Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Birthday Post Part 2: 3-Movie Birthday Weekend

I don’t know if I can blog back but we have been watching a lot of movies lately. The birthday month started with 3–“Dagitab”, “War is a Tender Thing”, and … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sleeping through the return to action film

I wanted to write an intelligible review of Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga. I really did. It’s the first film that I watched in 2012. But, I had a cold that … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Smiling at Sione’s Wedding

  I have not blogged about movies that I have seen for the year. They aren’t much, due to the crazy busyness that grad school constantly gives me. For the … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Kidlat, PGMA and the Phallus

Ironic that we saw Joey Agbayani’s 1989 short film Kidlat right in time for the latest PGMA controversy. It is simply about a journalist interviewing and writing about a politician. The politician … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Search for Paradise

It’s been a while since I’ve seen challenging films. I’ve been watching Hollywood-need-not-think ones because I’ve been thinking too much as it is. But going through my interdisciplinary elective, I … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Laugh Trip and Nursery Rhymes

I’ve watched Puss in Boots three nights in a row in different cinemas with different friends. I was not planning on writing about it, but it had to happen. Imagine, … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Smiles and Frowns of Mona Lisa

Since I started teaching in an exclusive school, I became fond of starting the semester with Mona Lisa Smile. This line from Catherine Watson is the best: What is art? … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

How “Babae Sa Septic Tank” ruined my Friday night

I will start with a positive note, Eugene Domingo did well. Very good actress. This is not about her performance. She did great. If anything, she is the saving grace … Continue reading

August 7, 2011 · 5 Comments

Mainstream and Independent Cinema Towards New Media: Reflections on film viewing and film making in the Philippines

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Filipino Film Viewing Culture Cinema in the Philippines started in 1895 right after Manila had its first electric plant installed thus providing an energy … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

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