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

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

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

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

current events, Film, Media Studies, TV

Remembering Dolphy

I first saw Dolphy in person when I was about 10 years old. At that time, Manila still had a downtown. It was the Escolta - Quiapo - Avenida area. Quezon City was a suburb of Manila and was part of the Rizal province. My mother brought me along to shop for some clothes at… Continue reading Remembering Dolphy

cinema, Column article, Film, Film Review

DVD PICK: Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

If you are wondering what old DVD film to watch, I highly recommend Pan's Labyrinth (2006). QUANTUM CINEMA : by  Jamal Ashley Abbas   A Postmodern Fairy Tale Once upon a time, a princess left her kingdom in the dark Underworld for the bright sunshine of terrestrial life. But the sun blinded her and erased her memory… Continue reading DVD PICK: Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

cinema, current events, Film

Remembering The Stars Who Passed Away in 2010

About half of my life was spent on watching movies and TV. I am sure that all these writers, directors and actors shaped my life in more ways than I could have imagined. The year 2010 took away many of these great artists. Here are some of those that in one way or another influenced… Continue reading Remembering The Stars Who Passed Away in 2010