Eddie Garcia: In memoriam

The entertainment industry of the Philippines has an obsession with giving titles to its most bankable stars: titles that have become synonymous with the actors or actresses themselves. Superstar. Star for All Seasons. Megastar. Diamond Star. King of Comedy. The King. Earlier generations may also recall The Great Profile. But in an industry filled withContinue reading “Eddie Garcia: In memoriam”

MOVIE REVIEW: Ang Larawan (2017)

Athanasius of Alexandria was a bishop in early Christianity. Among others, he is known for his efforts to combat the teachings of Arianism, a popular school of Christian thought which was gaining ground as its teachings appealed to the son of the late Emperor Constantine. Despite this endorsement by the Emperor’s son, Athanasius held hisContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Ang Larawan (2017)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Coco (2017)

Written by Paolo and Marie Barazon Memory—both the act of remembering someone, and the moments associated with that person—is integral to the plot of many Pixar films, a crucial element that drives the story and anchors the emotional connection between the audience and the film. Among others: Some of the toys in Toy Story 2Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Coco (2017)”

MOVIE REVIEW: 100 Tula para kay Stella (2017) [2 of 2]

Never seek to tell thy love,  Love that never told can be;  For the gentle wind does move  Silently, invisibly. I told my love, I told my love  I told her all my heart;  Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears, Ah! she doth depart. Soon as she was gone from me,  A traveller came by;  Silently,Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: 100 Tula para kay Stella (2017) [2 of 2]”

MOVIE REVIEW: Kita Kita (2017)

Kita Kita is the story between Lea (Alessandra de Rossi), a Pinay tour guide based in Japan who is recovering from an inexplicably long “temporary” blindness that was caused by a heartbreak; and Tonyo (Empoy Marquez), the kabayan who lives across her house and pursues her patiently. Together, they explore tourist spots in and around Sapporo, placesContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Kita Kita (2017)”

OPINION: Cooling down on the MTRCB

By now, everyone has been talking about how the MTRCB gave an inexplicable R-18 rating for the wide release of 2 Cool 2 Be Forgotten. People thought that its homosexual themes may have prompted the Board to recommend it only for adult audiences. That would be fine…except that when it screened at the Cinema OneContinue reading “OPINION: Cooling down on the MTRCB”

MOVIE REVIEW: Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance (2016)

To mark the silver anniversary of Miss Saigon’s, Cameron Mackintosh brings the musical to movie theaters in select countries, including the Philippines. It is an immersive experience that, despite the musical’s flaws, remains an enjoyable and energetic musical that appeals to mass audiences all over the world. On the final days of the Vietnam War, the orphanContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance (2016)”

Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary live recording screens in cinemas on Nov 12 & 13

Miss Saigon the musical, for some Filipinos, has been a point of national pride. On November 12 and 13, Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance movie will have a limited release in the Philippines, which will also be a homecoming, at much more accessible venues (including select SM Cinemas in Northern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) atContinue reading “Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary live recording screens in cinemas on Nov 12 & 13”

MOVIE REVIEW: Ignacio de Loyola (2016)

For years, the Jesuit Communication Foundation (Jescom) based in the Ateneo de Manila University has built a name as the leading Catholic multimedia ministry in the Philippines. Founded by the legendary Fr. James B. Reuter, Jescom first gained a reputation as a leading publisher of liturgical music by Fr Eduardo Hontiveros and his associates. ItContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Ignacio de Loyola (2016)”