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 “Beauty and the Beast”. It was great but it was also exhausting. Maybe we’ve been so excited we ended up doing too much? I’m not … Continue reading Birthday Post Part 2: 3-Movie Birthday Weekend

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 day. So I took some cold medicine. I've watched movies while sick before. I was also accompanied by a friend, he was actually the one … Continue reading Sleeping through the return to action film

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 year, Sione's Wedding is so far, my favorite. Cyrus and I saw this for free at the New Zealand Film Fest at EDSA Shangri-la Mall. … Continue reading Smiling at Sione’s Wedding

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 am once again exposed to the world of challenging cinema. What struck me most was the Mike de Leon's Aliwan Paradise, a 1992 short film. I should … Continue reading The Search for Paradise

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, THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW, from Thursday night to Saturday night, all I did was watch Puss in Boots. I have to say, its was worth … Continue reading Laugh Trip and Nursery Rhymes

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? What makes it good or bad? And who decides? It is one of the key things that I try to teach in an Art Appreciation … Continue reading The Smiles and Frowns of Mona Lisa

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 source for film projection. Señor Pertierra presented a series of stills and chronophotographs entitled Espetaculo Cientifico de Pertierra at his salon on January 8, 1897. … Continue reading Mainstream and Independent Cinema Towards New Media: Reflections on film viewing and film making in the Philippines