Showing posts from November, 2011

REVIEW | The Beginners (2010)

Oliver Fields (Ewan McGregor) tells his story through a visual timeline. History conscious, Oliver also describes the sun, the stars, and love by their era ("This is how the sun looks like in 1955, and this is how the sun looks like in 2003..."), how tangible and intangible things in life evolve or expose themselves as time flows. Like  in 1955, his father, Hal Fields (Christopher Plummer), marries Oliver's mother, and in 2003, at the age of 75, after Oliver's mother's death, Hal confesses that he's gay...and  soon after he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The Beginners is a playfully visual and poetic satire of a dysfunctional life, with a constant undercurrent of sadness. We watch the repressed Oliver in present time, with his highly dependent dog Arthur, come to terms with the death of his father not long after his confession and immediate indulgence in a homosexual lifestyle. We see Oliver's present-day observations and life experiences trigger memor…

REVIEW | Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

The climax of the movie up to its ending was beautifully orchestrated. Dramatic. Emotional. Intense. And a good ending can redeem the whole movie (or an entire movie franchise?) from its flaws. I cannot think of a better way to end the movie. The cut was perfect. It has almost made me...a fan. Gasp!
Breaking Dawn 1 is the first half of the final Twilight saga novel. Bella and Edward get married (leaving Jacob and Team Jacob heartbroken). They go on a honeymoon in a breathtaking isolated Brazilian island, dangerously consummate their love-- and Bella, still human, gets miraculously pregnant with something that is called either one of the following: fetus, thing, baby, monster, him, half-human, half-vampire. But whatever it's called, it's a huge threat to Bella and the Cullens.

In Breaking Dawn, directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters), the movie essentially has the same feel as the previous ones; the somewhat teen-angst raw treatment, the folk and alternative-rock soundtrac…

REVIEW | My Cinema One Originals 2011 Experience

Out of the 10 Cinema One Originals digital independent films shown at the Shangri-la Cineplex last November 9th to 15th, I was only able to see two films: Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat and My Paranormal Romance.
When watching local indie films in the cinema, you take a huge risk with your time and money, and so I was glad I got in for free in both films. But sometimes, even if you get to watch a movie for free, you'd still feel violated if your time was horribly spent watching it.

Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat
Officially making it to my list of 'Worst Movies in the History of Both Amateur and Professional Filmmaking', Mga Anino sa Tanghaling Tapat is an artsy-fartsy self-conscious repertoire of eroticism and the supernatural in a provincial setting. Well, they say it's a coming-of-age story, but to begin with, there is no story.
Ines, a copper-haired pretty city girl in short skirts and dresses, arrives in her provincial hometown for the ritualistic burial of her grandfat…

Tango Fire of Buenos Aires Coming to Manila

Flicker of feet. Slow and fast. Sensual movements. Air crackling with tension and passion. Dramatic. Exciting.
From the shadows behind bordello-red curtains, the stage reminiscent of Argentinian dance halls, the world-renowned Tango Fire of Buenos Aires will grace Manila with their hot moves that will surely titillate dance lovers in the country.
Their phenomenal show, "Tango Fire—Flames of Desire," which left audiences from the USA, Canada, the UK, and Europe, Asia and South Africa reeling, will now give us a taste of their mind-blowing seductive and dangerous moves for two nights, on January 17 and 18, 2012, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, for the benefit of Ballet Philippines Foundation’s Noordin Jumalon Dance Scholarship Fund.
Last November 9, 2011 Ballet Philippines invited correspondents and tango lovers for a night of "Tango Fire Preview" at Nuvo Bar and Wine Restaurant at Greenbelt 2. They served Tango Fire martinis, and then …

REVIEW | "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" for Oscars 2012

If you have been traumatized by our local movies, sneering and rolling your eyes at fan-based mainstream rom-coms and comedies, and then scoffing at indie films of gay and poverty porn, which you feel sums up the entire Philippine film industry, then you should watch Ang Babae sa Septic Tank.
Representing the country at the 84th Oscar Awards to vie for a nomination spot in the Best Foreign Film category (bumping off Thelma and Rosario), Ang Babae sa SepticTank has managed to win the hearts of various Pinoy moviegoers: the mainstream-loving ones, the indie fans, the film snobs, and the common moviegoers, uniting them in one glorious laughfest.
The film, which gained viral stardom, is about two young and ambitious indie filmmakers (JM de Guzman and Kean Cipriano) and their PA (the non-speaking role of Cai Cortez) as they set out to create what they deem to be a brilliant indie film, envisioning international film festivals and awards-- specifically the Oscars. Their movie plot already …

Attention Cosplayers! Big Event Coming Your Way!

Cosplay and Comic Con lovers, something wicked comes your way!
On November 26th and 27th, at the Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall, get ready forPinoy Otaku Encore: A Celebration of Pinoy Otaku Culture!
Dress as an anime, manga, game, or movie character!
The two-day convention includes the following events:
1. Individual Cosplay Challenge 2. Group Cosplay 3. KPOP Dance Battle 4. Cosplay Kulturang Pinoy Photo Contest 5. Gundam Competition 6. Karaoke Singing Contest 7. Band Slam Elimination and Performance


According to the organizers, "Pinoy Otaku Encore focuses on the true Pinoy Otaku identity which is a culture on its own focusing on the Pinoy's dedication as manifested by the current trend in popular culture. It is shown by the blending of three cultures; Filipino, Japanese and Korean. The event will highlight the true Pinoy Otaku in all of us."


And by joining, you also contribute to a caus…