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2010 Movies

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Random thoughts on movies released last 2010 that I was able to watch (and can remember):

Despicable Me was better than Megamind. After watching Despicable Me, I wanted to go out, buy a cat and name her Agnes. Don’t ask me why.

I regret not watching Guardians of Ga’hoole on 3D. Amazing graphics!

Going the Distance is the best laugh-at-loud chick flick of 2010. Justin  Drew forever!

I wasn’t able to watch 127 Hours in full. Great film but (spoiler alert!) the arm-cutting part was way too realistic for me that I had to look away (and I really think my tolerance for gore is better than most people). Loved the editing. This is truly Danny Boyle’s film.

Alice in Wonderland was a bit of a disappointment story-wise but I still love Tim Burton.

My husband and I still argue over Inception’s ending until now.

Can’t decide which one I love more: The Social Network or Black Swan. These two movies are probably the best of 2010, hands down.

PS: I got to see The King’s Speech. Must revise previous statement–it was the best movie of 2010, hands down. I think The Social Network and Black Swan were superb but I loved everything in The King’s Speech. A+ acting, direction and cinematography.

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Caparas is National Artist for Film…GOD Save Us!

August 8, 2009 5 comments

I was listening to the Startalk interview with Carlo J. Caparas and his wife Donna, and I got so angry that I blogged.

For those unaware of what’s been happening, artists are protesting PGMA’s decision to confer the award to an official of the agency that screens the nominees of the said award (Cecille-Guidote-Alvarez), and a movie director (Caparas) whose nomination for the award has been rejected twice. (Read full article here.)

I hate that Caparas is making this into a class fight because it’s not. He is taking this so personally that he feels he has to prove that he deserves the award. What he seems to fail to understand is that people are clamoring against the abuse of power perpetuated yet again by Malacañang.

Caparas says that what’s going on is a “protest syndrome”–that people will protest against anything our president is doing. Mr. Caparas, hindi kami bobo at tanga para tumahimik lang sa isang tabi habang lantaran kaming niloloko at inaabuso ng mga taong nasa kapangyarihan. Ang iyong paghirang bilang isang National Artist ay pinoprotesta namin dahil ito ay isang lantarang pag-abuso ng kapangyarihan ni Gloria bilang presidente. Kahit ano man ang sabihin mo, wala ka sa listahan ng mga nominado ng NCCA na ipinasa nila sa Malacañang. Mismong ang mga miyembro ng panel na nag-deliberate sa listahan na ito ay di malaman kung saan napulot ang pangalan mo.

This really isn’t personal Mr. Caparas but you’re making it as if it was. You may have been an unlucky victim of circumstance but your attempt to prove that you deserve to be a National Artist makes me less empathic. Since you’re standing your ground, no matter how shaky its foundation, I think you deserve the criticisms. The truth is, you don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Brocka, Bernal, Romero and de Leon.

Caparas referred to his massacre films as justice films–to this I say “bullshit”. His films were poorly executed (yes, I watched some of them on cable) and were obvious acts of exploitation. He says that millions of people watched his movies and that in itself is proof that he deserves the award. If that’s the case then Michael Bay should have already won an Oscar.

Donna says that “award lang naman ito” which obviously showed her ignorance about the kind of undeserved honor her husband has received. Being named as National Artist is way more than that–as a layman, I would like to think that the works of my National Artists represent me as a Filipino to the world. I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t want to be represented by Kris Aquino massacre films.

As a comic novelist, Caparas doesn’t even illustrate his own comics. So technically and unarguably, the honor is undeserved.

He says that he will give part of the monthly stipend he will get as National Artist to streetchildren…he has helped a lot of people in the industry…he has 400 scholars…he sees himself as an inspiration to people since he used to be poor and is now rich because of hard work…

All these prove that Caparas is probably a generous, hard working person but these do not qualify him as a National Artist for Film and Visual Arts.

We are not elitists Mr. Caparas. We say you don’t deserve to be called a National Artist because it’s the truth. No amount of dull, illogical argument can change that.

At this point, I’d like to quote a paragraph from the official statement made by Leo Martinez, Director General of the Film Academy of the Philippines, about the selection of Carlo J. Caparas as National Artist for Visual Arts and Film:

Conferring the highest award on someone who was never in the running makes a travesty of the National Artist Awards, an institution that has been looked up to, venerated even for the recognition it gives to Filipinos whose body of works or whose contribution to the Filipino people is of the highest order. We have as this year’s awardees Manuel Conde for Film and Frederico Alcuaz for Visual Arts. Both are commendable, both beyond question. It has never been done before but had the Organizers wanted to give the same award to more than one person, why not consider the other most deserving nominees. Instead, in our utter disgust, a new category was coined and the two most prestigious awards for Film and Visual Arts were conferred Carlo Caparas.

It is a pity that the National Artist Award has been reduced to a joke.

I don’t feel like laughing.

Point the gun at the right person: my thoughts on the Hayden Kho scandal

May 28, 2009 3 comments

A lot has been said about the Hayden Kho scandal. This is my point of view on the matter but let me make it short.

So Hayden likes to record himself on video when he has sex. Although it seems perverse to me, I don’t condemn him for that. I don’t understand his reasons but I don’t think he’s evil personified either.

So Katrina had sex with another woman’s boyfriend. It was wrong. We all know that. Both her and Hayden should have known better. You just don’t steal another woman’s man.

Hayden, Katrina and his two other partners are victims because their privacy was violated by the person who posted the sex videos on the internet. I really believe that the senate is after the wrong guy unless the doctor himself uploaded those videos on the net.

This isn’t a women’s rights issue as the senate wants us to believe. This is a privacy issue. I’m thinking that they probably slanted it that way because of how the charges may be filed. Since there’s no existing law on the publication of private videos/photos on the internet, the doctor might be charged with violating provisions of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004. What’s ironic is that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. There have been a lot of sex video scandals before but this is the first time that a senator “felt strongly enough” to mention it in the Senate. So how come, until now, there’s still no law to address these kinds of things? Ginagawa ba ng senado ang trabaho nila? I heard that a number of bills have been drawn since 2004(?) but not one has been passed yet.

For someone who has no clear advocacy, the only way Sen. Bong Revilla can run and possibly win in the next elections is to connect his name to a controversy. He picked a good one but I just don’t buy this guy’s crap. At first, I was hoping that this is probably the best way the Senate could be pushed to finally come up with a law for cases like this. But seeing how distorted the whole issue has become, I shudder to think about what kind of bill they’d come up with.

What irritates me more are the people around me who actually download, watch and share the sex videos. The rude and nasty comments made about Katrina’s lust or the women’s “kahayukan” insult me as a woman. Pag narinig mo ang ibang manghusga, akala mo hindi sila nakikipag-sex. Curiosity (and the media) has blown this thing out of proportion.

As for the news media…

There are a lot more important and relevant things to report. Do your job. This isn’t journalism anymore.

Snapshot (DMB)

DMB has a facebook page for fans. I just noticed their profile pic today:

Looks like they left a spot for Leroi.

A double dose of spy films

November 22, 2008 4 comments

I was finally able to watch Quantum of Solace earlier tonight at the Podium. Being a fan of the James Bond franchise, I obviously wanted to see the film for myself.

While the action sequences in Casino Royale blew me away, I thought Quantum delivered enough action to keep me satisfied. There was no “wow” factor for me on this movie with regards to the action. I still appreciate how realistic the sequences were–I felt every punch, kick and fall. The best sequence was probably when James and a bad guy fell through this glass roof. That was one heck of a scene to direct. Unfortunately, I already saw it in the trailer so I was already expecting it.

Olga Kurylenko is the most boring Bond girl ever. Granted that Denise Richards was laughable as a nuclear scientist, Olga as a Bolivian Secret Service agent did not sell. I was expecting more from her character after reading her interviews about how this particular Bond girl was different from the rest. Apart from the fight scene with the sleazy general, she was constantly being saved by James. She was no different from the other Bond girls who swooned after James and who used their feminine wiles to get what they want. Despite the “I’m-tough-don’t-mess-with-me-exterior”, she couldn’t seem to make a smart decision (nor survive!) without James backing her up. But she didn’t sleep with Bond–maybe that’s what she meant by “different”.

Funny that some fans were griping about the lack of gadgets while I didn’t even notice it. I’m still undecided whether that’s a good thing or not.

I still like Daniel Craig. Some people may think that he doesn’t really fit the Bond typecast but I like the rougher, tougher Bond. I’d pick him over Pierce Brosnan to win a fist fight any day.

I give claps to whoever did the sound design. It was just so good. The scoring’s also one the best I’ve heard in a while. As for the theme song, I still love Cornell’s “You Know My Name” but I was bowled over by the Jack White and Alicia Keys duet. It’s one of those things that you never expected to mix–a hard core rocker and an R&B diva. “Another Way To Die” is probably among the better Bond theme songs.

Another spy film that premiered this week was Burn After Reading. I was able to watch the premiere at Robinson’s Galleria for free last Monday (thanks Arlene!). How can a film go wrong when it’s directed by Academy award winning directors (Coen brothers) and stars John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand?

I just love character driven plots and Burn After Reading did not disappoint. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a movie that much. Pitt and Clooney were such a joy to watch–they were such believable idiots. Frances was just brilliant; she made her shallow, manipulative character endearing (which was tough!). I was also psyched to see Malkovich on the big screen again. His role as an angry and frustrated CIA agent seemed to be tailor made for him.

I want to watch this again to find out what I missed on the parts where I laughed too much. 🙂 I couldn’t say anything more without posting spoilers. But take my word for it–if you want to watch a film that offers something away from the norm, then this one’s for you. You just wouldn’t be able to predict what will happen next.

If made to choose between these two spy films, I’d choose Burn After Reading hands down. There’s never anything wrong with a good laugh plus it has more eye candy.

And you can never have too much of both.



Falling In Love with a Fair Lady

October 21, 2008 1 comment

I’ve heard of the film “My Fair Lady” since I was a kid but I never had the chance to watch it. I was reminded of the film once more while watching the most recent Gossip Girl episode (the first scene was a “homage” to the film). I finally got hold of a copy and watched it for the first time tonight.

I’ve always been a fan of Audrey Hepburn. I adored her in Breakfast at Tiffany’s but Audrey as Eliza Doolittle was just so endearing. She’s so charming that it’s impossible not to love her. Professor Higgins had no chance!

And the clothes…I just love the clothes! I wish I was as thin as a waif so I could look as good in Audrey’s clothes. My personal favorite was the dress she wore at the ball:

Eliza's dress for the ball

Here’s a closer look at the details of the dress:

One of my favorite scenes was when the professor brought Eliza to the horse races.  The women were adorned in black and white couture with the men in gray tuxedos.  The scene was picturesque and elegant…just perfect. I love it!

*Sigh*

Just lovely. I kept going back to this scene over and over again. I just couldn’t get enough of it.

The film had a simple love story but it was classic Hollywood all the way.  The ending wasn’t contrived nor was it forced. It was simple and to the point–we don’t make enough movies like that anymore.  The closest modern film I could think of that achieved the same level of romance and charm is the 2007 film, Once (highly-recommended; love the soundtrack as well).

My Fair Lady is one of those films that I could watch over and over again. It’s a great flick to watch with your girlfriends late at night with microwave popcorn and a bottle of wine.  This classic has it all–charming characters, a love story and great clothes. What else can a girl ask for?

Kapuso versus Kapamilya

September 7, 2008 1 comment

Rabid fans of ABS CBN and GMA bring the network wars into a different level. I have always found this phenomenon both disturbing and fascinating.

Here’s a video posted in youtube last month by two writers from the two networks; it’s their own take on the network wars.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Kapuso versus Kapamilya“, posted with vodpod