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14 September 2016

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Brillante Mendoza's 'Ma' Rosa' has been chosen as the Philippines' representative for the Oscars' Best Foreign Film category. 

The film was picked from a slew of shortlisted Filipino films vying for the spot that includes Lav Diaz's Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, Jun Robles Lana's Anino Sa Likod Ng Buwan, Felix Manalo, and the Enrique Gil-starrer Dukot.

It tells the story of Rosa who was caught by the cops for her drug selling stint, and the immoral consequences of this event.

Ma' Rosa stars Jaclyn Jose (who won the Best Actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Rosa), Andi Eigenmann, Felix Roco, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mon Confiado, Mercedes Cabral, Maria Isabel Lopez, Baron Geisler, Jomari Angeles, Neil Ryan Sese, and Julio Diaz.





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12 September 2016

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Manila, Philippines - Asia Society Philippines and Security Bank, together with Ayala Malls Cinemas and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, invite you to experience the biggest event for Asian cinema in Manila. Now on its 3rd year, Asia on Screen Film Festival celebrates excellence in filmmaking through the presentation of award-winning and culturally relevant films. The festival will run from September 15 – 18, 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.

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The festival brings the best of a broad selection of Asia Pacific cinema in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of talented actors and filmmakers. Moviegoers will be transported around the region through stories of forbidden love, to coming of age teenage dramas, to incredible stories of survival and epic historical tales. It will showcase a vibrant line-up which includes Tanna (Australia), A Tale of Three Cities (China), Ghayal Once Again (India), In the Absence of the Sun (Indonesia), Miss Hokusai (Japan), Front Line (Korea), The Journey (Malaysia), Above the Clouds (Philippines), Taklub (Philippines), 7 Letters (Singapore), Teacher’s Diary (Thailand), Heart Attack (Thailand), and On the Peaceful Peak (Vietnam). 

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Asia on Screen Film Festival will kick off with a Directors Dialogue with Philippine director, Pepe Diokno (Above the Clouds) and Thai director, Nithiwat Tharatorn (Teacher’s Diary). The dialogue will focus on the opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asian film markets, specifically in the Philippines and Thailand, and will delve into the directors’ personal journeys. This free forum will be on September 15, 10AM-12NN at the Asian Institute of Management.

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This year, the film fest opens with Above the Clouds. Capturing the breath-taking highlands of the Ifugao region, the film is an emotional journey towards transformation and deliverance.

Other entries explore socio-political topics through significant human experiences. Taklub, a Brillante Mendoza film, documents a family’s struggles from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that ripped through the city of Tacloban. Australia’s multi-award winning film, Tanna, is based on a true story on tribal issues, performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu. Korean film, Front Line, narrates the relationship between the North and the South through prisoners of war. 

According to Asia Society Philippines Executive Director, Suyin Liu Lee, “Asia Society Philippines presents Asia on Screen as a creative and visceral form of fulfilling its mission of fostering relationships among peoples and countries. To quote famed Asian Director, Ang Lee. “I see a movie as a way of learning about the world, about myself, and learning about my relationship with people and art.”

Asia on Screen is sponsored by Philam Life, and supported by Bubba Gump, Freyo, i-Remit, Japan Foundation, Royal Thai Embassy and The Travel Club, with special thanks to San Miguel Brewery. 


The festival is also supported by the embassies of India, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Korean Cultural Council, Filipino Indian Friendship and Cultural Society and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Media partners are ANC, Business Mirror, BusinessWorld, CNN Philippines, Expat Magazine, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Mellow 94.7, Primer Magazine, The Philippine STAR, The Standard, and Travelife. 

Tickets will be available at sureseats.com or on-site at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas at PHP 100 per screening. 

For more information on ASIA ON SCREEN film festival, please contact Asia Society at info@asiasociety.org.ph or call 550-2612. Stay tuned to official Facebook event page: tinyurl.com/AsiaOnScreen2016, hashtag #AsiaOnScreen and @AsiaSocietyPH for details.


About Asia Society: 

Asia Society Philippines aims to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia and the West. We develop cross-sector programs that bring together individuals, companies, policymakers and other non-profits to promote collaboration and understanding of Asia across the fields of arts & culture, policy, business, and leadership. 

Website: asiasociety.org/philippines
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @AsiaSocietyPH


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10 September 2016

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A miracle landing deserves an epic-scale shooting. That's why director Clint Eastwood has chosen to film Warner Bros. Pictures' “Sully” – the airborne thriller based on true events -- almost entirely with new ALEXA IMAX® 65mm cameras.

As a result, audiences will see the so-called `miracle on the Hudson' depicted in stunning clarity.
And exclusively in IMAX® theatres, “Sully” will be presented in an expanded IMAX 1.9:1 aspect ratio and fill more of the IMAX screen – offering moviegoers 26% more of the image than standard cinemas for a truly immersive experience.

Sully” stars Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

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Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

The ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera that Eastwood used in filming “Sully” is a next-generation revolutionary 2D digital camera developed through a partnership between ARRI and IMAX for use by today's leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The camera, when combined with IMAX’s digital re-mastering process, delivers the highest level of digital image capture and playback resulting in stunning lifelike images with pristine clarity, incredibly fine detail, vivid colors and a higher dynamic range for superior contrast.

Most films today are presented in an aspect ratio called CinemaScope (2.40:1). When a film is presented in CinemaScope, it is cropped and uses only part of the image the movie camera captures. This is the reason most ordinary screens are very wide but not particularly high.

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With “Sully,” IMAX provided Eastwood with the ability to use an expanded aspect ratio for the film's IMAX presentation during production through filming with the extremely high-resolution IMAX® camera.

Now showing across the Philippines in IMAX and regular cinemas,“Sully” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.







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watch live by night 2017

Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed the first trailer of Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort, the dramatic crime thriller “Live by Night.” 

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Affleck also stars in the film and wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane; it marks the second collaboration for the fellow Boston natives, following the acclaimed drama “Gone Baby Gone.”

Live by Night” is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.

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Live by Night” is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Jennifer Davisson (“Orphan”), under the Appian Way banner; and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd (“Alice in Wonderland”) for Pearl Street Films. Chris Brigham, Dennis Lehane and Chay Carter are serving as executive producers.

Starring with Affleck are Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Brendan Gleeson (the “Harry Potter” films), Chris Messina (“Argo”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper”), Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar”), and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (“The Town”).

Behind the scenes, Affleck collaborated with three-time Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Richardson (“JFK,” “The Aviator,” “Hugo”), Oscar-nominated production designer Jess Gonchor (“True Grit”), Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (“Argo”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”). The score is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Martian,” “Gone Baby Gone”).

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, an Appian Way/Pearl Street production, “Live By Night” is slated for release in the Philippines in 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.








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the beatles: eight days a week movie

It was 50 years ago that the Beatles performed in their last ever public concert and now, a new film looks back at the early touring years.

The Beatles' final live concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Aug, 29, 1966. They ripped through Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally, as they had a thousand times before, then they were off. For the last time. The Beatles, the first band to make sports stadiums their stage were turning their backs on stadiums, stages and live audiences---forever. The crowd wasn’t told, nobody knew, maybe they didn’t quite know themselves but one thing they did know: they’d had enough of it. 

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Back then, ‘audience’ is not really the word to describe the spectators. They, mostly girls, didn’t go to Beatles concerts to listen, they went there to scream. Nobody took in the music and that included the Beatles. They couldn’t hear themselves play. It was, said Ringo, it was turning them into bad musicians. 

In 1963 a British journalist, writing about the Moptops and their fans came up with the term Beatlemania. It was no more than the truth. It really was a mania. Rudolph Valentino had crowds of idolatrous women, Frank Sinatra had his bobbysoxers, today’s celebrities court and complain about media harassment, but none have ever experienced anything like this. 

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They were terrific together in every way: sharp, clever, funny and quick. If John was the wittiest and had edge, Paul was twinkly and charming and George and Ringo often had a good line. Liverpudlians have a way with words and from the start their playing, their singing, their harmonies, and their confidence were utterly captivating. Whether you were a music fan or not, a teenager or not, a girl or not, From Me To You struck a chord of recognition – this was something wonderful, something special that we were going to love.

The moptop haircuts and Beatle suits (forced on them by their manager Brian Epstein) helped too. We knew we loved them, we didn’t yet know they were geniuses (or, as the late Ian MacDonald, author of a great book on the Beatles says, Lennon and McCartney together were “a genius”).

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What we see in the Eight Days A Week film is not so much their genius as songwriters, it’s the magic of their presence and their brilliance as performers, their personality and the evidence that they had something about them that nobody else has ever matched. You don’t need to be looking through rose-tinted bifocals to see how magical they were. 

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, captures the glorious madness of it all. Whether were around at the time or not, it comes as a shock to see how crazy it was. And even if you do remember, it’s a joy to be reminded how utterly wonderful the Beatles were. They were a brilliant band, forged by Liverpool’s Cavern, numberless hours playing in Hamburg and on the road. Through all the madness, the pressure, the travel, the work, the interviews, the hysterical fans, the crazed love, the threats, what kept them sane and sustained them was their four-in-oneness. And their influence continues to this day.


The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years will be released in the Philippines on September 21, 2016 through Solar Pictures. 

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watch pamilya ordinaryo movie

As a film dealing with the atrocities of poverty life, 'Pamilya Ordinaryo' surprisingly never settles on that direction alone. It is a collage of multiple atrocities in our society, and how all of it strongly affects the lives of a teenage couple longing to see their abducted child. 



Perhaps one of the reasons why this film manages to compile all of these things altogether effectively is it never sensationalized nor exaggerated on-screen. For a film that tends to shock its audience for its nastiness, there was no shocking value to be found in 'Pamilya Ordinaryo'. The film instead presented a picture of reality as vivid and grounded as it could get, allowing its audience to fully absorb its disgusting environment.

Ronwaldo Martin and Hasmine Killip made a memorable turn here as Aries and Jane Ordinaryo, and nailed every inch of how an informal settler would act in real life. Eduardo Roy, Jr.'s direction was commendable also on how he retains the film's rapidly moving pace on a rather simple story.

'Pamilya Ordinaryo' might not get the audience it should be getting, but everyone must go out and see this movie. And it's mostly not for the fact that it's a well-crafted film, but for the people to be familiar on what's actually happening in the real environment. 

The geek rates it 8/10!

'Pamilya Ordinaryo' is now showing in select cinemas nationwide!


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Directed by: Eduardo Roy, Jr.

Starring: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Moira Lang, Karl Medina, Erlinda Villalobos, Domingo Cobarrubias, Paolo Rodriguez, John Bon Andrew Lentejas, John Vincent Servilla, Rian Magtaan, Myla Monido, Alora Sasam, Ruth Alferez




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ang babaeng humayo venice film festival

Director Lav Diaz's 'Ang Babaeng Humayo' ('The Woman Who Left') won the top Golden Lion trophy at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

"This is for my country, for the Filipino people; for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” said Diaz, during his acceptance speech.

The other winners from the festival include Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals' (Jury Grand Prize), 'The Bad Batch' (Special Jury Prize), and a tie between Andre Konchalovsy ('Paradise') and Amat Escalante ('The Untamed') for Best Director. Audience favorite 'The La La Land' went on to win only Best Actress for Emma Stone.

'Ang Babaeng Humayo' revolves around Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos - Concio), a woman whose life has become an imprisonment with all its spins and randomness that made it very difficult, vicious, and inexplicable. 

This is Diaz's second feature film this year, the first being 'A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery', which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.






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04 September 2016

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It’s worth pointing out that ‘Missing Child’ opened and ended on a very mysterious note. The film never wants to answer its own questions, allowing the audience to think more beyond its given clues. It starts off with an old man taking a young girl away from his car, asking her if she’s looking forward to what’s coming. The scene preceding it wasn’t revealed, but the events clearly scarred the girl up to his adult life.

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We later found out that the girl, named Gia (Kristen Ruhlin), was actually abducted by this man. Her isolation from her real family as a young girl creates a huge problem in finding out who she actually is. This cluelessness is an indication of why she goes on a rebellious path growing up, starring in a porn video she didn’t want to belong and being despised by her foster parents. Her boyfriend, the bounty hunter Joe (Luke Sabis), is on the run to help locate her long-forgotten parents. When a “missing child” photo was retrieved containing the same exact information Gia has, the couple take out their best shot (and only choice) to a possible reunion.

For a film promising enough to be a great mystery thriller, it goes deeper by delving into the psychological play on its characters, which for the most part did its job effectively. The thriller aspect of it doesn’t even want to label itself as a thriller since it restrains itself to focus on something more personal and humane. 

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If there’s one thing that made ‘Missing Child’ stand compared to similar films of its type, it’s the fact that it shows that real terror doesn’t come on a person’s action and personality, but on the convoluted areas within his mind waiting to come into play. 

Luke Sabis has a gargantuan responsibility of starring, directing and writing the movie. As a feature film debut for the award-winning filmmaker, Sabis did a pretty solid job orchestrating all duties. He also pull out great performances from the cast, most notably Ruhlin and Sabis’ frequent collaborator Charles Gorgano.

Missing Child’ is a hidden gem that definitely needs to be seen by a big crowd. The ending might feel abrupt, but intentional or not, it fittingly suits well with the mysterious vibe the film is establishing since its opening. A great character study in its own right, the added psychological aspect of its story rounds up the thoroughly captivating ride it effectively delivered.

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