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‘Ong-Bak’ Film Review: No doubles, no strings, no CGIs

This Thai action picture highlights the art of Muay Thai in this Southeast Asian country's contemporary scene. "Ong-Bak" amazes and defies the Hollywood cheats of stunt doubles, using CGI and animation, and working on strings while shooting on chroma to let the characters' actions fly and soar high. This action fare shows the real deal — what a premier martial artist can really do without resorting to any of action cinema's magic tricks. The film presents the centuries-old art of Muay Thai in a contemporary scene. It carries on the

Jennifer Lawrence sports a towering updo for ‘American Hustle’

Jennifer Lawrence is best remembered for her brunette looks for two of her most memorable films to date, "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook." But going back to a blonde hairdo on screen has never been this glamorous until her new project "American Hustle" started filming. This time, she sports a towering and voluptuous hairstyle that easily catches attention. She wears a big blonde bouffant, '70s-style. The Big Blonde Bouffant For "American Hustle," the Oscar-winning actress showcased her long golden

Filmmakers and Film Criticism Video Essay Transcript

Video Essay Transcript for My Students For this film theory and criticism course, some of you may not find this very appealing, especially if you are more of a production person and not someone who would prefer spending more time in reading books about film theories and criticism and engage in intellectual discourse relating films watched with assigned readings. But think of this way, being filmmakers, knowing film’s roots, how it develops and how it manages to survive and thrive through

Post-analog Filmmaking: Tips in using digital camera for documentary filmmaking

Shooting documentaries is becoming a more accessible endeavor to both professional and amateur filmmakers. The history of cinema continues to write itself as the art of motion picture develops further. The definition of a digital camer has evolved through the years. From the late 1990's to the early 2000's, it used to pertain to Digital8, Hi8, and MiniDV cameras (as compared to the obsolete Video8 cameras before them), which were all tape-based camera equipment producing standard definition (SD) videos. A few

‘Give Up Tomorrow’ Film Review: A saga of crime and families

"Give Up Tomorrow" is a documentary that has all the elements of a fictional drama. It presents cinematic doses of corruption, injustice, and media manipulation to keep its “victim and victimizer story” moving forward. Unfortunately, it is not fiction. It is a true story still waiting for real closure. As the many questions on the Philippines’ corruptible system abound, so does the questions on the uncertainty of Paco Larrañaga’s fate in this now one-and-a-half-decade-long saga about seeking justice. Even the fate

‘Ang Nawawala’ Film Review: A Loss for Words, A Passion for Music

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There) promotes resounding tunes about coping up with loss, falling in love, and discovering oneself. It follows the life of a young man who is still profoundly affected by a trauma from his childhood. Unable to speak after a family tragedy, this deeply troubled youth finds solace in the company of friends, and in no time, in a series of romantic encounters with a fascinating woman who shares his taste for music. However, his dark past makes

Animated Classics With Charming Dinosaur Characters for Kids

Children are often fascinated by dinosaurs in movies. A number of animated offerings feature charming renditions of these creatures to entertain kids. Classic movies that showcase these prehistoric beasts can be ideal choices for a family movie marathon. There are also those that serve as historical and educational offerings readily available online -- becoming points of comparison on how the earlier days of cinema and animation have evolved through the decades. "Gertie the Dinosaur" (1914) The general interest in dinosaur characters

‘Sta. Niña’ Film Review: The intersection between miracle and superstition

“Sta. Niña”-- a finalist in the New Breed full-length feature category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2012 -- is a family melodrama set a decade after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The story revolves around the people from the lahar-covered plains of a Pampanga town as they still cope up with the desolation brought about by the calamity, as well as their more current personal, familial, and economic struggles. The film’s front story features a very straightforward narrative. It follows

‘Rio 2’ Film Review: Perfectly fine, perfectly forgettable

"Rio 2" is a delightfully bright and breezy bit of computer-generated entertainment. As an acceptable family fare, this sequel maintains that blockbuster flavor that is expected of such an animated flick. It mostly hits the sweet spot when it comes to eye-popping visuals and feisty song-and-dance sequences. However, its predictable narrative plays too safe that it simply crafts nothing more than a fine commercial blend of heart-warming and toe-tapping moments for its target demographic. For this second installment in the "Rio"

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