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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mga mumunting lihim (reviews)

Dodo Dayao (Cinephiles)
“Turns out a Joey Reyes artfilm is no different (at least tonally) from a Joey Reyes mainstream film, right down to the totally inaccurate advertising agency milieu (a medium-sized ad agency, itself an endangered species these names, saddled with a name like Brainstorm Trooper is not exactly the sort that goes A List, and it wouldn’t hurt to fact-check really) while trying out a handful of indie tropes as if on a whim , from shakycam (which would’ve worked for the entire film reaslly) to the dead-person-talking-to-camera that comes out of nowhere. Having said that, there is potentially volatile material here about the benign treacheries that transpire between friends sabotaged only by the need for pat closure and a not exactly insightful or profound resolution (“everything will be allright in the end” huh?). Having said that, the dialgoue is often crisp and smart and the acting is impeccable, particularly Juday.”

Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“Na-gets ko na kung bakit biglang napunta sa Cinemalaya si JJR. Mahirap ibenta sa sweet Star Cinema ang script. Pero ang sarap panoorin ang storya. Maaaring medyo exaggerated ang ibang mga sinabi at eksena (pero posible pa din naman siya sa buhay ng “ordinaryong” tao). Napakasarap ng usapan sa confrontation scene. At winner na winner si Janice de Belen. Medyo olats lang talaga yung product placement.”

 Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)
“The premise of friendships unraveling as hidden feelings they harbor about each other are surfaced by a diary could have been made into an interesting film but Joey Reyes does not come up with engaging back stories that support that premise. The result is a tiring string of scenes that get too old quickly when the viewer realizes that these ‘explosive’ secrets do not ultimately mean much at all to the people involved. It’s just ironic that Iza Calzado’s character tells her advertising colleagues to revise a proposed concept because it forces emotions out of viewers. Mga Mumunting Lihim itself does just that.”

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