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Monday, September 14, 2015

My thoughts about "Heneral Luna"

Sad that SM Megamall Cinema 11 was barely 25% full when I watched "HENERAL LUNA" tonight. We might probably never get to see a movie as beautiful, witty and moving as ‪#‎HeneralLuna‬ this year (or, if I could exaggerate a bit, in our lifetime).

It's a period film but its message is so timely. The script was exceptional, second to none. The ending reminded of Juan Luna's (Antonio Luna's brother) infamous painting, "Spolarium." Brrr....kinda gruesome. Watch the movie if you wanna find out why.

John Arcilla was undeniably brilliant and convincing as Gen. Antonio Luna. He was born to play this role and I'm just so happy that character actors like him are given the chance to really show what being a bona fide actor truly is. At the same time, his heroic portrayal was also magnanimously supported by Joem Bascon and Archie Alemania (I was surprised, to be honest) as Col. Paco Roman and Capt. Eduardo Rusca respectively. I particularly loved how Archie's character was able to inject humor in those scenes where I least expected it. It wasn't hard sell at all.

All in all, I loved how this movie as well as John Arcilla were able to humanize the stupendous immenseness of a very bold and heroic character that is Heneral Luna. If you're expecting for the movie to teach you about Philippine history, to some extent, yes, but not quite. What I've found to be more important here are not the events that transpired more than a century ago, but the emotions, ideals, principles and the varying interpretation of patriotism among the characters: something that we should've already known by now had we not only been blinded by our personal and "familial" interests and priorities.

Also, the mid-credits scene was like a precursor to a potential "Gregorio Del Pilar" movie. (Marvel much?) I dunno. I'd be more than glad if there's gonna be one anyway.

*Some cinemas have given word that HENERAL LUNA might be pulled off from cinemas after only a few days of screening. This is to make room for upcoming foreign and mainstream films.*

Friends, please do yourself a big, big, big favor and watch "Heneral Luna." Besides, students get a 50% discount. Please. I'm already begging you.

Oh...and I loved this line from Heneral Luna: “Para kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag-ibig ng isang puta.” Jejejejejejejeje!

"Heneral Luna" is still showing in cinemas nationwide.



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In times of peace and war: “PAPA FRANCISCO: THE POPE FRANCIS STORY”


The life of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic church’s 266th Pope who was elected in March 2013 will soon be unveiled in Philippine cinemas on September 30 in the upcoming film “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” also known as “Francis: Pray For Me.”

Based on the book “Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” by acclaimed journalist Elisabetta Piqué, a close friend of the Pope and a correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for La Nación, Argentina’s main newspaper, Pique offers an intimate, in depth portrait of Pope Francis, drawing on interviews with over 75 individuals including lay people, priests, bishops, cardinals and the Pope s family and friends, as well as her relationship with the Pope as a close family friend.

The book’s film adaptation, “Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” tells of Pope Francis’ early life and his path to the papacy, including his decision at the age of 20 to train as a priest against the wishes of his mother, his appointment as the youngest Provincial of the Society of Jesus at a time when the order was in crisis, his studies, his teaching career, his exile in Cordoba, his appointments as auxiliary bishop of Rome, as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and as a Cardinal, before becoming Pope at the age of 76. The film continues to share the Pope’s battles against prostitution, drug trafficking and slave labor – defender of the poor and the oppressed, he stood against the powerful against all odds.

Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, countless books have been written to help the world understand this deeply complex yet simple servant of God. What sets Pope Francis: Life and Revolution apart from all other biographies of Pope Francis is the careful research and original investigation behind it, along with the fact that it is written ePub by an internationally respected journalist—Elisabetta Piqué—who has remained close to the Pope since first meeting him back in 2001.

Taking on the titular role is Award-winning Argentine actor Dario Grandinetti, who starred in Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her,” will play the former Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Bergoglio.

The actor and the film’s producer and director met with the Pope prior the film’s production, “We hope this film will transmit the admiration all of us feel for the coherence of a life based on austerity and charity, and that will inspire people,” said director Docampo Feijoo, who also wrote the script for the film.

“Papa Francisco: The Pope Francis Story” in cinemas September 30 from Pioneer Films.



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When will my reflection show...who I am inside?