First Impression Review: TV5's Fun and Refreshing LolaBasyang.com and ParangNormal Activity

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
No spoilers.

TV5 continues its noble effort to draw in new viewers with its two family friendly series LolaBasyang.com and ParangNormal Activity.

Produced by The IdeaFirst Company for TV5, the two series manage to be good fun while being able to raise the bar for locally produced series. Continue reading

Check-in Review: TV5's Faithful Baker King Continues to Do Justice to Original

TYPE OF REVIEW : CHECK-IN REVIEW
Big spoilers up to week 6. For my First Impression Review, click here. For my final, spoilerific Hindsight Review, click here.

Six weeks into TV5’s Filipino adaptation of Baker King, Kim Takgu, it is evident that director Mac Alejandre and the entire cast and crew know exactly what they’re doing and what they need to do. Continue reading

First Impression Review: TV5 Carefully Mixes Some Filipino Flavor Into Faithful Baker King Adaptation

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Very, very minor spoilers. Read my review introduction here. For my final, spoilerific Hindsight Review, click here.

After the first two weeks, TV5’s Baker King is off to a very good start. The series, so far, is a faithful adaptation of the blockbuster Korean original with a careful, just right helping of Filipino flavor mixed in.

I’m coming into Baker King having watched and absolutely Continue reading

Pre-First Impression Review: My Wait for TV5's Baker King

Right up front, TV5’s Baker King is off to a very good start. The series, so far, is a faithful adaptation of the blockbuster Korean original with a careful, just right helping of Filipino flavor mixed in. (Full First Impression Review here.)

But let’s rewind a little bit first.

It was 2010 when Baker King, Kim Tak Gu aired on KBS in Korea to huge numbers, earning a “national drama” title, raking in awards and propelling the careers of its lead actors Yoon Shi Yoon and Joo Won. It captivated audiences around the world, myself included. In fact, I wondered if Continue reading

Good Ol' Review: Ay apo! GMA's Frustratingly Disappointing Hiram na Alaala

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Ending spoiler, but not much of one since it’s definitely predictable and as expected.

I first decided to check out GMA’s Hiram na Alaala because I liked the main cast and was very happy to see Kris Bernal getting a major lead role in what appeared to be a straight drama. The concept of the series, “shared memories,” was also intriguing. But the Baguio setting, charming chemistry between Kris Bernal and Rocco Nacino and the abundance of Ilocano dialogue was what kept me interested. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: GMA's Ilustrado a Stunning Television Experience and Accomplishment

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
No spoilers. Click here for my First Impression Review.

GMA’s Ilustrado was a stunning and breathtaking television experience. It was a production unlike anything ever seen on Philippine television.

The four week miniseries wasn’t 100% historical fact, but it was as educational as it was engaging. It was essential viewing for Filipinos who have a strange and maybe distorted view on heroism in this day and age and it was essential viewing for Filipinos who have too long been subjected to subpar, low effort and derivative television. Continue reading

First Impression Review: GMA's Stunning Ilustrado

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
No spoilers. Click here for my Hindsight Review.

There are high expectations for anyone who attempts to bring a subject like Jose Rizal to the big or small screen. Being regarded as one of the greatest national heroes of the Philippines (if not the national hero), a dramatization of his life carries a big weight on its shoulders.

There is an inherent gravitas with a subject like Jose Rizal as well as the time period of the Philippine Revolution. If the pieces do not fall into place, then any such attempt to bring his life and one of the most important times in the country’s history to television or film will end up being a complete failure.

Thankfully, GMA’s Ilustrado manages to meet those high expectations and then some. Continue reading