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(Response Paper) David Bordwell: The Blurred Line Separating Art Cinema with Classical Hollywood Cinema

In response to: The David Bordwell essay “The Art Cinema as a Mode of Film Practice” from the journal “Film Criticism” A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class In the essay “The Art Cinema as a Mode of Film Practice,” American film theorist and film historian David Bordwell primarily discussed how art cinema can be considered as a distinct mode of film practice by comparing it to classical narrative cinema (which can be traced to studio feature filmmaking in Hollywood since

(Response Paper) Finding Legitimacy on Film Criticism and the Value of Film Literacy

In response to: “On Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines - A Roundtable Discussion and Videos” by Patrick Campos, published at the Plaridel Journal A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class After watching over 3 hours, 40 minutes of productive discussion of the University of the Philippines Office of Research and Publication project entitled "On Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism in the Philippines - A Roundtable Discussion and Videos," it was interesting and eye-opening

(Response Paper) In Making Sense of This Particular Order: Film Reviewing – Film Criticism – Film Scholarship

In response to: The Manila Review article “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic” by Joel David A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class Film scholar Joel David presented key issues hounding the arrested development of Pinoy film criticism in this 2015 article entitled “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic,” published by The Manila Review. Early on in the reading, he addressed the separation between film scholarship and production – raising the issue where “specialists suffered from serious lack in

(Response Paper) Pauline Kael’s Journey to the Two Sides of the Spectrum

In response to: “Replying to Listeners” in the book "I Lost It at the Movies" by Pauline Kael and the blog post “Trash and Art: Critics on/of Pauline Kael” by Jim Emerson in the blog "Scanners with Jim Emerson" A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class Pauline Kael (1919 to 2001), is a household name in American film criticism, as well as a familiar name cited when looking for film books for academic use, as far as

The Future of Film through IMAX and Digital Cinemas: A sneak peek at James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and looking into the current digital cinemas in the Philippines

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Experiencing “Avatar” is seeing the future of film technology right before my very eyes. The realms of CGI and 3D technology on this age of filmmaking are definitely starting to write their own history already. From the initial experimentations to the developing of the medium to the hype of the format, both the filming process and the theatrical playing field prove that the evolution of cinema technology is really revolutionizing our film experiences in various levels. Gone were the days when imagination

Hollywood remakes of Asian Films: What makes them work?

There is a thin line separating remakes that work and those that don't. In the case of Asian films remade by Hollywood for quite some time now, there has been a varying mix of masterpieces, mediocre stuff, and dismaying flops. As Hollywood looks for new flavors and fresh concepts overseas, Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan have been some of the most popular sources for foreign films getting a Hollywood treatment. According to Korean-American producer Roy Lee of the Los Angeles company

The other half of a film called sound

No matter how good the visuals may be, if the sound is very bad, it would still be a bad film. With film being an audio-visual medium, good visuals is just halfway towards a good film. The marriage of visuals and sound is what makes up its totality. They always go together. Many filmmakers and even film viewers would probably agree that the sound aspect of Filipino films, whether commercial or independent projects, is one of the most ignored parts in production

Influential Movies in Hollywood Film History: 1990 to 2010

Who can forget films that influenced eras and generations of film enthusiasts? Anyone from film school or just about any film buff well adept with classics would have seen films like "The Birth of a Nation," "Battleship Potemkin," "Citizen Kane," and "2001: A Space Odyssey." Even the young filmgoers of today would most likely know big movie franchises such as "King Kong," "Jurassic Park," and "Star Wars." The past 30 years has its own offering of influential Hollywood motion-picture projects worth chronicling

The evolving demand for online film content

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For the last three decades, the Internet has clearly become a crucial part of modern life. The convergence of the different communication platforms including the Internet, telephone, mobile phone, television, and film is clearly the way to go. Just like how music content has greatly evolved in the online medium for decades now, film content meant for the online market has provided such a promising opportunity for film professionals and Internet users alike. With the Philippines being a hotspot for techies,

Philippine Cinema in the 2000s: Issues to solve in the film industry

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Now far from breathing its last breath, Philippine cinema is continuously struggling, reinventing itself – especially in the hands of new directors, mostly working on smaller productions that are now becoming more and more noticed by renowned local and international film festivals and award-giving bodies. With digital filmmaking already becoming a norm in Philippine cinema, new and independent filmmakers with their fresh quality concepts, eccentricities, and nuances included, are now surfacing – giving the film industry its much-needed boost. Some of them