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Oro by Alvin Yapan [MMFF 2016]

I’m not a movie reviewer but I think it would be a great disservice to everybody if I don’t promote this film. I went inside the cinema with high expectations. After all, Sir Alvin Yapan is one of my most favorite professors of all time. And for the first time, one of his films is showing in local cinemas. So yey!

Oro, Dugo ang Kinang ng Ginto
Oro, Dugo ang Kinang ng Ginto

Kahit na sobrang taas ng expectations ko, I was blown away and greatly overwhelmed by Oro. Ang ganda ng storya. Thought-provoking and cringe-inducing siya. At sa totoo lang gusto ko talaga ihagis yung phone ko sa silver screen. Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit. Ang bigat ng pakiramdam habang nanonood ako at kapag naaalala ko yung pelikula. At lalo akong naiinis kapag naalala kong based on true events ang kwento. 😭

Ang galing ng actors. Iba! They deserve the Best Ensemble Award. At siyempre, Irma Adlawan IS Irma Adlawan. Subtle pero powerful. Sobrang saludo ako kay Kapitana, both the character and the real life Kapitana. Mabuhay kayo!

Irma Adlawan as Kapitana in Oro
Irma Adlawan as Kapitana in Oro

Gustong-gusto ko rin sila Joem Bascon (bukod sa crush ko siya matagal na) dahil ang galing niya talaga pati yung mga actors na kabarkada/katrabaho niya sa ball mill. 🙌🏻 And I must not fail to mention Mercedes Cabral. This girl can effectively play all kinds of characters, I think.

At yung mga goons naman, hay nakakabwisit talaga. Kung inis na inis kayo kay Dolores Umbridge sa Harry Potter series… aba nakahanap ako ng mas nakakabwisit sa kanya, ang p*tang *nang si Mrs Razon. Hay! Sarap painumin ng mercury. 😡 Pag na-meet ko si Sue Prado, gusto ko siya bigwasan.

I felt frustrated, helpless, at sobrang dami pang ibang emotions nung nanonood ako. Di ako iyakin pag nanonood ng mga pelikula pero naluha ako several times while watching Oro. At nung nag-end credits na bumuhos luha ko at para akong naka-glue sa upuan ng sinehan kasi ang hirap makapag-get over at mag-move on sa pelikulang ito.

Pasensya na. Medyo emotional ako ulit ngayon kasi narinig ko ulit ang theme song ng movie,
“Nananaghoy ang Puso Ko.” Perfect yung kanta para sa pelikula at nung narinig ko ito ulit ngayon, bumalik lahat ng emosyon na naramdaman ko nung pinanood ko yung film. Ganun kagaling yung kanta.

Ganun kagaling yung pelikula. It will stay with you. Malamang ayaw mong manood ng isang mabigat na pelikula pero etong pelikulang ito kelangan mong panoorin talaga. Magaling ang pagkakakagawa at mapapaiisip ka talaga.

Facebook status lang dapat to pero ang dami kong gustong sabihin tungkol sa pelikulang ito kaya napa-blogpost.

Grabe ang galing talaga ng pelikula. Don’t miss the chance to watch it. Maraming salamat, Gaisano Mall of Davao dahil pinapalabas mo ang Oro at murang-mura lang po and ticket, P145. Kung may time pa ako, papanoorin ko ito ulit.

Maraming salamat, Sir Alvin Yapan and to your team! Expecting more great stories from you.

All images from the Oro – MMFF 2016 Page at https://www.facebook.com/oroformmff2016.

The Achy Breaky Hearts

‘Di ako masyadong iyaking kapag nanonood ng mga pelikula. Pero yung “The Achy Breaky Hearts,” hindi pa lumalabas yung title card naluha na ako. Pak na pak ang intro. #ICanRelate sa linyang ito…

“Hindi naman sa kailangan na may kasama umuwi, kumain o matulog. Masarap lang din siguro kung meron. Di ba?” – The Achy Breaky Hearts

BOOM! PAK! GANERN! Doon sa “Di ba?” buhos na ang tears. Ang ganda ng pagkakasulat ng intro ng pelikula. Parang pwede kong sabihin na para sa akin yung pelikula. Tama ang desisyon ko na panoorin yun mag-isa.

Tapos halos buong pelikula naluha-luha lang ako kahit nakakatawa naman. Kasheh tagos sa buto mga beh. Yung masaya ka naman na single ka pero tongenuh yun, masaya kayang kiligin. Yung kahit na buo ka naman at di mo naman talaga kailangan ng kasama sa kung ano at kung saan pero pag naiisip mong paano nga kung meron?

Ria Jose
Chinggay, ako ba ikaw? Ikaw ba ako? Nakaka-relate ako beh. #TeamSingle

‘Yon eh… doon tayo sa mga what ifs tinatamaan. The film shows us how we can be happy being single yet still yearn for something more. Yung kumpleto ang buhay mo pero di mo mapigilang isipin na baka mas masaya ka kapag may kapares ka. Palagay ko ganun din yung mga taken. Masaya naman silang may kapares pero minsan napapatanong din na baka mas masaya kapag single. Ika nga “the grass is always greener on the other side.”
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Alone

6th Mindanao FilmFest
6th Mindanao FilmFest

Alone by Joni Angeli Nuenay is the poignant story of the widower who lives alone, with his children living and working abroad. The story is simple, the film is straightforward. Technically, it could have done better.

But it succeeded in telling a story and did so effectively. I don’t cry when I watch movies, but I teared up a bit after watching this film. Nuenay succeeds in delivering a tired old story with minimum melodrama and angst but with maximum impact that pierces through the heart.
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Ang Sipyat

Studio Beta's Ang Sipyat
Ang Sipyat by Gary Bautista

I was fortunate to have been part of the jury of the 6th Mindanao Film Fest. And together with film historian Teddy Co of the NCCA and local filmmaker Rudolph Alama, I watched, critiqued, and chose the best among the field of contenders. It was an enjoyable task, but very much taxing.

I liked one of the films very much. It was, in fact, my personal favorite. (Obviously, I was outvoted. Hehe!) The film is Director Ronald Gary Bautista‘s Ang Sipyat which he made in collaboration with his brother and student Leo Jeorge Bautista under the production outfit Studio Beta. The film won Best in Sound in the 6th MFF and was a strong contender in most categories.
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Black Swan

I was attracted to this trailer by the promise of a kiss between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. They do kiss at around 1:25 but there so much more to this film I think.

The film is Black Swan. Seems like a very good art film.


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Seems like a really good film. I don’t quite get if Mila Kunis is a psycho chick but I find the dynamics between protagonist Natalie Portman and Kunis to be very interesting.

And the story is set amidst the beautiful but competitive scenery of ballet.

Hope I get to watch this. 🙂

Why Do You Love?

I saw two trailers of Muli (The Affair) by awarded indie filmmaker, Adolf Alix featuring Sid Lucero and Cogie Domingo. It’s about two men falling in love and about how their love story transpires through time. I have not seen the film, and some people might be iffy to watch it. But the first scene of this trailer spoke to me…

Sid: Bakit kasi tayo naghahanap ng pareha? Eh kaya natin mag-isa? Para may mag-aalaga sa atin?

Cogie: Naghahanap tayo ng kapareha para mahalin natin. Para hindi natin maramdaman ang lungkot.

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