(SPOT.ph) With only seven days in week, it can be difficult to pack all the things you need and want to do in that amount of time. With the long weekend coming up, you can use the extra time to catching up on local films you might have missed out on. Streaming platform iflix has a collection of Pinoy movies that you might want to check out. Here are a few you can binge-watch this weekend.
Never Not Love You (2018)
Choosing between love and career is a dilemma that's all too familiar. For ambitious Joanna, played by Nadine Lustre, the dream of becoming brand manager is something she wants to hustle for. For easygoing Gio, played by James Reid, all that matters is being happy with the person he loves. As they head to London, their relationship is tested and they are forced to make decisions that change their lives drastically. Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the movie strips Lustre and Reid of the usual sweet love-team plot and instead deals with more serious adult matters. Fun fact: Lustre won a Gawad Urian award for her portrayal of Joanna.
Meet Me in St. Gallen (2018)
This film by Irene Emma Villamor follows the lives of Jesse (Carlo Aquino), a frustrated musician who meets Celeste (Bela Padilla), an aspiring painter at a coffee shop one night. Jesse finds it amusing that Celeste uses Katy Perry as her coffee shop name and they reliaze that they are named after the characters of Celeste and Jesse Forever. As the hours pass, they talk about life, love, and their values, but decide to part ways as night makes way for morning in order to preserve the magic of their serendipitous meeting. Years later, they meet again as different people.
Can We Still Be Friends (2017)
Directed by Prime Cruz, the film revolves around the relationship between Gerald Anderson's Diego and Arci Munoz's Sam who are friends turned lovers turned exes. As they try to get over each other and move on to new relationships, they remain friends and attempt to beat the other into getting a partner first. Discussing relationships, love, and the trouble of dating, the film also raises a question: Can you really be friends with your ex?
Luck at First Sight (2017)
Joma (Jericho Rosales) is unlucky and has lost most of his money to gambling. He hears of the "life charm"--a person who brings luck to anyone's life. The life charm must remain close to Joma in order for luck to come into his life and it comes in the form of Bela Padilla's Diane, who brings him better and grander the luck the closer they are together physically. There's only one thing that can keep the life charm working--one must never fall in love with the person. Otherwise, bad luck strikes again. Directed by Dan Villegas, the film shows how difficult it is to gamble on people.
Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)
In an attempt to move on from his former lover, Ely, played by Daniel Padilla, moves to Barcelona and pursues a Master's degree while working. Mia, played by Kathryn Bernardo, moves to Barcelona as well with the plan of starting a new life. Together, they conquer the challenges they face, but Mia begins to question why Ely really left the Philippines, and wonders if he only loves her because she bears a resemblance to his past flame, Celine. The Olivia M. Lamasan-directed film won Best Picture at the 65th FAMAS Awards.