Good Ol’ Review: The Peanuts Movie is an Absolute Triumph

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
No spoilers.

Being a lifelong fan, the news of the Peanuts Gang returning to the big screen was both exciting and scary.

Exciting because the timeless characters created by Charles Schulz definitely deserve a big screen adventure. But scary because you can never be too sure how “modern” versions and updates to classic stories and characters will turn out.

Fortunately, the team behind The Peanuts Movie (which includes Charles Schulz’s son and grandson) made it a top priority to remain faithful to ol’ Sparky’s original vision. And they succeeded. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: TV5’s Baker King Proves the Philippines Can Produce Worthy Adaptations

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
LOTS of finale spoilers! For my spoiler-free-ish First Impression Review, click here. For my Check-In Review with spoilers up to Week 6, click here.

There have been plenty of Filipino adaptations of foreign dramas over the last couple of years. And all to varying degrees of success, both commercially and creatively. From a blockbuster like the original Marimar to creative duds/insults like Maria La Del Barrio.

For Baker King, while being on TV5 may have kept it from being as big a ratings draw as the original was for GMA, it certainly was creatively successful. And maybe, TV5’s Baker King is the best local adaptation of a foreign drama series ever. Yes, ever. Continue reading

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. 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