Wicked Stepmothers

“Have courage and be kind.”  Over the weekend, I saw the faithful, colorful and delightful live-action remake of the classic European folk tale, Cinderella.  Starring the great Cate Blanchett and a very beautiful Lily James (who wonderfully plays Cousin Rose on Downton Abbey), the movie did not alter much from the ubiquitous story of fairy […]

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Thrill, Yo

Almost on a yearly monthly weekly basis, the Philippine entertainment industry comes out with a barrage of men who are deemed ‘star material’.  These men were discovered through toothpaste commercials (hello, Robin Daroza), through reality TV or some singing competition (Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, to the front) or through the simple fact that they are […]

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Northern Exposure

Norte:  Hangganan ng Kasaysayan is one of Filipino auteur Lav Diaz’s latest addition to the canon of slow cinema – really slow cinema.  It’s the kind wherein you can feel your leg hair grow longer because it’s slow; the kind that Miranda Priestley would so hate.  Because it is really slow.  Have I told you […]

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Fifteen Films

The great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman said, “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”  Meanwhile, Filipina genius Melanie Marquez famously said the following words regarding her father, the director Artemio Marquez: […]

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