18 August 2017


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Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Ang Manananggal Nagmamahal Din"

➕ Sexy & Daring "Manananggal"
➕ Use of Dark Imagery
➕ Balot + Beef Mami
➕ Du Bist Wundersch√∂n
➕ Lola (Vangie Labalan)
➕ Beautiful Soundtrack

One of the best uses of the manananggal in Philippine cinema, indeed. Banking on the traditional Filipino monster, Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B presents a unique take on the Filipino romance and horror genre never have I seen before. We see Jewel, The Manananggal, (Ryza Cenon) and Rico (Martin Del Rosario) playing your non-conventional couple in this flick. Jewel dreams of a normal life with her own "Prince Charming", while Rico struggles to move on from a failed relationship. Both eventually deal with various circumstances of life where eventually one discovers the most hidden secret of the other. With effective mix of graphic and sensual scenes, the movie masterfully presents the manananggal's killing sprees in a manner that pushes the boundaries of what your typical Filipino horror movie looks like. The manananggal's transformation is a memorable one which uses realistic special effects. The scenes were masterfully taken, most of which utilizing the beauty of night and darkness at its best. The soundtrack was, for me, the best asset of the film as they mix perfectly with the story and scenes. I personally loved Vangie Labalan's performance as Rico's lola who usually initiates the spark between the two (especially that scene where she reminisce her German husband's "you're beautiful" line). Her death was a sad one though. The ending speaks a thousand possibilities, leaving us guessing what could have possibly happened to the dynamic duo. Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B is a great entry in the very first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

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Time Published: 18 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

07 August 2017

JR's Short Film Reviews - IN A HEARTBEAT

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In A Heartbeat

"The Need and Struggle For Acceptance..."

In A Heartbeat totally sums up the struggle for acceptance by individuals ostracized by a society enclosed with norms and dogmas set by religion, tradition and culture. We see two different worlds here, a boy which is closeted and another which is very much confident. Well, people would immediately think this film is a typical story about love but it's more than that. For me, the film explores the desire of people who are very much shy and discriminated to be like those people who are confident and optimistic. Such is exemplified in a young kid's desire to be someone great thereby using other people especially those of great outlook as inspiration. On another note, same-sex romance in a sense is so much viewed negatively where in fact it explores the concept of love just the same as a heterosexual couple. Love isn't just viewed by simply falling in love, but rather acceptance by people coexisting around us (such exemplified by the confident guy's return to give back the broken heart piece, an evident symbol of acceptance). We might not know if indeed they turned out to be couples or friends but this short film exemplifies the desire for a very more accepting society which is held back by a conservative mindset. If love is indeed God's gift to us, who are we to question one person's love towards another. I rather not say "all we need is love", but rather "all we need is acceptance." Love is never wrong if it is expressed in the most appropriate and harmless means.

(If I were to score this short film, I'll give it a /10, Masterpiece)

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Time Published: 07 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

04 August 2017

JR's Video Game Reviews - TEKKEN 6

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Tekken 6
(Reviewed on PlayStation 3)
Total Game Time: 8-10 hours in total
Dates of Play: 10 November 2012 - 26 November 2012 (PS3)

Story - 7/10
Gameplay - 8.5/10
Graphics - 9/10
Innovation - 9/10
Playability - 10/10
Music - 9/10
JR's Rating: 8️⃣ (8.5 out of 10, Awesome)
"Further into the Mishima Dynasty"

➕ Lars & Alisa
➕ Robert "Bob" Richards
➕ Azazel Boss
➕ 41 Playable & Customizable Characters
➕ Easy Platinum Trophy
➖ Long Wait for Online Mode
➖ Campaign Story
➖ Frustrating NANCY-MI847J

Tekken has since been an arcade and video game staple. It's sixth outing is probably the best yet out of its many installments through the years. Tekken 6 boasts 41 playable characters with their own unique fighting style each having numerous customizable features. We get introduced to 9 new characters, some notable favorites of mine are Lars Alexandersson and Alisa Bosconovitch, which both star in the game's campaign mode, and Robert "Bob" Richards, an obese man utilizing American martial arts. Tekken 6, along with its usual Arcade, Versus and Survival Mode, introduces us to their start at Online Mode enabling you to fight players online. This Online Mode, however, is a bummer taking long loading times in search of an opponent and sometimes ending in an unsuccessful partnering. While the Online Mode was an experimental and disappointing one, the Campaign Story is its weakest part as it seems irrelevant and bland. The story continues the Mishima family saga from Tekken 5 but its so much confusing. The end boss Azazel definitely looks good though, and a challenging opponent to take on. If you want a more challenging foe, NANCY-MI847J poses a greater threat than the aforementioned due to its high life and strong attack but only appearing in the Arcade Mode of the game. Frustratingly enough, you'll want to beat this one as you only get one shot at defeating it every take on the Arcade Mode. On a positive note, Tekken 6 is a huge advancement from its PS1 and PS2 counterparts. Tekken 6 is one of the best fighting games in the 7th generation of video games featuring an addicting Versus play against another player (local or online) or ghost AI.

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Time Published: 04 August 2017 (9:00 PM)