/10 stars! I only got teary eyed and not that cry. :)

Death Bell 1 & 2

The film is set in a high school, where an elite group of twenty students—including rebellious heroine Kang Yi-na, her timid best friend Yoon Myong-hyo, and her suitor Kang Hyeon—are taking a special class for their college entrance exam. 

After Kang Yi-na is nearly strangled and another student throttled in the restroom, the classroom TV screen switches to an image of top-ranking student Hye-yeong trapped inside a fish tank that is slowly filling with water. A disembodied voice announces that her life depends on the exam questions he will set for them, and that a student will die for every question the class gets wrong.

Trapped with the students are head teacher Hwang Chan-wook and English teacher Choi So-yeong. Yi-na realizes that the students are being killed in order of their rank in the class, and she is ranked fifth. Someone is slowly killing the students one by one, but who are they? And what do they want?

(c) Google

Before I start, I would like to say that the girl above (creepy girl) looks like Sophia. The girl I draw and the antagonist in September Night (My story in Wattpad) Hoho.

Let’s begiiiin~ My sister and I watched this yesterday night. We were surfing the net and hoping to find good movies to watch and suddenly she remembered that one of her classmates said that we should watch Death Bell because the movie is good. And yeah, I agree!

At first, the setting (plot, or whatever they call it) is the same with Battle Royale which selected students can’t leave the place or else, they die. But as I continue to watch it, the story became like SAW. You know, doing brutal to the victims. The difference is just, there is one question to answer and luckily if you solve it, the victim won’t die. But actually, it is a riddle to solve. Oh, you must watch in order to understand what I’m saying. Ha-ha! And oh, the killing is in order. They kill the student according to his/her rank in school.

Ratings: 8/10 stars! If you’re planning to watch a suspense movie and kinda mystery, better watch Death Bell! You’ll surely enjoy! ☺ And ahuh! As the title says, there’s number 2! Let’s move on…

Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp is the same as Death Bell 1 except that in this movie, the victims aren’t killed by rank. Oh here’s the plot. I’m too lazy to make kuwento xD

In South Korea, the high school student and swimmer Jeong Tae-yeon (Yoon Seung Ah) is found dead in the pool, which is found as a suicide. Two years later, teacher Park Eun-su (Hwang Jung Eum) joins the high school where Tae-yeon’s stepsister Lee Se-hui (Park Ji-yeon) is haunted by nightmarish visions and is bullied by the student Eom Ji-yun (Choi Ah-jin).

Eun-su finds it difficult to get respect in the classroom and is backed up by an older teacher, Cha (Kim Su-ro). Se-hui and her classmates are selected for an elite “study camp” held at the school during the summer break where 30 students study for their university entrance exams. The school’s swimming trainer is murdered in the showers, and the words “When an innocent mother is killed, what son would not avenge her death?” found scrawled on a blackboard. A voice warns the students that they’ll all be killed unless they can answer who is the murderer and why. The students and teachers find they’re locked in the school when more deaths begin to happen.

(c) Google

Unlike Death Bell 1, Death Bell 2 is more brutal. And TAK GU (Yoon Shi Yoon) is there! That’s why i love it. Hahaha.

You’ll get the story at the first scene already but you’ll be confused at the end. Kinda.. I got confused eh *laughs* like what’s the motive of the killer? And so on…

Anyway, Ratings: 9/10 stars! You must watch if you haven’t yet! ☺




One Liter of Tears (re-watched)

On the opposite coast of sadness
is something called a smile
But before we can go there,
is there something we’re waiting for?

In order to chase our dreams, we can’t have a reason to run away
We’ve got to go, to that far away summer’s day

If we find it tomorrow, we can’t sigh
Because like a boat that opposes the stream
we have to walk straight on

In a place worn down by sadness
something called a miracle, is waiting
Yet we are still searching
for the sunflower that grows at the end of spring

The warrior who awaits the morning light
before he can clasp it with red nails, his tears glitter and fall

Even if we’ve grown used to loneliness
only relying on the light of the moon
We have to fly away with featherless wing
just go foward, just a little further

As the rainclouds break
the wet streets sparkling
Although it brings only darkness
A powerful, powerful light
helps push us to walk on.

This is the English Version of Only Human by K, beyond the sea album, and the OST of One Liter of Tears. I just watched it again for the nth time. I just finished watching it a while ago with my sister. We started watching it yesterday night and was able to sleep at 3am because of the drama.

I really cried, super. I last watched this when I was in high school. This drama… I super like it. It has so many moral lessons in life. I learned that I am super blessed, compare to the people suffering from any disease and who is unfortunate. I learned to value life and my family more after watching this movie again. More realizations came.. and my outlook in life became broad. Japan should do another series like this.

The actors and actresses, I super like them. I think Erika Sawajiri and Ryo Nishikido should do another movie/drama/tv series again. They are perfect couple for me. *u*

A Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2

Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2 – 9 years gone.

And omg! I am really excited! I hope this isn’t just rumors! I really want to watch this and for sure, many teens and ACLTCL addicts are waiting for this sequel! Actually, it’s not a sequel. They say that the story will flow in the missing 9 years! *u*

I can’t wait!

photo credits to: Google

Bokura Ga Ita

I am now reading this manga entitled “Bokura Ga Ita” but it seems that I can’t find the chapter 21-31 i guess so I am watching it now here.

So, as I’m searching through the internet on where I should watch it, (apparently, I can’t find it on youtube. *some of the parts*) so I accidentally clicked a video and I was surprised that…

It’s BOKURA GA ITA “Live Action”!!

I want t watch thiiiis!


I hate Yamamoto Yuuki!! SUPEEEER!