13 Greatest Movies of 2013

I’m giving myself a huge pat on the back for summing up 2012 with the post, 12 Greatest Movies of 2012. Why? Because unlike my peers in the movie review cyberworld, I don’t have to choose just 10! Yep! And you know what? I’m gonna jump up to a Top 14 list next year! Yey!

Making a list is really tough. You should see my notebook. Pero hamuna! Ang importante, natapos din!

Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order. Ilan sa kanila ang hindi ko pa nasusulatan at maaaring hindi ko na magawan ng review. Pasensya naman. Limitado rin ito sa mga pelikulang nakita ko ngayong taong ito. Maaaring may ilang nagustuhan mo pero wala sa listahan dahil I didn’t have the privilege of seeing it… yet. Kung mayroon kang suggestion, please comment below. I would love to look for it para mapanood ko rin. :) Salamat!

  • Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin. I don’t think kailangan pa ng pagpapaliwanag dito. Di pa ako sumusuko sa pag-asang darating ang araw na magkakaroon ito ng wider release alang-alang sa mga naka-miss nito sa sinehan at sa mga mambabasa kong hindi inabot ng limited screening nito. This movie was successful in being both funny and fun without losing sight of the message it wanted to get across. It was very refreshing.
  • Four Sisters And A Wedding. Mabuhay ang industriya ng family comedy sa Pilipinas! Saktong sakto ang balanse ng pelikulang ito. Maaaring hindi kasing bold (as in matapang) o gritty as Ang Turkey Man, pero na-impress talaga ako sa pagkakagawa nito for the mainstream audience.
  • Now You See Me. This is one of the bigger surprises para sa akin sa taon na ito. I loved the movie and I loved discussing it with the people I saw it with. Bawal ang mabagal ang synapses sa pelikulang ito.
  • Warm Bodies. Isa pang dark horse dahil I was never a big vampire/zombie/werewolf gal. Di rin nakatulong sa rep ng movie na ito yung pagtawag sa kaniya na Zombie-Twilight dahil may espesyal akong pagkamuhi doon sa series na yun. Kung handa kang basahin o makipagdebate sa akin, here’s the link. Pero kudos to Nicholas Hoult, the cast, and the writers! Hindi siya overly cheesy at ikinatuwa ko ang resolution kahit happy ang ending.
  • Stuck In Love. I thought this was going to be just another Rom-Com. Pero nagustuhan ko talaga ito. Maaaring mabagalan ka sa pacing kung sanay ka sa mainstream flicks, pero sulit naman ang paghihintay dito. Logan Lerman was the cherry on top. I really like that kid. Galing galing! Buti nalang din at napanood ko to para may pambanlaw naman ako sa Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Ayayay!
  • Syrup. Kung gusto mo ng bago, mahusay, at mentally-stimulating na pelikula, ito yun. Yun nga lang. Hindi mo siya pwedeng isabay sa paggawa ng paper or paglalaro ng Candy Crush dahil maiiwan ka kung kukurap ka man lang.
  • Les Miserables. O. Before you go and tell me that this was a 2012 film, I have to explain that this was shown here in the Philippines on the first week of 2013. That’s the reason why I couldn’t put it in my 2012 list. Kaya ngayon na lang. Yeah. I know most purists make fun of this film. People didn’t like the extreme close ups and nitpick about the singing. Pero wala akong pakels! Wala na yatang pelikulang mas iniyakan ko kaysa dito.
  • Standing Up. I was bullied as a kid kaya may special kurot ang pelikulang ito sa akin. I also liked how it was told in the kids’ perspective. Napa-sigh lang ako pagkatapos. Kung gusto mo ng proper drama, watch this film.
  • The Spectacular Now. I promise to write a review about this movie really soon. Maraming kailangang pagpapaliwanag kung bakit ko to nagustuhan. Dun ko nalang ilalagay.
  • A Place At The Table. This is a documentary about the food situation in America. Eye-opening siya for me dahil may binebentang image ng plenty ang mga developed countries sa aming mga developing pa lang. This movie made me thankful for what I have. It made me love my country more. I thanked God for how everything grew here in the Philippines. Nagpasalamat ako na alam ko ang pakwan at melon at nakakakain ako ng totoong pagkain na mabuti para sa katawan.
  • Not Today. This movie opened my eyes about the discrimination in India. Haunting siya at hanggang ngayon ay apektado parin ako pag naiisip ko.
  • Frozen. Good job, Disney! Salamat sa pagsisimula na irepair ang damaged psyche ng mga kababaihan dahil sa konsepto ng Disney princesses na kinalakhan namin.
  • Much Ado About Nothing. Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, Amy Acker. With me being a big Joss Whedon fan, I admit na my liking for this movie is biased dahil I saw familiar faces from his other works. Avengers, Dollhouse, Firefly, Buffy! I was one happy fangirl. Oh, and I loved how they showed Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting without veering too far off. They made me laugh at the right lines dahil na-build up ng maigi. I think much of the humor in it will be lost kung napanood ko lang sa normal na amateur theater.

So, agree ka ba sa listahan ko? Kung hindi, edi hindi. Opinion ko to, blog ko to, ako ang masusunod. *evil laugh*

I really wish this year will be a better year for movies. Hindi kasing ganda ng 2012 ang 2013 e. Pero mukha namang maganda ang forecast for this year. Nawa’y di lang sana ako masalanta ng maling pang-unawa sa storm surge.

Bakit Di Ako Pipila sa MMFF Ngayong Taon

Bago ako magsimula, nais kong ipahatid na hindi ko ito ginagawa para kalabanin ang industriya ng pelikula sa Pilipinas. Kung may mga pahayag man ako na kritikal at may mga puna ako tungkol sa pelikulang Pilipino, lahat ng ito ay bunga ng hangarin na mapabuti ang kalidad ng iniluluwal na produkto ng aking bansa. Ginagawa ko rin ito bilang pagpapahiwatig na naniniwala ako sa potensyal ng pelikulang Pilipino. Kung hindi ako naniniwala sa kakayanan ng mga manunulat, direktor, artista, at mga tauhang nasa likod ng lente ay ni hindi ko pag-aaksayahan ng panahon na bumuo at maglathala ng pananaw. Dahil rin sa hindi ko maiiwasan na mabasa ito ng mga dayuhan kong tagasunod ay gagawin ko ang lahat ng aking makakaya upang isulat ang lahat ng ito sa ating wika.

Walang akong mapili sa mga pagpipilian. May dahilan kung bakit Piling Pelikula ang pamagat ng blog site na ito. Ito ay dahil gusto kong ipakita ang aking opinyon sa mga pinili kong pelikula. Ngayong Metro Manila Film Festival, sadyang malupit ang tadhana sa akin dahil ang 2 sa 8 entries na may gahibla akong interes na panoorin ay hindi pinapalabas sa sinehang malapit sa akin. Oo! Dahil ang mga may-ari ng sinehan ay may nag-iisang layunin, ang kumita ng pera, hindi na sila “nag-aksaya” ng oras at kuryente para magbigay ng lugar sa 10,000 hours o Kaleidoscope World. Kung gusto kong manood, kailangan kong bumyahe papuntang Maynila dahil sa SM Manila lang showing ang parehong pelikula. Punong-puno ang mga sinehan dito sa amin ng My Little Bossings, at Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.

Ngayon, sinabi kong hindi ako pipila ngayong taon. Hindi ko sinabing hindi ko papanoorin ang dalawang pelikulang sinabi ko kung mabibigyan ako ng pagkakataon. Alam ko naman kasing wala namang pila sa dalawang pelikula na ito.

Walang originality ang mga pelikula ngayong taon. At isasali ko rito ang 10,000 hours at Kaleidoscope World aka The Bourne Identity/MI:4/Every-other-Hollywood-action-flick at Step Up: Philippines. Remember when Mano Po came out? Tanging Yaman? Yamashita? Muro-Ami? Yung Ang Tanging Ina (the first one not the sequels)? Kahit papaano ay may bago at kakaiba sa mga pelikulang ito. Yun ang dahilan kung bakit tumatak sila sa isip ko. Wala bang kaintere-interes na topic sa normal na buhay sa Pilipinas para gawing tema ng pelikula? Naubusan na ba ang mga manunulat natin ng materyal? I refuse to believe that. Mga Pilipino ang pinakamalikhain na lahi sa mundo. Bakit kaya nating maatim na magpalabas ng mga gasgas na pelikula taon-taon? The comedies play on the same themes. Ang portrayal ng “pamilyang Pilipino” ay masyadong comical in nature. Bakit kailangan nilang gawin yun? Marami namang karakter na parehong makatotohanan at nakakatawa ah? Tingnan niyo ang Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin. Nakakatawa sila pero makikita mo ang iyong kapitbahay, kaibigan, anak ng tiyahin ng kinakapatid mo.

Hindi ako naniniwala na ang pagkakaroon ng sikat na artista ang katapusan ng lahat. Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na requirement sa pagiging sikat ang pagkakaroon ng talento. Yun nga lang, kung gusto mo ng de kalidad na pelikula na papasa para matawag na sining, hindi pwedeng walang talento. Kung mayroon namang artista na binasbasan ng mga tala at naging parehong talentado at sikat, gaya ni Eugene Domingo, e hinahayaan nang lumaylay ang kwento dahil instant win naman na ang pelikula sa masa. At oo. Hindi ako manonood ng Kimmy Dora: The Prequel dahil na-burn na ako sa Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme. I really hoped na babalik sila sa core ng unang Kimmy Dora na sadyang fresh ang punchlines, pero nope. Mukhang umasa nanaman sila sa paulit-ulit na jokes at sa CGI. Oh! At sa panonood natin na pupugin ni Eugene ang kaniyang gwapong leading man ng halik.

Hindi ko kukunsintihin ang mga tamad at mukhang perang production companies. At wag nila masabi-sabing masyadong mapanghusga ang mga salita ko. May panahon sa buhay ko kung saan (maliban sa mga katatakutan) gusto kong panoorin halos lahat ng nasa lineup ng MMFF. Yan ay dahil sa pinaghandaan at pinaghusayan nila ang pagbuo ng kwento. Ngayon, kaya kong ikwento sa inyo ang buod ng mga pelikulang ito ng trailer pa lamang ang nakikita ko. Gusto ninyong pumusta? Kung panonoorin ko ang mga pelikulang ito, wala akong maitutulong sa industriya. Kung kikita sila ng limpak-limpak na salapi, ang makukuha lang nila mula rito ay that they can get away with it.

Simple lang naman ang punto ko e. Gagawa nalang din naman kayo ng pelikula, e gawin niyo nang tama. Gagastos ka rin naman. Sasauluhin parin naman ng mga artista ang mga linya. Magbibitbit ka parin ng sangkatutak na staff na magpupuyat dito e itodo niyo na. Iniisip ko palang kung paano nagpuyat ang mga nag-edit ng mga pelikulang ito e awang-awa na ako. Buti pa ang manonood, isang ulit niya lang papasadahan ang mga jokes tungkol sa kabaklaan, katabaan, kapangitan, at kung anu-anong iniisip ng ibang “kapintasan” na nakakatawa. E yung nag-edit niyan, daang beses niyang kailangan ulit-ulitin.

Ngayong panahon ng kapaskuhan ay itatabi ko nalang ang pera ko at mag-aabang ng mga matinong pelikulang Pilipino. Oddly, napansin kong ang mga ito ay kadalasang wala sa mga film festival. Hindi rin sila pinalalabas sa malalaking holidays. Kadalasang limited ang release at may soft release ang mga ito. Pero ayos na rin yun. At least, sulit ang pag-aabang. At lagi akong nagugulat sa kung ano ang sinubukan nilang gawin with the freedom that comes with not having to earn as much for the mainstream production outfits. Itatabi ko ang pera para makapanlibre ako ng isang batang Pinoy sa susunod na I Do Bidoo Bidoo o Boses.

12 Greatest Movies of 2012

Isang matinding, “YESSSS!” dahil naihabol ko ito bago matapos ang January 2013. Medyo kakatwa nga naman kung ipopost ko ito ng bandang pa-gitna na ng 2013. So, wala pang ibang palabok, ito ang listahan ko para sa taong nakalipas.

  • The Double – This is, in my opinion, one of the best spy/action movies of the year.
  • The Help - Award-worthy talaga ang pelikulang ito at iiwan kang luhaan.
  • John Carter – I know hindi ito gusto ng lahat, especially ng mga taong inabutan ang orihinal na John Carter legend, pero sa akin, nagustuhan ko talaga.
  • Louder Than A Bomb - This is the best documentary I saw in 2012. Very inspiring at pinaiyak din ako nito.
  • The Avengers – Joss Whedon, Robert Downey, Jr., and a bunch of other superheroes. This is the best superhero movie of the year para sa akin. (Sorry naman, di ko pa napapanood yung Dark Night)
  • I Do Bidoo Bidoo - This is the best Pinoy movie of the year. Very fresh at inspiring din.
  • The Mistress – Ang ganda ng atake ng pelikulang ito. Considering the number of movies that tackled this same storyline sa nakalipas na taon, ito talaga ang pinakamaganda for the year. John Lloyd and Bea did great and the screenplay and cinematography was impeccable. Galing galing!
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Yup. Sakto dahil sa palpak na end of the world prediction for this year, this movie puts things in the right perspective without scaring you too much.
  • Ruby Sparks – This movie is very young at ang ganda ng pagkakasulat. The fact that Zoe Kazan is young explains a lot. You really have to see this movie. This is also a great jump off point to introduce yourself or others to indie/art films. Di siya gaanong artsy fartsy para ma-overwhelm ang regular na manonood.
  • The Cabin in the Woods – The best slasher flick ever!
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green – If you want a family movie na magpapaiyak sa mga nanay at magmomotivate sa mga junakisness na magpakabait, ito yun.
  • Pitch Perfect – Music + Nerds + GREAT SCRIPT = Perfect movie!

Kaunting pagpapaliwanag lang. Kung hindi nakasama ang paborito ninyong pelikula, wag naman kayong magdamdam. You can suggest kung ano ang nagustuhan ninyo last year. Ipost niyo lang sa comments below. This list is made up of the movies I saw. Di ko naisali ang ibang remarkable movies for 2012 simply because di ko sila napanood. Pero kung ikaw, napanood mo, comment lang! =)

2012 in review

Salamat sa lahat ng nagbasa at nagpahiwatig ng kanilang sariling opinion dito. Nawa’y makanood tayo ng mas maraming magagandang pelikula sa susunod na taon.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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One More Try: Movie Review

Sa totoo lang, di ako eager to go and see this movie. Pero dahil na rin siguro sa family tradition namin (gaya ng maraming mga pamilyang Pinoy) ang manood ng at least 1 movie tuwing MMFF at ito ang preferred ng lola ko, dito kami pumila at pinuno ang isang hilera sa sinehan.

I wanted this to be a good film at with the few Pinoy movies na maganda this year like I Do Bidoo Bidoo and The Mistress, I wished na maganda talaga ito. Syempre, entry siya sa filmfest, di ba? Trailer palang e alam mo nang mabigat ito. At halos dalawang oras nga akong apektado habang nanonood. Pero I walked out with conflicting emotions and thoughts about the movie.

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green: Movie Review

I’m not even sure if this movie was shown in the Philippines. If it were, di siguro ito humakot sa takilya NOT because di magaling kumilatis ng pelikula ang mga Pinoy (although madali itong isipin nowadays kung ang pagbabasehan ay ang mga pelikulang tumabo nitong huli) kundi dahil sa tahimik ang release ng pelikulang ito.

Tapos, yung structure pa ng title e reminder ng The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Kaya parang may “Doh!” moment pa bago ko to icheck-out.

I just found out about this nung ni-release na yung DVD. Pero okay lang. it’s not like malaki ang mawawala sa panonood nito sa sine versus sa smaller screen. Op op op… Di ko sinasabing massama itong movie ha? In fairness, rumarunner up ito sa listahan ng mga paborito ko for 2012. Ang dahilan lang ay di naman kasi yung expeience ng panonood sa higanteng screen ang bentahe ng pelikulang ito. You’ll watch it because of the story. Keber na sa effects.

So, tirahin na natin ng madali dahil kailangan ko pang tapusin yung 10 Things I Hate About Twilight Part 2 at yung mga paborito kong pelikula for 2012 dahil may chismax na magugunaw na ang mundo ngayon.

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The Lorax: Movie Review

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.

Di ko alam kung pagod o puyat lang talaga ako nung pinanood ko ito kaya naapektuhan ako at naluha. Pero nagulat rin ako sa sarili ko nang bigla akong maiyak dahil sa panonood ng pelikulang ito. Kasi naman, di gaya ng aking nakababatang kapatid, di naman ako environmentalist. Alam kong maling magtapon ng basura and I make it a point that I don’t, pero di ako umiiyak sa tuwing may pinuputol na puno. Alam ko naman kasing kung may isserve na mas mabigat na purpose ang pagkawala niya ay isa itong necessary evil. Kiling man ako sa pagiging mas maka-kalikasan lalo na dahil sa onset ng global warming, di naman matindi masyado ang kapit ko dito dahil I believe in the inevitable doom of man.

Di ko rin naman masyadong na-enjoy yung pelikula. It’s one of the few movies that I had to stop watching every now and then dahil di ako naaliw sa paglalahat ng kwento. Gayunman, it made its point kaya siguro na-move parin ako. It must’ve been Dr. Seuss who got to me.

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Rise of the Guardians: Movie Review

Ang pinakamagagandang pelikula ay yung mga napapaisip ka ng di mo naiisip at nadarama mo ng di mo nararamdaman. Yan ang pelikulang ito.

Gone are the days when animated movies are for kids. Dreamworks’ films are deep, thought-invoking, heart-gripping stories dressed in cartoon clothes.

I watched the movie with my younger sister and I couldn’t help but notice the family seated in the row before us. Throughout the entire film, the kids kept asking their parent about what’s going on. The parents, too enthralled (or wag naman sana, equally confused) themselves, couldn’t say anything in response and I felt bad for the kids. Pero di ko rin pinaliwanag sa kanila. Syempre, una sa lahat, ayokong magpaka-bibo dun at manghimasok. Pangalawa, ayoko ring maantala ang panonood ko. At pangatlo, paano mo nga ba ipapaliwanag sa mga kapirasong ka-cucute na batang iyon ang tindi ng pinanghuhugutang konsepto ng pelikula?

Sasakit lang ulo naming lahat.

I remember way back when I was in high school, back when my baon and schedule made limited the number of movies I see, my twin sister and I would spend days (even weeks) dissecting a film. If I saw this with her dati, naku, ilang buwan naming itong topic. Sigurado.

Bakit? Kasi ang daming layers nung movie. Hanggang ngayon nga e punong-puno pa ang utak ko. Parang di pa niya handang iprocess lahat ng nakita at natutunan niya.

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Ten Things I Hate About the Twilight Series (Part 1)

Before I lash out and unleash almost 5 years of pent up negativity towards this series, I have to say a few things first.

1. This is not an open attack to people who like love Twilight. Some of the people I genuinely love and respect belong to this demographic and my feelings toward them did not change one bit when I found out that they liked it.

2. I am NOT better than Stephenie Meyer. I know that I’m a nobody without a published novel and I have a close to nil chance to earn as much money as she did with this hit. However, as the owner of this tiny page in the world wide web, I am still entitled to my own opinion. So, even though I risk being bashed in the comments section of this post, keber ko naman. Hehehe…

3. I think I know what I’m talking about. I read all four books and watched all five movies. I never liked people who “hate” something just to sound cool. So, in order to build an honest opinion about something, I have to KNOW. I really gave this series a shot pero wala talaga e.

I will try to write this in English so as not to be too emotional about it. Masyado kasing emosyonal ang Filipino language at naaapektuhan ang puso ko. Baka mamaya madala ako. Oh, and just to make things clear, di ito naka-rank. So, here we go…

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Ten Things I Hate About The Twilight Series (Part 2)

Sorry it took longer than I promised. Medyo natatawa pa ako sa timing dahil irerelease ko ito ngayong Christmas Eve. Pero I learned that my boss is going to read this as she would (and probably already did) it’s first half. (Click here for more Twilight bashing)

I also didn’t want to succumb to being one of those emotion-driven haters. It’s hard to find the balance between writing too little and come off as a hipster and writing too much which will make me lose most of my intended audience (Shout out to those Twilight lovers out there).

#6 The werewolves/shape shifters twist.

I know that this is part of #5, but I can’t resist writing about this separately. If Stephenie wanted a surprising twist to the story, this was not how to do it.

The first four books described the Quileutes as werewolves. Walang kahit anong clue that they something else. Wala ring introduction ng kahit sinong shape-shifter who can change into something else besides a wolf. That’s something I would do if I wrote this series. Bigyan mo naman ng kaunting foreshadowing. Para naman di parang pilit lang na nilusutan yung fight scene sa end.

I think Stephenie got lazy. I don’t know if she was on a hurry to get the entire thing done and over with kaya pina-publish niya na yung book ng ganun lang. Pero I think her fans deserve better.

#7 Jacob imprinting on Renesmee.

Come on, Stephanie! You can do better than this, girl. Ano ito? To appease the Jacob fans, you HAD to give him something? This doesn’t make sense at all! Werewolves este shapeshifters pala are supposed to be genetically and culturally adverse to vampires. So, paano mangyayari na mag-iimprint si Jacob sa isang vampire-child?

At wala na bang ibang character dito?! Why can’t he fall for another Quileute? He’s supposed to be the Alpha ng pack, di ba? Calling niya to lead his people. This is just another example of a youngster choosing romantic love over more important things like family or responsibility.

#8 Bella’s complete disregard of her own and her family’s welfare.

Throughout the entire series, paulit-ulit ang theme ng recklessness ni Bella when it comes to romantic love. She liked having a bloodsucker watch her while she slept (knowing that her dad’s on the other room). She got kidnapped and almost brought vengeful vampires on her parents. She went befriended bikers, went cliff-diving, hinarurot niya ang motorcycle, and ran away from home straight to the toughest vampire family’s lair in Rome. She literally offered herself up to Edward and begged him to take her like it was the only thing worth doing in her life.

Tapos, ano pa? She chose to be a vampire herself. At di dahil napilitan siya ha? Even if Edward warned her about the risk that she’ll lose her soul, she still made him promise that he’ll turn her into one! Ano yun? Forget the afterlife? I’ll get my eternity here on earth lang ang peg ni ateng?

She’d rather spend her life with Edward than with her parents who loved her noong una palang. Tama ba yun? Yan na ba ang definition ng pagmamahal? Wala na bang ibang klaseng love kundi physical attraction?

#9 Renesmee’s ridiculousness. I’m not just talking about the name. Her very
existence is ridiculous.

Just when I thought di na magiging mas ridiculous ang series na ito, nabuo bilang core theme si Renesmee. Una sa lahat, the name is BAD. Did Bella want to punish her kid? This baby will probably live forever and of all the classy classic names out there, you choose Renesmee?

Tapos, ito pa… Vampires are supposed to be dead, di ba? How was it that Edward’s sperm were alive? I know fiction book ito, pero it has to, at least, touch the ground naman. At wala bang ibang vampires who had sexual relations with humans before maliban sa magulang ni Nahuel? E sa pagkakapinta sa kung gaano ka-twisted ang mga vampires at kung gaano katagal na silang naninirahan sa mundo, wala bang nakaisip na gumawa nito? Stephenie writes how some vampires made vampire kids by turning them, pero walang nakaisip to do it the natural way? Aren’t they supposed to be smart?

The movie version of Renesmee made it worse. Instead of working with a real baby, they opted for a cheap CGI version. Ok naman sana kung realistic yung effects e, kaso hindi! Ang sagwa. Pati yung dalagang version niya sobrang robotic yung movement. Wala ba silang pambayad ng talent scout who will find a baby, a kid, and a young adult who looked alike enough to be the same person? E lahat nga ng mga artista halos e may look-alike sa 9gag e!

#10 The way it ruined an entire generation’s idea of love.

If this is what love is, I’d rather live without it.

Nung nabasa ko yung Twilight, ok pa ako e. Napa-shrug ako at bulalas na iba nalang siguro talaga ang panahon ngayon. Pero after reading the others and watching their movie counterparts, I found myself pacing to and fro the room, expressing my frustration in growls and whines and (occasional) blood-curdling screams, before falling into an almost catatonic state staring at the wall. It wasn’t the bad writing that upset me. It’s the fact of the millions of people who read and loved it, a huge percentage of those were kids.

Literature and media is the best way to teach kids about everything. And with the amount of fame that Twilight got and the outrageously wide breadth of its reach, I’m scared about what it did to kids. It’s ridiculous how parents let their kids read these books and watch these movies with little or no supervision. Pero sabagay, I hear of tweens reading 50 Shades of Grey. Isang masigabong palakpakan naman para sa mga pabayang magulang diyan! Pag umuwing buntis ang mga anak ninyo (wag naman po sana) walang sisihan.

Love is supernatural. I know this from experience. Scientists try to explain how it works, psychologists try to understand how it starts, pero wala parin akong na-encounter na explanation that will suffice. That’s why it makes sense to use supernatural characters in set in painfully normal situations to capture the magic of it. Pero hindi ito ang pagmamahal na pinortray sa Twilight.

They had a teen-aged girl fall in love and get obsessed with a vampire who was just as obsessed with her. She completely forgot about her safety and her family’s dahil ang naging focus na lang niya is to be with Edward. Tapos, just when properly na-rub na into my face yung pagiging true love ng nagaganap between them, enter Jacob na mamahalin din ni Bella. Talk about true love, eh?

For a book about love, Stephenie managed to set in writing EVERYTHING that love is NOT. Romantic love is NOT greater than familial love. Sacrifice is not about coercing someone to turn you into a vampire. Sacrifice means giving up things or even people that you love to keep them safe. In forcing Edward to be with her, marry her, consummate their marriage, keep the baby, and go out into war, Bella managed to put everyone at risk and get a handful of people & vampires killed just for her idea of love.

Kids, love is not like that. Love can be found in the loud thundering of a pair of young reckless hearts as it is in the stillness of a kind lady’s who chose to take care of her nieces instead of running away with her lover.

I may come off as a snob for hating this series, but there is NOTHING more snobbish than concluding that Edward and Bella’s epic love is more genuine than any other kind.

I think Stephenie is a genius for writing books that will sell. She intended to make the most money out of this which she did. If that is her original intent, she’s rich so kudos to her. If she genuinely believed that THAT was love, then I feel really bad for her. If she wrote that to teach kids about love, then pray for me as it will take time for me to overcome this loathing that I reserve for those who lead the young ‘uns astray.

Kailangan ko pa bang sabihing di ko nirerekomenda ang mga librong ito? Please, spare your kids and get them as far away from this material as possible.