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‘Corpse Bride’ Film Review: A charming grave fairy tale

This Tim Burton offering presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead. Behind its eerie theme, Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling place of the living and the colorful underground realm of the dead. Fun, genial, expressive, and charming, this semi-musical stop-motion piece is set at death's door, saluting the liberating power of true love and sacrifice. The story revolves around

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Film Review: A chocolific, expressionistic confectionery

Director Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl's 1964 sweet tale and turns it into a new celluloid confectionery. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a gothic yet colorful fantasy filled with the eccentricity only Burton gets to achieve in the Hollywood mainstream. Burton is undeniably a patron of German Expressionism with the film's pale make-up, weird props, sets and costumes, exaggerated moves, and out-of-this world characterizations. He creates a dream world inspired by some dark and cartoony elements. The

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ Film Review: Dark, adolescent Potter film

This film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's fourth "Harry Potter" book is fantastically darker and more mature than its predecessors. Darker, a little more mature, and a little less magical, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” primarily deals with rejection and hormones as Harry and his friends struggle through transition from childhood to young adulthood. This motion picture focuses on the Hogwarts students in the seemingly awkward stage of their youth. The film’s look is less ostentatious than the previous installments. This time,

‘The Hangover’ Film Review: Hanging over a guy flick

It's a guilty pleasure comedy. Who knew a hangover could be this fun? In terms of concept and plot, this guy flick about a bachelor party gone wrong is nothing special; but the simplest reason for its comedic success is the fact that it achieves a rare balance between character and vulgarity in its storytelling. There is a sort of perverse brilliance, or maybe brilliant perversity, thrown by the characters against the gambling streets of Las Vegas. Director Todd Phillips ("Starsky and

Zoom Meeting Etiquette and Maximizing Platform Features

The COVID-19 pandemic has paved the way for video and audio conferencing applications to become essential platforms for both personal and work-related communication. The worldwide lockdowns brought about the need to communicate remotely. Just days after community quarantines were implemented, social gatherings were forced to adjust using these platforms. Many even say that the so-called "new normal" shall make these applications a necessity for practically everyone, side by side with the Internet. Zoom is one of the most widely used communication platforms

‘Batman Begins’ Film Review: A great beginning for the Dark Knight

This "Batman" film goes back to the roots of the character — portraying a confused and angry Bruce Wayne who rises to redeem himself and defend Gotham. ”Batman Begins” explores the origins of Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) emergence as Batman and brings back the essence of what drives him to be who he is. Human emotions as love, fear and anger begin a new face for the Dark Knight as a cinematic and yet realistic film. This makes his character more human than

Create-Destroy, Divide-Connect: The Political Economy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s “Free Wi-Fi for All” Program

Final paper for my Political Economy of Media class Given the changing nature of capitalism in this age of information and communications technology (ICT), Jonathan Hardy’s examination of the complexity of power dynamics and modalities of power and the influence of power on both Internet provision and on policy-making in his book “Critical Political Economy of the Media: An Introduction” became quite apparent in a number of critical events in the Philippines’ ICT sector, particularly those that ensued in the country’s

The Impact of the Critical Development of the Internet in the Current State of Philippine and Global Media

Midterm paper for my Political Economy of Media class The Philippine media and global media in the Information Age are clearly evolving towards the critical development of the Internet, forcing existing media systems to integrate with the world wide web. Cyberspace has gone a long way since its milestones in the 1990s when a household that could afford Internet service back then primarily used the email platform and chat messaging services as alternative forms of communication, alongside the utilization of search

Pinay at Pelikula: A Webinar on the Roles of Women in Shaping Philippine Cinema Through the Decades

Filmmaker in Focus (FFF) presents filmmaker/educator Sari Lluch Dalena and film executive/producer Madonna Tarrayo with special guest scriptwriter Ricky Lee This free and open-to-the-public webinar is an advocacy project spearheaded of my FLMKSAY (History of Philippine Cinema) class at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. https://youtu.be/S_4aBdq5cBk

Twist of Fate: A Webinar on Filmmakers with Different Career Paths Before Entering the Film Industry

Filmmaker in Focus (FFF) presents filmmakers Monster Jimenez, Jerrold Tarog, Dan Villegas, and Carl Chavez. This free and open-to-the-public webinar is an advocacy project spearheaded of my FLMKSAY (History of Philippine Cinema) class at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. https://youtu.be/cj0aP31eAxs Full video of the webinar https://youtu.be/cbOblIYavQs 19-minute edited version of the webinar https://youtu.be/ryyr0SbrZ-M 6-minute edited version of the webinar

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