Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, the End of History) Review

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'Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan' is a Filipino adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Lav Diaz reimagined the material liberally and it is truly an excellent work of art.

Set in the northern province of Luzon, Fabian(Sid Lucero) is a law school dropout with rhetoric philosophies on existentialism. He then commits a double murder where Joaquin(Archie Alemania) was falsely accused of. Joaquin is sentenced to life imprisonment leaving his wife, Eliza(Angeli Bayani) and his two kids behind.

Norte is a drama that capitalizes on specificity and real-time narrative. It explores jurisprudence, politics, religion, and history in relation to fear, violence, love and hatred. It takes the Philippine cinema to a whole new level of authenticity and beauty that doesn’t shy away from Filipino culture and ideologies.

Substantial narrative at length, the 4-hour runtime doesn’t feel too long. It lets the audience explore the stories of the individuals and manages to engage them until the credits roll and subtly wanting more.

Sid Lucero is absolutely stellar. You’ll develop a complex love-hate relationship with his character. It’s undeniable that Angeli Bayani deserves her Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress. With deliberately few words, her performance moves the audience deeply through the core emotion of the story. She is one of the few local actresses that I really admire.

Norte is powerful at its means. The unclear idea of where it is heading drives the plot. It provides the audience an extraordinary experience through its contemplative rhythm and rich story. A truthful and heart-wrenching film that does not leave you empty.

Visually compelling and strikingly beyond ordinary, Norte is a memorable ride on intense emotions and the truth behind crime, justice and punishment and what lies ahead. 

Norte is one of the best films of 2014. A-must watch and definitely worth every minute of your time.

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Lumipas mga araw ng ubod ng saya

Di pa rin nagbabago ang aking pagsinta

Kung ako’y nagkasala patawad na sana

Puso kong pagal ngayon lang nagmahal

Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down at the Globeslipstream

@PaoloBermal of Yolanda Moon at the Globeslipstream

Barber’s Tales (Mga Kuwentong Barbero) Review

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Barber’s Tales is a hauntingly beautiful film that gives more light to the Philippine Film industry.

Set in the 1970’s, Marilou(Eugene Domingo) inherits the barbershop of her husband, Jose(Daniel Fernando), who just passed away. Jose’s barbershop is the only barbershop in town and was passed down by generations of men in their family. She tries to run the barbershop herself and fails to attract customers as the male clients do not want to trust a woman.

Barber’s Tales was carefully paced and yet gracefully executed. It is not your usual formulaic film that offers romance, comedy or the like. It passes over the ordinary. Barber’s Tales is a political & historical drama that is told in a point of view that empowers woman.

Eugene Domingo takes the audience away from her usual comic act and dramatically engages them into the life of Marilou. Her performance was definitely remarkable. She was very composed and does not fail to hold the audience and make them empathize with Marilou until the end of the film. Domingo truly deserves the best actress award that she won at the 2013 Tokyo International Film Festival.

The supporting actors(Eddie Garcia, Shamaine Buencamino, Gladys Reyes, Nonie Buencamino, Iza Calzado, Nicco Manolo, Daniel Fernandez and Sue Prado) were solid. Each of them managed to shine as they deliver what is needed to be delivered to the audience. Even the cameo of Nora Aunor was astounding. Everything was not overly acted. It was straightforward and precise.

The lack of music and scene build up may have put the film at risk. However, the substance was enough to keep the story going. Eugene Domingo’s subtle but powerful performance wrapped it all together; and justify what the film lacks but doesn’t seem to lack at all.

Barber’s Tales is definitely a must-see (especially if you are a Filipino who has lost hope with Filipino films). It is an excellent film that spins a linear story in ways that you will not foresee. 

A masterpiece by Jun Robles Lana that provocatively signifies a piece of Philippine history and culture. Barber’s Tales gives a sense of fulfilment and utmost hope for the new golden age of Filipino Cinema.

“Pero hindi lahat ng tao handang harapin kung ano ang tama” -Susan(Gladys Reyes)

Panahon na para tangkilikin ang karapatdapat tangkilikin.

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Walking backwards through a part of Bonifacio Global City and see how it looks like when reversed.

I apologize for the shaky video. Unfortunately, I do not have equipment/accessories.

shot with Canon 600D

inspired by: http://pixelbark.com/13831/guy-walks-around-tokyo-backward-this-is-what-the-footage-looks-like-played-in-reverse

"Batman at 75"

Vector illustration tribute

"Andres Bonifacio" mural by Doppel, a Japanese live painting duo. This mural is found at Bonifacio High Street Central.

Floating pastry/food display