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My MOVIE REVIEW of Star Cinema’s IN THE NAME OF LOVE.

“Where do I begin.. To tell the story of how great a love can be.. The sweet love story that is older than the sea..” Just like the lines in the themsong, truth is I really don’t know how to begin the review as I’m still in awe on how the story made me Happy, and sad, and happy at the same time.

Written by Enrico santos, the story of In The Name Of Love is not your ordinary Pinoy love story that you will predict the story on its trailer itself. I’ve seen three different releases of the cinema trailer and I can say that I still have to ask insider of what the movie was all about. To no avail, it only get my curiosity that high that I have to rush with the Red Carpet Premiere Night to see it for myself.

Credits to Roxy Liquigan of Star Cinema for the Twitpic.

I know that Star Cinema has been the leader in producing not only quality films but box office record movies in the country. But this movie, it elevates the film outfit to the astral status of the Best Film outfit for the last two decades. Star Cinema is celebrating its 18th year Anniversary this 2011.

The Movie started with a very light scene as I can already seeing (Emman) Aga Muhlach in its modern hip moves. Then followed by a very intense situation that still give me clueless position of how the movie will narrate its form in a way that we can understand clearly. She met (Cedes) Angel Locsin in the midst of his career height overseas. Then something came up that leaves him no choice but to sacrifice a thing. (I would really want not to tell the plot here!) then jump to 7 years later where it shown how ordinary lives they had. Their paths crossed again. But it’s no longer the way it was before. He (Emman) is a dance instructor and he has to help/teach (Cedes) some dance steps in light of the upcoming Governor’s Ball. It’s too late for Emman and Cedes to reunite what they had before as situation calls it. Cedes has a boyfriend and about to marry (Jake Cuenca).

The Story tickens when they have to hide what happened in the past as they tried to forget everything. But the past needs to be confronted soon. And there are words and things that was left unsaid, situation that no one would want to get in. I don’t know If I make sense but that is only I can tell as long as the story is concerned. The feel of the movie is better in the movie house. You have to watch it soon so you would agree with the title itself.

I’m surprised that the story doesn’t unfold itself chronologically, kept me engaged until the last drop of the gap. Angel Locsin’s performance was impressive and incomparable to all of the movies she did in the past. She managed to introduce different age and attitude in the character. Forget about the pole dancing in the trailer as this was just a part of what she did. The story of her life in the story was deeper than I expected. It seems like she is delivering a good taste of Hollywood act. Her silence in some of the scenes speaks highly of what she is. And she is undoubtedly the hottest girl in town.

Paired with Aga Muhlach, who also equally gave his stellar piece as an actor. Emman (his name in the movie) has a love story that he didn’t find but arrived. Yet when he finally fell into the nest of relationship, his character will tell us that it’s not enough to just say you love the person, nor living on it, but also to emotionally die in the name of Love. His character does not try to make him younger or older, enough to make his nature perfect for the role.


And Jake Cuenca, who has always been the best supporting actor has an acceptable portrayal as a young man who still cling with his role as a young adult, trying to conquer the world of his family in politics. There are times that I find his performance lacking but his role demands for it as a nutty youngest son. Its writer Enrico Santos described the film as an “almost tragic love story,” thus differentiating it from the past Star Cinema movies. “It combines love and danger. Personally I witnessed how the film evolved to give a different passion among its characters. That’s its main difference. It is also a film project wherein you’d see how good its director is and also its actors,” he elaborated.

And why do I feel that the musical scoring fits absolutely. Everytime I hear the instrumental of Where do I begin, I would feel the sadness behind the main character’s life. I would feel the urge to hug the person. The Cinematography was on its perfect glance, it inserted the mood to every situation and story unfolds. The twist was timely yet unpredictable. Director Olivia Lamasan gave me goosebumps on how to comfort my own acceptance of the story as a tragic-happy ending. The rest of the casts are Dante Rivero, Leo Rialp, Smokey Manaloto, Ryan Eigenmann, Emilio Garcia, Kat Alano, Dimples Romana, Bobby Andrews, Michael Flores, Joshua Zamora, Nanding Josef, Maliksi Morales, Paul Salas and Carmi Martin.

The movie was applauded 7 times. And after the movie credit was rolled, everyone is in standing ovation giving their applauses to Lamasan, Muhlach and Locsin. This is the movie I will recommend to everyone. I may have been biased as Im a big fan of Star Cinema produced films in the fast. But this, is one film Im proud to say, the best of the year so far. Im giving the movie its Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best in Musical Score, Best Screenplay and the rest of Best Performance for the main characters.

In the Name of Love opens Today, May 11 in 100 theaters nationwide. It will also begin showing at the Alex Theater in Los Angeles on May 28 and on May 29 at the Fox Theater, San Francisco.

5 OUT of 5 STARS!!!!
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STAR CINEMA’s 18th Anniversary official trailer and poster: In The Name Of Love

The much awaited come back of Angel Locsin to the big screen, Star Cinema’s offering for may and Aga Muhlach’s first team up with Angel Locsin, these are the description of Star Cinema movie IN THE NAME OF LOVE. Showing this May 11, 2011 in more than 100 Theaters, Star Cinema released its official movie trailer and teaser for the movie.

Topbilled by Aga Muhlach, Angel Locsin, and Jake Cuenca. The embers of its cast include Dante Rivero, Carmi Martin, Leo Rialp, Smokey Manaloto, Ryan Eigenmann, Emilio Garcia, Kat Alano, Dimples Romana, Bobby Andrews, Michael Flores, Joshua Zamora, Nanding Josef, Maliksi Morales and Paul Salas

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER HERE:

TRAILER of IN THE NAME OF LOVE


In The Name of Love is an 18th Anniversary production of Star Cinema and its theme song, “Naaalala Ka” a remake of the Rey Valera hit, performed by Jericho Rosales.

Im giving away extra 2 FREE TICKETS of #InTheNameofLOVE Red Carpet PREMIERE NIGHT tmrw at SM MEGAMALL Cinema 10 7pm. The first two to put their names on the comment box below will win!

UPNEXT

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2011 SUMMER STATION ID BIDA BEST SA TAG ARAW (LYRICS)

The song “Bida Best sa Tag-Araw” is performed by Star Power grand winner Angeline Quinto and Vincent Bueno featuring rapper J.O.L.O. aka J-Dot. It was written by Love Rose De Leon and Niño Anglo, with music arranged and produced by Marcus Davis.

Bida Best sa Tag-araw Lyrics

Hanggang kailan itatago ang galing?
Huwag mong pipigilan puso’y magniningning
Sinasabi ng puso ang gusto’y kakayanin
Pangarap di malayo, kaya mong abutin.

Humawi na ang ulap
Sumikat na ang araw
Naghihintay ang lahat
Na sa ‘yo na ang ilaw

Chorus: Damdamin mo’y isigaw
Ang bibida ay ikaw
Bidabest sa tag-araw
Katawan ihataw
Ang bibida ay ikaw
Bidabest sa tag-araw

Bi-bi-bida
Bi-bi-bida
Bidabest sa tag-araw
Bi-bi-bida
Bi-bi-bida
Bidabest sa tag-araw

Walang mataas, walang mahirap.
Kung ilalabas, ibibigay ang lahat
Sinasabi ng puso ang gusto’y kakayanin
Pangarap di malayo, kaya mong abutin

Humawi na ang ulap
Sumikat na ang araw
Naghihintay ang lahat
Na sa ‘yo na ang ilaw

Chorus: Damdamin mo’y isigaw
Ang bibida ay ikaw
Bidabest sa tag-araw
Katawan ihataw
Ang bibida ay ikaw
Bidabest sa tag-araw

Bi-bi-bida
Bi-bi-bida
Bidabest sa tag-araw
Bi-bi-bida
Bi-bi-bida
Bidabest sa tag-araw

—RAP—

Chorus: Damdamin mo’y isigaw
Ang bibida ay ikaw
Bidabest sa tag-araw
Katawan ihataw
Ang bibida ay ikaw
Bidabest sa tag-araw

Bi-bi-bida
Bi-bi-bida
Bidabest sa tag-araw
Bi-bi-bida
Bi-bi-bida
Bidabest sa tag-araw

Jake Cuenca, Derek Ramsey, Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis plus Kristine Reyes, Zanjoe Marudo, Sam Milby and Vhong Navarro.

Shaina Magdayao and Iya Villania, KC Concepcion, MAriel Rodriguez and Toni Gonzaga, Diether Ocampo

Kim Chiu, Bea Alonzo, Erich Gonzales and Lauren Young with Enrique Gil.

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ANAK TV SEAL AWARDEES for 2010

Complete list of the ANAK TV SEAL most admired, most trusted, most favored and respected as well as most worthy of emulation by children and the youth:

ABS- CBN: Gerald Anderson, Kim Atienza, Julius Babao, John Lloyd Cruz, Ted Failon, Zaljian Jaranilla, Luis Manzano, Coco Martin, Aga Muhlach, Vhong Navarro, Piolo Pascual and Gary Valenciano, Christine Bersola, Kim Chiu, Sharon Cuneta, Anne Curtis, Karen Davila, Sarah Geronimo, Toni Gonzaga, Angel Locsin, Korina Sanchez, Judy Ann Santos, Charo Santos Concio and Bernadette Sembrano

Programs (from top 20)

1. Agua Bendita
2. ASAP XV
3. Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo
4. Magkaribal
5. May Bukas Pa
6. Maalaala Mo Kaya
7. Noah
8. Pilipinas Got Talent
9. Rated K
10. Showtime
11. Sineskwela
12. TV Patrol
13. Umagang Kay Ganda
14. Matanglawin

GMA Network : Mike Enriquez and Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, Jessica Soho and Mel Tiangco.

Programs (from top 20)
1. 24 Oras
2. Art Angel
3. Imbestigador
4. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho
5. Unang Hirit
6. Wish Ko Lang

TV 5 : Ryan Agoncillo

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