Mirror Mirror: Review
I went into the cinema without prior knowledge that this is a comedy-fantasy film. All I knew was that Julia Roberts played the role of the Evil Queen and I wanted to see that.
Watch the trailer:
Mom woke up ahead of me today. Craving fruits since last night, she went out to look for a nearby restaurant while I was still asleep.
She found her beloved ripe mango and good brunch for us, and I found myself surrounded by vintage items. Yes, in a kitchenette (Pete’s Kitchen, Pelaez St, Cebu City)! From old cabinets made of good wood, grandfather clocks, china, kokeshi dolls, to cameras.
I even found a well-balanced (by balancing the mune/back blade on your finger) katana for only Php 900! I have the feeling that the shop owner who also runs the kitchenette does not really know the price of vintage items.
Anyway, this thing caught my eye:
^ 1977 OneStep Polaroid Land Camera SN: CNH814BA
Eiga Sai 2011
Went to Eiga Sai last July 4 with my boyfriend (right). While it was supposed to be a date, we saw “Orange Addict” Misa who went alone so we sat together in the cinema.
The 1pm film was Yunagi City, Sakura Country (2007)
The film is based on a manga comic by Fumiyo Kono, portraying the tragedy that the atomic bomb carries beyond generations and depicting the viewpoint of two women in two-frame stories, one from the past and the other from the present day. (Spot.ph)
This film got me all teary-eyed. I’m very emotional when it comes to war stories and sick/dying people. While I’ve never experienced terror like the time of Hiroshima’s bombing, I sympathize with the families who lost their loved ones and lived their life in seclusion because of the public’s criticism. Videography-wise, it’s a fast-paced storyline with an extensive view of each character’s role. The set was so realistic it will draw you to the past and make you feel the pain of when it happened without using too much Hollywood effects.
The 4pm film after this was Villon’s Wife which we didn’t bother watching anymore because someone’s got a copy of the film. We spent our time eating lunch and roaming around Rustan’s supermarket looking for new juices and ice cream, and browsing books at NBS and Powerbooks.
When we got back to the cinema, the line was already long. Standing in queue lasted for about an hour before they gave out the tickets. And we spent another good 30minutes waiting to be seated. This time we saw Verze and his girlfriend and sat with JP Cano and his wife with their kid Rui. Ardi came late so he stayed at the ‘chance’ line but went home anyway.
^Look who’s ready to be a daddy. Not yet Mogu.
This time, we watched Climber’s High
The film is based on the Japanese bestselling novel by Hideo Yokoyama, which is inspired by actual events. The novel took 17 years to complete. It tells the story of a press reporter who finds the meaning of life through his experiences of news reporting and mountain climbing. (Spot.ph)
Overall, it was a good film. The way the scenes were shot felt like an indie movie and added more to the suspense of the events. Each scene keeps you on your toes. High action scenes were immediately balanced with slow and silent ones. Although it had an unexpected plot, the unexpected-ness didn’t contribute anything good to the story. We felt that there were unnecessary scenes and characters. While the extra scenes (mountain climbing and with his son) did add personality to the character, it wasn’t a pivotal information. We felt that it could have been better if there was a pulling force as to why the main character was so bent on solving the mystery of the plane crash ie. his son died due to the crash. As a mountain climber it would be more interesting if he did the search himself as a newsman and as a father who’s desperate to save his son.
Even so, Japanese films never failed to astound me again with unusual plots and storylines which are far different from local mainstream cinema. Even in TV series, Japanese and Koreans would focus on family, friendship, love, history, culture, and values. While Philippine series are always about family feuds, the rich and the poor, and crime syndicates.
Or maybe, sawa lang ako sa Pinoy plot.
As much as I don’t patronize mainstream cinema and TV, I support Philippine independent films because these are the films that reflect reality and dive deep into the characters’ persona.
CINEMALAYA 7 na! Woot! Woot!
Oh oh, you’re giving me the silent treatment? Like I care.— The Wild, 2006
Our group’s submission for the Chase Sequence: Action/Adventure. A project for Speech Com 183 under Mr. Jose “Chong” Ardivilla.
Go LAST RESORT!
Check out the earlier submission here.
P.S. Video made for 16:9 screen.