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Megaqueer! No kidding, kids! :)

Posted in animated (3D) film, Hollywood dream factory on November 11, 2010 by leaflens

I don’t know about you but this film just shouts queer! queer! queer! to me hehe. That, or I’m overreading hehe. If Judith Butler’s ideas came to life, wore tights and a cape, they’d be Megamind! Hahaha I kid you not. Chos.

Heniwey, here goes.


p. Dreamworks

music. Hans Zimmer and another dude or dudette

ep. Ben Stiller and a bunch of other dudes

creative consultant. Guillermo del Toro and some others

c. (voice) Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt

Pitch: A supervillain seeks a new challenge when he finally overcomes his superhero nemesis, and takes a turn for some, um, change. Ek. Whatevs.

Catch: This film’s subtext is not for kids!!! I was laughing harder than the kids in front of me! Hahaha! Not that that’s a bad thing, but… I’m just saying.

Heniwey, yeah, it’s true. I was laughing harder than those pesky 4-year olds in the row in front of me who won’t sit down and hence their heads were like bobbing up and down, distracting me in the beginning. Yes my sitting arrangement in the cinema is included in my film review heheh.

But like I said, this film is not for kids much like UP wasn’t either. This one has queerness written all over it. And no, I’m not just biased because I’m queer. Jeez. Let me count the ways?

1 – Megamind is blue! Um, can you say blue balls? Like he’s the personification of some uber-repressed (erotic) longing and (sexual) desire that, due to years of non-release, turned him the way he is. And that head shape of his, looks like an inverted… well, figure it out. I rest my case. Hehe.

And then of course there are those supervillain gadget thingies which are mostly phallic in design. And then there’s a piece of a city landmark that gets thrown at Megamind in a battle which also looks phallic… Well, I’m just saying. Too many pointy things in this movie.

Well, the thing is, there’s this rivalry between Megamind who just took over the designated “bad guy” role in a story because the designated “good guy” role was already taken by his (future) nemesis even if , later on, we will discover that they have other roles they want to play in their life other than the ones designated for them, no less by society. Plus they mention “he’s the yin in my yang” at least twice. Read between the lines, right??? Hmmmm, talk about gender as performance. How about superhero-ness/villainy as performance? More of that later.

And that scene where he was not chosen to be part of a play team during his school days (it was a choice between him and a kid with disability who was eventually chosen over him) somehow reminds me of stories surfacing these days about how gay kids are constantly bullied in school at a young age. I dunno. Maybe that’s just me.

2 – Metro Man is white! Looks shiny and gooey kind of white, kinda like what gay guys excrete when… oh shoot I watch too much MSM gay porn huh? Next! πŸ˜›

No seriously, Metro Man’s portrayal here was so over the top good guy that when you look at it, he looks like he’s “peacock-ing” you know? Like how gay guys would strut and stuff during White Parties at Malate. I dunno. Maybe that’s just me.

3 – That “Loving You” song! You know, Loving you/is easy ’cause you’re beautiful... That song. There’s a scene where Megamind’s assistant Minion would play bad-ass music in an ’80s-’90s style boombox in an anticipated battle with Metro Man. But when he mistakenly presses another button, the lines of the song “Loving You” plays instead, obviously ruining the bad-ass villainy moment. Yes, up to the part where it says lalalalala/lalalalala/lalalalala la la la la lala. I’m sorry but that song is just so queer to me hehe. And they repeat this like twice!

4 – That final battle when another supervillain arises and Megamind battles him, in full costumed glory, complete with super-mega-sparkly shiny balls mosaic-type designs of his face in the sky, where he comes out from the mouth area, specifically the tongue, and says to the other one “You can never be a supervillain because there’s one thing you lack” or something to that effect. When the other asks “What?” Megamind answers “PRESENTATION!”

Bongga lang teh! Hahaha. Like I said, performance!!!!

And more of that performance thing, how about that supervillain watch gadget which Megamind uses to turn himself into other human forms he wants to imitate for a specific purpose, like the jail warden (when he escapes), the museum nerdy guy (to escape the reporter girl’s detection) and the mother of all performances — to turn himself into Metro Man.

Uh huh. Queer, huh? Hm. πŸ˜›

Well, I’m just having fun with this review because I obviously had fun watching this. I thought this will be your run-of-the-mill 3D animation film but after the first 20 minutes of the film, you’ll never know where the story would take you. That’s somehow refreshing to see. Not so new, but refreshing, kinda like how THE INCREDIBLES was refreshing back then. But that, to me, was also new, in terms of the kind of story it was trying to tell.

But as I said, the subtext is not for kids. Or maybe even some of the things mentioned in the obvious context. I’m sure the 4-year olds in front of me didn’t laugh when Minion asked something like “What’s wrong?” and Megamind answered something like “I’m having an existential moment here” or something like that. I dunno but I just laughed. Benta, teh! Hehe.

Plus again, I like the introduction of some science stuff here, Hollywood’s favorite being Tesla coils of late, like what they did in THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, remember? At least let’s hope the 4-year olds would nudge their mom and say “What’s a Tesla coil?” and their mum would answer “Read your science books!” Yay for education!

And this, children, is the Tesla coil. Oh, and that's my sister. Took this at Griffith Observatory in California, April 2010.

Well, that’s about it. Just have fun. Don’t mind me. And if you see the things I saw in this film, well… Enjoy? Enjoy! Hehe.


sine chirchiryahan: time traveling up across the universe

Posted in animated (3D) film, Hollywood dream factory on August 30, 2009 by leaflens


nabuhayan akong mag-blog dahil inspired akong manyugi hehehe. chos. hindi naman. slight.

as usual, mabilisang paspasan muna, bite-size reviews of films i’ve recently seen. dami na kasi kaya magandang itala na bago malimutan na naman.

here goes.

d. julie taymor
featuring songs by the beatles

pitch: some kinda love story cum anti-war protest statements on the side peppered with beatles songs

catch: elements are not cooperating cohesively

i first came across this film in my favorite lezbitranswomen entertainment site as they alert you of upcoming movies with lbtqi characters/images/depictions/whatnots. at aliw dahil part-pinoy ang heritage ng nag-portray kay prudence, ang lbtqi character dito, na si t.v. carpio. cute, if not for her kinda drugged-out-like performance or character attack. other than that, wala masyado maaasahan sa kanya.

and that’s the problem with this film. wala ka masyado maaasahan sa naratibo niya. sayang. i so love the visualization of some scenes (especially the strawberry fields segment) but sometimes they stick out like sore thumbs in the overall scheme of things. the julie taymor quirky surrealist approach i first fell in love with sa FRIDA is an ultimate fail here. sayang. parang minsan gusto nitong maging MOULING ROUGE na hindi nagaganap, o kaya maging angsty na RENT level pero hindi na-a-achieve. minsan para kasing feeling pilit ang songs, na hindi organically lumabas sa istorya. take pointers from MAMMA MIA to see what i mean. doon, hindi contrived ang dating ng songs, kahit ang chakaness kumanta ni pierce brosnan, but i digress.

and no, it doesn’t help na ang characters mo ay named after the songs mismo na anytime hinihintay mo na lang ang fruition ng name-song niya, like si jude na yes kinanta ang “hey jude” at si lucy na no, walang “lucy in the sky with diamonds” (or did i miss it sa kabagutan? hm.). sayang dahil maganda pa naman ang arrangement ng ilang songs at ang pagkakakanta ng mga singers like si bono na nag-cameo. luz.

sayang sayang sayang ang budget. good example siya of how not to do a musical. students please take note.

c. rachel mcadams, eric bana
s. from the novel by audrey niffeneger

pitch: modern-day man has genetic disorder that enables him to travel over time, but with undue consequences in his own life, especially affecting his loved ones

catch: methinks it should have stayed as a book

as a book, you have lots of leeway and time to explain a lot of things in a story like genetic anomalies, how one criss-crosses through time, how a love story evolves in different time planes, stuff like that. the film has that effect, na parang patche-patche na naman ang labas dahil sa kulang sa oras kaya salient points na lang ng nobela ang kinuha at bingyang-buhay. sayang dahil ang ganda sana ng premise, na parang hindi rin masyadong nabigyan ng extra kurot sa puso and all that para mas may oomph ang dating, o baka lang din hindi effective sa akin ang akting ni eric bana at ang pagpapakyut ni rachel mcadams. hm. sayang, loves ko pa naman ang mga time-traveling tales and all that. now i want to read the novel tuloy. siya, i will, ‘pag nag-sale sa powerbooks.

UP (2009)
p. pixar

pitch: an old man with an adventurous spirit finally embarks on his lifelong adventure to search for a lost paradise land with a scout-like boy as his accidental sidekick

catch: not very happy with the story

maybe it’s because i am used to expecting something heartwarming na funny sa pixar animation kaya i was taken aback by all this sentimentality presented in this film. biro mo, mega-montage ang life ng lolo dito mula bata siya at nakilala ang love of his life hanggang sa tumanda na sila and all that, hanggang sa namatay na yung love niya na di man lang nila na-fulfill ang childhood dreams nila to embark on an adventure trail eklavu. hambigaaaaaat.

mas naiiyak ako kesa natutuwa most of the time, dahil sooooobrang lungkot na bigat nito. not that these emotional things should be shunned from seemingly “for children” stuff like these, no. in fact, that’s the fact i applaud the most here. even the unwanted child syndrome nung wilderness scout boy (na parang tinatakwil ng parents) ay nahagip dito kahit papaano pero hindi masyadong belabored ang pagkukuwento. maganda siya. light-handed approach kahit heavy-hearted ang effect most times. so okay, ambivalent ako dito. not totally sad. sige na nga.hey, it’s pixar. i am programmed to love their works. somewhat.

and i love the rainbow-colored androgynous bird hehe. la lang.


Posted in animated (3D) film, Hollywood dream factory on May 11, 2009 by leaflens


sarap lang minsan magpahinga at manood ng sine. oo, sa akin, ang panonood ng sine ay pagpapahinga, pero creative pa rin at may brain stimulus pa rin. plus of course lafesh chichiryang literal hehe.

the past days, marami kaming tinirang panoorin dito sa bahay, mostly mga na-miss ko sa sinehan o kaya di talaga napalabas dito ever. so heto sila. er, salamat nga pala sa dalawang kaibigang nag-download este nagbigay ng kopya sa akin πŸ™‚


d. jonathan demme
s. jenny lumet
dop. declan quinn
c. anne hathaway, debra winger

pitch: youngest sister comes out of rehab and re-enters her family’s life just when her older sister was about to be married chuva

catch: the zooms, but i could overlook that

since the film was shot entirely on digital, not film, i understand the temptation to use zooms, however unnatural this lens movement is, as it is a movement that is not done by the human eye, which, supposedly, is what a film lens should “approximate” most of the time to achieve that “viewing pleasure” we see in most classical narrative-structured films.

but there’s another feel to the zooms – the documentary feel. i felt that this was what the director was trying to achieve, na parang home movie ang dating, and reading up on the film later verified this hunch.

the docu feel worked well for the kind of story it’s trying to tell. ang daming ambivalence ng feelings ng mga characters because of their individual and combined histories, na lumalabas in bits and pieces, sometimes spurts, sometimes, deluge overload. at ang sentro nitong lahat ay si kym, ang on-and-off rehab kid ng otherwise picketfence-perfect pamilya sa isang suburban middle class middle american town. now i see why anne was nominated for an oscar here. ganda ng performance niya. although wala nga siya sa shining moment ni kate winslet sa THE READER esp that part na she slammed her hand sa table while defending their work as concentration camp guards. that moment alone captured the award for her. sadly, hathaway had no such moments here, walang big cultivation. all of what she was doing was leading up to that, but there was no “that” reached. baka kakulangan ng script o directing din ito, in a way.

but man, overall, i was blown away by how organic this film was. that’s the term for it — organic! all natural, 100% homegrown ingredients kumbaga. no manipulative hollywoodized artificial flavoring techniques. from everything — the story (anak pala ni sidney lumet ang nagsulat! wagi!), the editing (jump cuts worked – like how you would remember certain scenes in your life as patalon-talong eksena), camerawork (handheld and swish pans worked – like how your head will be so distracted in looking back and forth several people or happenings), even the musical score — na actually, walang “real score” to begin with kasi lahat ng kinda-score na music na naririnig dito ay hindi outside the story realm (called non-diegetic sound) kundi galing sa story realm ng film (called diegetic sound) mula sa wedding band musicians na laging naririnig na nagre-rehearse sa pali-paligid (love love love the sound of the violin and the skin drums just jamming away).

simple lang ang story at hindi na rin bago. siguro ang bago lang e yung elements na nakapaloob dito – interracial marriage siya, where rachel is white while her groom is black, at hindi isyu ito. the wedding theme is indian in nature, complete with the lively hindu-inspired designs, decor and dresses. the dad’s second wife looked like of native american indian descent, and some of their friends were asian-looking. wagi ang multicultural eklavu nitey.

yun na. feeling ko, after watching this, i became a sort of “cinematic vegetarian” na hahanap-hanapin ang organic filmmaking sa ibang pelikula pa.

alas, like meat, i cannot live without my sfx. which brings me to…


d. michel gondry
c. jack black, danny glover, mos def

pitch: small-town video store clerks try to save the store building by using the community’s love for films, prompting them to make their own later

catch: yung length siguro, could be trimmed some more for tightness

nakakatawa ng tunay ang mga karakter dito, yung imbes na mainis ka dapat sa kanila dahil sa napakatanga nilang tunay. gaano katanga? nabura ng isa sa kanila ang mga vhs tapes sa video rental store, at naisip nung isa na i-recreate ang mga naburang pelikula by shooting them themselves!!! tutal hindi raw naman alam ng ibang nagrerenta yung tunay na pelikula kasi nga di pa daw nila napapanood. thus, the two misfits end up recreating films like GHOSTBUSTERS, RUSH HOUR 2, ROBOCOP, DRIVING MISS DAISY and even the freaking LION KING!

pero mas panalo yung ideya na naisip nilang gumawa ng “old film” docu-style about a legendary jazz singer na supposedly e tumira sa neighborhood nila. i loved the way they shot it guerilla style, good old-fashioned guerilla filmmaking at its finest. grabe nakakaaliw sila sobra!

but of course, this kind of film only works for cineastes who looooove films. if you’re not like that, this film might not work for you.


d., s. jason friendberg and aaron seltzer

pitch: spoof of epic/adventure films da vinci code, harry potter, charlie and the chocolate factory, nacho grande, chronicles of narnia, xmen

catch: if you missed some or most of the films, luz ka!

wala, may masasabi ka pa ba sa satire films na ganito? siyempre may lull moments, may over moments, may corny moments, may funny-ha-ha moments, may chaka moments.

pero yun nga, if you missed any of the films it’s spoofing, luz. luckily, napanood ko naman sila lahat, except for NACHO LIBRE (na wala akong balak panoorin). anyway, character peg lang naman yung nacho libre sa isa samga bida, so puwede na.


d., s. darren aronofsky
c. hugh jackman, rachel weiss

pitch: a love story spanning three timeframes in the past, present and future

catch: better to watch on the big screen

if you’re familiar with aronofsky, you’d know that his films are visual feasts, experimentations and pushing the edge sometimes, if he ever found edges to begin with. parang di uso sa kanya yun e. he knows the basics and he wants to merge that with what’s not yet been done. i like that kind of thinking, instead of just junking the basics and experimenting to high heaven (or hell) and calling your film “indie.” but that’s another discourse.

gusto ko yung un-hollywood-ized effect ng film na ito, like a new way of telling a story, a love story to be exact, kung paano ang isang devoted man ay naghahanap ng ways and (scientific) breakthroughs to reach/save the love of his life ek. aliw yung spanish conquistador effect ng past love story na tumatagos sa present bilang novel na sinusulat ng girl, na sa future part ay magiging parang esoteric discussion na siya about preserving love and challenging commitment eklavu.ewan, yun ang nakuha ko sa pelikula sa future part, e. medyo open-ended yung future thread ng narrative, and it’s not about just a man-woman relationship but it actualy became a personal relationship with oneself eklavu ang dating ba, on how you’ll accept things that happen and how you will transgress sadness and all that. kakaiba.

this film will make you think while making you visually awed. i like that.

d., s. brad bird
p. pixar-disney

pitch: a parisian rat teams up with a garbage boy as culinary partners and revives one of the legendary paris restaurants in the process

catch: wala! happy sha

masaya ito! once again, pixar does its best. ganda ng animation potah, parang totoo ang 3D-ness ng texture ng mga bagay-bagay, lalo na yung mga backgrounds and stuff. cute din yung kuwento kaya aliw. wala lang, yun na. masaya siya. hindi siya aalog-alog na naratibo like MONSTERS VS. ALIENS although di rin naman siya edge-of-your-seat engaging like THE INCREDIBLES. tama lang ang timpla kumbaga. siguro di lang ma-suspend ang disbelief ng small small part sa akin ng fact na ang nagluluto sa kitchen e…isang daga. hahaha! oo andun pa lang ang lola sa level na yun. well, part of me, at least. but i loved this paris-set thingie and stuff. win!



Posted in animated (3D) film, Hollywood dream factory on July 2, 2008 by leaflens


P. Dreamworks
C. voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu


yun na ang review ko. hahaha! wala lang, nakakatuwa kasi siya. as in. sobra.

isang araw ng pamatay-oras, sumama ako sa dalawang kaibigan na manood ng sine. kung ano ang available sa screening time sana, at basta may angelina jolie dahil mga tibam kami hehe. funny lang na ang nasa isip ng kasama ko e WANTED ang papanoorin namin pero dito kami lumagpak hihihi πŸ˜›

heniweys, enjoy ako sobra sa film. bilang bata pa ako e mahilig na ko sa kung-fu chuva thanks to jackie chan and his films, inambisyon ko rin minsang mag-martial arts pero kahit nasusubukan at nasisimulan ang ilang efforts, hindi ako lumulubos sa experyensiyang ito. hindi ko alam kung bakit. hence, relate ako sa angst ni panda. hihihi. at sa malaki niyang tiyan. hihihihi. kaya nga nagwu-walking for fitness program na kami ngayon e haahah! haaaay… πŸ˜›

but the movie is great. thanks to the latest in cgi tech, grabe na sa kaganda at kapulido ang animation! i remember the days na sobrang excited na kami in watching the likes of MULAN eons ago esp that wide shot of the battalion attack sa snow scene, potah hanep sa execution at sa vividness! but of course, that pales in comparison here with the latest animation works, lalo na when it comes to the textures and uber-cool details! sobra lang. para na talaga siyang realistic. ang ganda lang ati!

but of course the bottomline here is still the story. and it’s a relatively good one, fast-paced at hindi siya contrite with the ‘human soul messages’ eklavu chuva. tama lang. simple lang na na-deliver ang ‘believe in yourself’ chever at epektibo siya in its simplicity.

ang ayoko lang dito e yung voice. panda sounds too jack black. it should be pandaΒ  as played by jack black, not jack black playing panda. nakakirita lang minsan kasi he couldn’t temper his tone para less of jack black and more of panda i hear. kairita kasi minsan e. dapat ginaya niya si angelina my ex-love. dito, tempered siya to the point na di ko na nga namalayang si angelina my ex-love nga pala iyon, unlike her previous voicing as lola sa… ano nga yung film na isda siyang malaki rin ang labi? basta. yun. which reminds me, i want a lava lamp much like what was in that movie… but i digress.

all in all, buti na lang sa big screen ko pinanood ito. mas appreciated ko lagi ang visual language ng film when i watch it sa big screen e. yeah, i am a purist like that.


Posted in animated (3D) film, comedy film on August 16, 2007 by leaflens


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d.david silverman

doh! ang saya nito grabe. sabi nga ng girlfriend ko, mapapagod ka sa kakapanood kasi walang katapusan ang katatawanan. and she’s right. sobrang nakakatawa ang pahinga lang e every 30 seconds di ka tatawa. basta grabe.

kakatuwa ang kuwento, at napahaba naman nila ng sapat para maging full-length ito. simple lang naman pero may relevance, sundot at dagok ang humor at storyline — things i have loved sa simpsons ever since lumabas ito sa tv way back when i was in college ba, basta during the 90s. dami ko pang bart shirts nun a. hm asan na nga pala yun?

pollution ang statement sa film na ito, earth pollution and politics and non-awareness chenes. maganda siya. kapupulutan ng aral pero hindi rin shoved down our throats ang message — things i liked about the storytelling of the show. nakakatuwa yung small snippets lalo na, like when that irish kid na crush ni lisa e ini-insist na hindi niya tatay si bono hahaha. saka yung sa ending, after all the credits, may naglilinis kunwari ng sinehan tapos sabi niya “four years of film school, and now this” or something like that. hahah natawa lang ako grabe sobra doon hahahah!

yan, yan ang storytelling!


Posted in animated (3D) film, Hollywood dream factory on July 8, 2007 by leaflens



scary si snow white. sobra. yun lang.

hm, okay sige more pa. mas witty at funny yung unang dalawa. pero nakakatawa rin naman ito.

and i love the way they poked fun at the disney style when snow white sang that sweet song tapos naging headbanger crazy hahahaha. how irreverenltly schizophrenic! luv it.

oo may hang-up ako kay snow white. scary kasi siya. swear.

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