I’m not sure why but the last few days, my fascination over New York kicks in again. Maybe because I was too excited for the Gossip Girl Season 3 premiere, a new series premiere at CW – The Beautiful LIfe, VMA 2009 last Sunday or I just badly need another vacation.
Last Wednesday, my friends invited me over to watch In My Life before reporting to work. But since I over slept, I was not able to join them and decided to watch it alone on my rest day.
From then on, I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed comments about the film. That’s what you get if you follow Ruffa Guttierez (who rented the entire theatre to watch the film – no offense) on twitter and friends seen the movie first before you.
Anyway, I’ve been longing to watch the movie since I saw the trailer on YouTube. I told myself that no one can stop me (even the lines at the ticket counter and traffic in Commonwealth) from watching this movie. So, I braved myself (Cee abandoned me, yet again) and head to TriNoMa to watch the movie alone.
Check out the trailer first….
In My Life is a story of an aging librarian who have some issues on moving on. When her daughter’s husband (together with his family) landed a job offer abroad, she decided to go to New York and visit her successful gay son. That’s when Shirley (Vilma Santos) met Noel (John Lloyd) and experience the difficulty to fit in.
It was a great film! The story line is very realistic as we know that this really happens in every lives of a Filipino family. Kudos to Vilma Santos for showing another side of her on her come back movie. As for John Lloyd Cruz and Luis Manzano, I can say that John Lloyd convinces me that he can really be gay. He is so into his role that by just looking at his face (forget the haggard look – he works all the time on the movie that explains his look) makes you say that this guy is a gay man. As for Luis, Jobane is right when she told me that Luis sometimes forget about his role of being a queer. But not bad for his first drama role.
Here are some of my comments:
1. Did I just spot fake Louis Vuittons?
2. I’ve been to New York 3 or 4 times and I’ve been studying the Subway map for most of my stay in East Coast, but how come Vilma end up in East Harlem with A Train? Isn’t it 4, 5 or 6?
3. What’s up with fake American accent form Rafael Rossell?
4. What happened to the “er” scene from the trailer? Why did they cut it out from the final film?
5. Check 3:44 on the trailer, that was changed on the actual movie. But I was surprised by the sampalan scene of John Lloyd and Ate Vi. Pero I was looking forward for it pa naman on the movie.
6. Was the McMansion of John Lloyd’s uncle was shot in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut? It seems like it’s not. But it could be, napaka jologs naman siguro kung they’ll bring plastic bag of Cheesecake Factory pa here in Alabang or Tagaytay.
7. I don’t think there is a Red Ribbon Bakeshop in New York. So why do they have Dulce de leche in Nikki’s house party?
8. Also, where are the skyscrapers on Nikki’s appartment? Was it really shot in NYC or Ortigas?
9. Best Bagel in New York City can be found in Bagelry, Ess-a-bagel and H&H.
10. John Lloyd and Luis’ kissing scene is not that sweet at all. Parang friendly kiss lang.
11. Do NYC funeral homes chapels have a huge “CHAPEL B” signs on the wall?
12. The Brownstone Apartment where Lloydie and Luis lived in is not very NYC or owned by a gay couple. It doesn’t have any style at all. The only thing that I found interesting is the 24 inch iMac that they have.
That’s just some of the things that I noticed on the film. Anyway, it’s the story that most of us are after. But for a movie goer like me, I am not just looking at the story line. While my ears are after their dialogues, my eyes are looking for fascinating items and moments.
I would recommend this movie to those who haven’t seen it yet. Just make sure to make a reservation online and watch the film at Ayala Cinemas. At least if some caught you lining up for a ticket, at least it’s not in some theaters. Also, watch the movie with a ham and egg bagel and a Venti Caramel Macchiato.
You know how I feel about movies made in New York and Paris… I love all of ‘em…No matter how awful the story is or whoever the lead star is, I’ll buy DVDs and watch them over and over again.
I don’t know.. it inspires me. Inspires me to move and travel the world… inspires me to, to, to shop! hahahahahaha
Whenever I watch these movies, there’s too much running on my mind. How is it like settling to these wonderful places.. How one feels whenever they shop in the infamous 5th Avenue (I can tell you, it’s like you’re on top of the world!).. How is it like to have snack in Central Park wearing a Burberry trench coat.. or how to fall in love in New York (hahahaha)..
And here’s another movie that’s for sure will be a hit! If this movie will not be shown in all SM Cinemas, It will be a total loss!