Film, Film Review, Uncategorized

Of Gods, Mortals and Wonder Woman

Saw the movie "Wonder Woman" a few days ago. On the whole, I liked it. Gal Gadot is quite a good actress. She's not as beautiful as Lynda Carter, but she has her charms. And she has good chemistry with Chris Pine. The pair reminds me of the more traditional romantic comedy pairs of Hollywood… Continue reading Of Gods, Mortals and Wonder Woman

cinema, current events, Film Review

DVD Pick: V for Vendetta

As I browsed through the ‘Net, I found my old blog (parts of it) archived. I’m re-blogging it here. In this era of Big Business-Big Government alliance, it is always a good idea to watch V for Vendetta to remind ourselves the importance of individual and collective liberties. I have to add that Natalie Portman’s portrayal… Continue reading DVD Pick: V for Vendetta

documentary, Film Review, History, Media Studies

SEEING TREASON: Justifying a State of Emergency in a documentary

In February 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in her pursuit of a "Strong Republic", proclaimed a State of Emergency through Presidential Proclamation 1017 to give her government Martial Law powers. Malacanang produced a documentary titled Paglaban sa Kataksilan: 1017 (1017: To Fight Treason). The Philippine Journalism Reports' (PJR's) editor asked me to write a review of… Continue reading SEEING TREASON: Justifying a State of Emergency in a documentary

Film, Film Review, Media Studies

Mila (2001) -The Invisible Hand of Hegemony

I'm uploading this critique for my Film Theory and Criticism classes to read.   by  ©Jamal Ashley Abbas Direction: Joel Lamangan                                Screenplay: Ricky Lee Production: STAR Cinema Cast:  Maricel Soriano, Cherry Pie Picache, Princess Punzalan, Piolo Pascual STORYLINE (The movie is based on the life of Anita Pamintuan, a schoolteacher who was found dead in… Continue reading Mila (2001) -The Invisible Hand of Hegemony

Film Review, Media Studies

Bakhtinian carnivalesque in a Pinoy film

Since I am teaching Film Criticism and Film Theory, I am uploading some of my old film criticism essays so my students can easily access it.  This is my critique of Jon Red's film Utang ni Tatang (2002). I gave Jon a copy and he quite liked it. The film starts with a lighted white… Continue reading Bakhtinian carnivalesque in a Pinoy film

current events, Film Review, History

El Presidente, the movie

DECEMBER 29, 2012 Today, Carmen Pedrosa wrote in her column in the Philippine Star: I have to see the film “El Presidente” to know if it does justice to Emilio Aguinaldo, a neglected hero. He offers many lessons to our present leaders. His role in the making of our nation has not been given its rightful place.… Continue reading El Presidente, the movie

Film, Film Review, Media Studies

Bagong Buwan, a Marilou Diaz-Abaya film

With the demise of film director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, I am re-posting this film critique I did in Jan. 2002. The film is Bagong Buwan (New Moon). This is a once-in-a blue moon film and as I  wrote then, it would take some time before Filipinos could see another one like it. Ms. Diaz-Abaya dreamed of a peaceful Mindanao… Continue reading Bagong Buwan, a Marilou Diaz-Abaya film