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Filipino Barbecue Vendor to Remake Rashomon, a Japanese Movie

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

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I could not help but feel dismayed when I saw this article on yahoo. While this amateur filmmaker has this noble intention but I couldn’t understand why he choose to remake a Japanese classic movie. I’m sorry but this whole limited resources is not an excuse if he has limited access to filipino classics. There’s many of it available online and posted on youtube.

Can I say typical colonial mentally? I see this as a grandiose attempt to ride coattails on this Oscar winning foreign fiilm. So how are they going to remake it? Will they convert the samurai into fisherman, carpenter or whatever? Or will they just dress up the local actor as samurai?

The country has so many struggling original filmmakers yet Martha Atienza, Lav Diaz and etc choose to support this guy. Unbelieveable how they tolerate in encouraging aspiring filmmakers to be unoriginal. It’s gonna inspire new waves of struggling filmmakers to remake foreign classics. We’ll probably be seeing remakes of Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and etc.

Rashomon Japanese Movie


Cloyd Ribo, a middle-aged struggling local filmmaker from a remote island in southern Philippines, dreams of remaking Akira Kurosawa’s award-winning film “Rashomon” in his native dialect (Lawisanon).
With the help of trusted artist-friends, Ribo is in the process of making this film project a reality on Bantayan Island in Cebu.

Asked why he chose to remake “Rashomon,” Ribo explained: “It’s a narrative that revealed so much about humanity.” “Rashomon” is a Japanese crime drama film that won the Golden Lion Award for its director (Akira Kurosawa) in the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and Best Foreign Language Film in the 24th Academy Wards in the US in 1952.
Ribo is a self-taught filmmaker, who has been studying the craft from online sources, mostly from Youtube, since 2010.

His barbecue-cum-internet shop has been the venue of his online learning. From there, he has learned the ropes of film making, including how to use the camera, editing, and graphic ad via the internet.

Under Project Cloyd initiated by the Office of Culture and Design (OCD), a group of Filipino directors from the Philippine independent cinema community and Spanish directors has been helping Ribo’s group realize this project. The lineup of directors and creative professionals include Lav Diaz, Yason Banal, Martha Atienza, Franco Guerrero, Joey Suaco, Raya Martin, Spanish director Carlos Casas and graphic artist Rafa Cortez.

Source: Yahoo

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Guni Guni – Filipino Horror Movie

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Once again we see Lovi Poe in Regal Film’s horror flick “Guni Guni”. Seriously, don’t they get tired of casting her in horror films. We keep seeing this chick everywhere. Anyway the movie trailer fails to grab my attention. The CGI and make up looks very fake. Looks like a high school production to me with bigger budget.

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The Reunion – Filipino Movie

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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The Reunion movie is Star Cinema’s next generation of Barkada movies which features young actors such as Enchong Dee, Enrique Gil, Xian Lim and Kean Cipriano. The film is directed by Frasco Mortiz who happens to be the son of Direk Bobot Mortiz and nephew of ABS CBN Executive Charo Santos. Gee, I guess it must be nice to have a family in showbiz to get a head start.

The film is about four guys who obviously aren’t too happy with their current careers in life. They deal with it by reminiscing how cool their lives during their high school days. Eventually, they concluded that their misery started with the breakup of their friend’s relationship. By plotting to get them back together, they hope that their lives will improve if that happens.

The Reunion Trailer – Pinoy Movie

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MNL 143 – Pinoy Indie Film

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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Despite being unfairly disqualified by Cinemalaya for casting issues that doesn’t stop Emerson Reyes from finishing his movie MNL 143. Knowing that it’s going to be a big challenge for him financially, he forges on doing all that he can to make his film become a reality. Finally his movie is finished and ready for screening. His work MNL 143 proves that you don’t need Cinemalaya to earn a big break. I hope that more people will support this movie.

MNL 143 Synopsis

On a commuter’s trip from Manila’s business district to the suburbs, the director finds a myriad of possibilities, ranging from miniature ironic situations to a love story that is finally finding its unexpected closing. An emotional rollercoaster ride of despair, dreams and desire, MNL 143 is also a black comedy about limited private spaces in conflict with sprawling public realms.

MNL 143 Trailer

MNL 143 Casts

Directed by: Emerson Reyes

Allan Paule
Joy Viado
Ramon Bautista

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The Animals – Pinoy Indie Movie

Monday, June 4th, 2012

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Gino Santos’ The Animals is the film the replaced Emerson Reyes’ MNL 143 in Cinemalaya film grant when it was disqualified. While the cinematography looks definitely good, I have yet to see the story. No doubt the movie would be good despite having the much despised actor Albie Casino in it. The film is basically just about spoiled rich kids who have nothing better to do with their life. I highly doubt if the masses would appreciate such self indulging movie.

The Animals – Cinemalaya Entry Trailer

The Animals Synopsis

Set in an affluent, upper middle class village in the suburbs, “The Animals” chronicles a day in the life of Jake, Trina, and Alex, who go through the musings that every kid in high school has to deal with.


Albie Casiño
Patrick Sugui
Dawn Balagot
Issa Litton
Micah Cabral
Vangie Martelle
John Wayne Sace

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El Brujo – Pinoy Indie Movie

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Gerald Anderson expands his acting prowess by accepting an Indie film. I doubt if he’ll strip and do some macho dancing. But wait, he’s already doing that in a Star Cinema movie. Anyway, He will star in “El Brujo”, an independent action film by Tikoy Aguiluz. There’s not much known about the film but we’ll see when the trailer comes out.

EL Brujo Behind the scenes shoot

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Crazy Love – Filipino Film

Monday, June 4th, 2012

For Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary, they decided to make another generic shallow and vapid romance anthology instead of worthwhile movies. They can do whatever they want but they can’t no longer deceive the public for long.

Crazy Love Synopsis

The film is a romance anthology in which the casts are involved in various crazy antics for love’s sake. Gerald Anderson will play the role of a macho dancer who will come in between mother and daughter, Pokwang and Kim Chiu.

More details to come soon since the film is under production.

Crazy Love Cast

Gerald Anderson
Kim Chiu
Piolo Pascual
John Lloyd Cruz
Angelica Panganiban
Bea Alonzo
Diether Ocampo
Maja Salvador

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Block & White Philippines Faces Controversy on its TV Ad

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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Carlos Celdran voices out his disgust over Block & White’s newest tv commercial. In the TV ad, a skater girl was recruited by a bunch of bimbos for a make over. After they dolled up the skater girl, they were not satisfied with her skin color. That’s where Block & White enters the scene which magically gave her rosy white complexion.

For most grown ups, they already know this TV ad smells of bullcrap. But for young impressionable girls, they would take the product as their holy grail of romance. The ad conditions their young minds that skin color is the true measurement of beauty. Lets face it, while we may dismiss the issue as silly but if you get bombarded with same ad over and over again, it will sink deep into your consciousness.

Lets see how the dialogue between Carlos Celdran and Block & White marketing peeps would go.

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Aryana – Filipino TV Series

Friday, May 25th, 2012

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Aryana Synopsis

Aryana is ABS-CBN’s teleserye that narrates the story of a girl who doesn’t know that she is cursed to be a mermaid when she turns 14. As she faces her destiny of being a mermaid, she is torn between choosing the sea – where she belongs – or the land – where her heart longs. Weeknights on Primetime Bida.

Aryana TV Series Trailer


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Cooking with the Stars – Filipino TV Show

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Grace Lee is set to host GMA 7’s cooking show, “Cooking with the Stars”. After the doomed romance with Pnoy, this should be a perfect diversion for her. I don’t have anything to comment much since the press release is pretty much self explanatory.

The Korean TV host is thankful to be part of Cooking with the Stars.This is Grace’s second time to host a cooking show after being part of Eateria, an innovative cooking show that combines food, cooking and travel. It was broadcast starting November 2009 and used to air every Sunday morning on GMA-7.

Grace was chosen not only for her hosting skills but also because she completed a course in culinary arts under Chef Rob Pengson in the Global Academy. Guests on the show include celebrity moms namely Camille Prats, Angelika Dela Cruz, Christine Jacob, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, and Candy Pangilinan.Kapuso stars Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana and Jolina Magdangal are also part of the show’s lineup.

Every episode will feature a celebrity who has a food-related dilemma, and at the end of the program, the resident chefs will offer solutions on how to solve the problem.

Another twist to the show is “Cooking Star of the Barangay,” where the show will visit barangays, bringing with them a live brass band and dancing food servers.

Grace admits: “Cooking is very therapeutic especially when you smash the garlic. Because when I’m mad, I just smash the garlic. At least from there, I can cook good food.”

Source: Pep

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