cinema, Film Review, History

Debunking Heroes: the Magdalos then and now

While the new Magdalos are being accused of plotting to oust the President, and Magdalo leader, former naval Ltsg, now Senator, Trillanes is facing suits from the government, the original Magdalos - Generals Emilio Aguinaldo and Gregorio del Pilar are being attacked as anti-heroes, if not outright villains, in the movie, GOYO (2018). I thought… Continue reading Debunking Heroes: the Magdalos then and now

cinema, Column article, Film, Film Review, Mr. and Ms Magazine

DVD Pick: Stardust (2007), a pocketful of starlight

Yesterday, with typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) wrecking havoc in the northern parts of the island (Luzon), and after a 12-hour blackout, I just turned on the TV and looked for a nice movie to watch on cable TV. One channel was showing Stardust (2007) and I decided it was just the right film to watch --… Continue reading DVD Pick: Stardust (2007), a pocketful of starlight

cinema, Column article, Mr. and Ms Magazine

King Lion, King Ape and Two Kiwis

For the past month or so, cable TV has been showing The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings film series as well as the Harry Potter series. I even watched the last half of a Narnia movie and one whole episode of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the last… Continue reading King Lion, King Ape and Two Kiwis

cinema, Column article, Media Studies, Mr. and Ms Magazine

DVD Pick: Paradise Now

The Palestine - Israel issue is a global issue and is being debated in the United Nations and elsewhere even as of this moment. If you are a bit unclear about the issue, this movie, Paradise Now (2005), might give you some insights into the conflict, which started in 1948 upon the creation of the… Continue reading DVD Pick: Paradise Now

cinema, Climate Change, Column article

The Inconvenient Climate Change

A few days ago, I caught the last half of the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017),  the sequel to the very popular documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Former VP Al Gore looked ten years older but his enthusiasm for Climate Change advocacy did not seem to diminish at all. I still couldn't imagine how… Continue reading The Inconvenient Climate Change

cinema, culture, Film Notes, Media Studies Notes

Film: Art or Social Practice?

(These Film Studies Notes are my one-page notes on various articles or books on Film Studies / Media Studies which might interest students and teachers of Film or Media Studies.) Film as Art or Film as Social Practice While I was taking my MA in Media Studies, I usually debated with my professor, who was… Continue reading Film: Art or Social Practice?

cinema, Film, Film Review, Magazine article

Da Vinci Code: Review of film and book

I have a number of free-hosted blogs that vanished into thin cyber air, for whatever reasons. Fortunately,  I found out that some people or organizations re-published or archived some of my blogposts. Three nights ago, I browsed the web for my lost blogposts. Almost miraculously, I found many of my posts from my blog, Reflections… Continue reading Da Vinci Code: Review of film and book