Archive for January, 2007

January 22, 2007

Bagong Agos : A pinoy indie filmfest at Robinson’s Galleria

Because it’s terribly hard to find information on the net about this little Filipino indie filmfest, I will share the film schedule with all the indie film buffs who view my blog (yes, all three of you). For brevity’s sake (and because I’m lazy), the films will be showing at the set times of 11AM, 1:30PM, 4PM, 6:30PM, and 9PM, and I will list the movies accordingly.

January 22

 

Pepot Artista – Doy Del Mundo (takes up 2 slots)

And Daan Patungong Kalimugtong – Mes De Guzman

Riles – Ditso Carolino

Manoro – Dante Mendoza

 

January 23

 

Heremias – Lav Diaz (takes up 4 fucking slots)

The Shorts of Khavn Dela Cruz

 

January 24

 

Rigodon – Sari Lluch and Keith Sicat

Cut – Jon Red

Indio Nacional – Raya Martin

Todo Todo Teros – John Torres

IMAHEnasyon – anthology

 

January 25

 

Bayaning Third World – (5 slots?)

 

January 26

 

Todo Todo Teros – John Torres

Ilusyon – Paolo Villaluna

Indie Giants – anthology(?)

Rome and Juliet – Connie Macatungo

Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong – Mes de Guzman

 

January 27

 

Riles – Ditso Carolino

New Shorts – anthology(?)

Ang Babae sa Breakwater – Mario O’hara

Kubrador – Jeffrey Jeturian (definite must watch)

Huling Bayan sa Buhi – Sherad Anthony Sanchez

 

 

January 28

 

Camiling Love Story – Erwin Romulo

Mga Pusang Gala – Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil

Rigodon – Sari Lluch Dalena and Keith Sicat

Pepot Artista – Doy Del Mundo

Perfumed Nightmare – Kidlat Tahimik

 

January 29 (schedule starts at 1:30PM)

 

North Diversion – Dennis Marasigan

Roomboy – Aloy Adlawan

Cut – Jon Red

Masahista – Brillante Mendoza

 

January 30

 

Cavite – Ian Gamazon and dominique Gonzales

Sarong Banggi – Emmanuel dela cruz

Manoro – Dante Mendoza

In the Red Corner – Dado Lumibao

Tulad ng Dati – Mike Sandejas

 

I’ll be trying to catch as many of the 6:30 showings as I can this week, since I get off work around 4:30, giving me just enough time to get to galleria to buy a ticket and a snack/dinner. So if you see a hug motherfucker with a Burger King or KFC bag sipping ona coke, munching on fries plugged into his mp3 player, it’s probably me. Tap me on the shoulder and strike up a conversation, because I’d be thrilled if someone who reads this blog actually saw this post and decided to go check out an indie movie because of it.

PS: Click the link for a couple of reviews to see what the films are like.  They aren’t the best written reviews mind you, but they should give you a general idea.

January 22, 2007

This man, he listens to music better than I can

 

Which is to say his tastes are more varied, he has the capacity to absorb twenty-something albums at once and eke out ever so plausible and satisfying mini blurbs to describe each one.  I hate him for this ability, but thank him for introducing me to Jim Noir and the Easy Star All-stars.

Confused? Check out the wily Filipino and be enlightened, my blogging brethren.

January 15, 2007

Because some things are better left unsaid…

…in this blog.

I have come to the conclusion that I should have a personal blog apart from geekofalltrades, where I can discuss my views on things of a more personal nature.  Some of these things will be darker and so much more emo omgwtf than what you see here, and some of it will be all sunshiney, with rabbits and machines churning out endless pizzas or differing flavors and pan depth.

Consider that a warning.  But if you’re still curious, feel free to drop by.

January 12, 2007

Kasal, Kasalo, Kasali getting much love

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My blog’s getting more than its fair share of hits lately, and a lot of it’s been because of my KKK entry. It doesn’t mean much for the blog, but I’m sort of glad that the movie’s getting the attention it deserves. I love how wordpress lets you check these google searches, although I wish you could go back and check earlier dates, and not just the current day.

January 11, 2007

Wii for 18k in Datablitz confirmed.


That, along with a 47(?)k PS3 that comes bundled with the game Genji should give rabid Filipino gamers at least another option from Every other shop that seems to want to milk the next gen consoles for all they’re worth (coughToyKingdomcough).

There is a catch though, they’re out of stock at the moment with no word yet on when they’ll get new shipments. But for a price difference of 12k, you’d be stupid not to wait it out. Just keep bugging your local datablitz to force them to start getting more units and you’re good to go.

January 10, 2007

The Apple iPhone is beautiful

Stevie J announced it today kids.  The Apple iPhone. It’s real, and it will knock the socks off every pretend multimedia phone out there.  Everyone imagined that it would be the iPod that would first feature a full touchscreen for video viewing, but Apple had that reserved for something special.  Something that would take a cellphone, a digital media player, and wireless internet and cram it all into one device without sacrificing any features.

But this beautiful piece of hardware comes at a cost: $500 for 4GB and $600 for 8GB, both of those requiring a 2 year contract with a telco.   Because of that, and the fact that the iPhone isn’t slated to be released in Asia until early 2008, I will probably never buy this phone.  But what I’m looking forward to is how this will challenge other cellphone manufacturers into making knoc offs or competing products.  I don’t think anyone can scoff at what Apple’s bringing to the table.  Nokia already has an internet tablet in the form of the N770 and N800, so it shouldn’t take long for them to add phone functionality to that, and you can be sure that Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson will soon follow suit.

Microsoft’s UMPC initiative wanted to put a computer in your pocket, but their mistake was not realizing that they were already there, and they just hadn’t been designed properly.

January 9, 2007

Geeking your way to fitness pt2

Remember how I said you could geek your way to fitness by keeping track of what you eat? Well through the magic of the internets I have found a piece of software called Fitday that helps you do exactly that. To quote Lifehacker:

The free FitDay food diary and exercise log tracks everything you eat in a day and its calorie, carb and fat information (much of which is already available in its database). Set up custom foods you eat often with their nutritional information for quick entry, manage weight loss and fitness goals and run helpful reports on your progress.

Now all of us overweight geeks really have no more excuses.

January 9, 2007

Why Kasal Kasali Kasalo is the Winner

 

I’m not a fan of Filipino films.  Let’s get that straight.  I hate the singing and dancing and the overacting and the screeching fags. I hate the fact that we only create films that follow the current Hollywood trend…a year after that trend has been beaten up and kicked to the curb by rabid moviegoers (and yes, I meant Exodus).

But Kasal Kasali Kasalo is proof that sometimes you can make a smart romantic comedy that pleases the masses and make a hell of a lot of money too.  That it recieved 2nd place to EntengfuckingKabisote3 is a travesty that is best scribed by others more knowledgeable than I regarding these matters, but I feel like it’s about time I hopped on the bandwagon to plug this movie because it deserved it.

First off, to all the peopel who cry out that “art films” just don’t make that much money, KKK isn’t an art film, it’s a romantic comedy starring Juday and Ryan Agoncillo, about as masa-pleasing as you can get.  Where it works its magic is how it takes elements from the tried and true storyline of the taking two different dysfunctional families together and bringing them together through a marriage (Meet the Fockers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding,…) and adds uniquely Filipino elements to make sure that everyone gets the joke.

For example, it’s funny in Meet the Fockers that Ben Stiller’s mom is a sex/yoga practitioner because that’s how you imagine those crazy Americans to be.  In the Philippines, that sort of joke wouldn’t fly, so instead Juday’s mom (played brilliantly by Gina Pareno) is a “kagawad” or a “politicians”.  It’s these insights into Filipino culture that made watching the movie such a treat, not to mention the fact that for the most part the film is tightly edited (except maybe for the first 10 minutes where the “courtship” seemed a bit rushed).

If you see KKK on the DVD shelves, you might just think about purchasing it if the price is right.  With increasing revenues and the whole brouhaha over the judging process, maybe it’ll open producers’ eyes to the fact that the Filipino moviegoing public really isn’t as stupid as we all seem to think they are.

January 8, 2007

Oasis’ Stop the Clocks

 

They’re arrogant bastards, but this album is proof that sometimes they have every right to be.

January 8, 2007

Roses are Red’s What Became of Me

Another emo band with just one listenable track in their entire album.

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