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Time-bending and hustling

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If there’s one thing the movie “Winter’s Tale” accomplished, it may be this: driving moviegoers back to print. More specifically, I wouldn’t be surprised if bookstores see a sudden surge in sales for “Winter’s Tale” the book, written by Mark Helprin in 1983.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An emerging ‘summer’ of fine cinema

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There is a lot of drama to be mined, and a lot of melodrama to be wrung, from the basic story of “Ang Tag-araw ni Twinkle (Twinkle’s Summer).”

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stop the disrespect for ‘Lupang Hinirang’

I have always enjoyed going to the movies, especially to watch foreign films. The latest Tagalog films with English titles are a complete turnoff. But I am not averse to watching a local movie for as long it is good and entertaining like “Oro, Plata, Mata.” The fact is, I have seen some indie films which I thought are worthy of my time. But that is not why I write today.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Saved by the CIA

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The controversy over “Zero Dark Thirty”—specifically, over whether Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden accurately depicts the truth about the use of torture—has revived the old debate about the movies’ debt to the historical record. Another Oscar-nominated, based-on-a-true-story, starring-a-persistent-agent-from-the-Central-Intelligence-Agency movie that takes some liberties with the historical record, is also very much in the news, but except for the occasional critical story or post, Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has largely escaped the kind of scrutiny trained on “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Posted: January 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A question of heroes

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Of the varied fare produced by this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, it was “El Presidente,” the film depicting the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, that I was most eager to watch. Films about a nation’s heroes are always tricky affairs. If they show nothing new about the persons or the circumstances in which they lived, they risk becoming utterly boring. If, on the other hand, they set out to project heroes in a new light, they are likely to face the question: What is fiction and what is fact?

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Milestones

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I was about to say let’s take time out to mourn the deaths of artists, but came to my senses just in time. It made me wonder what had happened to me taking politics to be the more serious preoccupation, and art, well, something to take time out for. Art is in fact the more serious thing. The deaths of artists are a cause for the world to stop, the deaths of politicians are a cause for the world only to bring out the champagne.

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A vampire confronts the 1970s

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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have explored the same territory previously: contrasting the weirdness and darkness that surrounded Edward Scissorhands in his childhood with the bright, cheery suburban setting bathed in pastels that greets him upon his “introduction” to human society.

Posted: May 12th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Homage to the magic of movies

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When I first saw the trailer for “Hugo,” I wondered why Martin Scorsese would make a fantasy film about a child who lived in a railroad station. But after sitting through about an hour of the movie, I realized why the project held such appeal for the well-respected, much-awarded director, for whom “Hugo” is his first “3-D” movie.

Posted: February 25th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Second-hand haunting

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I finally caught one of the Metro Manila Film Festival entries on its last few days, and it happens to be the horror-thriller “Segunda Mano.” It’s been sort of a ritual between me and my future daughter-in-law Tesh to watch local horror movies together, and to close the old year (or start the new one), we chose the Kris Aquino-Dingdong Dantes starrer.

Posted: January 7th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stealing time and exacting revenge

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“Plots drawn from the headlines,” goes the blurb for crime shows and TV dramas that take for their material current events and timely topics. You could say the same for two recent movies: “In Time” and “Tower Heist.” In tone and approach, the two films could not be more different. “In Time” is what’s known [...]

Posted: November 5th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The laughter is the best thing

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A large part of the enjoyment of watching “Zombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” is watching it in a public theater. My daughter, future daughter-in-law and myself went on a “girls’ night out” to watch “Zombadings” and, to our surprise, found Cinema 6 at Glorietta 4 full, so much so that some viewers were forced [...]

Posted: September 15th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The legend lives on

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As I stare at a shelf full of Harry Potter things, I cannot help but wish the series will never  end. I feel like I am a part of  the wizarding world and I am afraid that if I finish reading the last book or watch the last movie, its magic will burst like a [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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