Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Synopsis:

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa explores the intersection and divergence between feminist and gay concerns in the third world context, as it features the poetry of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barrios, Rebecca Anonuevo, Benilda Santos and Ophelia Dimalanta. When Marlon, a college student, stalks Karen, his literature professor, he finds out that she moonlights as a choreographer and dance teacher in a dance studio. Frustrated over his performance in her literature class, he plans to impress her instead by learning to poeticize his body movements and enroll in her dance class. He hires his classmate to teach him the basics of dancing. As Dennis, his tutor, teaches him how his body should move, Marlon begins to understand the intersections between the art of poetry and dance. This opens up his world to new insights about the life of Karen as s single woman who chose to live the life of an artist in a third world setting. Marlon begins to understand how the poems being discussed by Karen in class are testaments to her choice to stand by her art. Karen eventually finds out, through Dennis, that Marlon only enrolled in her class to be near her. She confronts Marlon about this and wishes that his interest for dance would survive his infatuation for her. Marlon feels betrayed over Dennis telling Karen. But it is also this sense of betrayal that tells him that he has already become close to Dennis, whom he now considers a friend. Up until then, Marlon and Dennis have become inseparable as they both tackled the complexities of poetry and dance. Sensing the coldness between the two, Karen set them up to help her train a group of dancers for a cotillion dance. Eventually, Karen trains both Marlon and Dennis to star in her dance adaptation of the epic Humadapnon, when she bags a grant. Marlon will play the lead role of Humadapnon, who becomes trapped in a cave full of women. Dennis’ character now has to rescue Marlon from the women, as he plays the role of Sunmasakay, the male incarnation of the goddess Nagmalitong Yawa. On the eve of their performance, in a drunken conversation, Marlon confronts Karen how he could not understand her poetry. Karen, in response, assures Marlon that he does understand her poetry. His mind is just unwilling to, unlike his body which already understands. Karen invites Marlon to dance with her, but in the middle of her dance, she passes him onto Dennis. Their drunken dance culminates with Marlon and Dennis taking on the roles of Humadapnon and Sunmasakay on stage.

– Source: http://www.cinemalaya.org/film_paa.htm

Marahil nagtataka ka kung bakit ginawa kong pula ang ilang pangungusap sa dulo. Siguro iniisip mo, baka ‘yan ang mga paborito kong kaganapan sa pelikula. Pwes, mali ka. Kaya ‘yan nakapula dahil ‘yan ang parte na hindi pinalabas. Hindi naman ako lasing nang pinanonood namin ito ng mga kabibigan ko. Pero sana nga, uminom na lang muna ako, at baka kung may alkohol ang sistema ko, matuwa ako sa Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kabilang Paa aka Ang Pinaka-ayaw Ko na Indie Movie.

Sayang. Sayang ang pelikula na ito. Ayos sana dahil…

Makapukaw-atensyon ang titulo nito. Ito ang ikalawang nakakuha ng atensyon ko sa lahat ng kalakok sa Cinemalaya 2011. Una ang Ang Babae sa Septic Tank at ikatlo ang Ligo na U, Dito na Me.

Andito si Madam Claudia Jean Garcia. Sawang-sawa na ako na puro ang papel na binibigay kay Jean sa mga teleserye ay ubod ng bait nanay na nawawalan ng anak o ubod ng samang nanay na nawawalan ng anak. Natuwa ako nang malaman ko na isa siyang guro dito na single. Wala naman akong masabi sa pag-arte ni Jean Garcia. Mahusay talaga siyang aktres.

Hitik ito sa mga Filipinong tula at kanta. Ito marahil ang katangi-tanging ikinatuwa ko sa ASNDKP. Para akong ibinalik sa sarili kong pag-aaral noon ng literaturang Pilipino. Para tuloy gusto kong halukayin sa baul ang mga malamang inaamag ko ng mga libro at magbasa muli ng mga tulang nanunuot sa buto at nangungusap sa diwa. Maganda ang pagkalapat ng musika sa mga tula at kung sino man ang mga nakuha nilang kumanta, dapat silang palakpakan. Congratulations, nanalo daw ito ng Best Musical Score sa festival. Hindi ko akalain na mahahagip ang damdamin ko ng musikang Pilipino na hindi katunog ng Eraserheads o ni Gary V.

Kaso lang… makapukaw atensyon man ang titulo nito, hindi nito nagawang hawakan ang atensyon ko sa loob ng halos 2 oras. Sa gitna pa lang ng pelikula, atat na atat na akong matapos ito para malaman kung ano ang kalalabasan ng relasyon Jean-Marlon at Marlon-Dennis. Buti na lang at nagkape ako bago manood sa Glorietta, dahil kung hindi, pihadong nakatulog ako doon at inirita ang mga kaibigan kong sina Jeeves at Vlad sa paghilik ko.

May dalawang eksena na hindi naman pangit pero napataas ang kilay ko. Una, noong unang ipakita ang classroom, may nakita akong isang babaeng estudyanteng dugyot na naka-skirt at naka-sneakers. Akala ko sa public school sila nag-shoot. Sa FEU pala. Buti na lang maganda naman ang itsura ng mga lugar sa labas ng classroom, mukha ng FEU. Ikalawa, sa pagdating ni Ma’am Karen sa bahay niya, hindi man lang niya sinusi ang pinto. Bukas lang talaga. PERO kakarating lang niya. Ganon ba ka-safe ang sinasabi nyang neighborhood kaya hindi na siya naglo-lock ng bahay?

Nakulangan din ako sa mga interesanteng shots. Masakit sa mata ang kopya. Pangit ng mga kulay. O baka ako lang ito. Ang insiiip ko kasi, ‘pag indie film, art film na rin. At ‘pag art film, kung hindi man maganda dahil sa itsura, nagiging maganda dahil sa karakter. Walang karakter ang karamihan sa mga kuha ng pelikulang ito. Best Cinematography? Bakit?

Mga simpleng bagay lang ito na napansin ko na nakabawas sa pagka-authentic ng mga eksena sa aking opinyon. Dumayo na tayo sa mga hindi kasimplehang bagay na dahilan kung bakit ayaw ko sa Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.

PAASA ITONG PELIKULA NA ITO. Inuna ko na ‘yan. Kung ihuli ko pa kasi ‘yan, baka isipin mo na ang tanga-tanga ko naman o dapat isipin ko na pwede namang maging isang exposition lamang ang isang indie movie. (Thanks, Vlad!) Hindi naman ako tanga. kaya ko namang sakyan ang mga idea tungkol sa peminismo. Kaya ko naman intindihin ang mga relasyong lalake sa lalake o guro at estudyante. Ayos lang sana ito kung hindi napakadaming eksena na paglalaruan ang isip ng mga manonood at magpapahiwatig ng isang magandang pangako sa dulo ng istorya.

Wala na sana akong pakialam kung hindi na nagsalita ang mga bida. Kahit nga nagsayaw nalang sila at magtitigan, kaya ko na sanang malaman ang pinatunguhan ng istorya base doon. Pero ang panghuling sayaw ay walang naiparamdam sa akin. Kahit ang pagtitinginan nila Dennis at Marlon doon, walang naidulot. Walang naipakitang pagkapoot, pagkasabik, pag-aalala o kung ano pa man. Mas may tensyon pa noong nagsayaw sila sa kotilyon. O dahil siguro nagsasalita sila doon. Ewan ko ba kung bakit pilit gustong kapusin ang mga dayalogo dito. Kung gustong kapusin ang salita, sana isipin na gawing makapangyarihan ang galaw ng mga artista!

Para sa isang katha na inakala ko na may malaking kinalaman ang sayaw para maipahiwatig sa manonood ang istorya, dalawang sayaw lamang doon ang memorable. Yung solo ni Ma’am Karen sa simula. At  yung solo ni Dennis noong mukhang nahihirapan siya sa nararamdaman niya kay Marlon. Si Marlon, kahit na sadyang cute ang gumanap sa kanya na si Paulo Avelino ay hindi magalaing sumayaw at lalo na, hindi rin magaling umarte. Buti pa si Rocco Nacino, nakuha ang pagiging payak na estudyante ni Dennis.

Ang huling eksena ay si Marlon na lumuha. Lumuha ba siya dahil hanggang pagkakaibigan lang ang gusto niya kay Dennis? Dahil naramdaman niyang mahal na rin niya si Dennis? Dahil ba natutuwa siya na nakaganap siya sa isang epiko? Dahil ba ramdam niya ang analohiya ng kutsilyo, kaymito at dagta? O dahil saksakan ng panget ang ending? Siguro, kung ipinakita ang eksena na ginawa kong pula sa unang talata, hindi ako umalis ng Glorietta Cinema 4 na nanungayaw at nanghinayang sa dalawang daang piso binayad ko para mapanood ito.

Nagtataka ako kung paano ito nakakuha ng mataas na grado mula sa mga manunuri. Sa bagay, isa lang naman akong blogger na ang paboritong pelikula ay Sister Act. Isang karaniwang manonood na hindi nagtataka kung bakit nasa mahigit-kumulang trentang tao lang kaming nanood nito.

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listening to: Negatron’s playlist

Who’s a bad kitty?

Puss In Boots – one of the most beloved characters of the Shrek universe – tells the hilarious and courageous (daring, bold, brave) tale of Puss’s (Antonio Banderas) early adventures as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and the street-savvy Kitty (Salma Hayek) to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs
source

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You can expect lots of exciting action and dance sequences from this film. Though it’s in beautifully done 3D, I don’t think it’s necessary to watch it in 3D. I will admit though that I had fun focusing on the big screen while the scenes took me through desierto España.

After almost 16 years (I’m so sweet I did the math for you, lazybones) the chemistry between Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek is still strong. Rewind to 1995 (and you’ll remember them as the hot lovers in the action thriller, Desperado.

They still look sizzling in Puss in Boots.

I didn’t find the villains too menacing. Jack and Jill didn’t scare or annoy me as much as Humpty did. But it was ok because if not for him, there will be no concrete moral message.

Puss in Boots is no Kung Fu Panda, but it still made me laugh many, many times. And it sure as hell is better than the crappy Shrek sequels after the 2nd.

I smell a Puss in Boots sequel. I also smell Kitty Softpaws returning and having a bigger role– a role that she deserves. As for Puss, I just hope that he continues to be the suave-asskicking puddytat who delights in skittering lights and warm milk. 🙂

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listening to: Temper Trap – Sirens

Wolverine Boxes

Should have posted this last week but I was too busy with field work! :p

We watched Real Steel last week and we liked it! I don’t mind watching it again. =) Please pause to scene where Hugh Jackman was shirtless, ok? :)) But seriously, even if the story’s usual… predictable… it was still entertaining. The father and son aspect was heartwarming and the triumph of the robot underdog wasn’t tacky.  The dialogue was a bit cheesy in some parts but it was ok, nothing that made me want to just concentrate on Wolverine’s Charlie Kenton‘s body. Sorry naman. Crush ko si Hugh Jackman since Swordfish! ❤

ANYWAY. The OST’s remarkably energetic, with tracks from Beastie Boys, Eminem and Foo Fighters. My fave though is the only slow song in the soundtrack, an indie-folk beauty by Alexi Murdoch, All My Days. =)

Besides Fanning, there’s another Dakota that’s captured my heart– Dakota Goyo. He sorta reminded me of Justin Bieber and I found him annoying in the Real steel trailer, but he certainly won me over in the first scene that he danced with Atom.  Cute and talented kid! Yes, babaw hits! And just in case you don’t know…  the young Thor in the Thor (duh) was Dakota! 

What else, what else? I wish they create a sequel and let Atom fight Pacquiao. Pareho naman silang People’s Champ. =p

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listening to: Bad Meets Evil – Fastlane

Let’s play tennis!

Friends With Benefits is your average rom-com with 2 “emotionally-damages” yuppies agreeing to a no strings attached arrangement and eventually choosing to be in a committed relationship. Career (mis)adventures and family quirks happen in between carnal rampage and falling in love. And of course, there’s always a sick or dying person to tell one of the characters that you have to recognize and cherish the love of your life. Do not let that person slip away. Classic.

I suggest you see this movie in the big screen if you:

1. have a crush on Justin Timberlake (most def brought sexy back)
2. have a crush on Mila Kunis (sorry, she was hotter in Black Swan)
3. have fallen in love with a close or best friend (dun dun dun…),
4. and/or have been in a no-emotions kind of thing (DUNNNNNNN!!!!).

Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, I saw the movie because of
some of those reasons. Including #2. :p Whaaaattt? I think seeing her ass is better than seeing JT’s. Hehe.

By the way, this is waaaaaaaay better than Kutcher and Portman’s No Strings Attached.

I almost did not watch FWB as I was afraid that it would bring forth a storm of emotions I couldn’t deal with. With No Other Woman also being screened, I couldn’t help but remember my dark ages. HARHARHAR. Anyway, I watched Friends With Benefits on the same day I saw Next to Normal , that after the beautiful yet depressing play, I had to watch something that would make me laugh my heart out.

I watched it with Joko who I am sure did not watch it because of reason #4. LOLOLOLOLOL

Dylan: “Why do women think the only way to get a man to do what they want is to manipulate him?”
Jamie: “History, personal experience, romantic comedies.”

We both loved the soundtrack especially the songs by Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks and Semisonic’s (yep, not Third Eye Blind’s) Closing Time. She liked Woody Harrelson’s character as Justin’s gay colleague and I liked Modern Family’s Luke as JT’s nephew. And of course, we were both amused (and amazed) by some lines. I even had a moment when I shouted, “Teka, I know that line! I fucking know that line!”.
I even tweeted that I found Friends With Benefits more depressing than Next to Normal. That’s an exaggeration, of course. But fine, some scenes made me wonder why our story did not end with a flashmob and a horse-drawn carriage ride. 🙂

Anyway. To explain this entry’s title.

Jamie: “I miss sex.”
Dylan: “I miss sex too.”
Jamie: “I mean sometimes you just need it.”
Dylan: “Why does it always have to come with complications?”
Jamie: “And emotion!”
Dylan: “It’s a physical act, like playing tennis.”
Jamie: “Do you want more beer?” (Bends over, giving Dylan a clear view of her bottom)
Dylan: “Let’s play tennis!”

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Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) think it’s going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover however that getting physical really does always lead to complications.

Source: IMDB

(as if you needed this after everything I just said! hahahahahahaha!)

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listening to: Kris Kross – Jump

Sushi, Zombies and A Little Respect

Last Saturday was exceptionally fun. 😀

Spent the entire day with my quiznight teammates (aka my favorite nerds) eating, laughing and singing. =)

Yakimix

Joko opened Yakimix at 11am. Our lunch there lasted for almost 4 hours. Sinulit talaga ang buffet. At napatunayan ko na bagay talaga sa amin ang name na Team PG. Gluttons kung gluttons. What is Patay Gutom? :p

Above are photos of the food I ate. Three plates plus grilled stuff plus dessert. Partida pa ‘yan kasi naka-“diet” ako ngayon. Iwas sa kanin at sweets. 

Last photo of course is the mandatory group pic. Left to right: Aji, me, Shani, Jeeves, Maj, Rudi, Vlad, Maricris and Joko.

Blooey, Mike, Joseph we missed you!!! 🙂 Hmmm… sino pa ba na-miss namin? Ika nga ni Jeeves… *evilmaniacallaughter*

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Zombadings

After an awesome lunch and a really long kwentuhan about childhood memories also known as Joko and Shani’s full of win moments, we went to Glorietta to watch Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington.

I wanted to see this because I am a big Roderick Paulate fan. Since he’s the only reason I needed to catch Zombadings, I didn’t watch the trailer, didn’t read any stuff about it. hence, I had no idea that Eugene Domingo is also part of the cast. Shempre, mas achieve na silang 2 na favorite ko ay nandoon.

I found the movie hilarious but I still liked Ang Babae sa Septic Tank better. There were a lot of predictable scenes in the movie, but it’s okay because of the darling cast. Ang cute and ang galing nila Martin Escudero (Remington) and Kerbie Zamora (Jigs). Ang refreshing nung character ni Lauren Young. Awesome si John Regala para siyang nakababatang Johnny Delgado. Even Janice De Belen was ok, eh normally naiirita ako sa acting niya.

Roderick’s and Eugene’s roles were small but they provided the funniest scenes. As expected.

Paalala lang sa mga straight guys na manonood, ihanda niyo ang inyong sarili sa “intimate” scenes. Siguro naman sa title pa lang na ZomBADINGS, gets niyo na dapat ang pinapasok niyo. 😀

Buti hindi natuluyang magwalk out sa “stairs scene” si Rudi. buti na lang pinigilan siya ni Maj. :))

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Videoke

Gilmore after the movie. I do not want to tell you were we went for videoke as it’s a very special place. We don’t want people “stealing” this golden hole in the wall. Hahaha. Sobrang panalo kasi talaga. Sabi nga sa Zombadings— AWARD!!! Hahaha!

When we entered our room, this was the first things we saw.

 

Heckyeah. Livin’ it up at the Hotel CALIFORNIS! Ahahahaha!

Anyway. Aji started our videoke sesh with Counting Crows’ Mr.Jones. I followed with Katrina and The Waves’ Walking on Sunshine. May dramarama ever rin ako, but you know me, hindi pwedeng magka-videoke night na walang SPTD or Saksak Puso Tulo ang Dugo songs.

My favorite performances (performances daw o) were:

1. Halik by Joko (Oo, yung sa Aegis. Birit kung birit!)
2. Dreamlover by Shani (Kay Bobby Darin, super oldskool. Cute ng lyrics!)
3. I Do by Marie (Hay nako, Lisa Loeb. Nadali mo talaga.)
4. Gold by Mike (Song of choice ko sana ito eh, pero mas may K si Mike kantahin ito kaysa sa akin. Duh.)
5. These Dreams by Aji (Mejo may kurot ito sa puso ko, but oh well. :,))

And of course, the song that has been blasting in my skull since that night hence the title…

6. A Little Respect by Vlad (Hindi na Always ang favorite Erasure song ko dahil dito, hahahaha!)

I would also like to pat myself on the back for singing my all time favorite OPM keso song, Mahihintay sa ‘Yo by Dingdong Avanzado (lyrics: mahal, mahal na mahal kita, hindi ako magbabago asahan mo itoooooooooo) AND barbie Girl by Aqua. Ako na si Barbie, ako pa si ken. Nagspecial participation sana si Mike, pero parang si Cookie Monster ang voice niya.

Ended the night with the song WHY CAN’T IT BE by Rannie Raymundo.

Hindi naman naging suicidal ang ilan sa amin dahil sa kantang ito. Thank God we still had some laughs (reminiscing Joko’s and Shani’s childhood stories/empathy exercises/matapobre punchlines) at Ersao, where we they got some tea to cap off the fantastic night.

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TODAY IS OUR RESIDENT MICROBIOLOGIST’S 45th 30th BIRTHDAY! (sabi ni Joko? Kwe? matanda ka na eh)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE!

WE WISH YOU MORE KNOWLEDGE IN GEOGRAPHY, A HOT COUGAR AND IMMUNITY FROM YOU-KNOW-WHAT!

*GROUPHUG*

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listening to: Erasure – A Little Respect

Crazy? Yes. Stupid? Yes. Did I love it? No.

At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal’s makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began. (Source: Movie Web)

The first paragraph is pretty much the entire movie. It’s just like Valentine’s Day and Love Actually where every character is clueless on how to find love and there’s always the little kid who has more sense than all of the adults combined. Crazy, Stupid, Love has a handful of insanely funny scenes and equally insanely corny ones.

There are only 2 scenes in the movie that worth my money.

One, the scene where a rain-soaked Hanna (Emma Stone) enters the bar, charges Jacob, screaming “Yooouuuuu!!!” and kisses him. And then, of course, the succeeding scenes are why Jacob see her as a game-changer. That being my current ambition in life. Hahaha!

Two, the surprise at the Weaver’s garden (the one with the mini-golf set up) with the revelation that the characters’ lives are very much interconnected. This scene turns into a riot among the big men with all the women screaming. It sounds pretty ho-hum, but it’s just fun seeing Steve Carrell have his “revenge” on Ryan Gosling.

But stiiiiilllll. Like I said, it’s just like Valentine’s Day and Love Actually. The movie ends with the kid saying something “deep” about love and the adult says something to make the scene extra pathetic. Seriously, what is wrong with Hollywood film people? Why keep on making the same bs romantic-comedies over again? This formulaic execution has got to end! Please!

Here’s to hoping the upcoming love movie, New Year’s Eve will be as crazy but not as stupid as this one.

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listening to: Tahiti 80 – Darlin’

Ang Masasabi Ko Tungkol sa Ang Babae sa Septic Tank

“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film’s major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film.” Read entire synopsis here.

Inaamin ko. Hindi talaga ako fan ng local movies pero noong nalaman ko ang tungkol sa Cinemalaya entry na Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na “Shet, papanoorin ko ‘yan”.

At ito ang mga dahilan ko:

1. Para naman masabi na naka-experience ako ng Cinemalaya.

Hindi ako nakapanood mismo sa week ng festival dahil busy-busyhan ako sa trabaho, but at least, um-attempt ako na makibahagi naman sa local indie scene. Second time ko pala ito, ang una ay noong nabihag ako ng Dagim mula sa genius director na si Joaquin Pedro Valdes. Nanood nga pala ako ng ABSST sa Powerplant. Sold out na kasi sa Glorietta. Good job.

2. Hello?! Title pa lang, palong-palo na.

Kahit Septic Tank lang yata ipangalan dito, gaganahan na akong panoorin. Kahit Babae sa Tae, papanoorin ko pa rin. Astig ang title. Hindi kagaya nang mga bwakanangkorni na pausong titles ng mga palabas sa tv tulad ng Guns & Roses, Bantatay, at ng Happy Yipee Yehey. Sa mga pelikula naman, imberna yung mga title na galing sa mga kanta– Let the Love Begin, Miss You Like Crazy, and ang saksak-puso-tulo-ang-dugo na One More Chance. Seriously, WTF? Itigil na ‘yan.

3. Eugene Domingo. Miss Eugene Domingo. THE Miss Eugene Domingo.

Lingid sa kaalaman ng maraming tao, matagal na sa showbiz si Ms. Eugene Domingo. Hindi pa siya mini-MISS Eugene ay fan na niya kami ng Mama ko. Nanonood lang kami dati ng 2002 painfully dragging soap ni Claudine Barretto na Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggang dahil kay Simang, ang funny character of course ni Miss Eugene. Pero ‘wag ka. Nasa Valiente rin kaya siya. O diba! So old school! Confident ako na maraming mag-a-agree sa akin na matagal na niyang na-dethrone sa pagiging Comedy Queen si Miss Ai Ai Delas Alas. favorite ko pa rin si Ai Ai, I just think Eugene is 10x better.

4. Kean Cipriano

Curious ako kung may ibubuga nga ba si Kean sa pag-arte. Naaalala ko lang kasi si Kean na kumakanta ng Stars, ‘yung unang hit ng banda niyang Callalily. Totoy na totoy pa siya noon. I remember, some time 2006, nasa Starbucks kami while waiting for our friends from another band na ka-label nila. I was talking to him and he kept on saying “po”. Sabi ko, isang “po” pa ang sabihin niya sa akin, ihahampas ko na ”yung plaque (for 6CycleMind) na hawak niya sa ulo niya. He smiled that super cute boyish smile and said, “Ok, hindi na ako magsasabi ng po. Ok po?” Dapat that time nalaman ko na na may future talaga siya sa comedy. In fairness, ok ang arte niya sa isang comedy film. Sa mga scenes na kailangang maging intense, dala rin niya. Doesn’t hurt na maganda rin yung biceps niya. Awwww, the baby is now… not a baby. Hehe.

5. Dahil kinukwento pa lang sa akin ‘yung istorya, natatawa na ako.

Napanood ng mga bosses ko ang Babae sa Septic tank noong mismong festival week. Hindi sila mapigilang maghagalpakan sa tawa sa sumunod na araw na nagkita-kita kami sa office. Dahil hindi naman ako asar sa spoilers, nagpakwento ako kung ano ba ang meron sa ABSST. Kwento naman sila. At doon pa lang, hindi na ako makahinga sa kakatawa. Diosmeh. Lalo na doon sa 3 Types of Acting. Achieve talaga yung TV Patrol acting. I thought, kung sa narration pa nga lang ng ibang tao, tawang-tawa na ako, what more kung ako mismo ang makapanood, tama? Tama.

So ‘yun nga. Nanood kami ng mga kaibigan ko kagabi sa Powerplant at wala akong maipintas sa pelikulang ito. Start to finish, absolute perfection. Kinabog nito ang Tanging Ina, Kimmy Dora, at Here Comes The Bride para sa akin. Pansin mo ba lahat ng movies na ‘yan, kasama si Eugene? Sabi nga ng boss ko, para sa kanya, pati Harry Potter 7, kinabog nito. :p

Cai Cortez as the PA, Kean Cipriano as Direk Rainier and JM De GUzman as Bingbong the Producer

Ang buong cast ay perfect. Almost perfect. Ang husay nung mga taga skwater, lalo na yung batang lalake na anak ni Mila. Si JM De Guzman rin pala, in fairness, magaling. Cutie rin. Hindi ko kasi siya ma-appreciate sa remake ng Mula sa Puso. Thumbs up siya sa comedy, pero hindi pa niya ka-level si Rico Yan sa drama imho. 🙂 Yung PA lang naman nila sa movie yung hindi ko na-appreciate. Kung asar ang dapat maramdaman ng viewer sa role niya, well congratulations, nagampanan pala niya ng mahusay ang role niya. Pero kung hindi pala ‘yun ang silbi ng role, sorry. Siya lang rin ‘yung hindi ko gusto sa cast ng Here Comes The Bride. Anyway, nasiyahan rin ako sa cameo ng isa pang de-kalibreng artista- si Miss Cherry Pie Picache. Medyo nahilo ako sa scenes nila ni Eugene pero ok lang, worth it pa rin.

Hindi nga lang ito matatawag na comedy. Drama rin ito at musical. Oo, musical rin ito. Kung paano, manood ka na lang para ma-gets mo. Nakakatuwa na naipakita ng mga film makers ang sitwasyon ng lipunan, ang glimpse ng indie film making, buhay ng isang artista, at kung anu-ano pa sa isang makabuluhan at kakaibang paraan. Deserving talaga ang Cinemalaya entry na ito na magkaron ng wide commercial release. Ito ang tipo ng film na hindi dapat pinaguusapan lang sa blogs at nakakubli lamang sa knowledge ng kaunting mga tao. Dapat ito, pinapapanood sa buong bayan.

This film has taste regardless of the septic tank. Shet na istoryang ‘yan. Ang bangis talaga. Wow. WOOOOOOWWWW!!! More powers to the cast and crew! Manood ng pelikula para malaman ang istorya ng sinadya kong i-bold at i-italize. 

Sa sobrang sulit nitong pelikula na ito, kahit hindi rin ako supporter ng pagbili ng original dvds, bibili ako ng original dvd nito. =)

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Congratulations kina Direk Marlon Rivera, Writer/Producer Chris Martinez, Miss Eugene Domingo and buong cast and crew sa mga awards na nakuha nila mula sa Cinemalaya. Congratulations rin dahil napatawa niyo nang bonggang-bongga kaming mga manonood. Check na check ito. Sana masundan niyo ito kaagad.

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listening to: Sabaw… Sabaw… (in my head)

Captain America > Thor

Hands down, Captain America’s storyline is much better than Thor’s. The story of the first avenger reminded me of Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds because of the World War II setting and the main protagionist’s band of kickass bros.

Reminders stop there. of course, there is less violence in this movie. And of course, there are parts here that will just make you go “Awwwww…”. Parts when Steve was still a scrawny soldier-wannabe. Wait for the grenade scene. if you don’t go “awww” then there’s something wrong with you. Says who? Says me.

Chris Evans did a good job as Steve Rogers. Even better than Chris Hemsworth as Thor. But of course, Hemsworth bags the award for having the hottest Avenger body. He he he!

Loved seeing Stanley Tucci as Dr. Erskine and Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Phillips. Sabi nga ng friend namin na si Maj, si Tommy Lee Jones daw ang Eddie Garcia ng USA. :p Brit actress, Hayley Atwell was flawless in her role as Agent Carter, the Cap’s love interest. Bagay talaga sa kanya ang red lipstick. 😀

Hugo Weaving as Red Skull was so-so. He was more sinister as Agent Smith in the Matrix than a Super Nazi nemesis of the first avenger.

I have nothing more to say about this movie except it’s a must-see. It’s worth to watch in the theatre. AND do not be a moron and leave right after the scene with Nick Fury and the Cap in the gym. Wait for the post-credits.

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listening to: the rain

Harry Potter’s Reel Grand Finale

(Warning: contains spoilers)

Farewell to the most important series of our generation. I witnessed the last installment of the masterpiece storytelling last Friday along with other of Pot(ter)heads. I couldn’t even munch on my potato chips because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was just so engaging! I believe the rest of the theatre was as absorbed as I was because there were only a few times when I wanted to kick people for their unsolicited side comments.

I will always be a bigger fan of the books than the films, but the HP films did not disappoint me even once.  Well, okay, once. Awful choice of Ginny, I must say. Blargh! Moving on, the final installment was suberbly crafted as a classic capper. There’s perfection in the dialogue, acting, musical scoring, and effects. A magical wave of the wand for everyone, especially to Director David Yates for making sure that the beloved classic gets an epic supernatural conclusion.

Here are the scenes that I loves the most:

1. When Professor MacGonagall cast a spell on the statues of Hogwarts and said “I always wanted to use that spell.” I liked this not only because it’s a kickass line, but because I remembered her role as Reverend Mother in my other all-time favorite, Sister Act.

  

from prayers to spells

2. When Ron and Hermione kissed. Kilig to the maximum level!!! I bet even the boys got kilig when our fave HP couple shared a kiss. The antithesis to this is the Harry-Ginny kiss. Blech. I really don’t like the onscreen Ginny.

3. When Neville slayed Nagini. From getting additional 10 points for Gryffindor (HP1) to destroying a Horcrux! The chubby awkward character has become a brave hottie cutie!

 

FUCK YEAH, MATTHEW DAVID LEWIS!!!

4. When Harry looked at Snape’s memories through the Pensive. I bawled. Like when Dobby died. Waaaaah! I’ve always liked Snape! I’ve always thought that he’s a good guy! When he was asked if his patronus is a doe (like Lily’s) and he said ALWAYS… Waaaaahhh! Total cheeseball moment for me! *sigh* This part was done in absolute perfection.

5. And of course, the Epilogue. Arthur Cohen as Albus Severus was too adorable. :”) What if this isn’t really the end of the HP franchise and a couple of years from now, Albus Severus, James Sirius, and Lily Luna together with the Granger-Weasley kids- Rose and Hugo have magical adventures of their own? Unlikely, but not impossible. 🙂

  

Cute cute cuuuute!!!!!

I, of course, recommend that you watch this because a dementor will suck the soul out of your pathetic being if you don’t. If you’ve already seen it, well, watch again. I know I will!

I LOVE YOU, HARRY POTTER. I LOVE YOU AS MUCH AS I LOVE BATMAN. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THAT’S A LOT.

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listening to: Gomez – Ballad of Nice and Easy

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