Best Pinoy Movies of 2019

April 14, 2020

The Philippine movies, also known as Pinoy movies, have developed to pick a spot among the best films across the world. Today, numerous local production houses and theatres focus on the development of local films. Although most movies revolve around romance and love, Filipino films are varied content like drama, comedy, mythical, and horror encompassing various aspects of the culture in the Philippines. The film industry in Phillippines has remained very busy in 2019, which saw the release of several hits in 2019. Here are some top 2019 Pinoy films you should watch.

1)John Denver Trending

John Denver Trending is a 2019 Pinoy movie starring Jansen Magpusao as John Denver Cabungcal and Merryl Soriano.

The plot roundup

The film is about a 14-year-old poor boy John Denver, a grade eight high school student at STa. Ines Catholic High School. John is facing false accusations for stealing an iPad while it was charging in a classroom. He denies the vigorously denies the allegation and attacks the accuser. Carlos captures and uploads the incriminating video and pictures of John fighting his accuser. John’s unpopularity, coupled with a history of some misdemeanors, fuel viral sharing of the video, and soon everyone is against Denver. Denver continues to claim his innocence. The school head and the police come in to investigate the outrage in social media by people, some of whom have never met John. Marites (Denver’s mother) continues to support and defend his son’s innocence. Denver’s misbehaviors in the past, together with his family’s history, deepen his woes. The film highlights the effects of social media, fake news, and cyberbullying on young people – online activities have real-life consequences.

What I liked

John Denver covers the modern misuse of technology, social media, and cyberbullying. It depicts how fast false information can disseminate and affect the life and mental health of a person, especially the young. To me, it is a wakeup call to the current generation and the authorities to work without bias interest in finding the truth.

What I didn’t like

The pity the film draws to John Denver, as the film ends, is unnecessary. I would expect Denver to be happy after he is through his suffering.

2)Ulan

Ulan is a romantic drama movie beyond the ordinary Filipino romance films. It blends in elements of magic realism. The film stars Nadine Lustre as the character Maya and co-stars Marco Gumabao as Andrew and Carlo Aquino as Peter.

The Plot roundup

Ulan revolves around the story of Maya, a writer who struggles to find happiness by finding a man to love her. The young Maya is imprisoned under the care of her grandmother. The grandmother feeds her with fables about love, which inspires the young girl’s mythical ideas about love and her pursuit of happiness. As she experiences the sun shining and the rain pouring simultaneously, her grandmother tells her it is a sign of two tikbalangs getting married. Maya grows into a lovely woman and walks through the rains to arrive at the house of the man she had patiently waited for years to love. Upon inviting her in, the man introduces Maya to his expectant wife. The rainy moments, which indicate to her meeting true love unlike the tikbalangs, disappoint her and her romantic dreams shutter. Maya experiences repeated failed relationships until she learns to accept the realities of love. The film Ulan captures more than just romance. Ulan portrays Maya’s boss as libidinous with sexist remarks. The film highlights how men and their lustful male gazes guide stories and content meant for public consumption.

What I liked

The movie highlights the realities of finding love and losing it. The story appeals to the childhood that most young Filipino experience – children fed on superstitious beliefs by their guardians. The love story has captivating visuals and an eccentric, idiosyncratic storyline. This, coupled with magnificent performances by the characters, make the film great to watch.

What I didn’t like

The start with the search trial and error in the search for love seems quite common. It takes a while before the movie sets out its plot clearly. The story appears complex to some extent when the scenes jump back and forth her childhood memories and her adult life. The plot is excellent, but there is an ironic twist in it. Despite the twists, the shifting is well organized, making the movie still worth watching.

3)Isa Pa with Feelings

Isa Pa with Feelings is another 2019 Filipino love film starring Main Mendoza as Mara and Carlo Aquino as Gali, a deaf character.

The Plot roundup

Mara aspires to become an architect inspired by the frustrated ambitions of her father to become one. She, however, does not make the cut when she sits the board exams. In her moment of frustration, she meets Gali, who consoles her and they become friends. Gali, a sign language teacher, now teaches Mara sign language. Gali requests Mara to be his dance partner for a recital, and Mara agrees. Soon their feels for each other grow. However, the pair are different Mara hears, and Gali is deaf, and the differences work against their relationship. Gali, seemingly undisturbed by his deafness, develops anxiety and reluctance as his new relationship, Mara draws him exposes him to a world where he is different. At the bar, Mara’s friends feel awkward in the presence of Gali. Gali now doubts Mara’s genuineness and fears that she would eventually leave her as her past lover did. The movie highlights the sad realities that people with disabilities go through daily, presumed thoughts about oneself, and how past experiences can affect the future.

What I liked

Unlike other typical love films out there, Isa Pa with Feelings adds a surprising twist. It is a story of a romance between a deaf person and a hearing person. I also like the idea that it covers more than just a love story. It creates awareness for people to show kindness, respect, and courtesy to people with disabilities.

What I didn’t like

I think the lifestyle lived by Mara and Gali is impractical considering their financial status. The film misses a reality where a volunteer teacher and an unemployed architect have such a good life. Nevertheless, material wealth is not a source of conflict in the movie.

4)Hello, Love, Goodbye.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is another Pinoy romantic drama film released in 2019 starring Kathryn Bernardo as Joy Fabregas and Alden Richards as Ethan Del Rosario.

The Plot roundup

The story of love revolves around Joy, a struggling overseas domestic worker, and Ethan, a bartender who pursues in pursuit of Joy’s love. To make more, Joy has a second job as a waitress at night, and on Sundays, she runs a buy-and-sell business. She has to raise enough money to send home and save to fly to Canada to pursue a career in nursing. With the settings in Hong Kong, the two work to bring their careers and romance for each other. Joy focuses on her priorities, but Ethan is determined to pursue her and accepts the little she can offer. The two experience exciting romantic moments and painful exchanges. Joy is in a dilemma to either stay with her love or go to Canada to pursue her dreams. The pair has contrasting characters. Joy is hard working, knows her targets, and focuses on them. Ethan is a spoilt millennial and a carefree man. The Happy-go-Lucky Ethan moves from one relationship to another and is unaware of what he wants in life.

What I liked

I like the beauty of the story. A love story and tribute to the young people Filipino workers in overseas countries.

What I didn’t like

There is noise in the background caused by actresses whose over-the-top performance produces more than required sound. The story has several twists and turns but seems organized. You may as well not get lost in the twists. The number of Filipino women in Hong Kong is not realistic and not necessarily in the film.

5)Alone together

Alone together is a romantic drama (produced in 2019) starring real-life couples Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano as Rafael Toledo “Raf” and Christine Lazaro “Tin.”

Plot roundup

Tin and Raf first meet as university students. Tin studies art at the University of Philippines Diliman while Raf studies biology in pursuit of becoming a doctor at the University of St. Thomas. Tin, a part-time historical archivist at the national museum, meets Raf (currently in college), and the two start a relationship. As soon as Christine graduated from college, their relationship started failing when her job started falling. She also realizes that Raf has not graduated from college and remains an undergraduate, which makes her reject him. Half a decade later, Tin (now in a relationship with Greg) while attending the PICC award ceremony, Tin happens to see Raf, who is now a graduate doctor and in a relationship with Aly. Tin and Raf meet again at the place where they started their relationship. Tin explains why she broke up with Raf, and they share their work problems. The two meet again while visiting the MET and other museums. Raf informs Tin of his breakup with Aly and opens up his love for Tin. Tin rejects his proposal because she would break Greg and her daughter. Aly is pregnant with Raf’s child, and Greg is busy with company business, which sees Tin walk away from the relationship. Will Tin and Raf unite again?

What I liked

The starring couple has a great chemistry, which makes their cast perfect. You will stay glued until the end.

What I didn’t like

When time is jumped in the first parts of the movie (when the time jumps 5years), you will need to depend on context clues to get what is happening. This is sometimes annoying, and you, for a moment, lose the plot. However, you will still fix pieces into their places as you continue watching.

6)Motel Acacia

Motel Acacia is a Philipino horror movie starring JC Santos.

Plot roundup

Motel Acacia is a film about a young Filipino man whose tyrannical father grooms to take over the running of Motel Acacia. The motel is located in a lonely remote wilderness where it provides a facility that resembles a bunker to hide foreigners en route to Canada. The clients who are now human cargo pay some amount of money for food lodging and fake papers. But there is more to this arrangement which the emigrants do not know. JC’s father has another deal with the town’s council that requires him to dispose of the illegal guests in the motel. Early on, JC is unaware of the motel’s real purpose and watches his dad humiliate a Filipino immigrant. The motel has a series of rooms that resemble cells with a gothic bed at the center. The mattresses are replaced by a white membrane that sticks to anyone who sits on it and gradually swallows the person alive. The hotel is haunted by demons called Kapress. On realizing the nature of the family business, JC does not want to take part in killing people and rebels against his dad. The father warns JC never to allow a woman into the room. As it unfolds, the Filipina woman, who helps run the operations of the motel, serves to show the demon reacts towards women. Food runs out, and guests cannot leave due to a violent blizzard. Soon a desperate fight for survival ensues.

What I liked

For a horror fanatic like me, the plot is perfect and elicits the fear. Motel Acacia is as freaky as you would expect thanks to blending in of different creepy locations, the imaginative creatures, killer trees, and the mysterious characters. This is a must-watch for every lover of horror movies.

What I didn’t like

Like any other horror movie, there are many fictional and unrealistic aspects of the storyline and characters. However, these artistic unrealistic imaginative aspects make it a horror film. You need an open mind to enjoy.

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