MOVIE REVIEW: Meet Me in St. Gallen by Irene Villamor

 

NB: I don’t want to spoil anything but if ever I will, forgive me. This movie is just too much to keep it inside. For the official movie trailer, click here.

I’ve been wanting to watch this movie and finally, I did. The only thing that I wasn’t aware of is the fact that I need a box of tissue beside me while watching it alone (HAHA). I have a feeling that this movie review will be different with my first two reviews. I don’t feel like talking about the cinematography, sound scoring, etc. But I would like to commend the director, Irene Villamor for this movie that is bittersweet yet beautifully made.

Bela Padilla and Carlo Aquino also did a great job for outstandingly portrayed Jesse and Celeste all throughout the movie. They are very versatile artist who portrayed the characters naturally. I’ve been following these two with Isang daang tula para kay Stella for Bela and Bar Boys for Carlo and there portrayal never disappoint me. I’m looking forward to see these two in one movie again.

The movie Meet Me in St. Gallen is spectacular on its own way.  I may not be an expert on movies but I love everything about this movie. I don’t know to those who watched it will agree with me, but the rawness makes it beautiful. The feelings of Celeste and Jesse speaks a thousand emotions and just being true to themselves makes it more beautiful. There’s something on this movie that you can’t just pointed out while watching it even if your heart is breaking into pieces (I did. This movie broke my heart into pieces. The feels).  The emotions are natural as well as the lines are on-point. Walang nagkulang, walang sumobra. I really appreciate the beauty of this movie because the rawness of the characters made the story more appealing plus the story transition as well as the setting.

Below are my favorite lines from the movie:

“Kaya sorry, hindi puwede. This is not acceptable. Ma’am, I quit. I resign. Mahal ko trabaho ko, pero mas mahal ko ang sarili ko.” – Celeste Francisco

“You can’t believe in something just because it’s there. Kasi kung ganun ‘yun ibig sabihin, convenience lang ‘yun.” – Celeste Francisco

“Compromise is tantamount to sacrifice.” – Celeste Francisco

“Ayoko rin naman ng compromise. Eh, kasi wala rin namang absolute, eh. ‘Yong meron lang, ‘yung nararamdaman ko dun sa sandaling naniniwala ako. ‘Yun lang ang hawak ko. ‘Yun lang.” – Jesse Abaya

“Alam mo ang “what ifs” isa ‘yan sa pinakamahirap na tanong kasi maraming variables, maraming factors unless may parallel universe. Pero isa lang ang puwedeng posible, ang nangyari na.” – Jesse Abaya

“Passion ba ang nawala o napagod lang ako?” – Jesse Abaya

“Magkaiba ang malungkot sa mag-isa. Solitude is different from loneliness.” – Celeste Francisco

“Alam mo ba ang ipinagdasal ko? Ngayon lang kasi umayon ang puso at utak ko at sana tama sila pareho.” – Jesse Abaya

“Tama ka eh, kasi you’re my ideal man. ‘Di ka masisira sa akin. You will always make me smile. …Baka ganito talaga tayo, dumadaan lang. Never to stay. Never to stay.” -Celeste Francisco

I can’t choose one line from the movie that strikes me the most. Kaya nga sinabi ko na everything are on-point. Walang nagkulang, walang sumobra. And the song “You’re my Sunshine” by Moira de la Torre will never be the same again. Lahat ng feels dinala nito eh.

What I learned from this movie is you can’t just let destiny do everything, we also need to take the risk and make a choice. In the last scene, Jesse made a choice and took the risk to follow Celeste in St. Gallen (The place where Celeste wanted to go. Christmas Village, Switzerland) because he believes Celeste is the one for him while Celeste thinks otherwise. Even if Celeste loved Jesse, she still made a choice even if it hurts her. Sabi nga niya, na binago ni Jesse ang buhay niya, kailangan ba baguhin ang buhay niya?

Jesse and Celeste story is one of star-crossed lovers. Tinadhana pero hindi pinagtagpo. Siguro, there love was an epic one but for Celeste, she found the love that is solitude to another man. I think they met for a reason. Parang check point sila sa isa’t-isa but never meant to stay.

Everything goes down whether to make a choice for your own or let destiny and believe. The movie bombarded us with a lot of questions, not just to the movie itself but to our choices in our lives. All I can say is, Meet Me in St. Gallen came just in time for myself.

Above all, it is your love for yourself will lead you to find the solitude kind of love that you deserve.

P.S. I highly recommend this movie whether you’re single, in a relationship, or it’s complicated.

 

 

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Movie Review: Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa ( The Story of us that never was) by Nestor Abrogena

Before I gonna give my review on this movie, I just wanna say that I’m so excited writing this one like super duper excited. HAHAHA. KTNXBYE. 

 

From one of the scenes of the movie. (Ctto)

The movie is about a young film maker and an aspiring writer who struggle to make something out of their relationship. In a world of cliché romantic stories, dramatic heartbreaks and almost love affairs , what makes a bond between two people different, unique and special? Is it the happy ending that matters or is it the journey that makes the entire experience worth all the pain? (Source: Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa Facebook Page)

When I saw the trailer of this film months ago, I was really intrigued what it is all about. The title “Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa” itself shouts mystery and it made me think possible cliché story scenarios running at the back of my mind until I watched the film one day and boom ~the feels bes! Tagos sa heart at buto~.

Personally, I was blown away by the film itself. I love everything about it. A lot of people commented about scenes that are quite dragging the story line but I have no issues about that. I love how this film speaks emotions even if there’s no dialogues being said by the lead characters to each other. It is truly an action speaks louder than words.

When I read blog reviews, I was amazed that the train scene (please see the photo above) was shot discreetly. I never expect that the camera was hidden inside the bag but the outcome, just wow. I could not put words into it and I’m aware that I’m exaggerating.

Cinematography wise, the team behind this film did a job well done.

Movie soundtrack is superb. I love how they use OPM songs that are really unique and it made me listen to it over and over again (courtesy of youtube). The songs are wisely chosen and it is something that gives more suave to the film. Walang Hanggan by Quest, Hanggang Kailan Kita Mahihintay by Paolo Valenciano, and Minahal Kita by Juliane are my personal favorites. The feels. I feel like listening to spoken words.

Movie Scenes. My personal favorite is the taxi ride of Isa and Sam going to Isa’s apartment. It speaks emotions even the silence itself speaks emotions. Quotang-quota sa feels talaga eh.

Movie Lines. A film of few words but speaks volumes. Below is my favorite line of the movie:

“Mahal mo?” 

“Oo”

“Mahal ka?”

“Siguro”

Characters. I love the chemistry of Nicco Manalo and Emmanuelle Vera. Kudos to these two for portraying the characters of Isa and Sam very well.

Story line. I don’t want to spoil anything to those who haven’t watch it but all I can say, this is not your typical love story. The twist is mind blowing.

Overall impression. great movie for those who want to watch films that conveys a lot of emotions. Highly recommended.

For information about movie screenings and whereabouts, click here.

P.S. There is a sequel of this film entitled Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon showing later this year.

Movie Review: Bubog (Crystals) by Arlyn Dela Cruz

 

I was one of the lucky ones who watched the CDO Screening of the movie “Bubog” directed by Arlyn Dela Cruz last May 10, 2017 at Gaisano Cinema 3.

The theme of the movie is the controversial war against drugs in the Philippines where the number of extrajudicial killings increase day by day. The movie itself focus on the most affected citizens of the country, the ones under the poverty line or the poor.

My reaction after I watched the movie as posted in my facebook account last May 10, 2017:

“One word: Intriguing. In the midst of the war against drugs in PH, the film “Bubog” (Crystals) shows us the picture of the most affected citizens in our country (the people living in poverty). How can we champion the war of drugs if there’s still an increasing number of deaths without justice? I’ve read it somewhere that in war, there’s no one winning because both parties have casualties. And It is something that we should think about. Is justice serve in the hands of these killers or is it in the due process of law?”

What I really liked about this film is the fact that it does not only gives us a good quality film but it also educate us how the war of drugs affects the poor and the society as a whole. And this is something that should not be taken for granted when you watch the film. It does not only focus to one person but the story revolves to different characters from the highest official of the land up to the youngest casualty of this controversial fight of the government. Different stories but interrelated. It give us the glimpse of what happens on the streets and the story behind of every character shedding light to the question of “why they continue to do it even if they know it is prohibited”.

The film also shows the cause and effect of the war against drugs and the undeniable increasing rate of the victims of extrajudicial killings. It is something that should not be taken for granted considering the bloodshed of innocent lives due to mistaken identities and the generalization of every death to the infamous placard of “wag tularan, adik ako”.

This film is dressed like a silent assassin slaying the defects in the midst of the war against drugs and it is up to us now to answer the issue: whether or not the current war against drugs in the country is the solution to end the drug trade and activities?

Going through the technicalities of the film, all I can say it is not that well-polish but the story line itself is clear enough of what message it wants to convey to its viewers. There are some  unclear parts of the film especially in exchanging dialogues but nevertheless, as a whole, it gives a clear picture of the situation of the people in or below the poverty line who engaged to drugs as a living or the point of view of the key players of the war against drugs. And I love how natural the characters acting especially on how they portray extreme emotions. It was really well-portrayed.

Overall, it is really a good and must watch film. Personally, I highly recommend it.

Click here for the trailer of the film BUBOG by Arlyn Dela Cruz.

You can also check their Facebook page for screening announcement in the cinemas near you.

REVIEW: L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

This is my first time doing a product review and I don’t know what’s going to happen in this post HAHAHAHA So, here it goes…

Caveat: I’m not a makeup pro. I’m still learning how to buy the right product for myself and to apply makeup.

In this post, I’m going to share my experience using L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss for months now. I actually got this as my 22nd birthday present from my law school barkada (means group of friends in Filipino). So, I have absolutely no idea that it existed until I received it as a gift (I already mention that I’m no professional on this aspect).

According to its website , L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss have 16 bold shades that provide rich and intense color in a flat finish for all day wear. The long wearing formula goes on as a highly pigmented liquid and dries to a flat matte finish, for a gorgeous velvety perfection that last and lasts.

Since its my first time using a matte gloss, I had a hard time getting use to it. I even have no idea what shade my friends gave to me. I guess the first one is the Fantasy shade while the second one is either Timeless/Frisky (correct me if I’m wrong with my guessing game of what shades I have on hand) .

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Closer look of my two L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss

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I love the container ❤

Nowadays, matte finish gloss or lipsticks is a must for ready to go and conquer the day for girls in all ages. Honestly, I only discovered matte finish component when I got into law school.

How to apply?

According to their website, “Apply a thin coat evenly on lips and let dry. Re-apply as desired. Formula is fast drying and long wearing. To remove lipgloss, use an oil based makeup remover.”

How I apply? First of I apply my Careline Lip Balm Strawberry to somehow moisturize my lips before applying either of the two L.A. Girl Matte Gloss I have on hand. It depends on my mood which of the two I’m using. I haven’t tried mixing the two though. Another substitute as your base is petroleum jelly which I haven’t tried yet. If you directly apply the L.A Girl Matte Gloss, your lips became dry and chappy (I tried it once guys. The first time I used it).

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Swatches of the two L.A. Girl Matte Gloss. The upper one is Fantasy and the lower is either timeless or frisky. The container doesn’t state what shade it is so I’m continually on a guessing game but I’m pretty about the Fantasy shade though.

 

What I love about this product, it is literally ultra-matte that can last up to 24 hours without swiping another coat or retouching it. When I started my day by 10 am in the morning and ended by 10 pm in the evening, I still have my matte gloss on and remain on my lips.  So more or less, 12 hours and I’m still good to go with this lippie. No retouch needed.

The down part (may be its not a down part to some girls out there), it stains to whatever I’m eating, the utensils and the glass I’m using and because its ultra matte, I have a hard time removing it.

About whether it is light weight or not in the lips, I think its just light weight enough when you’re getting used to it wearing matte liquid lipstick but for beginners, its sticky but you gotta love the flat finish.

This is a great lippie for busy girls like me and I definitely going to recommend this one and give this lippie a go signal.  If given a chance to try a new shade, I would definitely go with it. I think I have to ask my friends where they bought this one and how much.

Overall, I’ll give this 3 out of 5. Its actually a good lippie but I’m still having a hard time with its applicator.

Share me some thoughts about this lippie below 🙂

Love,

Mary Louisse