Showing posts with label comedy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comedy. 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.

Review:

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.

Reflection:

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. 




Saturday, July 14, 2012

Magic mike…stripping Channing Tatum's real talent


      Chaning Tatum will always be Tyler Gage, his character in one of my favourite dance films – Step Up 1, for me. He was great dancer and actor there, together with his leading lady Jenna Dewan (who became his wife).  This is why even he done other movies including G.I. Joe and Dear John, I can’t see something special about them.
      However with Magic Mike, I’m so high again about him.  In this film, he did not only show his good physique but also his dance prowess again.  Ah every time he’s on stage, it was euphoria in my eyes.  He’s good in dancing, stripping and seduction. I think he’s also getting better when it comes to acting. Though I hope next time, he finds different attack in his roles.  His acting in this film is similar to Dear John with Amanda Seyfried, although I find him attractive in that romantic-drama movie.
Review:
  • ·         Yeah the biggest asset of the film is Magic Mike himself -Channing Tatum especially with his powerful moves.
  • ·         Good casting for Mathew McConaughey (The Wedding Planner & Sahara) who played Dallas, Alex Pettyfer ( Beastly and I’m No. 4) as Adam, Matt Bomer (White Collar and Joe Manganiello  played Richie as strippers.  You can’t deny that Conaughey is already getting old but he still has the curves and moves. Pettyfer on the other hand, is much mature and handsome here (compare to Beastly). To be honest, among the strippers, I like Manganiello. Apart from he’s macho and pretty boy, I find him cute when he’s sewing his undergarment. Hahaha!
  • ·         For me the leading ladies were also fantastic when in all aspects. Cody Horn (Brooke) and Olivia Munn (Joanna) maybe they are not that pretty but their beauty is appealing for me especially in the way they were presented in this film.    

  • ·      I don’t like the editing. I don’t know if it’s only in the Philippines but there lots of scenes that were abruptly cut. The transitions were not smooth and you might wonder you missed something.
  • ·         According to what I read the movie was based partly in Tatum’s former job as a stripper. So if it’s the case, now I know what’s going on club like this.  The dance steps, choreography, costumes and concepts were tastefully done.
  • ·         When it comes to screenplay, the loophole is they start it so simple, make it bigger along the way and end it hanging.  I’m not fully satisfied. You know, I get it that Brooke and Mike developed feelings for each. That was even if they have total different personalities and beliefs. Then after so many debates, in just one sequence you reconcile and made them kiss, finish! What’s that? Then Adam, after he’s sister warned him and Mike saved him from his debt and left club, he still working there. What’s the redeeming value of his character? But let’s see in how they will resolve these things when do the sequel, if there’s sequel.
  • ·         My favorite part of the film, beside when Manganiello’s sewing moment, was when Mike told Brooke that he’s job is not the whole thing about him. Then Brooke told Mike about his dreams, if he himself believes in his dream she will also believe. It is because it seemed Mike himself doubts in what he wants.

Reflection:
           For me, one of the hardest things to do is to explain your side to a person that you know will not going to believe in you, especially if she/ he has the reason to do so. Is it pride, being pessimistic or just simply not expressive type?
           The thing is not all people have time and ability to read your mind. In fact, it is natural to judge a person based on his/ her behaviour, background and looks. So it’s good to go out and address those misinterpretations about you. It takes time and effort, but it is the bridge for you to make them know who you are and what you are thinking.
          On the other side, people’s reaction about you is another face of the consequence of your action.  Take full responsibility in whatever you do or whatever you say. Be careful!
          Example: Because of my boyish fashion statement, some people think of me as tomboy or lesbian. I use it as a joke and excuse especially for the guys. This is a psychologically shield (“psy war”) for me- something like “back off if you think I’m weak.”
          I had a neighbour who courted me for so many months. I don’t like him, but he’s a friend so instead of telling him that, I said, I like someone else and she’s a girl.   That was very effective because he stopped but the side effect was very traumatic. He’s cousin who went back from States was my childhood crush. I think this guy also like me for so many romantic reasons, but maybe and since his cousin told him what I said, he never tried to court me. Sad L