Da King is Dead (Long Live Da King)
My favorite FPJ films were the Kapag Puno Na ang Salop
trilogy. I remember watching them back in grade school, and they starred FPJ as the honest cop (as usual) opposite Eddie Garcia as a corrupt judge (this was before Manoy played Boyong Mañalac and inexplicably became an action superstar in his own right in his late 60's).
The best part about the movies was the famous line "Hindi ka na sisikatan ng araw
" before throwing Manoy in a nitso
alive and then sealing it with the headstone (I think this happened at the end of the second film). Of course, this paved the way for the scene in the third film where FPJ and Manoy meet again, and FPJ gets the shock of his life as Manoy taunts him, "Para kang nakakita ng multo
Most of the rest of the FPJ movies I've watched have just bled into each other in my recollection, though there are a handful of memorable ones. I thought May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi
was really good (and it had a then-Senator Erap cameo, too).
I also distinctly remember watching Ang Dalubhasa
in a bus on the way home from LB, and was amazed that during the final gunfight and FPJ was doing the monologue before killing the boss, SOMEBODY ACTUALLY SHOT HIM BECAUSE HE TALKED TOO MUCH INSTEAD OF JUST GOING AHEAD AND KILLING THE BOSS.