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8 Films to Kickstart the New Year

Plan ahead the first weekend of the year.

| January 5, 2018

5. SANA MAULIT MULI (Olivia Lamasan, 1994)

ABS-CBN Film Restoration recently restored this classic love story that forever made Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga a timeless loveteam. In case you were hiding a rock and didn’t see this yet, “Sana Maulit Muli” is about Jerry and Agnes, who are separated by distance and circumstance and reunited later, only to discover bitter truths about the time they lost. “Hindi ako nawala, Jerry. Natauhan ako.” Just like that, Lea Salonga crushed our hearts into a million tiny pieces.


6. FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL (Nicholas Stoller, 2008)

Guy gets dumped by his girlfriend. He tries to move on by going on a vacation. Ex and her new flame are also in the same beach resort. Hot hotel concierge named Mila Kunis. How much more complicated can this get? Obviously, super complicated. Here’s one film you might want to revisit (or if you haven’t seen this, go see it ASAP!) for your moving on phase. Best seen with your best friends. Vodka is optional. (No it’s not, wink wink.)


7. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Lisa Chodolenko, 2010)

“The Kids are All Right” pays tribute to unusual family setups, where a married lesbian (Annette Bening) and bisexual (Julianne Moore) couple both conceive a child from the same sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo). The conflict arises when Laser (Josh Hutcherson) and Joni (Mia Wasikowska) decide to find out who the sperm donor is. At times funny and amusing, but also heartbreaking, “The Kids are All Right” is a story of change and forgiveness, and celebrating what it means to be different. You know Bening deserved an Oscar when she told Ruffalo “Yeah? Well, I need your observations like I need a d*** in my a**.”


8. ARI: MY LIFE WITH A KING (Carlo Enciso Catu, 2015)

They say change is the only thing constant in this world, and this is true in “Ari,” where a fading world encounters a glimmer of hope in the person of Jaypee (Ronwaldo Martin), a Kapampangan high schooler who doesn’t speak the language. As soon as he meets Conrado Guinto (Frank Guinto), the reigning king of poets in Pampanga, he understands the value of history and culture, and how returning to his roots is the key to moving forward. If you aren’t familiar with regional cinema in the Philippines, “Ari” is a great place to start your binge-watching.


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