27 April 2017

JR's Movie Reviews - 2 COOL 2 BE 4GOTTEN

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2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
JR's Rating: 9️⃣ (9.0 out of 10, Excellent)
"Make It Hard"

➕ Great Symbolism
➕ Khalil Ramos as Felix Salonga
➕ Jameson Blake as Maxim Snyder
➕ The 90's
➕ Open-Ended Story
➖ Ethan Salvador as Magnus Snyder

The movie is an ode to the youth of this generation and to the impregnation of the Filipino lifestyle with American culture. Simple and linear, 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten exudes a story of an illustrious high school student yet so much underappreciated meeting two young American boys who would soon influence him with their way of living. Magnus and Maxim's conflicting personal interests and attributes mixed with Felix's awkward vibe makes an exciting plot for the average movie viewer. The movie is so raw on presenting Felix's building desire on both the American brothers and on presenting the struggle of the brothers with the "poor and underdeveloped" Philippine economy (wanting to leave the country and build their most ambitious of dreams). The building of emotions of Felix towards Magnus is not, however, your typical love story; it is a cute budding friendship that gets ruined by twists in the ending. The degree of excitement every time Magnus and Felix meets is equal to the degree of depression and heartbroken you'll feel by how the movie ends. A symbolic ending indeed which is open for many interpretations and possibilities. Khalil Ramos and Jameson Blake did great on the portrayals of their characters; so sincere in fact to who their characters are. I also admire Ana Capri's portrayal truly capturing the identity of her character. Ethan Salvador did just right but could have, however, improved more. Petersen Vargas definitely made an amazing film relatable to the millenials of this generation. I'm already a fan of his creative vision looking forward on what's next. 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten is art in its "most sincerest" form. Make it hard, indeed.

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Time Published: 27 April 2017 (9:00 PM)

25 April 2017


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Sunday Beauty Queen
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"No Wonder It Won Best Picture"

➕ Real-Life Filipina OFW Stories
➕ The Pageants
➕ Q&A Portion
➕ Leo Selomenio
➕ Exposure of Everyday OFW Problems

6-day work week, where the rest day is made for beauty pageants, Sunday Beauty Queen is a contemporary look at the lives of Filipina OFWs in Hong Kong, each with their own different stories. A first-time entry and winner at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, Sunday Beauty Queen never fails to inspire and touch the hearts of the average movie viewer on the complex reality of overseas labor. The story involving the OFW pageant organizer amazed me the most, the dedication on setting up a pageant for raising money while advocating Filipina beauty has been an inspirational one for me. Another which involved the OFW realizing the death of her master and beau was a sad one for me. A cute one though was about a Filipina OFW bringing the kid of his employer to his daily school transport and back home after their classes. The movie masterfully presented in the most explicit manner various social issues needing of attention such include the "Two-Week Rule", Employer Abuse, Curfew and Strict Foreign Employment Laws. You would really feel for those OFWs in the film facing various day-to-day situations. How hard it is to be a mother in a family abroad and be a supporting mother to their own real families. Personally, it is a no brainer why such film won best picture at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival beating the Pulp Fiction-styled Die Beautiful (which I also scored a 10), the romcom Vince, and Kath, and James (which I scored an 8.5), and the horror Seklusyon. Sunday Beauty Queen is a low-budget documentary that is a giant in cinema.

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Time Published: 25 April 2017 (9:00 PM)

01 April 2017


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SLU SOM Microbiology Film Festival 2017
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Truly Impressive, School of Medicine and the Arts Indeed"

➕ The Walking Dead: Virocalypse
➕ Sherlock: The Tale of the Dreaded Rods
➕ Murdoch Mysteries: Dawn of the Unseen
➕ Well-Prepared Program
➕ The Master of Ceremonies

The experience of watching the SOM Microbiology Film Festival 2017, along with majority of Medicine student audience, was truly an amazing and impressive one. It's even an honor for all students coming from all the other different schools of Saint Louis University to be given the opportunity to experience such event.

The three films were truly the stars of this event. The first focusing on Virology, second on Bacteriology and third on Mycology. The first film, "The Walking Dead: Virocalypse," did great on effects and editing, hyping up the entire audience as the film festival started. It's a unique take on the very popular "The Walking Dead" series with different cases of infections involved. The second film, "Sherlock: The Tale of the Dreaded Rods," was powerful on screenplay and direction, continuing the excitement through a comedic yet quality film. It's based on the classic case files of the fictional Sherlock Holmes but applied to Contemporary Medicine. The third film, "Murdoch Mysteries: Dawn of the Unseen", has awesome acting performances. It's set on the early English times, with a serial killer mystery to be solved.

All-in-all, the entire film festival was pristine. The hosts did really great on handling the event (even managing to give life, distracting the audience, during a specific technical difficulty).

I, for one, am hoping that the SOM Microbiology Film Festival which just became a university-wide affair be a yearly anticipated event in the entire University. Congrats indeed to the people behind this event.

It's the best major activity sponsored by one school I have ever seen. (Even the best activity I've ever witnessed from all the major school assemblies in the SSC.)

The whole effort of the students of the School of Medicine on creating this Microbiology Film Festival truly made them deserving of a 10/10, Masterpiece. #WellOrganized and #WellExecuted

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Time Published: 01 April 2017 (9:00 PM)