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Unofficially Yours: The Encounter

The gospel of Star Cinema: people start to openly want sex only because they're brokenhearted.

Unofficially Yours
Director: Cathy Garcia Molina
Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Angel Locsin, Boom Labrusca, Edgar Allan Guzman, Tetchie Agbayani, K Brosas

I can’t say I didn’t enjoy Unofficially Yours. Because I did. An enjoyment, however, that went nothing beyond the purely escapist pleasure of being in a darkened cinema by yourself for two hours, away from nagging office deadlines, obscenely increasing gas and power rates and other daily burdens that, unfortunately, are officially ours.

The film seemed promising, topbilled by two of the best actors of their generation and directed by Star Cinema’s resident auteur. Many were raving. The moviehouse I saw it in was still pretty packed. And yet, in spite of all that it had going for it, I found the film ultimately unremarkable. (more…)


27 Feb 2012 (Mon) at 1:24 pm 1 comment

Bato Bato sa Langit, ang Tamaan Bakla

Zombadings: Remington

Remington: pretty boy, or predatory gay?

Zombadings as a study of why, and how to promote gay killings
Michael David C. Tan

Outrage Magazine

Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington
Director: Jade Castro
Cast: Martin Escudero, Kerbie Zamora, Lauren Young, Roderick Paulate, Janice de Belen, John Regala

What is most troublesome about Michael David C. Tan’s open letter is his claim that “LGBT advocates do not exist because we want to be tolerated – we actually already are.”  This is far from the truth.

Zombadings 1 reminds us that, as Tan rightly (and ironically) describes, we live in a world where homosexuals are killed for being gay, where homosexuals are pressured to act “straight” in order to gain employment, where trannies are ridiculed and barred from certain establishments, where reproductive health and divorce remain a highly contested topic, where same-sex union is still perceived as a lost cause even by the nation’s only gay political party. (more…)

15 Aug 2011 (Mon) at 12:16 am 13 comments

Everybody Needs a Shipwreck Once in a While

Temptation Island 2011: The Girls

Careful, careful now. Alam mo namang mahirap ma-achieve ang golden tan.

Temptation Island
Director: Chris Martinez
Cast: Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, Rufa Mae Quinto, Aljur Abrenica, Tom Rodriguez, Mikael Daez, John Lapus

Temptation Island
Director: Joey Gosiengfiao
Cast: Dina Bonnevie, Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo, Deborah Sun

Wherever you go, in any Pinoy barkada with a sizable bakla/babaeng bakla percentage, one has probably heard overenthusiastic recommendations of Joey Gosiengfiao’s 1980 film Temptation Island, whether in the form of discreetly swapped VCDs and DVDs (rare kung orig) or the more common “uy bakla pakopya naman ng torrent mo.” Blurt out in the presence of any gay urbanite “Rub a dub dub” and someone will finish the line, “two bitches in a tub.” (more…)

27 Jul 2011 (Wed) at 12:11 am 9 comments

Lite Rock

Rakenrol: Hapipaks

Rocking their roles.

Director: Quark Henares
Cast: Jason Abalos, Glaiza de Castro, Alwyn Uytingco, Ketchup Eusebio, Matet de Leon, Diether Ocampo

How could a film on the alternative be so… mainstream?

I won’t lie. Rakenrol was horrible. Even though I love Pinoy rock, even though I love Jason Abalos, even though ngayon lang ako nagka-crush kay Alwyn Uytingco, man, I really felt like walking out of the film’s screening at CCP. (And trust me, I can watch horrible films and not feel that walkout urge.) (more…)

26 Jul 2011 (Tue) at 1:31 am 15 comments


New Generation currency: Noynoy Aquino

New regime, new currency. New direction? We'll see.

“New Generation” Philippine Banknotes
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Studio 5 Designs, Inc. and Design Systemat

As far as state representations go, no other piece of visual culture is as ubiquitous yet precious—literally or symbolically—than our money. How many of us have toiled in unfulfilling careers, aspired to marry above our social class, been separated from family, fought, gone to war, even killed in the name of satisfying the very common desire to accumulate vast amounts of these vivid engravings? As much as they are intricate works of design, in a capitalist society like ours, these colorful slips of paper also make the world go ‘round. (more…)

27 Dec 2010 (Mon) at 1:19 am 3 comments

Class Picture (Or, My Big Fat Ayala Cock)

Ayala Land Premier: The Man

The Man who has everything. Look at his stuff, isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think his collection's complete?

Park Terraces (Cinema Ad)
Client: Ayala Land Premier

I’m not sure what’s more offensive about this advertisement. That it cheapens photography as an elitist hobby? That it unabashedly flaunts the accumulation of wealth? That it makes chauvinism look cool? Probably all of the above.

Ayala Land Premier’s commercial for its new Park Terraces project looks very swanky at first. Beautiful cinematography, subdued tones, attractive play of light and shadow, panoramas and depth of field. Sushal. Akala mo first world na ang Pilipinas. Or at least, mukhang Singapore. Ayala Land Premier, after all, is the high-end arm of one of the nation’s largest real estate developers, Ayala Land. “With Ayala Land Premier, Ayala Land strengthens its distinction as the first, full-line real estate developer to meet the need of discerning homeowners, creating new lifestyles and appointing prime addresses.” Discerning homeowners meaning choosy na mga mayayaman, new lifestyles meaning gentrification. (more…)

08 Dec 2010 (Wed) at 3:21 am Leave a comment

Corporate Manifesto

Nestlé "Manifesto": Para kanino ka bumabangon?

What does Nestlé's popular new "manifesto" really manifest?

Manifesto (Bangon)
Director: Henry Frejas/Publicis Manila
Client: Nestlé Philippines

A spectre is haunting our TV screens, the spectre of Nestlé corporate social responsibility.

In Nescafé Classic’s new advertisement curiously entitled “Manifesto,” the multinational company Nestlé teases Filipino consumers through what one reviewer dubs as “a thought-provoking and inspirational” 60-second television commercial which purportedly awakens (bangon) and revives the Filipino sense of community, patriotism, and development. (more…)

18 Oct 2010 (Mon) at 1:56 pm 10 comments

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