The eyes are one of the most powerful tools a woman can have. With one look, she can relay the most intimate message. After the connection is made, words cease to exist. #vscocam #vsco (at V.Mapa Sta Mesa Manila)
11 years apart. make it look like only 2-3 years apart.
Love changes everyone: Athena Dizon (2/2)
"I love you, even if you've hurt me countless of times, I still love
you. Even if we had only spent a small amount of time together, and
even in the afterlife, I'll still love you. And I'm so tired; but I
know that you'll fight for me, you'll fight for us.
Kenji, I love you so much; always, forever."
SHE’S DATING THE GANGSTER (#SDTG)
I have watched a lot of Filipino movies throughout my existence. Each made an impact. Some disappointed me, some made me cry, some gave me butterflies in my stomach, some made me laugh. But this, this movie, made me feel everything there is to feel.
SDTG, starring the love-team above, Kathryn Bernardo (Athena Dizon) and Daniel Padilla (Kenji de los Reyes), is a movie about two misfits having found their greatest love with each other. All started with a pretend story of the two being a fake couple to make Kenji’s ex-girlfriend jealous. Eventually, both fell in the trap of love. Athena, suffering from a heart disease, did not tell anything to Kenji. The story goes when when Kenji found out the his ex-girlfriend has cancer and was forced to choose his ex over Athena. Their story ended there. Now here’s the twist. Those two right the the picture, are actually the son of Kenji and the niece of Athena. These two were on the search of Kenji and Athena’s greatest love and ended up knowing that Kenji’s love to his son is the greatest love. They were both in a mission to make Kenji meet Athena before she dies. They eventually succeeded but unfortunately when the two met, Athena died in Kenji’s arms. On the other side of the story, those two from the picture, found their greatest love, with each other, too.
Overall, I think this will be the kind of movie people will ought to love.
Movie #120: She’s Dating the Gangster (2014)
- “It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes. All of a sudden, she finds herself pretending—unwillingly at that—to be his girlfriend to make his ex jealous. Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from the girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves. He’s hotheaded, never seems to agree with her on anything—and everything about him screams gangster. Has Athena gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle? Or has she actually found herself a boy she can call hers—gangster be damned?" -Source
- UNFAIR. THIS MOVIE IS UNFAIR. =))))) Because I really liked it. Well definitely not how I would end it but I really liked the rest of the movie.
- Though they still look confused at the concept of a “gangster.”
- The Cast (The casting itself might be a spoiler though!): Athena Dizon-young (Kathryn Bernardo), Athena Dizon-old (Dawn Zulueta) Kelay (Kathryn Bernardo), Kenji Delos Reyes-Young (Daniel Padilla), Kenji Delos Reyes-old (Richard Gomez), Lucas-Young (Kahlil Ramos), Lucas-old (Ian Veneracion), Abigail (Sofia Andres)
- The format and flow of the movie: From the trailer, we can already see that Kathryn and Daniel plays two characters - a past version and a present version of themselves. Their connection isn’t that hard to figure out. I like the format because two stories were running at the same time. It was past-present-past-present-conclusion. I do wish that there were more natural parallelism between the two stories. It felt a bit pushed.
- The Cliche: There were still a lot of cliche scenes like makeover scenes (but with a twist and a group of really bitchy bullies. There were scenes that felt so “A Walk to Remember" + "The Fault in Our Stars”.
- Though I think that the two movies that I really remember from She’s Dating The Gangster are “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit" (also starring Richard Gomez & Dawn Zulueta) & "Blue Moon."
- Nevertheless, She’s Dating the Gangster have its own marks - elements that separated it from those other stories. It had the element of this generation - the decade’s quirkiness, the never-ending banters, the lovely insults, the bad boy charms, and of course, Kathryn Bernardo & Daniel Padilla.
- Chemistry: Real or not, nobody can deny the chemistry of Kathryn & Daniel and their ability to make people swoon, scream, or basically just make people feel a lot of emotions. They’re really improving in terms of acting.
- I really swear that the character, Kenji Delos Reyes is the most maltreated person in this movie. Everything that happened to him is just unfair.
- Supporting characters: I wish that Kahlil Ramos & Sofia Andres had more scenes and speaking parts. They would have made Athena and Kenji’s love story stronger. Also, it would have been helpful to have an adult Sara. She was such a lovely character.
- *SPOILERS START* I really love the fact that they were really telling the story of Richard and Dawn because they’re one of my all time favorite loveteams. *SPOILERS END*
- In the end, “She’s Dating the Gangster" is about being honest with yourself and with what you really want in life. Sometimes, you can’t deny yourself anymore of the love that you deserve. There are some things that you cannot help and there are things that you can. It teaches us that when we give someone the power to make us happy, we also give them the power to make us sad. The love, care, and affection that we feel for them can be the most powerful motivation or the worst life sucker.
- I am such a sucker for these sappy love stories. Oh gosh, I am such a fucking hopeless romantic. Or maybe I’m hopeless, period.
- My list of favorite lines:
- "Kailangan ba talaga pag nagmamahal ka, nasasaktan ka rin?"
- "Tumaya ka lang."
- "Gusto ko na ‘tong itigil kasi nagiging totoo na. Totoong nagugustuhan na kita."
- "Natatakot ako… kasi gustong gusto ko."
- "I can’t breathe."
- And that line about finding strength to live with the love of the people around you. HEHE.
- So definitely a must watch for me HAHA. I was so originally not a fan of Kathryn-Daniel (though I’ve watched all their movies HAHA).
She’s Dating The Gangster book, which was written by Bianca Bernardino (SGwannabe), is beautiful. Very. And, She’s Dating The Gangster the movie is beautiful as well! Oh my god. My heart. I’m crying.
Actually I cried. I cried for the movie more than I cried for TFIOS the movie. Actually I didn’t quite cry at all for the latter.
SDTG always makes me cry. The first time I read it, during third year high school (and I’m already onto third year college now), tears gushed forth from my swollen eyes. I didn’t sleep even if I had classes next thing in the morning. It was that.. it is THAT beautiful.
The second time I read it, I thought I’m not gonna cry anymore. I was so wrong.
SDTG hurts. But it hurts in a really, really good way. It may be masochistic but really, you would want to be hurt over and over again, if it’s SDTG that’s doing the hurting. Just like love.. I think.
SDTG is so beautiful. Oh my god. Thank God for this story. Thank God for the author. Thank God they made a movie out of it.
My sister and I watched it today. I kind of hesitated at first because it has already become so mainstream and I hate mainstream. But I got over it anyway. We fell in line, and we were offered two options upon payment: top seats or bottom seats. Since I have already learned my lessons, I opted for quality.
But it turned out, no one is regulating the seats inside. Even if you paid for the bottom seat, you can still go upstairs. Which was kind of unfair. Now I have learned a new lesson.
But then again, we were given free popcorns and tap cards which we can just reload next time. The free popcorns helped a lot because we didn’t have time anymore to buy food. It turned out that the seats were first come first serve and I was able to save a seat for my sister.
Oh god. The movie was really beautiful. At first I was cynical and dismayed when I saw the trailer when I watched TFIOS. But now, I was wrong. I was so wrong. It may be a local movie, it may have already been mainstream, but it was still beautiful. It may have had inconsistencies with the book (as with all other film adaptations of books), but it was okay. It was really okay. I cried. I fucking cried. No one and not many can make me cry.
As the movie was ending, Daniel and Karthryn were about to kiss but the screen already blacked out and all of the audience squealed!!! Even I and my sister!!! I discovered from my sister that they still haven’t kissed before in shows, in dramas, in movies, or in public for that matter. AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T KISSED THIS TIME!! KAJNSFJKBASJKFBAJSFBKJ!!!!!
The setting of the past was really kind of jeje and retro but it was really colorful and I liked it. I like how pretty Karthryn is. I like how bibo she is. I like how she is so good at acting. I hope she gets better and improve as an actress.
Oh my god. The feels. Just the feels please. I really want to read SDTG again. I hope there is still a copy lurking somewhere in the Internet even if it was already published. I would really want to relive the book again.
Oh for the love of books! And stories!!! I really cannot live without them!!!
I tried to hug my sister after but she did not let me. Haha. I hate you sister.
I kind of wished though that they also kind of gave some story about the friends of Kenji and Athena, but never mind. It was still okay. It already ran for two hours.
Now, my favorite part of the movie. Athena (Karthryn) just have had her heart disease attack. She pleadingly asked Kenji (Daniel) to stop what is going on with them already. To stop the deal already. But Kenji didn’t want Athena to “break up” with him. Kenji said that in the end, no one really wanted to be with him and walked out. Athena followed him, and then it got along the lines that Athena already wanted to end their “relationship” because she was already falling hard for Kenji, and Kenji answered:
"Ako ba hindi?"
Oh my god I swear all of the audience swooned at that. It was really laJKNASJKFBASKJFBKJASBFKJASBFKAWEIOTHUI!!!!!!!!! Then blah blah blah and then what Athena said really touched my heart:
"Natatakot ako.. kasi gusto ko, gustung-gustung-gusto ko."
I died the first time I read SDTG. I died the second time. And now I died again.
Oh for the love of books.
I miss Kenji and Athena. :(((((
Ito ang super duper best ‘Book turned Movie’ for me. Iyakan ba naman yan nila @eserehtsevilla at @chengclapis yan. The best ang #AthenJi!!! Partida nabasa ko pa yung CC and Wattpad Version nito. Ang messy ko kasi sa book ako naiyak. ㅠ ㅠ Sexylove x Lovebabe! GO SEXY, GO SEXY, GO SEXY SEXY LOVE!!! #SDTGNowShowing #ShesDatingTheGangster #SDTGTheMovie #KathNiel ♥♥♥ (at SM City Manila)
That one line from the themesong, “… love is not a game that children play..” epitomises the entire movie.
Love. It’s not as simple as, “two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen equals water every single time.”
No two love stories are exactly the same, moreso the intricacies behind each one. “She’s Dating The Gangster” is ultimately a story of how love true challenges the foundation of which it is based on.
ATHENA & KENJI
I would never wish upon my enemy that kind of love story Athena and Kenji had.
Not because of how it ended, but because not everyone is created to withstand the struggle and sarcifices they had to go through.
Was it a great love? Yes, but not because of their feelings alone. It is a “one great love” because as much as those romantic feelings were real, they were mature enough to look beyond what’s happening between just the two of them.
They never allowed their feelings for each other to cloud their decisions.
Their decisions were profoundly unselfish.
You’d have to what for what Kenji, in the 2014 timeline, will say as to why those decisions were worth it, even if at the time they made them it would have meant becoming emotionally bereft.
KENNETH & KELAY
They were never in the book, so I had no expectations of them.
I really thought they will be the usual plot devices – pushing the narrative, but never becoming organic to the story.
But they glued everything together.
We discovered Kenji and Athena’s great love with them – they become us. When Kenneth quipped, “Ano bang nangyari sa kanila?” he was voicing the exact same question we were individually asking.
Kenneth and Kelay were a marvel to watch. Creating these two characters and allowing us to see the Kenji & Athena story through them chipped away the massive emotional baggage the book had.
Plus, that undeniable tension between these two characters was so palpalble I wanted to go inside the film and push their lips together for that one fairy-tale kiss.
Alas, that was something I couldn’t do.
PAGE TO SCREEN
I have said this over and over and over again, I found the book forgettable. In fact, I never became attached to Kenji and Athena as book characters. I never saw the driving force that made them fall in love in the first place, so the notion that theirs is a great love story was lost to me.
I have to give so much credit to Carmi Raymundo for giving depth to both these characters. She re-created them in such a way that the pieces missing out from the book were, effortlessly, on the big screen.
The execution of the story, how the two worlds merged together, and how effectively they were able to convey that love is more a The Script album than it is a Disney movie, was done so well I wanted to cry my eyes out – oh wait, I did.
Some films make you cry because it’s plot-driven – you have no other road to walk on. They film was leading up to that moment: the tears.
Surprisingly, “She’s Dating The Gangster” is a film where crying is a given, but the reason why you will differs from one person to the next, simply because of the way the narrative, sketches and character voices were laid out.
Like Kenneth & Kelay, the crying was organic.
You just cry because it hits you: I had my version of “Kenji”. I was once an “Athena”. I had my own “1994 Albay” moment. All those feelings you’d felt when you loved, and ultimately lost that love, will come back. And for those who have never loved before, you’d cry because you will feel the struggle these characters, whom you suddenly care so much about, are experiencing.
At one point, you’d probably imagine what it would feel like to be them – and then that’s where you’d cry the most, because as we all individually imagine how it must be to be Kenji or Athena at THAT moment, we all realise that, “FUCK, I WOULDN’T HAVE SURVIVED THAT IF I WERE HIM/HER.”
That realisation is what separates a good film from a great one: that one small line that the audience unknowingly crosses.
That’s when characters stay with us even after the film ends – that’s the moment when, like Jack & Rose before them, or Popoy & Basha, Kenji & Athena became more real than they should be for us as audience.
That’s where the resonance of film characters begin: when you unknowingly imagine yourself as them.
A WINNING TRIO: MOLINA. BERNARDO. PADILLA.
I have no words but, “BRAVO.”
To Direk Cathy, you nailed it, again. You have proven once again why you are at the pedestal.
To Kath, you are brilliant. You are made for the big screen. You are born to become a superstar, and the versatility you’ve shown in this film is a delight to the senses. You are a star like no other.
To DJ, you are a living testament of what hard work & dedication would result to. You are beyond amazing in this film. You were not DJ playing Kenji, YOU WERE KENJI, period.
THE KATHNIEL MAGIC: UNDENIABLE
Lastly, either as Kenji and Athena or as Kenneth and Kelay, KathNiel is A-FUCKING-MAZING to watch.
This is their film, from beginning to end. They are individually brilliant, but together they are just [NO WORDS HAVE BEEN COINED YET TO DESCRIBE WHAT KATHNIEL IS].
They just draw you in.
No matter how much you fight it, you cannot.
So haters, brace yourselves for more years of this undeniable KathNiel magic.
If “She’s Dating The Gangster” is the barometer, they have a long way to go before that magic fades, if ever.
It was around Christmas time when me and We are Witch's lovely admin started exchanging mail and discussing one of those X-days W.I.T.C.H. challenge.
This was waiting to be posted for about half a year u_u I am so sorry…
I present to you our baby: The 22 days of W.I.T.C.H. Challenge (+ a bonus, if you have read any of the books)
Day 1 - Favourite W.I.T.C.H. girl
Day 2 - Least favourite W.I.T.C.H. girl
Day 3 - Favourite issue (or episode, if you haven’t read the comics)
Day 4 - Favourite villain
Day 5 - Favourite teacher
Day 6 - Favourite couple
Day 7 - Favourite arc
Day 8 - Favourite side character
Day 9 - Favourite special issue
Day 10 - Which of the girl has the best family in your opinion?
Day 11 - Favourite sibling
Day 12 - Which element are you / suits you best?
Day 13 - Favourite world
Day 14 - Favourite male character
Day 15 - Which of the girls’ fashion style do you like best?
Day 16 - Which do you like better - the cartoon or the comics?
Day 17 - Favorite magical item
Day 18 - Favourite guardian from the previous guardians
Day 19 - Least favourite episode/issue
Day 20 - Lamest villain
Day 21 - Least favourite arc
Day 22 - Something in the story you would like to change/remove?
Bonus: Day 23 - Favourite book (the advice books count too)
Much love to dear Teca for helping me out with ideas for the challenge <3
I hope you guys have fun with this!
While I love the fact that people like this challenge and participate in it, I really wish that when starting the challenge you’d at the very least link back to this, instead of copy-pasting the days. After all, two people were involved in the making and we worked hard on trying to make it fun and enjoyable. Copy-pasting the rules to me kinda feels like flipping the bird at both of us.
"Yeah, thanks for making this, now scram"
edit: just to be on the clear with it, I mean as in not while doing the challenge, but just copy-pasting the rules as a new post w/o even a mention that you took it from somewhere and from then on start working on it. thank!