Monday, August 15, 2011

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank)- Yucky Looking but Yummy Tasting Movie

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank)- Yucky Looking but Yummy Tasting Movie
The recently concluded Cinemalaya Film Festival has been successful and the indie film entry that stands out is no other than the movie topbilled by Eugene Domingo. As an independent film lover and a curious moviegoer, I’ve watched the movie as it is the only entry available for viewing nationwide as of this moment.

The opening scene is very “Kubrador”. No dialog, no sound effects, raw and realistic- these are the characteristics of an indie film that I like. It doesn’t need a full house casting to make a great scene. You only need one famous and good actress like Gina Pareno of Kubrador and a real environment and you are good to go.

The big twist is actually when finally revealed that what you are actually watching is just a part of a movie. I mean this movie is about making movie. The switching of scene from reality to vision is very genius and realistic. In the movie, you will be taken to the vision of a “scriptless” (except for crying and laughing) Production Assistant to a particular sequence of the movie that they are making. I would just like to focus on 5 different versions of the sequences of the movie.

1. The draft version

This version for me is somewhat looks like “Kubrador” or “Serbis” wherein everything is in its raw state. No production design, no commercialism and no touch of technology. This may compromise the quality of the production but that is where the beauty of the indie movie lies. This kind of arrangement is what I really like because this would leave you thinking. You are part of the scene and it is simply unpredictable. The draft version for me represents the true essence of indie film.

2. The docu-drama version

This is actually the original version of the project, but the director changed it as this is the most difficult one to create. This version may resemble the independent film “Jay”. What is good with docu drama is the real feel. Everything is real, from casting to the location. No script required, just plain and real information from the real casts. In the movie, they have actually delivered a very realistic version except in the last part where the security guard shoot the interviewer.

3. The musical version

This version simply support that Indie film is versatile in nature. Who would have thought you can create a theatrical show from a true story? And nice production show on this version. I can’t help but laugh and smile over the dancing mothers and the singing slum people. Although the musical version is a little bit commercialized, the songs and the production value are still intact. 

4. The “Fit-in-role” version

I found this version entertaining. This is the version wherein they are trying to fit in somebody for the role. From the original Eugene Domingo, they went trying Cherry Pie PIcache and Mercedes Cabral to fit in the role. Then they also changed some elements of the movie. This is some kind of a revision. They have well presented the output of an informal brainstorming and I really found it very interesting.

5. The Eugene Domingo version

This version is not an Independent version at all. This resembles to the “MMK” way attack of drama. There’s a touch of commercialism which is apparent through the use of make up, costume, and known consumer brands such as Safeguard and Payless. I really really don’t like this version because this is not “Indie” at all. If the production design is improved a little bit for this version, this can be a Star Cinema entry.  This version is presented by Eugene Domingo herself, an actress in the limelight. So this idea is somehow obvious for her type.

But of course the highlight of the movie is when Eugene Domingo has a little rendezvous with sh*ts in the septic tank.

Ever wonder why she ended up in the septic tank? Well, I leave you thinking for that.

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Book Review: Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan By Bob Ong

Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan is the eight book written by the Filipino author Bob Ong. I’ve read his previous works and I found it entertaining, fun and radical in some ways. Bob Ong is known for his exemplary and hard-to-forget quotable quotes. His writings are very appealing to mass readers.

However, Bob Ong’s latest book entitled “Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan” has a different genre. It is a horror flick written in a journal format. Reading the book is just like reading a journal of a teenage guy named Galo Manansala. The shifting of the story is brilliant, from love story to drama story and finally, to the horrifying experience that none of us would even wish to experience. The first 30 pages of the book for me are some kind of boring. It’s a usual journal of a teenage guy telling story about his failed relationship with a girlfriend and family problems. But the story really started when Galo decided to go back to the province to take care of his ill grandmother.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Greatest Harry Potter Moments

Everbody would I think agree if I’ll say that Harry Potter is the most successful movie series ever. It is very evident with the amount of money earned by film maker every after release of Harry Potter series. People all around the globe are waiting for every part of the movie in theaters.

What makes Harry Potter an epic movie series is the fact that every scene in the movie is worth watching for. From the light conversation to harsh confrontation and fighting scenes, you will get hook to the movie and makes you not want to leave your seat.

For the love of Harry Potter movie, I have compiled the greatest moment of Harry Potter from each part of the movie. This is based on my own judgment and perception as a viewer.

1. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone

This is the scene where Harry Potter in his first year in Hogwart played Quidditch for the first time. His position is a Seeker and he is after the golden snitch. I love this scene because this has misled me about Professor Snape. This is the scene that made me suspect that there’s something evil in Professor Snape when he murmured a spell to distract Harry. It’s actually a counter spell against Professor Quirell/Voldemort wanting Harry to fall; this has been revealed on the last part of Harry Potter series. Ron also is cute when he says “C’mon Hermione”, and Hermione is so smart casting that spell to make a fire. Hagrid also made an exceptional reaction when Harry accidentally swallowed the snitch. And of course, the greatest moment is when Harry caught the Golden Snitch that made Griffindor won the game.

2. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

For me, the greatest moment is a duel class scene. I know there are a lot of great scenes in this part but this is what I think is the greatest. This is a duel class to teach the young wizards to protect themselves against dark magic. It’s nice because Professor Snape showed his lighter side when he duelled with Gildiroy Lockhart. I laughed at Professor Snape rather than feared him in this scene. I also like how Harry defeated Draco Malfoy. This is also a scene where Harry discovered that he can actually communicate with a snake which puzzled everybody including Snape and Lockhart.

3. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The scene started with the heated argument between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy after Harry defended Ron. I was a little bit spoiled with the fight scene between the coward Draco and Harry, but I really like to see Harry crashing Malfoy into bit of pieces. In this scene, Harry once again proven that he is somebody special because he was able to manage to fly Hagrid’s “big bird”. Too bad Malfoy ended up with a broken bone as he attempted to do what Harry Potter did.

4. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

What made this scene great for me is the fact that Harry needs to prove something. Everybody is against him joining the Olympic because first and foremost, he is underage. Second, he is too weak to compete with the best of the bests. This is the first challenge that Harry will prove to the people that he is worthy to join the Olympic. Harry Potter was able to use his Seeker ability to get the golden egg from the Dragon. Because of this winning moment, Harry was able to gain the trust of the people around him including his best friend Ron.

5. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

Professor Dolores Umbridge has forcefully enforced the OWLS examination. Professor Dolores Umbridge has imposed a lot of rules, regulations and orders in Hogwart. Students aren’t happy anymore including the Weasley twin. So they plot a sabotage against Professor Dolores in a harmless manner of course. They used fireworks and a little bit of magic tricks to ruin the examination day. Everybody was happy with the twin’s action, not because they are evil, but because they have proven that Hogwart could be a school where fun and learning can be combined. Just by seeing everybody’s reaction especially Professor Sprout on this scene made this the greatest moment in this part of the movie.

6. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The greatest moment in the Half Blood Prince is when Dumbledore saved Harry Potter from these creepy creatures in the water. This is the first time I saw Dumbledore casting a magnificent spell to release a big fire to kill all the opponents that attacking Harry under water. Without professor Dumbledore, Harry may not be able to survive. They were able to transport back to Hogwart safely.

7. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

This moment is Ron’s moment. We always saw Ron always feeling awkward when facing danger from previous part of the movie. But this time, Ron was able to showcase his bravest act. He was able to face his fears, his anger, his jealousy and all the negative feelings. And he was able to show great act when he broke that necklace. Prior to this scene, Ron actually runs away from Harry and Hermione because of some personal issues and jealousy at some point. But because the three of them are destined to do the journey, he can’t help but to go back with Hermione and Harry and join them on the journey toward defeating Lord Voldemort. Hermione, as smart as she is will not consider this as an excuse for Ron’s immature act. Nevertheless, I still consider this scene great because the three of them were reunited and strong again.

8. Greatest moment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

For the last instalment of Harry Potter, I chose this scene as the greatest moment because this is the moment when Harry Potter rose again from dead. He is the boy who lived again to save Hogwart from Lord Voldemort who is currently tempting them to join his camp since Harry Potter died already. Longbottom also showcase exemplary act when despite being insulted by Lord Voldemort, he was still able to show his courage in speaking and convincing the people of Hogwart to fight. He was able to spark everybody’s courage. And we all know what happened after Harry Potter lived again, he was able to defeat Lord Voldemort and destroyed the elder’s wand.

Harry Potter series is a movie worth watching for because Harry’s courage is very exemplary. He can inspire us all to face and fight our own fears and write our own life story. We too can set our own greatest moment in life and we can be as great as we think we could be.