Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Sepharad

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI just came home from watching Sepharad:Voices de Exilio, a play by Dulaang UP. It was really very good…funny, tearjerking, romantic (with a sexual content), plightful, reflecting every detail of the journey of those who are fighting for what they believe in. To tell you honestly, I could not summarize the whole play because it is somewhat a compilation of the lives of the seven characters who experienced the graveness of the holocaust, Stalin’s government, as well as the hidden romantic relationships of the religious. Their lives are not entirely intertwined but have a similarity and then paralleled toPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting the lives of the Filipinos: the NPAs, the callcenter agents as well as those who go abroad.


It was very simple, no much backdrops to bring out a visible environment. I think it is really the signature play of the director José Estrella. She did Recoged Esta Voz: The Miguel Hernandez Project and like her latest play, it had almost no backdrops. But the simplicity of the play made its audience to focus on the characters and their message more.
Two-thumbs up for Sepharad!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2005

Ultra Magnetic Jam

I must have been lucky (or unlucky) and was meant to be in the UP Theater last Tuesday for this Php300 worth concert as a tribute to Eraserheads. It’s actually a “unplanned” gimmick. My housemate and her officemates bought tickets for the concert a week before the event and since my ATM was with my brother the previous week, I don’t have the money for the event and was hesitant to go. And by the time I have decided to go see the concert (having able to obtain the most-valued ATM card), there was no more tickets. Until… “sis, may ticket pa sa Jam. Ginkwaan ta ka.”


I was ecstatic and disappointed at the same time. I have decided not to go, thus I left my project for work unfinished because I know I would have a lot of time doing it and of course the very obvious: to save the money for other purposes. But of course, I can’t let go of the opportunity plus, Sis Ellainne would be the one to pay for the extra ticket. So I rushed my project and almost missed dinner for it.
It started late…and was opened with South Border’s rendition of With a Smile. Kitchie Nadal and Cueshe followed but the technical problems (sound system was poor) occurred that you would not notice they performed. I can’t really remembered the whole sequence of the band’s performance but Spongecola sang Pare Ko (they were really good…and the lead singer looks like an abyan..hehehe!!!), Imago did, Barbie Almalbis did Overdrive (good rendition too but there was no new arrangement fitted to Barbie), Paolo Santos performed with Marcus Adoro, Eheads original member and was doing lead guitars then (it was really bad…Picture Paolo Santos’s voice doing alternative rock…argh…he better stick to his acoustic music…it was Marcus who made the performance a standing ovation, it was really a tribute and panghihinayang), 6 Cycle Mind did Alapaap with smoke effects (they were really good especially with handling the crowd), Radioactive Sago Project sang Alcohol (it was really a fun number…having the lead singer reading the lyrics from a liquor bottle), MYMP did ‘Wag na ‘Wag with a touch of their music. Other artists who were there were Sugarfree (go Ebe!!! I love you!!!), Isha, Orange and Lemons.
It ended with no finale…that we waited for more because it was a major bitin. I was hoping to witness a Francis M. performance as well as Rico J. Puno’s (they are part of the album previously recorded by the artists) but got none. Grrr!!!
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I have been an Eheads fan. Having to go through my brother’s collection of their album, while growing up, it was actually a blessing in disguise to hear it like a wrecked record (I was really complaining when I was young and got into a lot of fights with my brother just to put the Ehead-blaring karaoke off). A lot of their songs, I could still sing by heart. I was one of those who gushed over Ely Buendia and was saddened by their announcement that they have disbanded.
Eraserheads is known to be the Beatles of the Philippines and paved way for the new and rising bands to be acknowledged through alternative rock music. A lot of known bands today look at Eheads as legends. And personally, they are… Spongecola said “Dati, pag-alam mo ang lyrics ng Eheads, astig ka.” Which I think is very true. I felt that way everytime I get to sing their songs word for word in school a few years back. I miss Eheads although you could see the members with their own bands now.

Prime

I watched Prime with Sis Ellainne last Sunday. Having been free from school and work, I spent the day oversleeping, lying around in my bed while reading “The Divine Secrets of Yaya Sisterhood” and finally watching Prime.

The movie was about Rafi (Uma Thurman), a 37-year old divorcee with a successful career who met and built a sexual relationship with 23-year old David, a Jewish painter (Bryan Greenberg) who lives with his grandparents in Brooklyn. Having been over with the divorce, and coming to another relationship, Rafi goes over her sessions with her therapist, Liza Metzger (Meryl Streep).
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1. Beautiful! Umma Thurman. 2. Hot! Bryan Greenberg. 3. Legendary! Meryl Steep!


"This sounds really good," Lisa tells Rafi as a response to her patient's enthusiasm when she went over the details of the in-and-out-of-the-sack relationship. However, Lisa’s reaction was entirely opposite when his son announces that he is seeing a non-Jew, although she is not against it, but she is worried that his son would turn his back on his heritage and religion by marrying one.

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So I guess, I would be a spoiler. Yuff!!! Rafi's David and Lisa's son are one and the same. When Lisa puts one and two together and figured it out she was in a trance on whether to quit seeing Rafi in their sessions but decided otherwise. She attempted to be professional and continue to treat Rafi in their next session and what a comedy scene it was, especially when Rafi tells every intimate details of her lovemaking with David including describing the guy’s penis which left Lisa to squirm in her lovely couch.
When Lisa can’t deal with the pressures of work and being a mother, she finally admitted to Rafi that David is his son and she stopped being her therapist. Later, they were united over a Jewish dinner when David finally decided to bring home Rafi and go through fire with her. No disastrous thing happened over dinner. Rafi even helped out with packing the food and told her she misses her.

Disaster came when David moved in in Rafi’s place until David lied about his friend coming over. They split up and David, depressed got involved with a model, whom Rafi is working with. Later, David realized how Rafi had an important role with his success as a painter and he had the courage of going to Rafi and convincing her to get back with him. And so they did until another break-up happened when Rafi found out about David’s one night stand with the model. In the end, they have realized that the love they shared is not enough to sustain the relationship and became friends.

Friday, December 2, 2005

Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

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Above is the commercialize poster and the original poster of Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, a digital film entry for Cinemalaya Independent Film Awards, which won the top prize and continues to bag prizes in other Film Festivals. I watched the movie with Sis Karla last Thursday, after having been stood up by my groupmates in plant design.


Maximo Oliveros or Maxi (Nathan Lopez) is an accepted gay with his world revolving around his family of robbers . He is the woman of the house who does the cleaning for them, cooks for them, washes their clothes, mends their tattered jeans, and, covers their tracks so they wouldn't get caught… until he meets Victor, a handsome, principled, and idealistic policeman who inspires him to aim for a better life.

Maxi befriends Victor, falls in love with him and along with it he starts aspiring for a better life, while Victor earn the rage of Maxi's family. In the end, Maxi is faced with the problem of love triangle between protecting his family and his first love, Victor.
It was already ok for a digital film. Although a bit shaky and a bit blurred in some scenes, the story was good and reveals most of the Philippine’s poor conditions
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