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(Response Paper) Laura Mulvey: The Women as Element of Spectacle in the Patriarchal Order

In response to: The Laura Mulvey essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” from the journal “Screen” A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class In the essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey objectively examined the roots of woman’s oppression in cinema using the socially established interpretation of sexual difference which controls images, including the erotic ways of looking at spectacle, as applied in films. She looked into the language of patriarchy using the tools provided by psychoanalysis, offering

(Response Paper) Elizabeth Spelman: Centuries of a Woman’s Body as a Gift and as a Curse

In response to: The Elizabeth Spelman essay “Woman as Body: Ancient Contemporary Views” from the journal “Feminist Studies” A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class I find philosopher Elizabeth Spelman’s “Woman as Body: Ancient Contemporary Views” as an eye-opening essay. It helped me better understand the oppression of women through the centuries, while making me realize the importance of really knowing iconic figures in history more than the popular accounts about them. This becomes of extreme importance in the case of

An Epiphany: Philippine cinema’s powerful Pinays + more female presence in film studies, books, and academic endeavors

I remember a press screening I attended, then film critic friend Philbert Ortiz-Dy made me realize one very interesting, one very important thing. It was a 360-degree turn on my impression of how women are in Philippine cinema and other media professions. Phil agreed on how gender equality should seriously be addressed in the U.S. Woman filmmakers and film workers, even the most famous actresses included, don't get equal treatment in Hollywood from opportunities to talent fees. Then, he told me that

Movies for Mother’s Day: Musicals with memorable mom characters

While it is expected that movies for Mother's Day should primarily feature likeable mom characters and stories about a mother's love, going a little more festive and distinct can actually add a more special appeal to the celebration. Choosing fun or heartwarming musicals for a Mother's Day movie marathon or for a movie night to cap off a pleasing family day can make the occasion even more vibrant, touching, and memorable. With the many ways to celebrate Mothers' Day from fine

‘Domino’ Movie Review: Acid trip with a Bounty Hunter

Keira Knightley is the socialite-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey in this Tony Scott movie. The life experiences of Domino Harvey taught her not to invest too much emotion on any certain thing — but she couldn't get away with it. Similarly, director Tony Scott seems to have invested too much in creating visual flair for “Domino,” making it too loud and exaggerated beyond measure. Oozing with tomboy spunkiness, Keira Knightley plays the character of the late Domino Harvey, the daughter of British actor Laurence Harvey.

‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ Film Review: Like silk kimonos and cherry blossoms

From Arthur Golden's international bestseller to an epic spectacle in the big screen, "Memoirs of a Geisha" offers a romantic portrait of Japanese culture, particularly of geisha life, with a western illustration. This tale retells the looming view of women in many cultures of the past. Women have been portrayed in various cultures as nothing more than delights to the men's eyes and as parts of their desire for asset and power. Issues can be raised in a story such as

Film Forum Invitation: ‘It’s More Fun in the PhiliFILMS’ with screening of ‘Sakaling Di Makarating’

We are inviting all film and tourism professionals, film students and film enthusiasts to our forum on film tourism this coming Monday, July 24, 2017,  1 p.m., at the SDA Cinema, School of Design and Arts (SDA) Building, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, along P. Ocampo Street in Malate, Manila. This free event entitled "It's More Fun in the PhiliFILMS" is open to the public. Guest speakers are filmmaker Ice Idanan and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson

‘Ring of Nibelungs’ Film Review: Another ring tale

Benefiting from the epic success of the "Lord of the Rings" (“LOTR”) in terms of theme and source material, "Ring of Nibelungs" offers a dose of swords, kingdom, ice, magic, and dragon amidst the conflicts of love and greed. This motion picture’s tone combines that of "LOTR" and "Asterix and Obelix," primarily rendering a mythical and historical look that settles in the vastness of the cold countries of the north. The film poster quotes it as J.R.R. Tolkien's inspiration for "LOTR.” In "LOTR," the plot

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