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Urian Anthology 1990-1999

For the past 35 years, journalists and scholars have been documenting and preserving the history of Philippine Cinema. It is with great joy that the third volume of the Urian Anthology has finally been released.

The latest volume documents films released between 1990 and 1999.

Dr. Nicanor Tiongson at the book launching.

It is a must read for any true student of Filipino cinema and even more so for those who grew up with the films documented here.

I’m already looking forward to the next volume which includes the rise of independent films in the Philippines.

Kurosawa Film Festival

The Official Website of the University of the Philippines Film Institute

The Japan Foundation, Manila will be bringing in original 35MM prints of films of Akira Kurosawa. The best part, screenings are FREE!!
Every student of film should not miss this opportunity to see his films in the way they are meant to be, on the BIG SCREEN!

Screenings will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at the University of the Philippines Film Institute.

It’s been a while

Fox Searchlight – Never Let Me Go – Official Site

I know it’s been a while since I updated my blog. I’ve been very busy over the past few months but now I’m getting back into the rhythm of things I will be posting my huge backlog of posts.

It was a pleasant surprise to see on of my favorite novels adapted for the screen.

NEVER LET ME GO Theatrical Trailer in HD 06/15/10 Mulligan Knightley Garfield

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, “Never Let Me Go” is very runs on similar territory as his other books (Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, An Artist of a Floating World, When We Were Orphans). Recollection.

I will definitely watch this then it comes out in theaters in October.

GI Joe The Rise Of Cobra Official Teaser Trailer in HD Superbowl Spot Ad

In the continuing trend in Hollywood to recreate my 80s childhood. I must say that I am definitely going to watch this movie when it comes out.

Just a question: why is the Baroness figured very prominently in this trailer?

Can’t Hardly Wait to be released this week on Bluray and DVD

Ten years after the “smartest teen movie” ever made came out, it’s finally getting its next generation release.

See if you can catch all the cameos.

Could this be the end of movies as we know it?

A $500 Million Week for Grand Theft Auto – New York Times

The music industry has been hit hard by the digital age and the tv and movie industry are still hanging on but it seems to be a losing battle against super fast broadband connections. The only ones that seem to be having a good year are videogames.

Halo 3, the big winner of 2007 in terms of sales outsold the entire Hollywood lineup in terms of money earned and the latest version of Grand Theft Auto seems to have done the same.

The New York Times reports that in a span of one week, the franchise has taken home $500M with 3.6M copies sold on the first day.

Sure it’s quite a wait between sequels but the overhead, depending on the franchise is either equal or smaller than that of a major motion picture.

Until pirates figure out how to completely fool game consoles, it looks like videogames will be the main choice of entertainment in this generation.

Seen last weekend

Originally uploaded by mdelamerced

I went to the mall this weekend and while waiting at the ATM near the cinemas this was next to it.
At first glance it looks like the same bench at Pixar Studios, but this one’s made out cardboard. It looks like they just got it up this weekend.

Anyhoo I’m making sure that I’ll be watching this movie when it comes out.

Just a note, this is the first Pixar full length film where a voice actor was not hired for the lead. This should be very facinating.

Buy n Large

Buy n Large

This is a very interesting website. A preview of sorts of Pixar’s new movie “Wall E” due in summer 2008.

Dashboard killed my movies

It’s been a long time since I last posted on my blog and I think I should start updating it a bit.

Now on to the topic. This spring, after one year of Xbox 360 bliss, I traded in my Xbox 360 for a newer version since there were some problems that were starting to pop up like the disc wont eject 3RL and so on and since it was still under warranty I decided to trade it in. Anyway I came back home and updated the 360 to the much awaited dashboard update.

I eagerly log in and start playing. Browsing through the dashboard is much easier now but there was one thing I didn’t notice at first. Almost all my HD movie trailers and some of the stuff they offered for free before had their license revoked. Meaning I can’t play the thing. What!!!

Not only that, I can’t download the new HD trailer for the Matrix HD series since it’s not available in my region. It’s just surprising that I can’t download promotions for things they want us to buy. This is ridiculous, I know M$ wants to make the Xbox their media center, but why restrict users from what they can download by region?

This is the reason why piracy thrives in places outside the US. The restrictions and the delays in releasing these media in places where they do not share the same region code for the US drive people to get it elsewhere. Adding restrictions may boost corporate confidence in them but sadly it doesn’t boost consumer confidence other than their fancy menus.

Golden Flowers of Zhang Yimou

Just last weekend, I decided to watch Zhang Yimou’s new movie translated in english, “Curse of the Golden Flower”. Here is re-united with his former muse, Gong Li and showcasing his new skills in Mandarin, Chow Yun-Fat.

I must admit the only thing that made me want to watch the thing movie was the fact that Gong Li was back. After “House of Flying Daggers” I was afraid to go back to the movie house. His style of filmmaking has changed dramtically since gaining western producers/ distributors for his recent films, notably “Hero” and HOFD. He was no longer the low budget artist (low budget by Hollywood standards) who told his story visually without the need of Wire-Fu martial arts and big name Asian actors to star in his movies. His movies had become, commercial. But his last two films, “Riding Along for Thousands of Miles” and “Curse of the Golden Flower” seems to break that streak of Hollywood.

Visibly noticeable from the opening sequence is the amount of cuts he uses, which is consistent throughout the entire movie. We are instantly drawn into the Imperial Palace of the latter part of the Tang Dynasty. We are not intruders, nor are servants to the palace. But the audience is treated like guests. We are there to witness all the intrigue and the ceremonies that surround the lives of the Imperial family of the time. Camera work is precise, not one frame out. Not one image out of place, the movement of every scene is well rehersed as if everything had already been scripted.

Zhang Yimou brings out the life of his characters by their mere eyes and hand gestures. This is most apparent in Gong Li’s performance. Her contained passion and anger is effortlessly portrayed on screen. Most of the film is on her anyway. But that is not to discount Chow Yun-Fat, who in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” had to memorize his lines since he was fluent in Cantonese, but not in Mandarin. That is not the case here. Here he pulls off probably one of his best performances all the while combing his beard.

I can’t say anything more about the movie without giving away the plot details, but it is a must see. Maybe we can see a glimpse on what the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics will look like.