Review Episode 2: #DTBYArchitectBenjie

The HT is fitting actually that i can recall Alden’s man boobs. Since yesterdays episode is their establishing plot, now they start telling a story from Benjie’s side. Flashbacks are appropriate for character background while using a montage.  Then here comes the mourning Lotlot in his husband’s grave recollecting their struggles. Im oh-so ready for dramatic scene since this is Alden’s forte. But then they slowly transition it just like how they presented a flashback. This is in present time. I want to mourn and empathize Benjie too. Give me time to feel that sadness. There is a lot of pain to consider in the past, let the guy wallow in present. “saktan nyo ako” please dont fast forward that scene. “walang magmomove on”  I just feel they betrayed Benjie. The guy was crying in pain let him have his moment so i can sympathize him when he’s trying to be a jerk. But i guess, yeah he is a womanizer period.

Pain is good so as to contrast with Sinag’s vibrant life…and friends! I like the ensemble. No doubt they are what their characters are. Scene stealer is RJ Padilla – radio drama sound effects, “puputok na..(ang utot)”. He is also a natural and hopefully his character will have substance in the future like giving Sinag insights too (along with Ninay)? unlikely but interesting. Juancho’s character is getting there. With his husky voice im sure he will give Benjie a good competition soon. Let him be more closer to Sinag please. i almost forgot, Sinag’s prank call is the highlight of the night! Maine proves she’s one of kind. honestly i don’t want the comedy side to overpower the drama. Balance is good for our emotion.

The story is good so far but the picture is slowly lowering my excitement. The opening scene in the pilot, – the train meeting, the hype is there since it was beautifully executed. Then this episode with some dry “kroo kroo” sequence. Maybe this is something to do with the video quality which is non-negotiable. what to do when that is all there  is. Lets move on from HD sentiments and play with the basics. They can manage with cinematography and scoring right?  Close up shot equals character emotion. Musical scoring to avoid “kroo-kroo’s”. Long shot but don’t compromise the lighting. I have to agree with some viewers point, it feels like an afternoon series. But hey its still the 2nd day. Cheering you DTBY team! You can do better.

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Benjie at his (dim) house

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Can i see your worried face Benjie?

 Watch: Destined To Be Yours Episode 2: Ang pangarap ni Benjie

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Review: Destined To Be Yours World Premiere

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The pilot episode is a take away. Its already given that Alden & Maine exudes natural chemistry and i like that they feature them together in one scene for a first episode. The pace is fast. Some would-be story arc is solved. Not dragging but still left you hanging. I have points to highlight though.

  1. The significance of the “hand” of destiny is subtly emphasized. There is this sculptor that means a lot to Sinag’s parents where destiny for them has already established. Then Teddy talking to Sinag about that sculptor is telling that he pass the fate to his daughter. In which the next scene is a flashback of little Sinag and her destiny giving her a hand representing the sculptor. It was a solid statement of the story. one of the goosebumps moment. Nakakaiyak. Also if they will present other relationships (Juancho character with Sinag), it is safe to explore.
  2. The Eboy-Sinag story. it was not exploited well which is good for a premiere. It backs up Sinag’s view on life and her stand as a character. The shots were a montage of their journey and one will actually think if there is all Mark Herras is – a pilot guest only. Or could there be more flashbacks in the future since divulging their past affair seems interestingly light and cute. well, its because watching innocent Sinag having her first heart broken is endearing.
  3. Although Alden is a given talent, not much have been presented on his prowess. While his character will have more dramatic arc as presented from his background, they introduce him as a happy and hopeful who is eager to move forward. Here comes the conflict. We saw that Benjie’s father help Teddy in the bus incident which cause his demise. Will Benjie carry a grudge towards Sinag’s father and play this blame-game arc every Pinoy TS portrays. Hopefully not.
  4. Maine is synonymous to natural. Compare to her previous portrayals, i like her more as Anna in MBL as what she is as Sinag. Her character is a chameleon and we saw her different flavors in one night. A cutesy crying innocent Sinag, a sarcastic dj sunshine and the charming yellowish Sinag in the train. I also observed, or hunch that some of her dialogues are ad-libs particularly her last  with Gardo’s hugot. She  blurted ” pagnandito si nanay…” since Sinag told her father to not be so dramatic. It is her character instinct and thats what makes her a timing genius. On her crying scene, shes cute as a high schooler’s puppy love heart break should be. its not cinematic tear-jerkier rather than audience will empathize her more.
  5. If i were to pick a title for this episode, its obvious Hand Of Destiny.Its not the typical “once a upon time” shots of sequential events since flashbacks are apparent. (the first meeting, bus accident, Eboy story, Teddy’s hugot) The train meeting is parallel to their first meeting – serendipity. All of the shot were interconnected and somehow you conclude that this might be a prologue. Overview of the whole; there’s a start but not fully explored, conflicts in the middle is interesting but will not mislead, and ending that will thank the presentation of the beginning

 

Watch: Destined To Be Yours Pilot Episode

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10 Things To Expect When You Love An Extroverted Introvert — Thought Catalog

First and foremost, if you’re in an extroverted introverts life it’s because you matter to them, a lot. They will make the extra effort and go the extra mile just to make you happy.

via 10 Things To Expect When You Love An Extroverted Introvert — Thought Catalog

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Pursuit of “Happy-ness”

For a few days i was struck by the thought of pursuing happiness. After reflections i conclude that there is no absolute definition of such state. The idea of finding this was conceived after i watched Kris’ interview of Maine Mendoza. Her ultimate goal in life is to have a lasting genuine happiness. I was puzzled and still i am about how a blessed being is on chasing “happy-ness” when in fact she has all there is. But i wont peruse her and inflict my views. The state of happiness is rather personal and making a stance on others foot will only  subjectify the idea. It would be more significant to exploit this topic by simply looking at our self… so for me, what is happiness. In simple manner I’d like to define it as a state of varying degrees of positive outlook to life and a means of disposition. Its not the ultimatum of a  journey but a constant pursuit of one’s value to existence. I usually stumble this mantra whenever i research on law of attraction and that’s why i correlate it to positivity. Happiness is not the lack of negative circumstances but preferably seeing the good in all things, seeing the best in everything!

Just like love, it is a matter of perspective. I always ask myself about this,

“Am i happy with my current state? (my job, salary, professional growth, experiences, finances, spiritual growth, relationships and so on..)

“Would i be happy had i known i am meant to do other profession or work in other place and meet other people? ”

When i scroll down social media and saw some friends living a life that i once dream of and thinking the “what ifs” for me, would i be happy if i was in their place? The first thing i would feel is envy. “would” for such position is idealistic but then the next question would be, who im going to spend my day with. If im going to live in Canada, who will be my friends? where’s my siblings? whose going to look after my parents. Dreaming of becoming in other person’s shoes. I had to admit I’ve been too idealistic. So may choices so little time. Then it hit me I’ve been experiencing the modern anxiety of FOMO ( Fear of missing out). Instead of having relax time on my space after strenuous work, i cant help but think what i have been missing all this time.

“oh what a lovely place she got there. cozy snowy feel”

“she’s really brilliant. she’s having the best career in New York. How smart”

Comparing lifestyles from friends on social media and judging oneself that i haven’t had the opportunity to spend the best day of my life is stressful. That should not be the case. So i look back on my journey. Definitely not a waste of time and a loophole in thinking i didn’t choose to where i am now. I am here because this is what happiness looks like on my younger years. I am here because of what i was growing up.

My happiness for like ten years ago is to pass the board exam then i get it. Now im  living the dream i thought so. Then its not enough. Along the way we are presented with various pleasures in life and its not easy to choose whats best. it is always “looking forward” on my book. What i should do now so that i will reap the fruits in the future. I should get the license so i will i have a better job. I will save so i can buy what i want or travel where i want to be. Generally speaking it is good that we have to save for rainy days but the fact that we are looking forward for the rain, the destructive rain, might steal the moment we have in the present time. Nowadays, there is this invisible whisper from your gut telling you to spend your time so that you may have something to share to the universe. Instead of thinking what other people has i should be more introspective of how i live my life. I don’t want the outside force to dictate what is happiness in the eyes of society. Because we, humans are hungry for validation we keep seeking out and try to experience the so-called happiness-slash-instagrammable point in time. So i try to stop lurking to some of my social media platforms.I try to stop comparing myself and devaluing the work i had just to make my choices conform to the norm.  Each of us have unique way of living a life.I find joy in some things others wont or even look me down. Different spectrum applies to different people.  Life’s not a competition. So does happiness.

 

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