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Malapit na pala ipapalabas ang Basura sa Basura Festival este MMFF. :lol:
And I want to correlate the MMFF
with the point raised by @DesDep about "Instant Gratification".

When a typical Filipino watches a comedy,
he wants jokes right away.
He does not want to wait for a few minutes
until a story (or a subplot) develops,
he wants the punchline now, nevermind the narrative.

As a consequence, a Filipino comedy
becomes just a collection of funny scenes with no coherence.

Star Cinema entry "Gandarrapido: The Revengers".
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GkPZgaS3DO0

^^ Compare the 2 Miss Universe...
I mean Pía is already bankable (like Amparo Muñoz).
People will surely watch her, so why not use that popularity,
like what Amparo did, to make quality films?
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Isn't she dead already?
Yes, 2011, RIP.

Serious interview below:
1) She said she had bad memories of Miss Universe.
2) At the beginning of her acting career, she was offered shallow (comic) roles.
3) At the beginning, the directors hire her simply because of her looks and her name.
4) Now, she feels lucky that she is now getting serious roles in movies that have profound topics.
5) She is happy that the Spanish Cinema has improved a lot.
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=6dzPkKVR7og

^^ Back to Philippine Cinema, it is OK to do comic roles when you are just starting,
but the complain of Filipino cineastes is that our actors, unlike Amparo,
do not graduate from comic movies to serious movies.
We could have included a 1990's "Okay Ka Fairy Ko" in this year's MMFF and nobody would have noticed.

Our MMFF movies, and actors have not evolved for the last 30 years, stuck in the 1990s.
And I think it is a waste to invest on someone who will never ever evolve.
We might as well abolish the MMFF and the Film Development Council of the Philippines,
and just let Hollywood stream freely during Christmas season.


P.S. : In art history, this was the same complain of the early Modernist movements (i.e. Impressionism, Cubism, Art Nouveau, ect);
that in late 19th century, art was still stuck to the classical style,
and they wanted to invent new styles (which we now call Modern style).
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OMG, beautiful! It did not disappoint.

It is disrepectful to write such a short review,
but there is nothing more to say than: Beautiful!


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^^ The Great Reveal: What did they see?
Notice the tender loving gaze of the 2 sisters in front row,
while the other 2 at the back row saw terror. Why the difference?
#JudgementDay #HulingPaghuhukom #Integrity
"Ang Larawan" made it in the MMFF 2017.

Based on the play of National Artist Nick Joaquin,
"The Portrait of an Artist as a Filipino" is about a family in wartime Manila.
It tells how a once powerful family copes with the poverty brought by war.
They own a painting, which can be sold to sustain their lives.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpi1rotc_5M
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The lead actress of "Ang Larawan" just got a rave review from a Spanish newspaper
for her Dec 22 performance in a theater in Barcelona.

Meanwhile, here at home, her movie is losing cinema screenings.
For 290 Pesos only, not Euros, you get to watch a real world-class performance.
Please watch before they completely pull out.

La sinfónica interpretó fragmentos de las obras del célebre compositor (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
y respaldó la actuación de cuatro destacados cantantes procedentes del West End londinense.
Joanna Ampil , Celinde Schoenmaker, John Owen-Jones y el argentino Gerónimo Rauch.

"Unexpected song" de "Song and Dance", desgranado por la voz de bella dicción de Ampil

Fue impactante por su sensibilidad la actuación de Ampil en el 'hit' 'Memory' de 'Cats'.
Fuente: El Periódico, Barcelona, 23 de diciembre de 2017

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^^^ was able to watch the first screening of Ang Larawan yesterday.....Joana Ampil should be nominated for MMFF's Best Actress this year. This is also my hands down winner when it comes to musical score (the orchestral music gave me goosebumps!) and cinematography (very good layering). if there is a Best Ensemble award, this movie will win it too..:)
 

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As per Facebook of MMFF, the Awarding Ceremony delayed telecast is tomorrow, Thursday, Dec 28, 4pm at TV5.

Photo from Facebook: Ang Larawan

Best Picture = Ang Larawan
2nd = Siargao
3rd = "All of You"


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MMFF Best Pictures:

2010 : Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To)
2011 : Manila Kingpin (The Asiong Salonga Story)
2012 : One More Try
2013 : 10,000 Hours
2014 : Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo
2015 : Walang Forever
2016 : Sunday Beauty Queen

Source: Wiki

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Ang tunay na sining ay nanunuot sa kaibuturan ng ating pagkatao.

Hindi ito droga o halakhak na napapawi sa isang kisapmata.
Hindi ba't kapag inulit ang droga o biro ay humihina ang bisa?
Kaya't sa bawat paggamit ay kailangang itaas nang itaas ang dosis
hanggang maprito ang utak.

Ngunit ang sining ay banayad na yumayakap.
Hindi ito panandaliang-aliw.
Kapag ating pinapasok sa ating puso,
habambuhay nang mananahan roon.

This scene still breaks my heart. Cándida confesses their poverty.
Notice the worn out clothes of Cándida amidst the expensive fashion of the "alta sociedad".

^^ Tahan na Joanna Ampil,,,
akin na ang bills nyo sa kuryente, ako na magbabayad.

#ContraMundum #AngLarawan


Read: Inquirer ("Ang Larawan" review by Lea Salonga)


MMFF until Jan 7 (Sunday)

P.S.: Sa akin ang mga muebles sa comedor.
:lol:
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¿Cómo se siente la ciudad?
(¿Ano ang damdamin ng syudad?)

The Facebook of Manila Biennale 2018 (link)
shows the street art of Paris :

The 1st Manila Biennale happens 2018 Feb 3 to Mar 5 at Intramuros.
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Art can be both political and appealing...


By Ilya Repin (Barge Haulers)


By Eugène Delacroix (Liberty Leading the People)


By Francisco de Goya (El 3 de mayo)


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******... WARNING: Conceptual Art ahead... *****
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By Mideo Cruz (Manila Biennale 2018)


By Kiri Dalena (Manila Biennale 2018)


By Oca Villamiel (Manila Biennale 2018)

... just need a little more work and effort,
especially when you are charging PhP 800 for a Biennale daypass ticket
(no complaints though if it were free).
Otherwise, I'd rather go to the free-entrance National Museum :

^^ I'm not a fan of "Conceptual Art"
moreso when it charges entrance fee to see this art movement
that is supposedly "against the commodification of art".

Php 800 for day pass to see those art works?!?
Maybe I'll just spend my 800 Pesos on a nice restaurant dinner.
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Classical painting is "almost always" beautiful.
So here is another example of a political art, done in a non-classical style (i.e. Cubism):


Guernica by Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous anti-war, anti-genocide artwork.
It depicts the bombing of the historic town of Guernica in Basque, Spain.
The town was bomb by the NAZI Germans in 1937 on the request of Spanish General Franco.
(P.S.: I do not know much about General Francisco Franco, but seems he and Hitler are allies.)
(Wiki Photo).


^^ Still artsy despite the bloody theme.
And the choice of non-classical style was just perfect
to "temper" the gruesomeness of blood, carnage and violence.

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Eh ito, ano ito?
Rubber gloves stuffed with plaster of paris?
Tapos 800 pesos ang entrance fee?
Konting effort naman dyan.
Or at least make it free entrance,,, di naman napagod yung "artist" eh.

By Mideo Cruz (Manila Biennale 2018)
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joketime slash highblood

Kapamilya/ Kaposo artist ako, get out of my foookin' way :lol: :bash:



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So this is blowing up on reddit. I guess you can’t accuse him or her of impersonating a person of authority because they were transparent about the actor part :) — with Jon Go.
 

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It is good to trace back the path that we have chosen,
to understand why we ended up to this Philippines that we now live in.

The 1940's is a good starting point.
A fresh start for a nation, or better said: the birth of a new nation.
From then on, we only have ourselves to blame.

Here is another Filipino stage musical worthy of a cinema adaptation:
"Katy!" about the life of the vaudaville star and 1953 FAMAS Best Actress Katy dela Cruz.

Below is a1989 video that has the real Katy singing her original 1930's jazz song "Balut!".

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=IqbME-OwVAY

^^ It is another retropective about the "good old days" in Manila.
Nostagia. A glimpse into our past, which hopefully can foment
soul searching for a nation that has since been experiencing a "cultural decline".
And to borrow from the theme of "Ang Larawan":
it is another "story of the things we used to love, and lost".


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P.S.: This is not an elite culture promotion.
"Balut", the song and the egg, are for the Filipino masses.
Filipino pop culture with a good "taste".
Balut (Lyrics)

I
Halos araw-araw sa tapat ng aming bahay
Mayrong isang babaeng lagi nang nagdaraan
Sulong ay bilao kung lumakad ay paimbay
At ang wika ay ganito sa gitna ng daan

Chorus A:
Balut, penoy, balot
Bili na kayo ng itlog na balot
Sapagkat itong balot ay mainam na gamot sa mga taong laging nanlalambot.

Chorus B:
Balut, penoy, balot
Bili na kayo ng itlog na balot
Sapagkat itong balot ay pampalipas ng pagod at mabisang pampalakas ng tuhod.
Bili na kayo ng aming balot

II
Ale, aleng tindera magkakano po isa
Isa'y piso po lamang
Kung gayon ay pakibigyan kahit ilan.
Balut, penoy, balot
Bili na kayo ng itlog na balot
Sapagkat itong balot ay pampalipas ng pagod at mabisang pampalakas ng tuhod.

Interlude
Repeat I
Corus A
Chorus B

Penoy, balot Penoy, balot Penoy, balot (Fading)
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I remember that song. :eek: Liked it for being whimsical and different from standard fare back then but never realized it went back THAT far.

You learn something new everyday...
 

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^^ I read in some newspaper that the Producer of "Ang Larawan"
has a plan to bring another original Filipino stage play into cinema.

Of the plays they identified, the one I've already seen is "Katy!" (2013 in Meralco Theater).
Unlike "Ang Larawan", it is a comedy with lots of lively dancing, which adds entertainment value.
Video below starring Isay Alvarez (Ate Isay of Batibot):

https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=mON5dbdm63M

Because of the dancers (i.e. professional theater dancers),
"Katy!" will definitely require a higher budget than "Ang Larawan".
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^^ Di ko pa napanood yun...
... pero kailangan talaga ay buhusan ng pondo yung cinema adaptation.
Hindi pwede yung pwede na.

Kung iko-compare nyo yung dancers sa first video (Katy)
at yung second video (Phantom of the Opera),
nilamon ng buhay ng Phantom dancers yung Katy dancers.

They should cast no less than Ballet Manila or Ballet Philippines.

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