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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 pala 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. Haha. 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.

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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..

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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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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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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! :)

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.

Asiong Salonga

I was not really a fan of Pinoy action films before but I’m definitely going to watch this shit.

It’s not that I’m totally insane or because the protagonist is our provincial governor, okay? It’s just that I believe that it’s time for another truly truly pinoy action film. I am slowly mutating into a Filipino film buff, and I think I have so much to learn about Asiong Salonga.

And you cannot deny it. Jeorge Estregan is a good action star.

Asiong Salonga: The Manila Kingpin Movie is an official MMFF entry.

FLICK HITS Episode No. 1: “MAGNIFICO”

Our class finished watching the film ‘Magnifico’ today, I’ve watched the film for a couple of times. And I was really impressed as well as touched by the strength of its story plot and its themes focusing on poverty and death.

SYNOPSIS

“Magnifico is a heartrending film about a Filipino boy whose love and sense of mission changed the lives of those around him. Produced in 2003, the film directed by Maryo de los Reyes won at least 25 awards not only in the Philippines but also in international film festivals.

The film opens with the birth of Magnifico (also called Ikoy in the film). It is clearly discernible at the outset that the boy was born in to a rural poor family. His father, Gerry, is a carpenter but does not have regular employment. It was Gerry who christened him Magnifico because he enjoyed watching a magician by that same name. Magnifico’s mother, Edna, augments the family income by stitching embroideries. Their house is a dilapidated hollow-blocks-and-wood structure typical in rural Philippines. They were so impoverished that they could only prepare soup and noodles for the town fiesta. At one point Edna had to pawn her wedding ring so they could have food on their table.

The story actually begins when Magnifico turned nine. His brother, Miong, has just lost his much-needed scholarship from a university in the capital city Manila. This was a heavy blow because Gerry pinned his hopes on Miong to save the family from poverty. His grandmother, Magda, who lives with Magnifico’s family, figured in a serious accident and had to be hospitalized. In the hospital it was discovered that Magda had pancreatic cancer. This was another backbreaking blow because part of Gerry’s meager income would now go to medical expenses. As if these problems were not exasperating enough, Magnifico’ sister Helen had cerebral palsy, which rendered her incapable of self-mobility and comprehensible speech. Burdened by such seemingly insurmountable difficulties, Edna lustily sighed, “life is a never-ending misery”.

But whole throughout the film life proved to be a series of small marvels. When Magnifico heard whispers that his grandmother Magda would soon die and that his family was incapable of shouldering the sky-high burial expenses, he innocently devised a secret plan. Employing the help of his school buddy Carlo, he covertly began constructing a wooden coffin. For materials he asked scrap wood from a local woodcarving shop and borrowed carpentry tools from his neighbors. And together with Carlo, he sold iced water and juice at the town carnival, hoping to collect money enough for his grandmother’s funeral dress, flowers, and tomb. When their two plastic jars emptied, they ended up with 306 pesos (about 4 euros) in their hands. However this was way too low, considering that he needed at least 30,000 pesos (roughly 400 euros).

Yet Magnifico never lost hope. Nor felt bad. He was determined to fulfill his mission even if he had to sell iced water and juice until kingdom come. For aside from toiling for her grandma’s wake, he was also saving for her sister Helen. He promised to bring her to the town carnival so she could have a colored balloon and enjoy the merry-go-round and other fun rides. Since Helen could not walk, Magnifico resolved to use his money to rent a wheelchair from Domeng. On the day Magnifico and Helen would go to the carnival, Magda’s illness worsened. And since his parents had virtually nothing, Magnifico had to part with his 230 pesos to buy the requisite medicines. Armed with less than a hundred pesos in his pockets but with a lot of determination, Magnifico brought Helen to the carnival by carrying her on his back.

The neighbors who saw Magnifico and Helen at the carnival showed them compassion. A guy who used to bully Helen for laughs drove them there. Two feuding neighbors each gave them 100 pesos for tickets to the rides. One ticket controller admitted them without charge, another gave them a huge discount and a vendor gave Helen a free balloon. Magnifico brought Helen around. He showed her the cotton candies, the ice cream, the works. Helen had the time of her life. When Domeng saw Magnifico hauling Helen on his back, he understood why Magnifico wanted to rent his wheelchair. Moved by what he witnessed, Domeng decided to give his wheelchair to Magnifico for free. So he arranged for Magnifico to get the wheelchair from his house.

On his way to Domeng’s house, Magnifico was hit by a car and died instantly. The colorful coffin he built for his grandmother became the chest in which he was buried.” Fr. Stephen, MSC also mentioned in his review “Magnifico as a Christ-figure”

(About the photo: The film’s poster featured in this blog was re-created by Signature Gerome Channel for high quality results, applying the original font and color on the title while the photo’s source was film-otaku.blogspot.com Synopsis source: From the movie review of Father Stephen, MSC, stephencuyos.com)

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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.

Sa Aking mga Kamay, 1996

10/10

I definitely should stop watching Cinema One in the middle of the night. I even had nightmare after watching this. I dreamt I killed two of my uncles. Oh God. I even wake up feeling ready to go behind bars.

It is a story of a very handsome serial killer who’s on the loose, preying on unfaithful wives. He had a traumatic childhood seeing his parents death before his eyes. Her mother was unfaithful to his father. His father killed his mom and killed himself after. He saw everything and it affected his sanity. He then started flirting with married women and when his victims bite to his lure, he kills them. His next victim might just be the wife of the investigator of his case.

Man it was really disturbing. It’s so good. One of the best local films I’ve ever seen. It’s flawless. It’s a 10.

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