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A Few Thoughts on “I’M DRUNK, I LOVE YOU” (JP Habac, 2017)

1. This movie hits right at home, as if speaking to me in a personal level. It contains two of the things that I love the most - good booze and good music. Almost 80% of the movie involves drinking, which is relatively the same percentage of what I do during my free time. Or so I thought. Also, it is packed with great music from talented Filipino artists like Ang Bandang Shirley, Cynthia Alexander, Bullet Dumas, Johnoy Danao, Parokya ni Edgar, and Ebe Freaking Dancel! We’ll get more of that later.

2. I’m claiming this: This is the best performance of Maja Salvador in a movie, a full 360-degree turn from her laughable role in One More Chance. The way she portrayed her character Carson was a natural and a very convincing, er, drunk Iska who fell into the Friendzone Realm. Paulo Avelino? He’s a great, versatile actor. You can’t argue with that. He fits perfectly for the role, though, what surprised me is how convincing he is as a musician and a film student. Dominic Roco was downright hilarious as Jason Ty, Carson’s BFF. Though some of my friends would dismiss his acting as “OA”, I think he candidly provided the much-needed humor in this painful movie. Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Pathy (with an “H”) provides balance to the wacky, unholy trinity of Dio, Carson, and Jason Ty.

3. In a dialogue-heavy movie like this, the script plays a vital role in delivering a good story. You have to give it to the writer(s) for making the lines natural, smart, funny, relatable, and towards the end, painful. You add up good music (with equally, great lyrics) to pair up with the lines and you come up with a masterpiece.
(Side note: Suddenly, “graduation” has a new connotation. Hay.)

4. Let’s talk about the music. As mentioned above, this contains some of the best songs from Filipino artists. Even before I saw the movie, I was already playing “Lloydy” on loop on Spotify (I even made a cover of the song twice). Hearing Ang Bandang Shirley’s “Tama na ang Drama” made me want to play it repeatedly inside the car. I almost screamed when I heard the intro of Cynthia Alexander’s “No Umbrella” (though, I just sang inside the theater, haha!). But the best song in the movie? Of course, the version of “Burnout” by Danao, Dancel, and Dumas. What a fitting end for a wasak movie like this.

5. I seriously craved for beer, bagnet, and butter balls after watching this. Why you do this to us?

6. Bonus feature: This includes the short film “Anghelito”, a spin-off to the widely-successful “Heneral Luna”. If that doesn’t get you hyped for Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral next year, aside from Paulo Avelino (duh), I don’t know what would.

7. Another bonus feature: The trailers of the upcoming movies mostly from TBA (Tuko, ButchiBoy, Artiko Uno) Productions. I fucking smiled from ear to ear (pun intended) when I saw the trailer of “Smaller and Smaller Circles”! Fast forward to that movie please!

(5 Stars for being brutally drunk, honest, and painful)

Philippine cinema is not dead.

Maybe we just need to pressure the bigwig companies funding the movies to consider quality to increase their viewership.

For the past years we’ve seen the likes of Heneral Luna’s uncanny style of mixing historical fact with ingenious nationalistic storytelling; That Thing Called Tadhana’s fresh take on moving on from heartbreak, filipino style; and One More Chance’s story that gives us so much hope in love.

These movies give us something to think about. In one year, movies companies can produce two or three notable movies. Something thought impossible before. If we can pressure companies to create better movies, we can one day see more Filipino films making a name for themselves and our country in the near future.

Sophie Philippine Élisabeth Justine de France, fille de France (27 July 1734 – 2 March 1782) was a French princesse du sang. She was the sixth daughter and eighth child of Louis XV of France and his Queen consort,Marie Leszczyńska. First known as Madame Cinquième, she later became Madame Sophie.

Biography

Sophie is less well known than many of her sisters. Her birth at the Palace of Versailles was relatively unremarked. Unlike the older children of Louis XV, she was not raised at Versailles, but sent to live at the Abbey of Fontevraud with her older sister Madame Victoire and younger sisters Madame Thérèse (who died young) and Madame Louise.

She had a shy, reserved nature, and was considered ugly and uninteresting. She is reported to have had a phobia of thunder, and it was known that she reacted strongly toward it. Her father called her Graille. She did not exercise any influence at the court, but let herself be directed by her older sister Madame Adélaïde, following her in her antipathy against her father’s mistresses, Madame de Pompadour and then Madame du Barry.

She was one of the four royal sisters to survive their parents. Her mother died on 24 June 1768 and all of her children were badly affected. Her father died six years later on 10 May 1774.

During the reign of her nephew Louis XVI of France, she and her sisters were allowed to maintain their apartments at Versailles and often stayed at the Château de Bellevue - made famous by the mistress of her father. In 1776, Louis XVI made her the Duchess of Louvois with her sister Madame Adélaïde, both of whom held the duchy-peerage for their lifetime.

She was buried in the royal tomb at the Royal Basilica of Saint Denis which was plundered and destroyed at the time of the French Revolution.

Her nephews included (among others) Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, Louis XVI of France, Louis XVIII of France, Charles X of France. Her nieces included Madame Élisabeth and Queen Maria Luisa of Spain.

In 2006, she was played by actress Shirley Henderson in the movie Marie Antoinette.

Her niece, Madame Sophie, youngest daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was named after her.

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch Heneral Luna. 

I bought tickets with the 50% discount. I watched it twice because it’s awesome. 

1. Cinematography. In the movie, the time when Luna’s mother visits him, they reminisce the old times when Luna was still a kid and it was a continuous shot of one era to another, from his childhood to his adulthood. Now having watched Pinoy movies, there has never been a shot like that, if ever there was, it wasn’t successfully delivered, then there’s this movie, and they did it perfectly! 

2. The Script (no, not the band -.-) 

 “Para kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag- ibig ng isang puta!“ 

“Arestuhin nyo na, nauubusan na ako ng Ingles tangina naman!”

“MGA TRAYDOR!!! DUWAG!!” -Heneral Luna

3. John Arcilla. Why is he only given a main role just now? This country is too busy casting tisoys as pinoys and painting mestizas to look dark. They chose the perfect guy to play the part,  I’m glad Daniel Padilla wasn’t considered. 

4. The Sad Reality.  “Mga kapatid, mayroon tayong mas malaking kaaway kaysa sa mga Amerikano—ang ating sarili.” A Filipino’s death by a fellow Filipino. How could you?

5. 50% Discount. Even if it’s worth 250.00 I think I’d still buy tickets because it’s worth it *trumpets*

 Hey Star Cinema, I want my money back. 

Stop the press! We have received news that WILLIAM MOSELEY IS COMING TO THE PHILIPPINES!

I am from the Philippines myself, and all of us are dreaming of meeting our favorite actors! According to Viewers’ Choice Philippines, who promotes upcoming movies, William is coming before the end of March to promote his festival season darling film, Carrie Pilby, which will be scheduled in theaters on the 29th of March.


We are just waiting for the official announcement from the film execs/William’s agency/himself. Anyway, I’m excited to meet him in Manila! I am looking for fellow Filipino fans (or any fan who is going to travel to the Philippines!) and I want you to encourage him on things to do/visit/eat!

For that, WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES, WILLIAM! 🇵🇭🇬🇧(follow him on IG: @goodproblemstohave)

#WillMoInManila

RX: A dose of HENERAL LUNA

heneral luna is the cure and hope of the dying Philippine movie industry.

the cinematography is so surreal that you can imagine a theatrical play on a big screen. i remember the part when doÑa laureana luna was comforting the exhausted antonio by reminiscing the glorious past of their lives. from the festive Christmas days in Obando with his parents and other siblings, their political trip in Paris with his favorite brother juan, and other profound ilustrados who investigated and fought our democracy, and up until the “honorable” death of rizal in bagumbayan. the shifting of scenes was also truthfully well executed in the film wherein the audience cannot miss at least a minute or even a second of the whole story.

the film was also a clash of artists from the mainstream down to the underground or independent scene. john arcilla who played heneral antonio luna is also a symbol of hope for those who are forgotten by the limelight. the playful characters of archie  alemania (capt. eduardo rusca), ketchup eusebio (capt. janolino) and even the special participation of the dapper paulo avelino (gen. gregorio “goyong” del pillar) added wit and color into the screen. the antagonists are all atrocious and furious who made unstable heartbeats and disappointments coming  from the crowd. as a matter of fact, nonie buencamino (felipe buencamino) and mon confiado (pres. emilio aguinaldo) are undeniably veterans in badass and sadists roles.


visibly, the plot  is a product of fiction and a historical research with a twist. but the whole team of heneral luna, particularly the writers and Jerrold Tarog, the director, made a kind of “reference” in Philippine history which is not too boring to consult and study with (although we should not spoon feed ourselves in the movie’s plot. reading and researching REAL textbooks is the best). they also made a moving kind of literature that will illuminate the minds in different social and political issues. the plot also shows real characteristics of being a hero ‘cause nowadays, being a hero or even a public figure is sugarcoated and overrated . heneral luna is not flawless, in fact he is repulsive in his enemies yet kind on the people considered as families. in addition, the small details of the film like when aaron villaflor’s (joven hernando) hand was shot in the middle of an unexpected encounter of the Filipinos between American colonizers symbolizes huge vision such as writing with passion is enough and worth dying for.

perhaps, tarog’s film will be the drug that will assuredly bring back joy and radiance in the dying PH cinema. the film’s advocacy is not limited on the battle of PH literature, but it serves as the medicine in facing different social cancer.


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Kimi no Na wa / Your name trailer

I used to wonder why it’s widely acclaimed to be one of the best movies of 2016 so I went and watched it over the weekend and let me tell you, it’s sooooo good. It takes a lot for me to get emotional with movies and this one made me cry a lot… lmao it’s seriously great. All the characters are so realistic with their reactions and interactions and the plot is really amazing.

There’s news that it’s going to be shown in cinemas in over 85 countries and I can’t believe it’s happening!!!! That’s how good it is! I hope it gets here in the Philippines like other anime movies did so I can support it (and I want to watch it in a big screen).

OF LAYERS, ROLES AND LOVE: A Crazy Beautiful You Review

There is none more refreshing than characters, and this movie tells a story of two people almost self-destructing in theirs: hiding,playing roles, broken.

Whilst Crazy Beautiful You still follows the usual tropes which plague Philippine, or Star Cinema, movies, it does however have Jackie and Kiko, and for that, I am grateful.

100% CHARACTERS

I would be remiss if I would say I came to this will high expectations, if only because She’s Dating The Gangster, for this film genre, is pretty much high up there.

Now, this is not to say that CBY is better than SDTG, quite the opposite actually: each film created an avenue for Kathryn and Daniel to showcase their growth as actors, and for that CBY and SDTG is better compared to apples and oranges than to each other.

Now, the characters of both Jackie and Kiko are not new, the exploration of their characters are refreshing however.

Jackie’s layers were told the same way the Nolan brothers chose to unravel The Joker in The Dark Knight: we first see a broken, self-destructive character; one almost screaming to be heard, understood, arguably, to be rescued. Jackie’s pain was revealed narratively, we never saw it; we only saw the haunted version which was the result of her past. A past that paved the way for layers to be added one upon another.

Kiko’s character was upon us – we entered his world, similar to how we entered the world of Katniss in The Hunger Games. We knew what he was at face value, but we also knew as viewers there was something else under that gregarious and seeemingly put together young man; everything in his environment demands that to be true.

Jackie and Kiko, as they initially stated, are broken and in their brokenness they heal each other.

The former needed to zoom out, the latter to zoom in.

Jackie needed to see outside of herself in order to forgive and appreciate love; Kiko was so bottled in, so used to playing roles, that he couldn’t see past them; he was so used to giving love, but never one worthy of receiving it.

ROLES, LAYERS & HEALING: SECOND & THIRD ACTS

Despite the family mellow drama and the plot devices that are her mother, his father & brother, Jackie and Kiko’s journey to healing was a satisfying one.

This was the most character-driven resolution of any KathNiel project to date.

What I loved about the closing arcs of the story is that, both lead characters needed to accept themselves, as much as they can at that age & in those circumstances, before they allowed themselves to be with each other.

That’s maturity right there.

That’s character growth.

That’s what was missing from the others before this.

And for that Crazy Beautiful You stands to be that one film which finally paved the way for KathNiel to have character-driven rather than plot-driven stories, or at least in the final two acts.

AT THEIR FINEST

There is nothing to be said that hasn’t been said before, or so I thought.

Kath and DJ delivered performances befitting their stature.

This movie further proves how powerful onscreen chemistry is. There were three sequences that stood out for me: the first when we saw them peeling away those layers, when they finally stopped playing their assumed roles and was them, Jackie and Kiko, at the core of who they really are; the second, a quiet exchange of what made them who they are now; and, the last, one of the most sensual – yet innocent – exploration of young love, a staring contest, a teasing question, and KathNiel. Just them. That was all that was needed. 

Kath is as brilliant as ever. She gave vulnerability and strength to Jackie, without a fault. DJ is magnificent in this film. His growth from Joaquin to Ryan to Kenji to Kenneth and now to Kiko is something great to watch.

A WELL-CRAFTED MOVIE

They never claimed this movie to be anything but what it is, and for the genre it is categorised in, Crazy Beautiful You is one of the best.

It might have succumbed to what was expected of a film as such, but they were able to focus on resolutions via character growth rather than plot devices.

They were able to present a film which was more than kilig: it had depth, it had a heart, and it had Jackie and Kiko.

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ARI: My Life With A King’ official trailer

The Kapampangan indie film produced by Holy Angel University (HAU) as part of its advocacy to preserve and promote local cultures and regional languages. The story of a Kapampangan youth who doesn’t know or want to speak in Kapampangan, until he runs into a compelling but weird character known as the king of Kapampangan poets. Directed by HAU student Carlo Enciso Catu. Official selection in the 2015 Harlem International Film Festival (New York) and the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada).