Peter Greenaway is one of my favorite directors. But in this film, I guess he missed the mark. His best films were done in the 1980s and 1990s. I liked very much his films The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), Drowning by Numbers (1988), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife &… Continue reading Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato
FILM AS ART OR AS SOCIAL PRACTICE When I was in graduate film school, I had a long-running discussion with the dean on whether Film should be viewed as Art or as Social Practice. In that college, the “politically correct” view was the Film-As-Social-Practice school of thought. I, on the other hand, stuck… Continue reading Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?
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
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
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
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
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
(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?
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
from Certeau, Michel de (1988) The Writing of History New York: Columbia Univ. Press (pp. 56-113) (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.) According to French Jesuit and scholar Michel de Certeau,… Continue reading HISTORIOGRAPHICAL OPERATION accdg to Michel de Certeau