Showing posts from December, 2012

Leon Miguel in Sean Ellis' METRO MANILA

The indie thriller and Tribeca-winner Graceland (2012), directed by Ron Morales, has earned rave reviews around the world not only for its strong narrative, but also because of the impressive, naturalistic performances of almost the entire cast, including that of Leon Miguel, who played Visel, the kidnapper.
We sat down with Leon Miguel for a short talk and the down-to-earth, humble actor could only thank God for the success of Graceland and the international praises he is getting for his intense performance as Visel, saying how much he enjoyed the experience, how much he loves his Graceland family, also giving high praises to director Morales, "He's really something else. Ron is brilliant."
Having appeared in numerous TV shows and international productions, Leon is usually typecast as the bad guy-- which he doesn't mind, as long as he delivers a credible performance. Indeed, because he usually gets noticed by international filmmakers. In fact, Leon has a cameo role in…

REVIEW | Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) is a 6-year-old girl living in a Louisana bayou called The Bathtub and her mind is always running with philosophical thoughts like beautiful poetry. Hushpuppy has no mama, but converses to her from time to time, and her daddy (Dwight Henry) is ill and an alcoholic. And the isolated and poverty-stricken Bathtub is precariously floating in water, which means an arrival of a storm would be the end of the world for the proud residents, like the Great Flood, with ancient aurochs released from the ice caps that would come and eat them.
Beasts of the Southern Wild, from the astonishing directorial debut of Benh Zeitlin, and which won prizes in this year's Sundance and Cannes, will take you on a rich and emotionally stirring journey through the poetic soul of a small child, played exceptionally well by newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis. Rather than simply tell a story, Zeitlin makes you experience Hushpuppy's struggle for courage and survival with stunning cin…

REVIEW | A Secret Affair (2012)

With the success of last year's No Other Woman, local films on infidelity have become a sudden trend, and A Secret Affair is not only the worst of its kind, but it's one of the worst movies I've seen in the last decade. A duplicate of No Other Woman, the movie this time partners Derek Ramsay and Anne Curtis (the cavorting couple in No Other Woman) with Andi Eigenmann as the other woman.
Rafi (Curtis) gets cold feet on her wedding day, dumps her fiance Anton (Ramsay) and tearfully flies to New York for some soul-searching. 
Anton, then, tries to mend his broken heart by having sex with an ex-fling—and Rafi's friend—Sam (Eigenmann), on all available hard surfaces (vertical or horizontal). The unaware Rafi soon returns home and decides to patch things up with Anton...but it's not as easy as she thinks because of the freakily obsessed Sam.

Directed by Nuel Naval, A Secret Affair is an utter disgrace to humanity. Here, you get to watch the three leading stars who are s…

REVIEW | Supremo (2012)

Supremo is the Textbook Andres Bonifacio come to life on the big screen. 
His wife's death. His escalating anger against the Spanish rule. The Katipunan. His battles. And his death.
Supremo feels like watching your high school classmates reenact Bonifacio's bio for a school project. The cast recite their lines with painful memorization and deliver acting that is, well, obvious and clear acting. No one seems to have genuinely transformed into character; they only arrange their facial muscles into the appropriate emotion and response that the scene requires. When they open their mouths to deliver their difficult lines, you cringe at the fakeness of it. Hence, the characters feel fake. Soulless. The acting relegated to unnatural hand gestures and facial distortions; their eyes are self-conscious of the camera and show that they are trying hard not to forget their lines. They pose like cosplayers, too. And you recall how some of your classmates were better actors.

Andres Bonifacio,…

REVIEW | Thy Womb (2012)

Brillante Mendoza doesn't allow fame to get to him. After beating Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Lars von Trier as Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Fest in 2009, he remains to be down-to-earth and all the more passionate about his art. And it seems like he can only achieve personal success if the Filipino people, his own race—especially the mainstream-stubborn ones—can finally appreciate his films.
That is his primary concern with his latest work Thy Womb (Sa Iyong Sinapupunan), starring the legendary Nora Aunor, and which won him the La Navicella at the recently concluded Venice Film Festival, that the Filipino audience give it a chance. To highly consider alternative cinema. 
In Thy Womb, Mendoza takes us to the southernmost part of Tawi-Tawi, in glorious high definition seascapes that meet the boundless sky—a panorama reminiscent of the trailer of Ang Lee's Life of Pi. Zoom in closer and you see a dilapidated water village. Shanties balanced on stilts in the middle of…