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Starting Over Again

So, yes. I swear the film is one of the most realistic, no bullshit Pinoy films I’ve ever watched.

Highlights:
1. With acceptance comes moving on.
2. Everybody wants a second chance, but not everybody deserves it.
3. You can never unlove a person, you just love them in a different way.

Anyway, halos ma dehydrate ata ako kakaluha sa mga eksena. Yak OA. Haha. Pero sobrang favorite ko ung confrontation scene ni Ginny at Patty. At bet ne bet ko ung mga binitawang lines ni Marco kay Ginny nung nasa ospital sila. Saksak puso tulo ang dugo. Minsan kase nakakapagod din talaga maghintay at umasa lalo na kung parang ikaw na lang ung pursigido na i-work out pa ung relationship. Totoo rin na may mga pagkakataong di sapat ung love lang, lalo na kung unti unti na nauubos ung trust. Puro duda, wala kang peace of mind.

Tsaka laging tatandaan na di porket nagkita kayo ng ex mo, may balikan agad na magaganap. More than that, maraming mga bagay ang pwede mangyari at isa na nga ang pinakahihintay na matinong paguusap para sa closure.

Actually, di ako nalungkot sa ending kase ganon naman talaga madalas na nangyayari at hindi ung magkakaron ng dance number ang buong cast habang todo smile sa camera at kissing scene sa dulo.

All is well.

P.S.
Hindi lahat ng umaalis, may binabalikan pa.

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DAGITAB x Starry Night 

A long overdue (fan-made) movie poster painting of one of this year’s entry in Cinemalaya 2014 - Year 10,DAGITAB - Sparks directed by Giancarlo Abrahan, starring Eula Valdes and Nonie Buencamino. 

“…it’s not about letting go or moving on, because they never really leave. They leave a void, and you carry that void with you, always. It’s a matter of growing up, you don’t move on, you just become a bigger person until that void doesn’t feel as big.”

The movie’s 10/10  I hope I get the chance to watch it once more. 

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Hello guys! It’s been a while since I’ve said something here. 

As y'all know, last week was Cinemalaya’s 10th anniversary in hosting a prestigious indie film festival here in the Philippines. And as they celebrate it, comes a whole new line of full-length new breed films, and director’s showcase films as well as short features. 

The 1st poster attached along with this blogpost is one of the short films that belongs to a cluster of short films (Shorts A), Asan Si Lolo Mê? , a film directed by a UP graduate, Sari Estrada. I made this poster a while back while she was still doing her thesis in UP, and was surprised that it was one of the finalists for this year’s Cinemalaya; and finally, yesterday, it won the best short film.

I was lucky enough to have made two paintings/posters for two short films that were finalists for Cinemalaya X. One was entitled Mga Ligaw Na Paruparo, directed by J.E. Tiglao.(2nd poster).

Both were really really awesome films so props to the directors.

To have these two works hanged along the Cinemalaya poster gallery was already too much to handle. I was really freaking out to see these two beside each other so I took a “selfie”

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And yesterday, a news came to me saying that one of these two made it to the top 3 best posters for this year’s Cinemalaya X, my poster for Sari’s film, Asan Si Lolo Mê?

I. WAS. FREAKING. OUT.

AND. I. STILL. AM. AT. THIS. VERY. MOMENT. 

because it actually happened. My poster, a finalist and one of the top 3 best posters for Cinemalaya. I was too basic to handle the spaz. HAHAHA! I went rushing to my mom, ugly crying, telling her the news that I surprisingly made it as a finalist. Asintado got the prize for the best poster, but it didn’t matter because seeing my posters hanging on the walls of CCP is already something, and having one as a finalist is already gold for me. 

As i’ve tweeted yesterday, it’s a milestone in my freelance painting hobb. And I would like to give my thanks to the directors for trusting me with their movie posters. Thank you so much, you guys. God bless your beautiful, colorful, and cinematic souls. 

Cheers! 

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Denouement (Ang Katapusan/The Ending)

Whew!

A novelist struggles in his writing and realizes that his girlfriend may be the reason behind. Now he tries to decide between his beloved art and his beloved heart. Whatever decision he makes will only lead to an end.

Please do watch (if you can, and if in some way you’re in the Philippines) Denouement on October 5, 2011 at the FEU IAS Conference Room. FEU is located in Morayta, Manila. Please do check their Facebook page for other questions..

Spread the word! :)

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“Every shoe has its own story.”

A fan-made movie poster of one of this year’s New Breed Full-length films in Cinemalaya X, Maruquina; a film by Milo Sogueco, starring Mylene Dizon as Imelda.

This entry is one of my favorites alongside with Dagitab. It’s nostalgic, it’s cliche-free and it really just hits the spot. 

Kudos to the director!

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Ang Liham Para Kay Jillien

Have you fallen in love with a person that you just met? Love at first sight? This story follows the story of a guy as he recalls the things that happened over the past 24 hours.

A Film by Alexis Lim
Starring: Jenna Gomez and Austin Ong
Music and Scoring by: Explosions in the Sky and Up Dharma Down

Favorite Pinoy Movie Posters of 2013*

1. Debosyon
2. Blue Bustamante
3. Katapusang Labok
4. Instant Mommy
5. Islands
6. On The Job
7. Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
8. Purok 7
9. Guerilla is a Poet
10. Turkey Man ay Pabo Rin
11. Angustia
12. Jazz in Love
13. Rekorder
14. Lucas Niño
15. Transit
16. Hello World



*Di ko na mahintay ang MMFF at Cinemanila

The Top Twenty Signs That You’re Watching A Pinoy Movie

Sasayaw sa likod ng puno ng buko pag nasa beach yung scene. Alternate pa ‘yung mga ulo nila.

Yung kontrabida yayakap sa bida, sabay taas ng kilay at ngingisi.

Uuwi ang bida na may dalang pancit sa kanyang nanay na si Anita Linda. Tatawagin nito ang mga bata para kumain, at kakamustahin ng bida ang pag-aaral habang kumakain ng pancit. Biglang may titigil na sasakyan sa harap ng bahay at pauulanan ng baril ang pamilya! Mamamatay si Anita Linda, at sisigaw ang bida ng “Inaaay!” at mangangakong ipaghihiganti ito. Moral lesson: Ang pansit nagdadala ng malas - nakakamatay.

Pag may magkaribal na babae, yung mabait deretcho ang buhok at may bangs. Yung salbahe, laging kulot.

Sa pinoy action movies, ang bida hindi nauubusan ng bala.

Sa pinoy action movies, kapag tumakbo ang bida, sa lupa lahat ang tama ng bala ng kalaban.

Kapag may angry mob na pupunta sa bahay-kubo ng manananggal, si Vangie Labalan ang laging lider.

Alam mong moment of truth na ng bida kapag sinabi na niya 'yung title ng pelikula.

Ang tawag ng kontrabida sa mga goons niya, “Mga bata.”

Yung nakababatang kapatid ng bida habang > naglalaro ng bola, mabibitawan at mapupunta sa gitna ng > kalsada. Tapos may darating na sasakyan, tapos itutulak siya > ng bida. 'Yung bida naman ang nasa gita ng kalsada. > Biglang may sasakyang darating. Ang bida, ico-cross lang > niya arms niya covering his face tapos sisigaw 'yung > kapatid ng 'kuyaaa!’ … Next scene nasa ospital na > sila. Simula na ng drama. >

Kapag bakbakan, hindi nasasaktan ang bida, pero umaaray siya pag ginagamot na siya ng leading lady, at kasunod na ang love scene.

Kapag sinabi ng kontrabida ang masama niyang plano sa bida, ang sasabihin ng bida: “hayop ka!”

Ang bidang babae, pag katulong ang role, siguradong magiging anak ng amo niya sa ending.

Ang nanay ng mayaman laging may pamaypay na pangmayaman, at ang nanay ng mahirap laging naka duster.

Ang hideout ng kontrabida, parating mansion na may chicks sa pool.

Ang mga bida sa drama, pag nakatanggap ng masamang balita, laging may pinto sa likod nila para puwede silang sumandal habang nagi-slide dahan-dahan pababa, tapos todo iyak with matching uhog.

Pag di nahuli ng mga goons ang bida, sasabihin ng boss sa kanila, “Mga inutil!”

Laging nakakapulot ng baril na may bala ang bida kapag kinakailangan niya.

Laging mas maganda ang yayang bida kesa sa kontrabidang anak ng amo niya.

Pag ang ending ng movie ay song and dance number sa beach o resort, ang huling frame, tatalon ang buong cast… sabay freeze

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And there were these three, Jubal, Oman and Sambag. Do not dare pretend you didn’t sing this infront of mom and dad after allowing you to go see it with your sisters. (True story) And seeing that cult classic of a Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes creation is just life-altering experience. Haha. One of the most fantastically drawn out fantasy films of my generation–of from my side of town.

Telang Bayawak, Sifu, Ana Larrucea, and the Buto Kalansay song–everything is just too beautiful! :) I miss these boys. haha.

Here’s to being reminded of what used to be good. Here’s to being young! :)

The Pinoy Criterion Stamp Collection
GREAT DIRECTORS

Lino Brocka
Ishmael Bernal
Mike de Leon
Celso Ad. Castillo
Brillante Mendoza
Mario O’Hara
Peque Gallaga
Lav Diaz
Gerardo De Leon
Raya Martin

Other NOTABLE Directors
Eddie Romero
Maryo J. Delos Reyes
Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Lamberto V. Avellana
Laurice Guillen
Joey Gosiengfiao
Jeffrey Jeturian
Auraeus Solito
Manuel Conde
Tikoy Aguiluz

Trying Over Again

This movie gave so much feels to me. Maybe not directly to me but to people I know, as to the smokers, I, my friend, is the second hand, I mean, we all thought this is gonna be a huge ‘laugh’ film and it wasn’t very cautious that it’s the other way around.

Of course not, this isn’t about the Teacher-Student relationship, (but I know one if I see one ;) ) My friends, they cried non-stop to this movie. One can’t even sleep last night as the scenes flashes before her eyes. Sure, she can relate to the situation, but what I adore most is the story line because it’s too realistic and on the other hand, it isn’t, at least in my opinion. I’m not gonna talk about how everybody get through the same situation wherein we wasted time and disregarded the love of our lives, instead, this is about Toni’s character being such a strong fucking whore– which is unreal/rare.

If each in everyone of us have Toni’s guts, the guts we never had, if only we can just be that straight forward, which we aren’t, if only we can be that jaw-ingly honest with our feelings, which we are but chooses to ignore it, we might not have our could’ve-beens and what-ifs. I adore the character’s courage. I adore how her mouth speaks for her heart and mind. I adore how she’s head over heels in love and not afraid to fight for it. There was no shame and the only thing she has in mind is her need to know. She might not have her happy ending, at least she pushed her limits and she knew, when most of us didn’t. 

All of us never knew and we all still have the questions. There’s always pride and shame and we accept everything except the truth. These are what hinders us to start over again, not knowing and the way we refuse to know.

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It looks really promising, but we can’t be that sure. It’s produced by Regal Films, one of the biggest makers of disappointing Filipino films.

Temptation Island Full Trailer (by regalcinema)

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Tempation Island.

“Walang tubig, walang pagkain, o eh di magsayaw na lang tayo.”

The original.

What’s really funny about the film, aside from the smart dialogues, glass-cutting wit, the women in the film didn’t even try to be funny. That’s what the new generation’s cast failed to grasp. Ended up sad and unsuccessful. Tsk.