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19 April 2018

kubrador jeffrey jeturian 2003

The central theme of ‘Kubrador’ is in contrast with what director Jeffrey Jeturian tries to achieve visually and tonally. The notion that events are moved by perceived thoughts of luck never fully equates to a realistic narrative. For what it is, the idea of luck here is something that is both mystical and hypothetical.

kubrador jeffrey jeturian 2003

But that’s not to say Jeturian wasn’t successful in trying to come up with something that feels life-like. The film’s obvious influences on Italian neorealist aesthetics can be seen immediately on how it opened, a long take following our lead in her daily routine. The camera stays with her, even on instances of mundanity that doesn’t really serve anything in the overall story. Add to that almost all shot in the film are very shaky, appearing to look like a documentary footage. 

kubrador jeffrey jeturian 2003

Narrative-wise, the film dissects the jueteng industry in the Philippines in the point-of-view of a kubrador (bet collector), making it feel grounded. While the crime is in itself a national issue, the conflict here is nothing but personal. The style’s emphasis on character motivation in terms of getting out or heightening his/ her respective obstacle can be observed on Amy (Gina Pareño), who at the end cannot seem to escape her own jail cell full of injected beliefs of chances. 

kubrador jeffrey jeturian 2003

But an even more tragic premise lies within its thesis. 'Kubrador' concludes by implying the concept of luck presented in its first two acts is a metaphorical non-sense. Amy could've been hit from that vehicle, but it could also be an insufferable path to self-destruction. 




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Jeffrey Jeturian's 'Kubrador' and realist tendencies

The central theme of ‘ Kubrador ’ is in contrast with what director Jeffrey Jeturian tries to achieve visually and tonally. The notion t...

17 April 2018

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A packed SM Megamall, Cinema 7 were instructed to chant the phrase “We’re ready for you, Avengers” as a supposed greeting to be seen by the cast of ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ 

After numerous practices, the screen then revealed a surprise live feed of stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan and director Joe Russo who may have been watching the fans all along in a television screen at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which makes up for the loudest screams among the crowd who joined Walt Disney Pictures Philippines’ ‘Avengers’ fan event last April 15, 2018.

All of you are fantastic. The noise, the energy in that room. Thank you,” Cumberbatch said. 

Joe Russo, who co-directed the film with his brother Anthony Russo, commended how the fans of Marvel are the “best fans in the world.” He urged the crowd to be excited for the film which is set to open in Philippine cinemas on April 25. 

If you get invested in the Marvel universe in the last 10 years, this is it. This is the big finish and we’re excited because you’re going to see all of your favorite characters together. Have fun with it,” Russo stressed.

Russo noted the collision of the multiple characters assembling in this cross-over event. 

Every character has a singular impact of say, the point of this film is that this is a culmination of 10 years of storytelling. I think the real impact of the movie for me, for the audience, is the chemistry between all of the characters. I think that’s going to be the most exciting part of it,” he added.


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Karen Gillan reprises her role Nebula from the first two ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films. The actress revealed that the evolution of the character from becoming a villain to a more nuanced member of the Guardians will be highlighted in ‘Infinity War.’

She has a very specific terrible relationship with his father Thanos, and she has a very strong agenda to take him down. That’s going to be put into play in the ‘Avengers’ film. It’s going to become a cathartic experience for her,” Gillan shared.


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The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ fan event organized by Walt Disney Pictures Philippines is an assembly of hundreds of Marvel fans locally to commemorate the release of the film this April. 





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Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan and Joe Russo surprise fans at 'Infinity War' event

A packed SM Megamall, Cinema 7 were instructed to chant the phrase “We’re ready for you, Avengers” as a supposed greeting to be seen by ...

16 April 2018

a quiet place review

It's overwhelming how the horror genre has continuously offer out-of-the-box content with innovative control in recent years. Films such as 'Get Out,' 'The Babadook,' and most recently, 'It Comes At Night' are evidences on the genre's step-up to a more creative field of cinema. John Krasinski directs and stars in what may become a solid contribution to this growing list, 'A Quiet Place.'

The film observes a family struggling to live in a post-apocalyptic environment. A mysterious creature lurks around and instantly kills those who makes a sound. Under the pressure of keeping up with a restraint lifestyle, they are met with even more challenging facets once uncontrolled noises start to emerge. 

a quiet place review

'A Quiet Place' sells itself on the idea of becoming an anti-jump scare horror film. A lot of films under this genre has become dependent on incorporating jump scare sound bytes in order to exhume tension or reaction from the audience. While being effective under precise application, the trend has grew tirelessly, and served as a lame excuse to keep up with the conventions. Silence is the main selling point of this film, which makes up for some impressive atmosphere building. The film demands the characters to keep quiet, and to the audience as well. Here is a film that wants to immerse you more than to react. It also seems the reaction itself is being on-board fully with its 100-minute running time. 

The film never interfere to establish its world. It begins 80+ days after an event we were never able to discover, focusing itself immediately to a family led by Krasinski and Emily Blunt, resulting to a more personal journey of survival. Krasinkski mentioned in an interview that 'A Quiet Place' is more of a family movie than a horror film. This is true considering how the film banks on the character's personal quests, and not necessarily on them struggling on the scares. The investment of so much time and space for such personal moments is what made this film so deeply emotional. On that note, the filmmakers made it easier to actually create the tension for them since there's an established investment also on the audience for these people on-screen. 

a quiet place review

'A Quiet Place' is atmospheric horror at best. It lingers, immerses, and all of a sudden, emotionally affects you. Not many horror or films in general effectively pulls you in to do something for them. This is quite an experience worthy of a discussion of its own in the context of the horror film 


'A Quiet Place' is now showing in cinemas nationwide!






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Review: ‘A Quiet Place’ is atmospheric horror at best

It's overwhelming how the horror genre has continuously offer out-of-the-box content with innovative control in recent years. Films ...

11 April 2018

platinum stallion media awards 2018 trinity university of asia

Trinity University of Asia will once again stage the PLATINUM STALLION MEDIA AWARDS, to be held on 13 April 2018, Friday, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the University Theatre. 

Now on its 4th year, the 2018 edition of the awards program celebrates the continuing efforts of individuals and groups in educating the public through the media and the allied arts.

Celebrities and media personalities will be awarded for their exemplary contribution to the industry.

The annual event will give awards and citations to the performances of media practitioners as they inspire the Trinitian community through their contributions in the body of learning. Media practitioners from television, film, public relations, print, journalism as well as other fields of media and communication are expected to come.

The awardees are annually selected through a university-wide survey participated by students, faculty, non-teaching personnel, alumni and other community members such as parents, maintenance, and security guards.

The national media award as facilitated by the Department of Media and Communication under the subject Media Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship of Dr. Walter H. Yudelmo has become an important media award-giving body recognized by different media industries in the country for the past years. 


The awardees are: 

AWARDS FOR TELEVISION

24 Oras — Best News Program

Mike Enriquez — Best Male News Anchor

Mel Tianco — Best Female News Anchor

State of the Nation with Jessica Soho — Best Public Affairs Program

Jessica Soho — Best Public Affairs Program Host

Byahe Ni Drew — Best Travel Show

Gandang Gabi Vice — Best Celebrity Talk Show

Vice Ganda — Best Celebrity Talk Show Host

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho — Best Magazine Program

Jessica Soho — Best Magazine Program Host

I Can See Your Voice — Best Game Show

Luis Manzano — Best Game Show Host

I-Witness — Best Documentary Program

AHA! — Best Educational Program

Maalaala Mo Kaya — Best Drama Anthology

Eat Bulaga — Best Noon Time Show

It's Showtime — Best Variety Show

Anne Curtis — Best TV Host

Pepito Manaloto — Best Situational Comedy Program

Bubble Gang — Best Gag Show

Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko — Best Values-Oriented Program

Wildflower — Best Primetime TV Series

Coco Martin — Best TV Actor

Maja Salvador — Best TV Actress

Ramon Khino “RK” Bagatsing — Best Supporting Actor

Aiko Melendez — Best Supporting Actress

Daniel Padilla — Best Male TV Personality

Kathryn Bernardo — Best Female TV Personality

GMA Regional TV — Best Regional TV Network

ABS-CBN 2 — Best TV Station


AWARDS FOR FILM

Kita Kita — Best Film

Piolo Pascual (Last Night) — Best Film Actor

Toni Gonzaga (Last Night) — Best Film Actress

Paul Soriano (Siargao) — Best Director for Film

Ang Larawan — Best Student-Oriented Film


AWARDS FOR RADIO

Mike Enriquez — Best Male AM Broadcast Journalist

Ali Sotto — Best Female AM Broadcast Journalist

Failon Ngayon — Best AM Radio Program

DZBB — Best AM Radio Station

Love Radio — Best FM Radio Station

Chris Tsuper — Best Male DJ

Nicole Hyala — Best Female DJ

Tambalang Chris Tsuper at Nicole Hyala — Best FM Program


AWARDS FOR PRINT

Nestor Corrales — Best Male Print Journalists

Helen Flores — Best Female Print Journalists

Manila Bulletin — Best National Broadsheet


TRINITIAN SPECIAL AWARDS

Joshua Garcia — Youth Character Model of the Year

Erwan Heussaff — Best Male Youtuber

Alex Gonzaga — Female Youtuber

Iñigo Pascual — Musical Outbreak Artist of the Year


TRINITIAN MEDIA AWARDEES

Tirso Cruz III — Trinitian Media Practitioner for Television

Megan Young — Trinitian Media Practitioner for Television

Paolo Angeles — Trinitian Media Practitioner for Entertainment Industry


CITATION


Joseph Marco — Citation for Trinitian Media Personality

Square One — Citation for Best Children Band



Trinity University of Asia to stage 4th Platinum Stallion Media Awards

Trinity University of Asia will once again stage the PLATINUM STALLION MEDIA AWARDS, to be held on 13 April 2018, Friday, from 7:00 pm t...

SM Cinema showcases their line-up of promos and events to promote 'Avengers: Infinity War,' in anticipation for its release in April 25, 2018. 

One of the highlights is the unveiling of "The Avengers Hall" at SM North EDSA, The Block, wherein fans of the brand will have the chance to see life-size characters featured in the movie such as Captain America, Doctor Strange, and Captain America. Also in the hall are an exhibit of villain Thanos' six infinity stones and the gauntlet, which will be a prominent component of the upcoming film.














The "Avengers Hall" exhibit will run at SM North EDSA, The Block Atrium from April 6 to 17, before it goes to its tour at SM City Bicutan Event Area (April 22 to 28), SM Southmall Concourse Area (April 23 to 30), SM Mall of Asia Atrium (May 7 to 14), SM City Telabastagan SM Cinema Lobby (May 14 to 27), and finally at SM City Manila Event Area (May 20 to 31).

In addition to this, SM Megamall is organizing "#AvengersPH Fan Event" on April 15 (9AM), which is bound to become the biggest gathering of Marvel fans in the Philippines. Attendees will have the chance to submit questions and greetings to the 'Infinity War' cast, and win exclusive movie merchandise.

The social media handles of SM Cinema (@SM_Cinema on Facebook and Instagram) is also set to provide updates to a red carpet fan event that will be happening at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which will feature appearances by Robert Downey, Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, and Karen Gillan.


Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War will be showing in IMAX, Director's Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide starting April 25. Tickets are now available at smcinema.com and the SM Cinema app (available for download at App Store and Google Play).





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SM Cinema sets 'Avengers' promos in preparation for 'Infinity War'

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17 January 2018

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If there’s any major step-up to say about our local film industry for the past few years, it’s the fact that micro-cinemas are slowly entering the market. Serving as a new venue to screen Filipino independent films that are either axed off major cinema chains or weren’t even given the opportunity in the first place, the shift of demand among moviegoers to patronize such content is quite monumental. 

black maria cinema mandaluyong

black maria cinema mandaluyong

Black Maria Cinema of production company Black Maria Pictures, is the latest to enter the roster of theaters with clear vision of cultivating the importance of cinephilia in the Philippines. It is built on the grounds of SQ Film Laboratories, a 16/35mm motion picture film laboratory and production outfits which served local and foreign film productions since the ‘70s. It was only 20 years after they decided to rename it as Black Maria Pictures, and then expanded their services to advertising and print needs, and eventually the cinema that is about to open this year. 

black maria cinema mandaluyong

black maria cinema mandaluyong

It had its soft opening in the last quarter of 2017 and has screened a fair share of local and international movies such as Loving Vincent, Respeto, Wonder, and Smaller and Smaller Circles. It even simultaneously participated in the run of last year’s Cinema One Originals. 

On that basis alone, the cinema promises to “not just focus on just Philippine cinema, but global cinema itself.”

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They are currently slated to host filmmaking workshops, seminars, and partnerships with film groups such as the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Team to host screenings of classic Filipino films, even eyeing to bring rare award-winning foreign films here. 

The cinema itself will be the first micro-cinema in the Philippines to be equipped with a 2K digital projection system and 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. It houses 22 cinema seats, but can accommodate over 40 people in events where the place is filled up than usual.  

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Currently closed, Black Maria Cinema will finally be unveiled very soon.

Black Maria Cinema is located on 779 San Rafael St., Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila.

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Black Maria Cinema to enter local micro-cinema market in a big way

If there’s any major step-up to say about our local film industry for the past few years, it’s the fact that micro-cinemas are slowly en...

19 December 2017

batch 81 review

When Mike De Leon’s ‘Batch ’81’ was released in 1982, the Philippines was in political turmoil. The significance of its repressive themes resonate with the Filipinos, who at the time, are at unified agony over Ferdinand Marcos’ implementation of Martial Law for years. Fast-forward to 35 years, the pain and hunger for widespread freedom can still be felt. It should’ve ended three decades ago, it seems history is repeating itself all over again.

batch 81 review

Batch ‘81’ is a coming-of-age film about a group of neophytes joining a fraternity, but acceptance of their enlistment must correspond to a series of gratuitous and unjustified challenges/ initiation. Some leave, some killed, but only the strongest will survive the oppressive presence of the organization’s leaders.

batch 81 review

The film, which is currently making tours through special screenings nationwide, is enhanced to a 2K resolution by the Asian Film Archive in Singapore, allowing the much-needed preservation of the slowly damaging original film prints. It also closed this year’s QCinema International Film Festival, which I managed to catch.

batch 81 review

The cinema, filled with filmmakers and press members who for sure have caught the film sometime before, are all applauding throughout. But all the cheers and clapping were followed by a long silence. A silence that can easily be interpreted as a reflection. A reflection so confusing it literally reflects the headlines on the newspapers. I actually happened to hear someone at my back cursing silently during a key scene in the film that displayed an electrocution scene involving a father and his neophyte son. 

batch 81 review

“Do you think martial law is beneficial to our country,” asks the father operating the electrocution machine to his son grappled in a chair connected to it. The son didn’t answer, as if he died from this.

batch 81 review

Those who have seen the film knows what happens next. The entirety of the film is supposed to play out as a satirical look on the corrupt and oppressive hierarchy of Philippine politics, as shown in a prolonged scene of a school performance with the fraternity members and neophytes dancing in drag, but jokes on them [and Mike De Leon]. This supposed joke is becoming more and more serious.

batch 81 review

This year, De Leon is close to finishing his comeback film ‘Citizen Jake’ starring Atom Araullo. The film’s Facebook page, which serves as a medium for the filmmaker to express his viewpoints, is filled with hateful and saddening posts about our confused state. It’s as if De Leon slept for decade, only to wake up to the same thing.

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After 35 years, 'Batch '81' continues to be relevant

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23 October 2017

love you to the stars and back iflix

The Antoinette Jadaone film ‘Love You To The Stars and Back’ will be heading to iFlix’s library starting October 30, 2017, Monday, as part of the entertainment streaming service’s partnership with Star Cinema. 

Star Cinema head Enrico Santos noted that the partnership is “groundbreaking,” and promises to “grow their collaboration to iFlix subscribers with more content in the coming months.”

“iFlix’s partnership with Star Cinema is a testament to our commitment to bring the best of Filipino content to subscribers around the world. Following the tremendous success of Bloody Crayons, subscribers can now catch ‘Love You To The Stars and Back’ on iFlix, less than two months after it premiered in cinemas,” iFlix Philippines Head of Content, Marketing and Operations Georgette Tengco said. 

Tengco added, “localization drives iFlix’s success, and we commit to continue to bring our consumers a wide variety of top content as we provide Filipinos with a new way to experience entertainment.”

Love You To The Stars and Back’ stars Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto and has grossed P60-M in a week during its cinema run last August. It follows a young woman (Barretto), who forms a bond with a terminally-ill young man (Garcia) while on a trip.







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‘Love You To The Stars and Back’ goes to iFlix starting October 30

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