SineBuano@MMFF 2010, 12/26


How did you spend  your Christmas holidays? Me, I spent it spending some money for a couple of tickets to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2010, simply because Philippine cinema needs our support and by the look of things, the industry needs all the help it can get.

Just watched two films: Ang Tanging Ina and Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Why? Both films are successful franchises in the Philippines. Ang Tanging Ina starring comedienne Ai-ai delas Alas is now on its third film but pales to the number the horror anthology Shake, Rattle and Roll franchise has–now on its 12th iteration.

I figure I needed a good laugh and a good scare.

My review and re-write of the film after the jump!

WARNING: There be SPOILERS here!

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Hinatagay, Christmas Charity-Concert this December 26

Local bands from Lapu-Lapu City donate their talent and time for “Hinatagay” a post-Christmas concert-for-a-cause

This musical and charity event is going to be held this December 26, from 6 pm – 2 am, at the park under the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge.

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Two Questions

Q: What makes some directors consistently stand out; what makes someone a great director?

A: Miles Davis answered these questions with an excellent analogy to music.

“The difference between a fair musician and a good musician is that a good musician can play anything s/he thinks.

The difference between a good musician and a great musician is what s/he thinks.”?

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Taken from Gregory Goodell’s “INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION” © 1982.

Gregory Goodell is an award-winning writer-producer-director whose credits include independent features, documentaries, television movies, and mini-series.

He has lectured and taught at the American Film Institute and other organizations.

SineBuano Christmas Frolics, 12/18

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:

the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

— William E. Vaughan, American author and columnist.

The SineBuano family celebrated the spirit of Christmas last Saturday re-bonding with good friends in hope for great times in the coming year of 2011.

The simple celebration was two-fold: a visit to the Tioseco_Bohinc Film Archive in Lapu-lapu, Mactan and a dinner party at the new heart of Art, Kukuk’s North, Talamban.

More flashbacks after the jump.

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Diem’s Blog #4 Juice up with Spiritual Electricity

Creativity is an experience–to my eye, a spiritual experience. It does not matter which way you think of it: creativity leading to spirituality or spirituality leading to creativity. In fact, I do not make a distinction between the two.

–JULIA CAMERON, The Artist’s Way Spiritual Electricity, The Basic Principles.

What the author, Miss Cameron, is asking me, the reader, is to take a leap of many faiths: to have faith in myself, to have faith in the Universe, especially in its creative force that’s vested itself inside me, with my life choice in being a writer and a story teller.

The part of the text of this section that strikes me most is that Miss Cameron’s process for recovery of creativity is like climbing a mountain– hence the very conical Mt. Fuji, or a snow-capped Mt. Mayon(?) at the cover the book. The Artist’s Way is a spiral path to the top, giving me a 360-degree of the vistas that my own Self and my World have to offer.Though I might encounter the same vistas during my ascent, the view changes with the heights I could reach later on.

And like any climb, it is fraught with frustrating slips and falls. It’s not going to be easy, warns Miss Cameron, and at times it could down-right painful. In her creativity classes she could have encountered resistance and defiance from students as they go through the process– the anger, the grief and the pain.

With the section titled as Spiritual Electricity, seems like I’m going through electroshock therapy for my artist id and ego.

Oh this is going to be so fun.