Good Ol’ Review: Ressha Sentai ToQger Returns is Another Beautifully Poignant Chapter

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Moderately big spoilers. I suggest watching the movie first. =)

Ressha Sentai ToQger Returns: Super ToQ 7gou of Dreams is another beautiful chapter in the story of those awesome rainbow children. Continue reading

First Impression Review: Nadine Lustre a Highlight on ABS-CBN’s Promising On The Wings of Love

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Some spoilers and premise discussion.

A charming Nadine Lustre highlights ABS-CBN’s newest primetime drama On The Wings of Love.

The series debut of the popular Nadine Lustre-James Reid loveteam (better known as JaDine) mostly hits the right notes in its first two episodes. Continue reading

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.

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.

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

First Impression Review: Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop Has Potential

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
No spoilers.

When it was first reported that Nick Cannon was developing a K-pop-inspired show for Nickelodeon, K-pop fans were incensed. They cringed at the idea and were not looking forward to seeing their precious K-pop somehow be misrepresented, trivialized or blasphemed to American audiences. (As if K-pop doesn’t do a good job of that on its own.)

And again, this was before a single frame had been filmed.

The faux outrage only grew when the first clips appeared as the actual premiere date drew close.

This is pretty much another example of people needing to learn to actually wait to see something before judging it. But after actually seeing it, I can say that K-pop fans have nothing to be worried about. (They didn’t have anything to be worried about in the first place anyway.) Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay a Winning Combination in Charming English Only, Please

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Minor spoilers

Philippine cinema suffers from a lot of the same ailments that plague Philippine television. That is, the same old formulaic stories that have been done over and over for years continue to get churned out with no signs of anything changing anytime soon.

Which is why it’s hard not to marvel at a series or film that manages to offer something even the slightest bit different or fresh from the norm.

English Only, Please is one of those refreshing outliers. Continue reading