cinema, culture, Film, Film Review, Media Studies, socio-cultural

Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?

  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?

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

Film, Film Review

DVD Pick: Slums of Beverly Hills, a Sundance cult film

  I wrote this piece in 1998/1999. The low-budget film Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) is now considered a cult film. Although the film is 20 years old, the message of the film still rings true. It's a very refreshing film to watch, and is highly recommended. The "Rotten Tomatoes" critics gave the film a… Continue reading DVD Pick: Slums of Beverly Hills, a Sundance cult film

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

cinema, Film Review, History

STONED – The Murder of Brian Jones of Rolling Stones

I found this among my files. I blogged this more than a dozen years ago.  But since that blog is gone already, am re-blogging it here, esp. because many people in social media are now debunking Brian Jones in favor of Jagger and Richards. I bet these people were not even born when Jones was… Continue reading STONED – The Murder of Brian Jones of Rolling Stones

Film Review, History, Media Studies, Mr. and Ms Magazine

Historical Fiction on TV: Tudors & ROME

A couple of months ago, I was quite amazed when two friends, husband and wife, were singing praises on the TV series The Tudors. This was a TV series by Showtime Productions more than ten years ago. It is now being re-shown on cable TV.  My friends were so impressed by the series and thought everything in… Continue reading Historical Fiction on TV: Tudors & ROME