Overtime (2014)






Overtime is a 2014 Filipino suspense-thriller movie starring Richard Gutierrez and Lauren. This is Richard's comeback movie and first team-up with Lauren under GMA Films. It is directed by Wincy Aquino-Ong and Earl Ignacio.

Plot: The film opens with Kumander Bungo, a video blogger who spouts acid social commentary against the Philippine nation. He ends his web video with an imminent warning that something big is going to happen.

Jody Amistoso (Lauren Young), a lonely Executive Assistant working for Hunterton Pharmaceuticals. Her life is not pleasant. Her father is a drunken gambler. Her mother is chain-smoker struck with emphysema. She also has a younger brother named Bryan (Renz Valerio). Jody provides for her family. She pays all the bills, including Bryan’s tuition fees. Jody’s dream is to find a handsome man who will whisk her away from her obligations to her family.

Jody is tasked by his boss, Mr. Alonzo (Roi Vinzon), in organizing a press conference for the company—which is currently in hot water with the press, on charges of abduction and illegal human testing.

On a Friday evening, Jody is hard at work on her computer. On her computer, a long-time chat mate asks her if they could finally meet up for dinner. Tired and lonely, Jody obliges to meet the mystery man.

Jody and her chat mate meet up in a restaurant. His name is Dom (Richard Gutierrez).The sparks fly between them. Dom invites Jody to a motel and Jody obliges.

While at the motel, Jody senses that something is not right with Dom. Dom stabs Jody with a tranquilizer, knocking Jody out.

Jody wakes up the next morning and finds a bomb strapped to her stomach. Dom tells her that she should immediately go to her office, and when the time for the press conference comes, she should let the bomb explode and kill all those present. Or else… Dom will kill her brother.

Supporting Cast: Mitch Valdes, Bearwin Meily, Roadfill, Renz Valerio, and Mr. Roi Vinzon

Special Participation: William Martinez, Yayo Aguila, Edwin Reyes, Ruby Ruiz, Frencheska Farr, Elle Ramirez

Fantastic Movie!

Trophy Wife (2014)






Trophy Wife is a 2014 Filipino adult drama movie starring Cristine Reyes, Derek Ramsay, Heart Evangelista, and John Estrada. This pinoy film which is under Viva Films is directed by Andoy Ranay. This is the first adult drama film of the year with Derek and Cristine together in a movie. It is a steamy, twisty story of love, passion, and deceit about the ties that break two men and the lies that bind their women. Nothing and no one is as they seem. A game where the winner does not take it all.

Plot: Chino (Ramsay) is shocked to find out that his brother Sammy (Estrada) is married to a woman with whom he had a romantic past, Lani (Reyes).

Chino's doubts about Lani turn out to be valid; it is revealed that Lani has been plotting her revenge on him, which includes marrying his brother. In one scene, Lani pieces together news clippings about Chino and Sammy, both society figures.

Lani even appears to shoot a man who is privy to her past.

Meanwhile, Chino's girlfriend Gwen (Evangelista) appears to be at odds with Lani. However, the two are later seen discussing their respective partners and how they should stick to a plan they have worked on for a year.

Supporting Cast: Jaime Fabregas, Jackie Lou Blanco, G Toengi, Jovic Monsod, Kian Kazemi, Clint Bondad, Jay Roa, John James Uy, Phoebe Walker, Akiko Orita, Creesha Galvero

My Illegal Wife (2014)






My Illegal Wife is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy movie starring Zanjoe Marudo and Pokwang. This laugh-out-loud pinoy film which is under Star Cinema and Skylight Films is directed by Tony Y. Reyes. This is the first rom-com love team for both Zanjoe and Pokwang.

Synopsis: "The Illegal Wife" follows the story of CLARISE (Pokwang), an OFW mother in Japan, and her desire to have a husband and father for her children. One day, Clarise bumps into HENRY (Zanjoe Marudo), a simple but brusko Pinoy promodiser. She seduces him, only to end up being ridiculed and rejected. Then, they meet again in a plane going back to the Philippines. Here, an accident happens. Clarise wakes up and finds herself in an island with Henry, who now has amnesia. Clarise takes advantage of the situation and introduces herself as his wife. She makes him believe that they have been married in Japan and they are on their way to the Philippines to get married in church. After being saved, Clarise then introduces Henry to her family and friends. Will Henry learn to really love Clarise? Or, will Henry find the truth about Clarise's lies? What if Henry learns that Clarise is his "illegal wife?"

Supporting Cast: Empoy Marquez, Edgar Allan Guzman, Pooh, Beauty Gonzalez, Joy Viado, Ms. Anita Linda, Hyubs Azarcon, Jobert Austria, Mikylla Ramirez, John Steven De Guzman

Introducing: Ellen Adarna

Special Participation: Jimmy Santos, Jackie Aquino

Rom-Com Movie!

Bang Bang Alley (2014)






Bang Bang Alley is a 2014 Filipino independent movie starring Megan Young. This is a 3-part crime drama anthology directed by Ely Buendia, Yan Yuzon and King Palisoc, and produced by Ely Buendia's Nimbus Films under Curve Entertainment.

Plot: A crime anthology that delves into the culture of violence infecting our society, Bang Bang Alley, features four stories brought to vivid life by musician/writer Ely Buendia, award winning director King Palisoc, and stage actor/director/playwright Yan Yuzon.

A journalist who has just survived a political massacre, a driver spiraling into madness, a drug-addled wild child on the run from the police. These are just some of the haunted characters you will meet in the cramped darkness of Bang Bang Alley.

Supporting Cast: Art Acuña, Perla Bautista, Gabe Mercado, Bela Padilla, Jimmy Santos, Joel Torre, Althea Vega, Jamie Wilson, Yan Yuzon

Nice Movie!

So It's You (2014)






So It's You is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy movie starring JC De Vera, Carla Abellana, and Tom Rodriguez. This pinoy film which is under Regal Films is directed by Jun Lana. This is the first rom-com for both Carla and Tom.

Plot: In So It’s You, Carla and Tom play Lira and Goryo, who are brought together by their respective misfortunes in the love department — the former unceremoniously dumped at the altar, the latter a spurned, single father.

Supporting Cast: Joey Marquez, Arlene Muhlach, Leo Martinez, Paolo Ballesteros, Bangs Garcia, Kevin Santos, Gee Canlas, Marc Justine Alvarez

Funny Film!

Maybe This Time (2014)






Maybe This Time is a 2014 Filipino romantic comedy movie starring Coco Martin and Sarah Geronimo. This pinoy film which is under Star Cinema is directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng. This marks the first movie team-up of Sarah and Coco.

Synopsis: Steph Asuncion (Sarah Geronimo) and Tonio Bugayong (Coco Martin) were once in love. Back then, she was a young girl who wanted a simple life and he was older, more ambitious than she was.

Tonio was a small town guy who wants to board a ship to provide for his family’s furniture business. Sarah was a Manila girl who spends the summer in the province for community service. What might have been a sweet relationship ended sourly when Tonio left without saying goodbye. Steph was heartbroken and it taught her to dream bigger to be worthy of love.

Will their paths cross again? Will they overcome the pains of the past to give love a second chance?

This is a story between two people who will be reminded about the importance of being true to one’s self in order for true love to happen.

Supporting Cast: Ruffa Gutierrez, Dennis Padilla, Buboy Garovillo, Sharmaine Buencamino, Tony Mabesa, Ogie Diaz, Marlann Flores, Zeppi Borromeo, Alex Castro, Minnie Aguilar, Kathleen Hermosa, Garlic Garcia, Cecil Paz, and Devon Seron

Romantic Movie!

Echoserang Frog (2014)






Echoserang Frog is a 2014 Filipino independent comedy movie starring Shalala. This pinoy film which is under Scenema Concept International is written and directed by Joven M. Tan.

Synopsis: To the unfamiliar, “echosera” is gay lingo for someone who is fond of telling lies and spreading rumors. The film tackles the problems of making “indie” films.

Supporting Cast: Angelu De Leon, Kiray Celis, Joross Gamboa, Dennis Padilla, Marco Alcaraz, Angelo Patrimonio, Empoy Marquez

Cameo Performances: Derek Ramsay, JC De Vera, Wendell Ramos, Alwyn Uytingco, Marco Alcaraz, Lou Veloso, Tonton Gutierrez, Mon Confiado, Mr. Fu, Edgar Allan Guzman, Lucky Mercado, Dingdong Avanzado, Jacklyn Jose, and Anita Linda

Funny Movie!

Ilo Ilo (2013)






Ilo Ilo is a 2013 debut feature-length film by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen. This drama movie, which won numerous awards abroad, stars Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tian Wen, Angeli Bayani, and Koh Jia Ler. This film is brought to us by Fisheye Pictures.

Synopsis: Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life.

The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.

But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in all the region…

Supporting Cast: Jo Kukathas

Splendid Film!

Da Possessed (2014)






"Da Possessed" is a 2014 Filipino suspense horror-comedy movie starring Vhong Navarro and Solenn Heussaff. This comeback pinoy film of Vhong and debut movie of Solenn under Star Cinema is directed by the multi-awarded director, Bb. Joyce Bernal. This is a joint project of Star Cinema and Regal Films.

Synopsis: The mother-reliant and weakling Ramon (Vhong Navarro) is forced to work as a landscape artist to pay off their family’s debt. In his work field, he meets the lovable femme fatal boss Anna (Solenn Heussaff), who he falls in love head over heels with. Working hard as he tries to impress, Ramon unknowingly digs the graveyard of three victims of injustice whose souls begin to haunt and possess Ramon’s body for vengeance; thus ruining his courtship and eventual relationship with Anna. Meanwhile, to prove the purest of his intentions, Ramon needs to stand up for Anna against her father Don Demetrio (Joey Marquez) who is a syndicate leader. But because of Ramon’s cowardice, this comes as a major challenge, on top of the disturbance brought by the three ghosts headed by Kemerut (John Lapus). As Ramon tries to solve the mystery behind these hauntings, he discovers that ghosts are trying to revenge against Don Demetrio. Ramon, in able to save himself from the possession was compelled to work with the ghosts who are seeking for justice. As Ramon struggles to fight for love and justice, he also learns the true meaning of courage which leads him into peacefully serving justice to the three ghosts and at the same time, save himself and Anna from the impending danger that Don Demetrio poses on them.

Supporting Cast: Joey Marquez, John Lapus, Empoy Marquez, Smokey Manaloto, Matet de Leon, Beverly Salviejo, Joy Viado

Introducing: Aaliyah Belmoro

Laugh-Out-Loud Movie!

Busong (2011)






Busong is a 2011 Pinoy independent drama movie starring Alessandra de Rossi. This Filipino film is directed by Auraeus Solito. Brought to us by Cinemalaya, it is also produced by Solita Arts Productions, Alternative Vision Cinema, and Voyage Studios.

Synopsis: Punay was born with wounds in her feet so that she cannot step on the earth. Her brother, Angkarang, carries her through a hammock, as he searches the changing landscape of Palawan in hoping to find a healer who can cure Punay. Different people help him carry his sister along the way- a woman looking for her husband, a fisherman who lost his boat and a young man who is searching for himself- and each one meets their fate.

Supporting Cast: Clifford Banagale, Rodrigo Santikan, Bonivie Budao, Vincent Magbanua, Mina Tesorio, Dax Alejandro

Fine Film!

Kalayaan (2012)






Kalayaan (Wildlife) is a 2012 Pinoy independent drama movie starring Ananda Everingham and Zanjoe Marudo. This Filipino film is directed by critically-acclaimed director, Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. Co-produced by Phoenix Features and Wa Entertainment, this is an entry to the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

Synopsis: Julian, a Filipino soldier stationed in Kota Island, is ready to leave Kalayaan. He already completed his three months of service. News of a pending coup d' etat in Manila orders him to stay in the island until further notice. With nothing much to do, he spends his waiting hours walking by the beachfront, cleaning his rifle, watching porn, listening to songs on his old radio to overcome boredom and loneliness. He also has to contend with ‘someone’ seemingly watching him. Not until his officer from the main island sends the loud mouth Lucio and the newbie Eric to station with him on the island. Their moments together - chatting, drinking, playing basketball and exchanging stories about a ghost soldier opens up things that Julian tries to forget. He is now confronted with a growing loneliness and remembers a traumatic experience in his past, which he doesn’t want to talk about. His only option for survival is to cope with reality or lose his own sanity.

Supporting Cast: Luis Alandy, Rocky Salumbides, Kiki Sugino, Angeli Bayani

Ok Film!

Leona Calderon (2013)






Leona Calderon is a 2013 Pinoy independent romantic dramedy movie starring Pilar Pilapil. This Filipino film is written and directed by Fil-Briton Jowee Morel ("Mga Paru-Parong Rosas," "Mona Singapore Escort," "When a Gay Man Loves"). This Viva Films release is produced by Simon Luckin, Jowee Morel, Pilar Pilapil, and Andy Villalba, a Filipino community leader in the United Kingdom.

Plot: Leona Calderon is a retiring altruistic music lover earning her living cleaning establishments and private homes. Having a fun loving nature she is fancied by her landlord who dreams of dancing with her to her favorite tune. Another admirer is a homeless man who gets endears by her jolly disposition and not by her loose pennies for a can of lager. She befriends an isolated elderly English lady, a migrant worker with no visa and a charitable middle age woman. As a breadwinner she looks forward to her much awaited retirement which is now doomed following a diagnoses of cancer. The island where she comes from where she plans to spend her life with her family becomes just a dream. She now faces a dilemma between losing her hard earned savings to medical expenses or losing the time with her family if she spends her retirement in a country where her treatment is free. Leona's wit and fun nature will make you smile, laugh and cry. What happens to this happy lady in this funny world?

Supporting Cast: Irene Alano, Gabriela Belard, Sarah Borges, Greg Canestrari, Junix Inocian, Virginia McKenna, Imelda de los Reyes

Nice Film!

 
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