Migs and Alaine

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Boy Golden: A gritty and entertaining gangster film

Finally, we were able to watch Boy Golden. Ever since ER Estregan bravely made a re-make of Manila Kingpin/Asyong Salonga, he immediately earned our respect and we have been watching his MMFF entries for three consecutive years. 


We love gangster films!




In our opinion, Boy Golden should have been given the “best cinematography” award. The film was colorful and they even made use of old Cortal poster and Coca-cola wall paintings. Vintage cars and the artists’ wardrobe also proved that the film makers did their home work. 


As expected, Baron Geisler and lead star, ER Estregan gave their best.
Although KC Concepcion’s first fight scene was a bit long, she was the most commendable artist in this film. Her facial expressions are so sincere.


With all due respect to Maricel Soriano’s fans…watching this film is enough reason to give Concepcion the Best Actress award.


We hope that ER Estregan and Chito Rono will not grow tired of making films like this. We couldn’t fathom why MMFF only gave the “best float” award for Boy Golden. 

PS: ang pangit ng poster.


Migs and Alaine

10,000 hours

Hello, everyone! 


Sorry about being a little late with this movie review. We’ve been working even during the holidays and just watched MMFF’s best picture for 2013. We were supposed to watch Boy Golden first but we got curious when we found out that 10,000 hours won as the best picture and yet, it didn’t become the top grosser. 

We are tired of watching Filipino movies that are not only out of the budget but are too shallow that you can already guess how it’s going to end just by watching the trailer! We love Filipino film makers who are brave enough to gamble on high quality films such as 10,000 hours! Did we say high quality? The cinematography is not like those of local films where your eyes will sore because such films wouldn’t even pass for a TVshow. Are the Amsterdam scenes really shot in Europe? Because the cars were left hand driven. Props to Director Joyce Bernal for dropping her old ways of bringing crappy movies in to the big screen. Carla Humphries was also a good pick as Isabelle. We couldn’t think of any Filipina actress who can portray the role well. Bela Padila is also a good choice.
She reminds us of Bea Alonzo, only prettier and a better actress.

Although we grew up watching Robin Padilla films, we think that this is Padilla’s best performance ever! Why? Because there wasn’t a chance that we got distracted with his “bad boy antics”. Padilla’s wardrobe were really good – just the right wardrobe our well-dressed Senator would wear. There wasn’t too much action scenes that made the film more realistic. 

The Medina father and son are our favorites! Don’t you just love how natural they portray every role that is given to them? No wonder Pen Medina bagged the best supporting actor award.

10,000 hours is a film that should be watched by every Filipino. We guarantee that your money will not be put to waste. 


Enjoy your weekend!

Migs and Alaine

KPop Republic 2013 review

Artists: Soomin of April Kiss,Crispy Crunch, Dal Shabet, EXO K  and  SHINee

Date: September 7, 2013

Location: Smart Araneta Coliseum

I remember hearing Migs listen to some Korean groups like SG wannabe & fly to the sky. I find it weird because I was never a fan of KPop until last Saturday. I don’t get the point why a lot of Filipinos go gaga over these KPop groups. They’re everywhere! Splattered in every corner of the Internet, the TV set, magazines, water bottles, snack pouches, etc. you name it, their faces are on it.

When we were invited to attend the KPop Republic’s presscon, we grabbed the opportunity so we could have a better grasp of what KPop has to offer. The presscon was held at Gateway Mall’s Cinema 5. Although the event started late, Jinri Park was game for some chit chats while waiting for the artists to arrive. The presscon started and ended well.

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The concert was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum , which is very accessible and has enough room for the concert goers. We even got a good spot near the stage for some photo ops.

At the concert hall, no time was wasted as the show started at exactly 7:30 PM. The audience were mostly teenagers having the time of their lives.

The event started with an act from Soomin of April Kiss and Crispy Crunch , followed by all female group Dal Shabet  who gave stuffed toys to the audience (note that the artists themselves carried the stuffed toys to the stage…no PA or whatsoever).

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Third group to perform is the crowd favorite, EXO K . They even sang Yeng Constantino’s Hawak Kamay in accapela which we find cute! Although they are not complete, the fans gave their full support to this group. Final act is SHINee but sadly was missing a member, Min-ho due to a schedule conflict.

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What we truly admire about these KPop artists is that they don’t need some additional back up dancers or booty shakers to keep the show going. Every artist owned the stage, danced and sang their hearts out like it’s their last performance! It’s evident that these Kpop groups are damn serious with their craft.

Maybe that’s one good reason why a lot of people (including my Mexican cholo looking husband) like them. Much respect to the performers.

In conclusion, the concert organizers did very well with KPop Republic. Security is good, ticket prizes are reasonable since you get to watch 4 Kpop groups and the venue is perfect.

If you weren’t a fan going in, there is a 99% chance that you will step out as a fan.

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Happy weekend!

Migs and Alaine Alejandrino

OTJ movie review

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A dark crime thriller, neo-noir with a gangster feel. Finally, a local film that is worth every Peso.

The film stars Gerald Anderson (Daniel) and Joel Torre (Tatang/Mario) who are jail inmates being released from time to time to eliminate “targets” as hired killers.

On the other hand, Joey Marquez (SP01 Acosta) and Piolo Pascual (NBI agent Coronel) are the good guys who plays as law enforcers.

The film has been said to be based on true to life events which we find very timely with all the issues that our country is facing as of the moment.

The actors gave justice to their given roles. Although Joel Torre, Piolo Pascual and Joey Marquez showcased their acting prowess as expected, we must say that Gerald Anderson deserves a big round of applause for dropping his boy next door image and man it out in this film. Every scene appears to be so realistic. The city streets, dialogues, expressions, and even the clothes worn by the actors. Kudos to the wardrobe team for making the characters look like the real deal, and not making them wear neat signature clothes (if you’ve watched some previous local films you’ll get what we’re sayin’).

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It kind of reminded us of the film “The Departed” or “Infernal affairs“.

It was showed in Cannes early this year and received a two minute standing ovation . Joel Torre even took home the best actor award from a Korean award giving body. It is also said that there will be an American adaptation.

OTJ is a true work of art. This is the kind of movie that Filipinos should patronize and should be proud of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30w2Fu_3hM0

Migs and Alaine Alejandrino

*photos from Google