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Best Performance of 2010: Carla Abellana (Shake, Rattle and Roll XII) January 5, 2011

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Asian Films, MMFF, Noypi.

Coming from a franchise that produced some of the most spank-worthy characters ever to grace the silver screen, 2010’s best performance doesn’t look like it has anything to do with it. While it’s easy to credit Jerrold Tarog for crafting such a handsome fright piece—distancing his segment away from its two awful predecessors—Carla Abellana is just hard to miss. She avoids the wrong way of acting in horror movies, specifically, the Queen of Horror’s school of “monthly period” acting, with her penchant for overplaying and making the ugliest faces possible. Carla is by all means in control of her character in “Punerarya.” She looks stunning as a teacher. Every time her face lights up the screen, I couldn’t help but notice the remarkable nuances she delivers for the entire forty minutes. She shatters the damsel in distress stereotype and puts an end to all the too-stupid-to-live women borne out of the pea-sized brains of male writers. Even the way she carries her clothes—something that reminds me of Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love—deserves an essay on effective costume design. As the plot unfolds, she dances gracefully to the soft-pedalled music, which proves how wrong studio producers are in preempting the reactions of moviegoers through loud and tasteless noise. Never has she lost grip on making her character believable, on being a horrified clever lady, on looking calm and careful, on doing what seems to me is an endangered attack on the genre that has recently squatted some space in watered-down and offensively cheap comedies. One of her students, played by Nash Aguas, couldn’t have said it better: “Teacher Diane, ang bango bango mo naman!” Without any wasted moment and featuring a divine Odette Khan, “Punerarya” smells good too.



1. libidoatlikido - January 5, 2011

200% agree pards…. “something that reminds me of Maggie Cheung in In the Mood for Love—deserves an essay on effective costume design. “

2. Richard Bolisay - January 5, 2011

Tumpak. Pero tulog ako dun sa dalawang nauna.

3. Carla Angeline Abellana - January 5, 2011

Mr. Bolisay, I can’t help but cry… Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. God bless you. :)

4. letty panem - January 5, 2011

Carla’s going places…she’s really, really good! thumbs-up!!

5. Jayclops - January 5, 2011

and i really thought she couldn’t act. saw some episodes of rosalinda, her breakout telenovela. and thought she really sucked. but then it’s a telenovela.

6. libidoatlikido - January 5, 2011

pero inaabangan ko pa ang reviw mo sa Rosario, at sa iba pa..antayin ko pards! hehe

7. ayn - January 5, 2011


*stop making me want to watch Shake Rattle and Roll!*

lol. but it’s nice to hear that there’s at least one story without a tstl heroine. I might catch it if I’m feeling brave^^

8. Oggs Cruz - January 5, 2011

Salamat Chard, kinilig ako na di lang pala ako ang napahuwaw kay Abellana.

9. Epoy - January 5, 2011

chardd, sent you a message on your email, check mo na lang. haha.

I want to see this one. I believe Abellana is some good talent misused in TV. The way they did with Coco in that coffee commercial.

10. Richard Bolisay - January 6, 2011

RM: di ko napanood ang rosario. kumusta?

jay: rosalinda, ay amor!

ayn: TSTL! i learned that from you.

oggs: naman!

epoy: thanks!

11. Richard Bolisay - January 6, 2011

hello carla. i can’t help but cry too that you visited my blog! you were brilliant. best regards :)

12. Tirso3rd of PEx - January 6, 2011

Carla Abellana was robbed, she should have won the Best Actress trophy. Anyway, she was nominated during the awards night, better than nothing at all. Congratulations Carla!

13. leylander - January 6, 2011

you did a great job, carla. too bad, they’d rather watch a movie with a cast so annoying you’d watch to slash your wrists.

14. leylander - January 6, 2011

uhmm, that should’ve been *want. haha.

15. megan - January 7, 2011

Naks! Sayang wala man lang akong napanuod na MMFF entry.

16. Richard Bolisay - January 7, 2011

Totoo yang nanghinayang ka? Haha.

17. Epoy - January 7, 2011

Carla abellana was here. nice one!

18. cathy - January 7, 2011

Agree with you. Carla made the whole movie watchable, and made me realize she is indeed an actress to watch.

19. libidoatlikido - January 8, 2011

cathy p. ?

20. Don - February 19, 2011

Kakanood ko lang nito. Ang galing nga nya shet haha

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