When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.
Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.
But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”
The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?
Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.
Selling ‘sex’ as a tool to boosting a particular product or service or even a film is no longer a doubt and the formula that was utilized in Regal Entertainment Incorporated’s latest offering—‘Wild and Free’ posed a rather ‘challenging’ route against all its previous wholesome productions; but thanks to the brilliance of Direk Connie S.A. Macatuno’s direction—this might just be a surprise hit for two equally gorgeous stars—Derrick Monasterio and Sanya Lopez.
The film opened with a guy named Jake being picked up by a transport network vehicle service (TNVS) female driver named Ellie—both portrayed by Monasterio and Lopez, respectively. During the trip both felt ‘awkwardness’ which led them both breaking the ice when they started reminiscing about their ‘past’—their previous relationship. Just a few minutes—the controversial car sex scene was already a ‘jolting job’ to awaken the moviegoers’ senses.
Without giving much of the story, it turned out that the film was more of a journey of understanding the two characters’ struggles about their love for each other. Surely those hungry-for-some-skin, this type of flick is a something to feast on by the male and female populace. Not just visually appealing because of its sexiness for which the film was intended for—it sizzled not just between the two leads but in the scenes where it involved Ellie and Carlo (Juancho Triviño) as well.
That’s exactly how moviegoers should figure out what the latter is portraying and how he is linked to the two lead characters.
Script-wise, it may not be seamlessly written and told, yet the direction on how the film is designed for; it did work well. If, I were to develop and tell the story—I would have chosen to focus on the rivalry of the two guys and Ellie being the ultimate prize. Probably, the film could have taken the path of an erotic-romance-suspense-thriller kind of piece.
Macatuno succeeded in telling how both individuals are passionate and are really into each other especially in love scenes. The shots in the trailer were just enough to entice moviegoers to come and watch the film. The director has her way of making each sex scenes steamy because of its eroticism and it built almost real sexual tensions, too.
Another character that may have stolen some scenes was Ash Ortega. Her being the girl best friend of Ellie, provided the audience with comic relief through her some humorous lines and also left quite a good impression.
‘Wild and Free’ is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
The KenBie tandem that was born out from the successful romcom series—‘Meant to Be’ is back to make fans feel giddy via their first-ever film together—‘This Time I’ll be Sweeter’ with Joel Lamangan as the director and is set for a November 8 playdate in theaters nationwide.
In the film, Barbie Forteza is Erika and Ken Chan is Tristan; they were college sweethearts that didn’t last long. Like in any relationship, the former was left too devastated about the breakup.
After years of being apart—fate allowed reconnecting the former sweethearts. This time—Erika as a field reporter and Tristan as the manager of his family airline company. Because of a tragedy in the latter’s family—it paved the way for them to be closer once again. Being a love story, this film does not only tackle the romantic side but one’s struggles of being in a state of depression.
Coming from a light type of series—both admitted that they had to make certain adjustments in tackling their respective roles who are placed in a more mature and challenging situation. Banking on their ‘intimacy’ as friends has helped them both in making their heavy drama scenes easy to approach.
Erika and Tristan’s love story is a classic example of what Nishan Panwar described about falling in love, “It is very easy, staying in love is a challenge, letting go is the hardest part, and moving on is a damn suicide.”
Together with them in cast are Thea Tolentino (as the third party in the second chance of the protagonists’ love story), Ara Mina, Rey Abellana, Yayo Aguila, Neil Ryan Sese, Kim Rodriguez, Hiro Peralta, Akihiro Blanco, Jai Agpangan, Kaki Ramirez, Fiona Yang, Jon Leo and a lot more.