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NA for storywriter of acclaimed film

The editorial titled “Film history” (Opinion, Inquirer, 7/7/13) paid tribute to Lino Brocka, National Artist for film, for his magnificent film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” which earned plaudits at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Film history

After decades of slow deterioration due to time and the malady of forgetting, the 1975 masterpiece “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” of the late National Artist for film Lino Brocka has been digitally restored, thanks to the efforts of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, renowned American director Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, and “Maynila” cinematographer Mike de Leon, and was screened at the prestigious Cannes film festival last May.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,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 »

Stories that must be told

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It doesn’t really matter that Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” didn’t make it big at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) box office. The mere fact that it was accepted as an entry at the MMFF was triumph enough.

Posted: January 6th, 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 »

Free expression and mob rule

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An allegedly anti-Islam trailer has reopened the debate on where the limits to freedom of expression should be. While the movie “Innocence of Muslims” that depicts Mohammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile has had a very limited release, it is the film’s trailer uploaded on YouTube that has caused massive unrest in Islamic societies.

Posted: September 21st, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,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 »

True stories

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“You just have to watch this film.” Dr. Marife Yap, the associate dean of Ateneo’s medical school, was like a proud mother as she insisted I watch a film produced by the sophomore students and which had won in a competition sponsored by the National Institute of Health. It was short, a bit over nine minutes, but packed with information, revolving around the stories of four people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Posted: March 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,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 »

Not to worry

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This is my letter addressed to Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director, screenwriter and producer: Dear Mr. Luhrmann: I think you owe me an explanation. I think it was you, sir, who said that it was okay to not know what to do with your life “because the most interesting people I know didn’t know at [...]

Posted: July 19th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Creative celebration of a hundred years

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THERE are many ways a company can celebrate its 100th anniversary. It could throw a huge bash, complete with glitzy entertainment numbers. It could build a monument to its achievements. Or it could launch a series of public-service projects. To mark the 100th year of its presence in the country, Nestlé Philippines Inc. decided to [...]

Posted: May 30th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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