Showing posts with label Filipino films. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Filipino films. Show all posts

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tiktik: the Aswang Chronicles… a must see film for Filipinos

I’m not a fan of horror films in general but occasionally I get nerved to watch. Some of the recent horor flicks that I remember were 2005 Hollywood film The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Thai films The Eye and Shutter, and Filipino movies Feng Shui and Sukob.

Someone told me that when it comes to horror, Asian filmmakers are good and I agree with him/ her as viewer. Among the horror films I watched my favorite were The Eye and Halimaw sa Banga (monster in a jar). In my opinion, there are lot of belief and superstition among Asian countries and apparently, it sill goes on and on. So in a sense it’s believable if you adapt those stories in a film.


Tiktik is a horrific creature similar to vampire. But compare to gorgeous vampires that we see in recent years they are creepy. Hello Edward Cullen” (Robert Pattinson of Twilight series), Celine (Kate Beckinsale of Underworld series) and Damon Salvatore or Klaus Mikaelson (Ian Sommerhalder and Joseph Morgan of Vampire Diaries)!

Close to what I imagined since I was a child, Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles which top billed and co-produced by Dingdong Dantes, showcased the lifestyle of this creatures. In this movie directed by Erik Mati they can transform into animals like a pig, hide in the shadow, run faster and fly higher like a special kind of dinosaur.

Superb visual effects

What I like in the movie is first the special effects.  It breaks the record of early approaches of filmmakers. You maybe see this effect in Hollywood films but it is a first time for a Filipino film -  to shot on green screen chroma key. 

Then I like the characterization of Makoy (played by Dingdong), Sonia (Lovi Poe), Nestor (Joey Marquez), Fely ( Janice de Belen), Bart (Ramon Bautista). They depict typical Filipinos who are struggling in their own situation.  Although Bart is one of the  sources of comedy relief in the story, you can still sympathize with his stand and “red Lips.”

They are right that this film is comedy-horror,  but honestly I laugh a lot than to feel scared.  De belen, Marquez, Bautista and even that one big fat Tiktik were hilarious. And though it’s annoying sometimes but generally the appearance of endorsements in the film are funny.

Also here, Dingdong looks hot, really!  I watched some of his works from TGIS, Encantadia, Marimar, Kimmy Dora but I he’s not really appealing to me but in this film- okay hands down, he’s macho!   

Not so internationally appealing

Maybe the jokes and story of Tiktik sell to me but I think it has no international appeal. I wonder how the foreign audience’s reaction to cornick as tool to fight powerful tiktik. Remember that it takes a lot of salt and garlic (according to belief) to shoo them away Tiktik, what more to kill them in just a piece of cornick?

Although I can say that despite of the simplicity of the story, numerous endorsements and questionable actions of Tiktik, it’s a must see film for Filipinos and international audience.  Just try to see the creature with long tongues who we are scared of especially if there’s pregnant woman or newly born baby.


Lovi Poe’s character Sonia is a representation of Filipina or women who goes back to her parents’ home because failure- Failure to fulfill her dream in the city and failure in love.  Rina Reyes’s character (the neighbor who owns factory of salt) is an example of someone who mocks others because of their mistakes.  Her rationale is Fely (Sonia’s mother) is very boastful to them because of Sonia’s achievement being the only professional (she’s a teacher) in their town.

I know many women who like Sonia – who forget their dreams because of love and out of wedlock got pregnant. I’m proud of those find way to solve their problems and able to stand up again. I’m happy to those who ended up with the father of their kids and live as one family. And I’m very sad for women who left behind and struggling to stand up.

The ugly truth, there are only few men now who are man enough to be responsible in their obligations. Okay let’s say that love fades away between the couple but the baby, you can’t rid it as if it’s just like a doll.  The romantic part of Tiktik: Aswang Chronicles is Makoy follows Sonia in her province because he loves her and learns to be responsible partner and soon-to-be father.  I hope many men like Makoy will realize how women bear the pain, judgment and obligation when they have to raise their kids on their own.

And I wish those who like Sonia, will able to stand up again. If you fail to find love and partner in life, at least you have grace and chance to be a champion in terms of motherhood. I think being the mother is the true essence of being a woman.  
because of this I rember the I Dreamed a Dream from the play Les Miserables which has movie adaptation that will premier in December. This Anne Hattaway will take the role of Fantine. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cinemalaya 2012 at CCP

       My experienced in Cinemalaya, the film festival of Filipino Independent films, last year was a total blast for reel and real.  I watched two entries – Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank) and Huling Halik (The Last Kiss) with two different people.
     I’m really eager to watch Cinemalaya this year and wishing that it’s also in Cultural Center of The Philippines (CCP) where this festival primarily holds. I like it there because of the ambiance and audience, though very far and the transportation cost is almost the same with the film ticket. 

When you are watching Cinemalaya at CCP

  •  It feels like you and other fellow moviegoers are all enjoying the art of filming
  •  It feels like you are coming back in the time when all people really like  watching as part of their lifestyle (ala CinemaParadiso)
  • CCP is theater or home of Filipino artistry. Every time I’m there I can feel the arts flowing in my veins. Hehehe!
  • You can encounter the directors and actors of the films. Last year, before we watched Huling Halik, the director talked in front and introduced his piece and his cast.
  • When the audience likes the film they’re not shy to stand up and applaud – yes that’s standing ovation- which I experienced in Babae sa Septic Tank ( top billed by Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano and Cai Cortez). Anyway, Babae deserved that recognition because it was really wonderful comedy film. I can say that it’s my best Filipino comedy film so far.
  • There’s no almost limitation or censorship when it comes to delicate scenes. Huling Halik was about gay (the handsome one) and his lover (with girlfriend) who snatched time for the love that’s no direction. Yes, there are several bed scenes there between two men – actually not only in bed. This kind of movie is rare in mainstream cinema and without cut.
  •  Cinemalaya at CCP can proves that young ones, yuppies (like us) and oldies still love local films. You know and again, even the place is very far and there are many Hollywood movies in mall they make time, effort and money to watch.

This year I’m hoping and  looking forward to see these interesting films:

BWAKAW (slang: greedy) written and directed by Jun Robles Lana
Eddie Garcia

MGA MUMUNTING LIHIM (Those Little Secrets) written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes-
Starring:Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, and Janice de Belen.

KALAYAAN (Wildlife) written and directed by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.
Starring: Ananda Everingham (Thai actor from horror flick Shutter), Zanjoe Marrudo, & Luis Alandy

DIABLO (demon) written and directed by Mes de Duzman
Starring: Carlo Aquino

INTOY SYOKOY NG KALYE MARINO written by Jerry Gracio; directed by Lemuel Lorca
 Starring: JM de Guzman, LJ Reyes, Joross Gamboa
STA. NIÑA written by Emmanuel Quindo Palo and Liza Magtoto; directed by Emmanuel Quindo Palo
 Starring: Coco Martin, Alessandra de Rossi, Angel Aquino, Irma Adlawan, Leo Martinez, and Ms. Anita Linda

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Memories about Philippine Movies

I’m not as hardcore as others but I like watching films especially now that I’m so tired of watching television and my attention span is a little bit shorter.
                The oldest memory that I can remember of watching films in theater was when my late father used to bring us in ACT Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. As much he could, he brought me and my three older siblings every Sunday there. The few films I could remember were Petrang Kabayo of Roderick Paulate and a movie of Aiza Seguerra. Those days were special because watching in cinema was our bonding moment since my parents separated even before I entered in prep school and watching a movie was certainly luxury for us.
                When I was in elementary I used to watch in channels where old Filipino movies were broadcasted. As in the black and white ones and the actors were might older than my mother. It might be lack of shows or influence of my older siblings but up to this day, I remember some stories and the younger faces of Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Gloria Romero, Nida Blanca, Gina Pareño, Bella Flores, Nestor De Villa, Jose Mari Gonzalez, Eddie Garcia, Dolphy, Panchito, Bernard Bonin, Charito Solis and many more. In their batch, I was fond watching Nida Blanca because of her roles, she danced and her films were mostly romantic-comedy. Of course, I also like watching the tandem of Panchito and Dolphy. You would not laugh that loud but you would definitely entertain by their antics.
                When it comes to beauty and acting I admired Charito Solis. Maybe most of us would remember her as Ina Magenta of Okay Ka Fairy ko but I was thankful to see some of her classic films like Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak at Babae… Ngayon at Kailanman.
                There were also times that during Holy Week a local channel showed award-winning classic films like Ganito Kami Noon -Paano Kayo Ngayon, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, at Minsan May Isang Gamugamo (my favorite Nora Aunor Film). Also in a cable channel, I happened to watch old films like Karnal, Senswal, and other films especially from 80s.
                I don’t think that older films are better than the new ones or vice versa. Each generations has own outstanding characteristic and time after time there are cool superb filmmakers who shine like Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera of Babae sa Septic Tank.
                I’m looking forward to watch both beautiful films from the past to present.