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War of the Woulds

Posted in adventure film, Asians in Hollywood, fantasy-mythical, film sequels, sci-fi film, Star Wars saga with tags on December 21, 2017 by leaflens

A.K.A. ang pagbabalik ng Manyunyugi ng Pelikulang Panget, or in short, should I come back with this comeback? Or would I survive reviewing this revival-ish of a film? Ma at pa, beh. Ma at pa. So sige, keber lang.

I’m back, bichezzz!

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)

d., s. Rian Johnson

p. Lucasfilm/Disney chuva

c. Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, and others (sila lang mahalaga sa akin bakit ba lol) 

Pitch: EPISODE VIII na siya beh, and hallelujah praise the lawd at ang epic space opera saga chenelyn na ito ay marami nang kick-ass na babae sa lead, 40 years later! Where General Leia leads what’s left of the Resistance to safety, with the help of other women in the periphery, in the middle of men with angst lol.

Catch: Saga wearing thin in plot/characterization, not sure if kayang itahi ang last gen sa next gen beh. May the force make hibla.

Lakas maka-flashback itong Star Wars saga ever oo, down memory lane of your life as you watch it.

So 4 years old pa lang pala ako nung unang lumabas ito sa sinehan pala. And 40 years later, we see the Star Wars saga still at it — matapos nilang patayin (!!!) si Han Solo, at matapos mamatay ni Carrie Fisher (huhubelles). Of course we all grew up watching the first 3 movies — or episode 4, 5, 6 sa utak ni pareng George Lucas — and yes, it’s still amazing to see and re-watch from time to time, because the storytelling uses techniques that entertain you, like a good classical Hollywood narrative does. There’s the witty or pa-witty dialogue, lalo na ‘yung banter ni Han Solo and whoever ang ka-banter niya, the obvious longing for something eklavu ni Luke na naging sanhi ng yabang laterz nang na-discover niya ang “The Force,” and the film language that would entertain any geek/film major/cineaste out there (like ooh black si Darth Vader kasi bad, white si Luke kasi good etc. or ‘yung binaligtad na halaaa naka-black na sa huli si Luke kasi hinahalina ni Darth sa dark side pero deep inside nakaputi pa siya so okay good pa rin kami yey).

I was honestly trying to look for such elements again last night when I watched this,  lalo na the witty dialogue. Or kahit mga classic one-liners lang ng mga characters (e.g. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Like that.) But sadly, even if the dialogue ain’t as freakin’ bad as Justice League’s (I AIN’T TOUCHING THAT ONE), it’s still not as good nor as memorable.

Haha that’s a classic. Miss ya Princess!

 

And I’m thinking if it’s the characters or the scriptwriter who’s “at fault” here. Ideologically, that is. Like, as happy as I am about their racial and gender diversity, I’m not sure if these newer characters have enough of a personality to begin with, to start acting with motivation, speaking with wit, or merely existing with conviction. And speaking as a scriptwriter, it’s an awful challenge to write dialogues for such characters, I tell ya. Kaya parang sakit sa bangs siyang panoorin teh.

Like for the life of me, I’m still trying to find out what the ex-stormtrooper’s role is in this whole scheme of things. So natauhan ka at ayaw mo nang maging foot soldier lang ng evil empire, so??? And that one particular pilot who’s such a misogynist arsehole in this second sequel film that I’m missing what happened to him in the first film (i.e. sana sumabog na lang ulit siya kunwari, at sa huli na lang lumitaw leche). Like what’s so special about you, pilot with the BB8 droid, at sa iyo naka-focus ang naratibong ito? Eh ang yabang mo lang kaya kainis, and no, hindi ka plot device na kinailangan lang ng Admiral character ni Laura Dern laterz para umigting siya/sila. Kakaloka ang existence niyo, sa totoo lang.

And then of course we have si ati Rey, na we’re still guessing kung sino siya or ano ang heritage nila. Like hallerrrrrrrr natapos na ang second film at lahat, nganga pa rin sa info na ‘yun??? Eh sa original na second film, we get it agad sa huli na “Luke, I am your fatherrrrr.” “Noooo!” Tapos ang heritage mystery. Ito, huhubelles nakaka-dalawang popcorn bucket na ko, wala pa ring reveal na malaman!!! Puro pahaging lang mula kay Kylo Ren tapos bomb drop na walang kwentang plotline ang peyrents ni Rey, cryola lang si bakla nang narinig ang katotohanan, tapos end! Wala pa ring clue-labelles whatsoever sa pagkatao niya, kahit ilang beses siyang tanungin ni Lolo Luke ng “Who are you?” Kaloka. Konti na lang kakanta na ko ng CSI theme song dito eh leche. Whoooooo are you? Who who who who. Cheret.

Paternity Strikes Back. Tapos ang kaso!

 

And then of course the “conflicted” Kylo Ren, a.k.a. Ben Solo, junakis ni General Leia at Han. Dami niyang hanash teh! Kesyo conflicted sa pagchugi sa sariling pudraks o sa pagbomba sa sariling mudraks, tapos the ego duel chenes with Tito Luke. Saka bakit ba kating-kati kang maging dark side ambassador pare? Two films in, and I still can’t find a clue. Dahil lolo mo si Darth, ganern? Ibalik ang dark glory days, ganern? Paano ka ba pinalaki ng peyrents mo, at ang tanong ko anak, ba’t ka nagkaganyan tininininin-tininininin… And the back story na in-attempt nila ever for you naman eh hilaw din. Dahil lang fail ang lessons niyo ni Tito Mentor, dark ka na? Conflicted conflicted… Nubeh boi, dami hanash sa life, hanash na wala akong makitang pinaghuhugutan mo. His well of loneliness is arid, my dear. By this time, dapat nilamanan na ‘yan ng meatier back story, but no. [Also, HAN SOLO and LEIA nagkaanak??? Anyare? Paanosinoanokailan? Insert back story here!!! dapat.]

Taragis ka, Ben Solo!!! Di pa kita pinapatawad dito!!!

 

And that is, I think now, that problem of this film: THERE’S NO BACK STORY whatsoever, be it the situation or the characters. They’re like running on fumes of the past films, and decided to surf those fumes na lang and see where this goes wheeeeeeeee lightspeed! Gawa ng new worlds here and there, insert cutesy creatures na tatalo sa Ewoks, and then boom! Lagay natin sila and see where this karambola ends or begins or ends or begins. Kajirits.

And don’t even tell me na “Ay, nasa extended universe ‘yan, nasa comics ‘yan, nasa blah blah blah related pop icon product ‘yan dapat basahin mo blah blah blah para ma-gets mo.” Taragis. We’re not doing a compare-and-contrast of mediums here, okay? Whatever is in a medium, we analyze it as is, where it is, in all its full formalistic glory. So kung may hindi sila nilagay dito, then that’s that, and that maims it, so luz. Wala akong time to make subaybay everything in their merchandise line k, kaya dapat alalahanin nila kung para kanino ba nila ginagawa ang film na ito.

Eat my popcorn fuckers. The cheese and butter didn’t cut it both, kahit may large sarsi in the middle. Note to self: bring jabee next time.

And I think that’s another folly of it. I think the film is trying to please the newer generations in one part, lalo na sa simula, and then the latter half they try to please the Star Wars kiddos of yore, like moi, by putting forth Luke and Leia and that cheap trick of a hologram nga ni R2D2 hahahaha hilarious ‘yun. But that latter half felt more like a eulogy for what will not come again next time around: the sensible saga story. Dahil sa kakaulit ni Hanash Junior na kailangan nang mamatay ang old blah at sila nang new blah ang gagawa ng New Republic or New Order or whatevs (I swear I heard him say New Order, na naisip ko, ay, new waver si koya? Cheret!), feel kong total new slate kemeru ang gagawin nila sa next films, lalo na’t may patikim pa ng new kid characters wearing the new hope rebellion ring chenes. Kumbaga, lulutuin pa nila, para maayos. Kalerks.

You know, no matter who your audience is, we actually don’t care, so long as you make one cohesive narrative that rules them all trilogy films! Yeah, take a cue from other films na marami ring sequels, telling a definitive narrative na may pupuntahan, para mas malaman ang aabangan namin at mas kapaki-pakinabang ang mga karakter owkei??? Hindi ‘yung bubuntot lang si ati kay Luke para maging mentor tas may konek-konek sila ni Hanash Junior tapos si Hanash ang conflict niya ay parang lip service lang — kasi sa labi lang nakikitang lumalabas, hindi nafi-feel sa looban niya, at lalong hindi nakikita sa labas niya! Acting workshop pa more! Cheret.

Hay naku kalerks.

Pero yeah, props to putting an Asian character out there, sa wakas. I loved that Rose character there, and I will love her more pa sana kung hindi naganap ‘yung kiss sa pilot plane crash scene nila ni ex-stormtrooper boi. KAKALOKA KELANGAN MAY KISS TALAGA. Oo ganyan ako kainis. Take a cue sana from Rogue One na wala ‘yan, tumayo ang pelikula nang labanan lang and yeah, good storyline. Hmp.

Heniweys sige bahala na si Batman sa susunod na leg nito. I’ll still be there to see Rey’s journey. Panindigan ang buns na ‘yan sa susunod, k. Let’s see.

LOL pahiram intarwebz. This cracked me up the first time I saw this during the time of The Force Awakens lol.

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Spinderella cut it up one time!

Posted in children-young adult content, fantasy-mythical, Hollywood dream factory, love story, women's issues in film with tags , , , on March 24, 2015 by leaflens

Or in short, here’s my take on this year’s remake of a tale as old as time, but the messaging is as problematic as ever. Yes, I know it’s as predictable as hell but it still needs to be scrutinized, especially these days when media bombards women and girls with questionable embedded values.

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d. Kenneth Branagh

c. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James

PITCH: That ageless tale of an orphan girl with a wicked stepmum and stepsisses who, out of kindness and through magic, snags herself a prince charming with a foot fetish of sorts. Okay glass slippers na nga!

CATCH: That ageless tale just rebooted its age-old problematic messaging and what this tale actually related to young girls out there.

That this film was directed by Kenneth Branagh surprised me more than anything. But no amount of Shakespearean creds or great film creds (Much Ado About Nothing or Dead Again or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein my fave! to name a few) could spin this tale out of its eventual tunnel vision of a message: that in order to get out of a miserable life, a girl needs to be kind and suffer first in order to snag a prince charming. Whoopteedoo.

Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh, and Rupert Grint

Or maybe he was directing it as Gilderoy Lockhart. Yeah, Ron’s face, mine as well. Waaah Emma Thompson o! Oops, baka marinig ni Helena BC heheh.

Fine, given that the film didn’t identify its era so we automatically assume that it was from that era where women are considered property of men, saved only by virtue of being the daughter of a man or the wife of one (which still happens today devahhhhh but I digress). Since Cinderella didn’t have both a dad and a jowa, then she just tried to make do with what life handed out to her, until that fated prince comes along.

And this is where my sweetheart and I reacted when watching this film: that women like Cindy here would just accept what life handed her, without giving up a fight. I mean, is she that naive and trusting that she would just accept all the atrocities that her step-sibs/mum would hand her? Siyempre dahil mga palabang eba kaming mag-jowa, bumubula ang bibig namin nang panoorin namin ito, right? [Yup, dapat nasa Insurgent kami pero may kasama kaming kids at ito ang type nila, so there, k.] Granted that Branagh gave us a glimpse of a “palabang eba, slight” ni Cindy during that scene na parang “kinakaawaan” niya ang katangahan ng step-sibs niya, still, it’s not enough for us to forego all of the pang-aapi that she just received without a whimper. And this is where that idea of female sufferance enters the picture, where women ought to just accept these burdens thrown upon her, because woman! Kainis. Fine, given din na pinakita naman ni Branagh na may spunk kahit papaano si Cindy when she encountered the prince for the first time sa forest, pero onetime bigtime lang ito teh, at pag-uwi niya sa balur, yagit mode pa rin ang peg ni ati. Di ko bet.

I don’t know what’s more dangerous: Cinderella being portrayed as naive to the evils of other people, or that naivete is being disguised as kindness. After all, her mantra was her mother’s dying habilin: have courage and be kind. But mum forgot to lecture her that in order to be courageous, one has to stand up when people are being unkind na, right? Isn’t this akin to just accepting bullying when one is being bullied? With so many problems regarding bullying that kids these days face, they don’t really need another film to reassure them that being bullied now is okay because later, a prince will save the day! Kalerks. They should save themselves dapat ang peg. But no, Shrek kasi ‘yun. or Ever After.

And that’s also one point that my sweetheart reacted to: hindi ganyan ang ma-inlove k! Meaning love is not just about finding someone secretly and then later revealing their real identities and then later ulit inlab na sila. Fine, granted na love at first sight ito, a la Romeo and Juliet, but you know what actually happened to those two star-crossed lovers, right? [Na-tegi sila teh k!] At saka hindi mo mahahanap ang trulab mo because of her shoe size. Pero sige na nga, dahil magical naman ito, I’ll give you that: a shoe-fitted love.

And that’s another thing kung saan din kami nag-react: na hindi masasagot ng magic-magic lang ang prublema mo. No caru? Have pumpkin for a coach! No dress? Bibbity-bobbity-boo RTW courtesy of fairy godmother’s wand. No julalays? Have rats and lizards turn into humans for a few hours. At gorabels na sa ball! Tugz tugs na si teh. Winner.

Well, I guess wala na naman akong magagawa sa tale as old as time na ito, with messaging as dangerous as shit, so I tried to focus on the finer points of the film while watching it. And it involved fixating on the stellar cast . I mean haller, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmum pare. Dapat mag-usap sila ni Angelina Jolie mylab at gumawa ng Maleficent meets Cinderella’s Evil Stepmum movie pare! Patok sa takilya yun.

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If only for this scene, watch this film and see how this Academy Award-winning thespian makes bawi this forgettable story. Walang kupas!

I don’t know how much she was challenged in portraying this role, but she sure looked like she was having fun channeling filmic femme fatales for this role hehe. I don’t know but she reminded me of Marlene Dietrich in some scenes, while that emerging-from-the-dark scene confronting Cinderella and her glass slipper was just awesome. It felt like it didn’t belong in this film. Yes, that’s Branagh indeed, bumabawi si bakla lolz.

 

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Dietrich, meet Blanchett. Pero minsan rume-Rebecca rin ang peg ni ati so hmm ayan hodgepodge.

 

At kumusta naman din na andito ang alter-ego ni Bellatrix Lestrange in the form of Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of the Fairy Godmother. Again, I guess she was trying to find some deeper hugot of this character pero wala naman talagang mahuhugot dito. So I guess she had fun playing this “alter ego” hihihi. Yes, I get it: raket lang ito, kids. Sige, kelangang kumita paminsan-minsan.

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Uhm, Black Swan ba ituh lola Helena? It’s the wand, ano? Lolz. 

As for the notion of a happily ever after, I think there are many tales that have debunked this already, so maybe that’s why they decided to humanize the prince here, so he won’t be altogether 100% charming. By injecting some angst into him (i.e. I want to marry for love, not for political connections chenerz), we could now justify why he ran away from the ball and went bouncing after the belle in blue. Although that landian scene sa swing was a bit funny, and I detected a bit of sexual nuance here hehe. Puwede siyang symbolism for a one night stand kaya haller (i.e. landian blues then hawakan blues then takbuhan blues then ask si bakla ng “What is your name?” sa kalandian lolz yeah I’m overreading #bagotarepublic na by this point).

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Ako lang ba ang bothered sa bakat ni boylet??? #himatay

Well, what more can I say? If you want to see a live action version of this Disney animated classic, then go ahead and watch this, if only for these superb actors. Other than that, just be prepared to guide impressionable young minds who might be watching this with you, and help them un-suspend their disbelief after watching this story. Yes, because they’ll need it, teh. K? K.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Posted in book to film, children-young adult content, fantasy-mythical on July 16, 2007 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

or subtitled “hindi happy si harry huhuhuhuhu…”

yeah, this film didn’t fly. as in. no nimbus 2000 broomsticks will help the film. no matter how much you shout “wingardium leviosa” wala pa ring lulutang diyan. hay. super. kainis.

i guess it has something to do with the writing and the directing, combined. the usual suspects were okay naman, especially the actors. the kids are now teenagers with throbbing libidos overtly shown (eg harry with cho chang) or subtly implied (eg hermione being seduced by being an outlaw). the usual crop of good british actors are in good supply (esp the ones we heart the most, emma “sense and sensibility” thompson as the divination teacher, gary “immortal beloved/bram stoker’s dracula” oldman as sirius black, and helena “mary shelley’s frankenstein/hamlet” bonham carter’s bellatrix lestrange).

but maybe we have to backtrack a bit. have you read the book? it’s freaking thick. as in the thickest piece of young adult literature i’ve read. and it’s hard to pick the best parts to translate into film, because each chapter was written as a coherent unit that gets better as it develops. so if you just lift the essence without mentioning some details, hm…doesn’t work well e. iba ang essence na mabubuo ng libro. like ni hindi nga na-establish masyado ang importance ng order of the phoenix, for one. and then yung family relations and angsts nina bellatrix at sirius. saka yung angst ni harry about family units, as usual. basta, ang dami. pero okay yung nag-focus sila sa training ng dumbledore’s army. i think that’s the only portion that worked well without having prior knowledge of the book’s content. pero kung di mo nabasa ang book, baka feeling short-changed ka. well, lalo na kung nabasa mo, i suppose…

and the directing? well, the brit tv director is good with small, intimate scenes but not big ones, especially the ones with special effects and sa overall na pagtatahi ng mga eksena para maging cohesive unit ang buon pelikula. malabo men. brilliant moments naman niya ay napaka-british lang, i think. yung bang kind ng british scene na di mo alam kung drama ba yan, dramedy, heartwarming o comedy. yeah, brit cinema could have this quality madalas e. para bang guess the genre ang game, not unless overt ang artista mo na alam mo ang ginagawa like mr. bean’s films. one nice scene is the one with the 3 kids in front of the fireplace at the griffindor lobby. the one where it just faded out with them laughing. ang natural lang ng approach. pero the rest, like the one na tinira ni voldemort si sirius at nung natamaan si sirius, hindi maganda ang framing at hindi nagawan ng sfx ng remedyo. kapag may special effects talaga ang eksena, mas mahirap i-shoot especially kung di mo alam ang hitsura ng effects na kalalabasan ng eksena. so kakulangan talaga ng direktor ito.

hay. i could go on and on about why i don’t like this film. pero i won’t na lang. i think you get the picture. but of course, like the rest of the world, i’ll still read the next book and watch the next film. i want to know what happens next kasi.

evolve or die daw: UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION

Posted in fantasy-mythical, film sequels, Hollywood dream factory on July 12, 2007 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

NOTE: REPOSTED FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE. GOING TO DELETE THE OLD BLOG THAT HOSTED THIS. (from anti-rust punditry january2006)

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evolve or die? well, whatever. yun ang tagline sa poster.

at panalo pa rin ang contact lenses nila. can i borrow? 🙂

maganda naman yung film. as expected, it was really dark but this time, the dark played well with the story unfolding on the big screen. i don’t think this film will be appreciated if you see it on video in the small screen, kahit pa malaking plasma tv ang tv mo sa bahay. you should see this on the really larger than life silver screen. especially the flight scenes of the markus kalaban character nung lumilipad-lipad siya at binubunggo-bunggo nya ang truck na minamaneho ni selene our heroine (tama ba spelling?).

the film really took off where it left off before, literally, as in talagang continuation of the previous film. maganda pa ring panoorin kasi hindi ma-a-alienate ang mga di nakapanood ng dating film. the flashbacks and back stories were craetively unfolded and told in this narrative sequel. they were inserted in the form of memory flashbacks, crafted creatively as “memory maps in the veins of the vampire.” kumbaga, their blood is the book of maps from where they can trace past events. ang ganda ng detail na iyon. unique. and then of course, there are the uv rounds pa rin or the bullets used to kill vampires are composed of ultraviolet light (blue colored) which simulated daylight. galeng no? i really liked that bit even during the first film. creative.

feeling ko lang, though, masyadong marami ang cgis ng mga creatures creatures ek this time. kung hindi lang siya nabalanse ng husto sa revelation ng mga snippets of kwento, magsasawa ka agad kasi parang obvious na type nilang gawing fx-film lang ito at i-sacrifice ng konti ang kwento, just like what happened to MATRIX 2. very forgettable and regrettable.

wala sa pelikula actually ang still na ito (yung anggulo). outtake yata. ang naisama ay yung over the shoulder shot version nito na bluish black ang color at hindi gaano halata ang rusty look ng still na ito. it was actually a good choice. this shot is too bright and it won’t match the other shots in the sequence. hmm, nakapagtataka lang na all these centuries (since the 12th!), hindi natutong mag-ayos ng buhok ang ating heroine, but i digress… 🙂

one line of dialogue in this film that i like is when the ancestor of the antagonist was talking with our protagonist. sabi ni girlash “what will i become” or “what will become of me?” at sabi ng kalaban niya “the future.” that was such a simple dialogue exchange but it was so powerful. and profound. i like it because it is that: simply profound. and in that essence, maganda nga ang mga dialogues ng characters dito; halata mo kung saang siglo sila talaga galing. ang galing. that’s what i like about vampir films pati; slight poetic magsalita kasi ang mga vampire hehe. i like.

UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION is exciting. panoorin niyo.

mmff2005: EXODUS yourself away from this film

Posted in fantasy-mythical, MMFF, Philippine Cinema on July 12, 2007 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

NOTE: REPOSTED FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE. GOING TO DELETE THE OLD BLOG THAT HOSTED THIS. (from anti-rust punditry january2006)

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it’s metro manila film festival season again, the only time of the year when filipino movies are protected in the greater manila area by banning foreign films and showing mmff entries exclusively.

so what have we watched?

sad to say, just one, but still planning to catch most of them, if not all.

first up, EXODUS. directed by erik matti. starring bong revilla.

okay sana ang gustong gawin ng pelikulang ito pero sadly, nagawa na halos lahat e, at karamihan sa halos lahat ng iyon ay nagawa na ng LORD OF THE RINGS, particularly ng FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING [the ‘let’s gather all the engkantos to help us in our quest’ story thread] at ng RETURN OF THE KING [renegade bounty hunter turns to lost king heir eklat] at budburan mo ng kaunting THE MATRIX [the one will save us from evil, complete with ‘lahat ng natitirang tao nagtatago sa isang underground community’ story thread]. it’s not hard to imagine if you know all these films, believe me. and frankly, what a waste of my 80 pesos. everything about this film reeks of bad crafting – storyline numero uno. like hello, ano ba ang motibasyon ng mga karakter na ito? ano ba ang lugar na ito in the first place? at sino ang nagpapaandar sa sitwasyon? hay laos.

then the directing. erik matti has never impressed me, not one bit. i still remember his horrific definition of a documentary as having the camera stationary in a tripod all the time. hello. haven’t you heard of cinema verité? obviously not. sometimes i wonder if he is really a filmmaker or if he’s just someone who was able to get film projects because of his extensive showbiz connections. parang counterpart ng sinasabi nilang pinabili lang ng suka sa kanto, naging showbiz writer/reporter na. parang ganun siya e. i’m not so sure if he knows what he’s doing most of the time. from the film’s pacing and quality, i think he doesn’t talaga.

sayang pa naman ang efforts ng sandamakmak na digital visual effects. in fairness, okay naman ang cgi kahit minsan halata ang animation. in fact, i watched this for the cgi talaga. at dapat talaga may dala kang bucket popcorn para di ka antukin. first 10 minutes pa lang e… hay.

well, nowhere to go from here. it’s really a bad film and i think my mind is rebelling to expand on it for such a waste of time na. kaya hanggang dito na lang. QnA na lang tayo kung gusto niyo.

PAN’S LABYRINTH

Posted in children-young adult content, drama film, fantasy-mythical, Mexican film, war-conflict on July 8, 2007 by leaflens

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galing talaga ng mga mexicans mag-ilaw. di ko alam kung bakit may ganoong sensitivity. CSI Miami could actually use their services because to tell you the truth, i’m tired of their heavy-coated gradated yellow-amber tone filtering to achieve that sun-hot atmospheric sizzle. puwede kayang iba naman? just like i’m getting tired of the polarized cyan/high neutral density look of CSI New York, just to have that icey metallic detached nooyawk feel of sorts. da best pa rin mag-ilaw ang CSI Vegas, but i digress…

this mexican film is just plain excellent. storyline, acting (although the child protagonist could have used more oomph in terms of her acting projection — kulang pa ng konti sa workshop, at sa guidance in directing). the vision is good, and to have that fairy tale thingie juxtaposed with the franco dictatorship chenes, ay caramba! perfecto. galeng! reminded me of LA VITA E BELLA (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) where the father told his kid a game/tale to hide the atrocities of the holocaust. tangina. yan ang konsepto! multi-layered, very textured plot, and good execution helped a lot din. pero to begin with, brilliant ang mga konsepto.

may ilang portions lang na parang slow ang dating, pero may payoff din ang style ng pagbabagal. the oveall effect was okay naman.

hm, can’t wait for harry potter. the trailers are good. and we see more (well, more or less) of ralph fiennes in this one. yey.

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION , THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Posted in book to film, children-young adult content, fantasy-mythical on July 8, 2007 by leaflens

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and yet this is another tilda-swinton-bad-hair-day movie (remember CONSTANTINE, and THE BEACH, and others). ito ang “no shampoo no conditioner for 100 years” look para ma-achieve ang ice queen naninigas hair effect. ayuz.

as much as i wanna be dazzled by the special effects and the movie wizardry, can’t help but get derailed by how…catholic the storyline is. from the lion’s death and resurrection, the sibling’s messianic complex to save the people of narnia, the ultimate sacrifice subtheme repeated several times, chenelyn chenelyn chenelyn…kulang na lang may literal na mag-genuflect dito eh. hay…lumalabas ang catholic schoolgirl angst ko hehehe. chos.kaya di ako na-engganyo sa writings ni cslewis e. hm.

at ang lesson dito sa mga bata ay: tigilan ang katakawan. dahil kung di nag-desire sa turkish delight desserts yung isang bata, walang trouble in the first place. hanggang the wardrobe lang ang adventure. wala nang lion witch and other strange creatures we’ve seen before in lots of literary and film works.

and yeah, it’s so freaking british. tea with the little girl and a faun. ay. basta.

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