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#BetYouDidntKnow: Star Cinema's 'Best Pictures'

Star Cinema has been at the forefront of movie production for the past two decades. Proof? Their 14 “Best Picture” projects. What are these movies?

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3/18/2014 in News
#BetYouDidntKnow: Star Cinema's 'Best Pictures'

#Betyoudidntknow that these movies have shaped the local pop culture because of its timeliness and timelessness. 

Let’s have a quick rundown of some of Star Cinema’s finest films:
 
1.     “Sana Maulit Muli”
 

    Released: 1995
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: Gawad Urian
    Stars: Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga
    Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
     
    Comments from cinephiles:
     
    Internet Movie Database (IMDb) user kcabad says:
    “Everything was crafted seamlessly and masterfully. It deserved to win the Best Picture Award from the URIAN (Critics Awards).”
     
    “This was one of those rare films that were both successful commercially and critically. The movie has potential to go down in Philippine Cinema history as a film classic. Kudos to Olivia Lamasan for directing such an exemplary movie!”

     
    Cinefilipinas blogger says:
    “I loved the open-ended finale of the film where Agnes returns to the Philippines and meets up with Jerry.  I also adored the song ‘Walang Hanggang Paalam,’ talking about a couple’s love growing strong despite the distance separating the lovers. This love ultimately serves to bring out the full potential in the other person.”
     
2.     “Hangga’t May Hininga”
 
    Released: 1996
    Received “Best Picture” Award from:  FAP (Film Academy of the Philippines ) Awards
    Stars: Phillip Salvador, Jackile Lou Blanco, Tirso Cruz III, Anjanette Abayari
    Director: Toto Natividad
     
    This film also won three other awards at the FAP Awards - Best Director for Toto Natividad, Best Actor for Phillip Salvador, and Best Editing for Renato de Leon.
     
3.     “Batang PX”
 
    Released: 1997
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: Young Critics Circle (YCC)
    Stars: Patrick Garcia and Zsa Zsa Padilla
    Director: Jose Javier Reyes
     
    “Batang PX” launched lead star Patrick Garcia to stardom.
     
    Patrick also received the following awards - Movie Actor of the Year for “Star Awards,” Best Performer from “Young Critics Circle Awards,” Teenage Actor of the Year for “Guillermo Mendoza Memorial,” Best Young Performer in “Parangal ng Bayan,” German Moreno Youth Achievers Awardee in “FAMAS Awards” and Favorite Actor of the Year at “People's Choice Awards.”
     
    Meanwhile, his co-actor Zsa Zsa Padilla also won Star Awards Actress of the Year and Gawad Urian Best Actress.
     
4.     “Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?”
 
    Released:1998
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: FAP Awards, Gawad Urian Awards, YCC
    Stars: Vilma Santos, Carlo Aquino and Serena Dalrymple
    Director: Chito Roño
     
    Comments from Skyinet:
    “What’s fascinating about the movie is that it did not only revolve around Lea but with the other characters as well. I really felt that all of the actors and actresses in the movie connected with one another.”
     
    “There would be no question in terms of Vilma Santos’ acting prowess. Serena Dalrymple and Carlo Aquino’s performance were also unbelievable. Considering that the two kids’ age and considering that there just neophytes in the acting scene.”

     
5.     “Tanging Yaman”
 

    Released: 1999
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Science), FAP Awards, Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and YCC
    Stars: Gloria Romero, Joel Torre, Cherry Pie Picache, Edu Manzano, Hilda Koronel
    Director: Laurice Guillen
     
    Comments from blog “Lessons From the School of Inattention,” Oggs Cruz says:
    “A tearjerker that unabashedly showcases Catholic faith not only as an underlying theme but as a narrative conceit. This film was both a commercial and critical success.”
     
    Comments from C.IN.E.M.A. (Catholic INitiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation) says:
    “Tanging Yaman proves indeed to be a rare treasure as it dramatizes a contemporary Filipino version of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It portrays reality as it is, with its painful ugliness and cancers, and the abiding love and faith that lie deep in the Filipino heart.”
     
6.      “Ang Bagong Buwan”
 
    Released: 2002
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: FAMAS Awards
    Stars: Cesar Montano, Amy Austria, Carlo Aquino and Jiro Manio
    Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
     
    Comment from "MindaNews," Danilo A. Balucos says:
    "Bagong Buwan" is not just a new moon that will hopefully illuminate our hearts and minds to see the oneness of Mindanawons, the oneness of Filipinos, and the oneness of peoples in the world. It is actually Unang Buwan, the first moon; a trailblazer for others to follow.”
     
    Comment from IMDb, Bruddah K says:
    “Diaz-Abaya has crafted something very moving which can reach a lot of Tagalog speakers. Although a lot of men would not want to admit it, I saw many of them with tears welling up in their eyes.”
     
7.      “Dekada ‘70”
 
    Released: 2002
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: Gawad Urian Awards and YCC
    Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual,
    Director: Chinto S. Rono
     
    Comments from IMDb, Raymund Salao says:
    “It lets us be witness to the events in the life of a simple family during the tumultuous time of the 70's. It was particularly heart-wrenching during the scene when Piolo is seen coming out from a detention cell, damaged with marks of torture.”
     
    “It was far more wrenching when we see Christopher De Leon, the padre de pamilya, going berserk and screaming "Pinatay nila ang anak ko!" (they killed my child). De Leon convincingly played a father whose emotions and decisions played a large game of risk and endure.

      
    Comment from efilmcritic.com, Greg Muskewitz says:
    “It remains soap-operatic without any stretch of the imagination (well into the epilogue in 1983), though despite many of its faults, there is a certain educational value consistent throughout and applied systematically via the various functions each of the children entail.
     
8.   “Now That I Have You”
 
    Released: 2004
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: Golden Screen Awards
    Stars: John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo
    Directed by: Laurenti Diyogi
     
    Comment from IMDb, matthew_ashley says:
    “A refreshing change from Philippine cinema, this movie does not have a poverty-consciousness-raising, I'm-poor-and-you're-rich-so-you-should-be-guilty-and-help-me-out-of-this-quagmire feeling. It's just about 2 people falling in love,” he explains.
     

9.     “Nasaan Ka Man”
 

    Released: 2005
    Received “Best Picture Award” from: FAMAS Awrds
    Stars: Jericho Rosales, Claudine Barretto and Diether Ocampo.
    Director: Cholo Laurel
     
    Rianne Hill Soriano says:
    “The justification on what happens to the story is carefully built up by the well-made screenplay of Ricky Lee and Rafael Hidalgo, effective characterization and performances and the over-all treatment of the director Cholo Laurel.”
     
    “The cast provides a good contribution to the film’s success. Claudine gives justification to her role. She is not overacting nor underacting, just right. The characters of Jericho and Diether with their roles as rivals give enough room for steady development.”

     
    Comment from "ThingsAsian," it says:
    “The pacing of Nasaan Ka Man is excellent, as family secrets are revealed at key moments in the drama, escalating the riveting suspense to its breaking point in the climactic scene.”
     
10.    “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo”
 
    Released: 2006
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: FAMAS Awards, FAP Awards, and Golden Screen Awards.
    Stars: Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo
    Director: Jose Javier Reyes
     
    Comment from PEP.ph, Candice Anne Lim says:
    “Juday delivers without fail, while Ryan gives a convincing performance. Gina Pareño is my best bet for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Angie's mom cum "politicians."
      
    Comment from "Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino," Butch Francisco says:
    “It has all the elements as it espouses family values and it is very Filipino in heart and soul. It is well-edited, the music in the soundtrack is contemporary and meaningful, camerawork is unobtrusive.”
     
11.   “A Love Story”
 
    Released: 2007
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: FAP Awards
    Stars: Aga Muhlach, Angelica Panganiban and Maricel Soriano
    Director: Maryo J. de los Reyes.
     
    Comments from IMDb, jemps918 says:
    “The plot is complex enough to hold a more discerning audience's attention. The cinematography is subtly symbolic, thoughtful and well-motivated.”
     
    fanjals says:
    “It’s a very new way for the Filipino audience, I'm sure a lot of the movie goers could be confuse for some part cause director Mario J delos Reyes made it in a way that you will hold your seat and wait what gonna happen, so it's kinda tragic and not the usual Filipino movie that you would hope the ending will be."
     
12.   “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo”
 
    Released: 2007
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: 6th Gawad Tanglaw Awards
    Stars: Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo
    Director: Jose Javier Reyes
     
    Comment from clickthecity.com, Gmeleen Faye B. Tomboc says:
    “It is a great feel-good movie that you can watch again on a dreary day. Truly, Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo cements Star Cinema’s reputation as the master of the Filipino rom-com."
     
    Meanwhile, blogger Rianne Hill Soriano says:
    “No much pretentions and only true to its kind of cheesy humor and mushy Pinoy melodrama. Naturally funny as it is, it doesn’t try hard to make the audience laugh. It just goes on providing an escapist comedy route in a light, natural, and honest way and not as an artsy fartsy endeavor
     
13.   “In My Life”
 
    Released: 2009
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: 8th Gawad Tanglaw Awards and Gawad Suri Awards
    Stars: Vilma Santos, John Lloyd Cruz and Luis Manzano
    Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
     
    Comment from PEP.ph, Czeriza Valencia says:
    “For its exceptional casting alone, In My Life is amazing. Vilma aside, my heart goes out to John Lloyd, that rare dramatic actor who can make you cry just by seeing his eyes well up with tears. He portrays a lover quietly suffering Shirley's tantrums with restraint and grace, but at the same time, he makes it heartfelt and sincere.”
     
    Comment from Pinoy Times, Estrella Tata Delos Reyes says:
    “This movie was a beautiful feel-good experience to all those movie-goers who found enjoyment in its story telling.”
     
14.   “Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na ‘To!)

    Released: 2010
    Received “Best Picture” Award from: FAMAS Award and at the 2010 MMFF
    Stars: Ai Ai de las Alas
    Director: Wenn V. Deramas
     
    Comment from PEP.ph, Fidel Antonio Medel says:
    “Anchored by excellent performances, Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To!) is a crowd-pleasing family-oriented film that is as funny as it is touching.”
     
    Blogger Bryan Edward Villasana says:
    “The actors’ performances were all natural. The technical aspect is okay. The blending of comedy and a little bit of drama suits the entirety of the movie. The plotline is simple but the lines will cut through anyone’s heart and the public can truly relate to every scene. The MMFF Board did perhaps the right thing in making this film a grand-slam winner.”
     
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