Column article, Film, Film Review, Magazine article

The Fountain: Of Love, Life, Death and Immortality

    Looking for something to watch that is out of the ordinary? Something fantastic, something surreal and something romantic? A film with handsome and beautiful stars who can act? A film that can encourage you to ponder upon life's mystery? Aronofsky's cult film The Fountain could be just the film you are looking for.… Continue reading The Fountain: Of Love, Life, Death and Immortality

cinema, Film, Film Review

Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato

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

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, 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

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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, Media Studies Notes

The Power of a Research Tradition

(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.) In his academic article The Power of a Research Tradition: Prospects for Progress in the Study of Film Style, David Bordwell reviewed the historical study… Continue reading The Power of a Research Tradition

cinema, Film, Media Studies

Film Studies Notes: MARXISM and FILM

Marxism has profoundly affected Film Studies and even film-making. Some of the earliest film theorists and filmmakers like Sergei Eisenstein were Communists. The Russian formalists like Dziga Vertov and Vsevolod Pudovkin pushed for “innovative forms matching revolutionary content”. The rise of mass society coupled with advances in technology gave thinkers like Kracauer, Benjamin and Brecht… Continue reading Film Studies Notes: MARXISM and FILM

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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

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   STORYLINE (The movie is based on the life of Anita Pamintuan, a schoolteacher who was found dead in the street during the height of the Public School Teachers’ strike) The film opens with credits and close-ups of… Continue reading Mila (2001) -The Invisible Hand of Hegemony