<![CDATA[REINVENT - MOVIES]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:01:47 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[DEEMED SUPREME]]>Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:31:37 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/deemed-supreme     Whether be it a super power, political power, or just simply something that has got us in control, these movie characters have defined the word power and twisted, cropped it and shaped its edges to make the meaning more of theirs. That too is a power one can possess. 

1. IMPERATOR FURIOSA
     Ever since Mad Max: Fury Road made its debut onscreen, the world has gone pretty wild for this redefined action movie. And one of its characters, Furiosa, may have shaped her own way of what power is. Being Immortan Joe’s protector and basically the Five Wives’ she became not just their physical protector but helped the Five Wives in what to do with their lives, making them realize that they have their own lives and not just owing it all to Immortan Joe, being their wife and all. Furiosa used her courageousness and past experiences to not just witness whatever wrong is happening in front of her, but to actually put a stop to them, and be of greater help.

2. TONY STARK (IRONMAN)
     The whole “superhero” thing was really accidental, it was made for survival, a quest for survival that was caused by the desire to fool around and gamble. And our Anthony here redefined the power he has known for something that other people can benefit too, not just himself. He made us realize, that some playboy, billionaire, philanthropist can be a superhero and annoying the Captain with my witty arrogance, and saving lives too. His life isn’t a complete change of heart but of an undergoing development.

3. SUPREME LEADER ADMIRAL GENERAL ALADEEN
     Despotic. Autocratic. A dictator. That is Supreme Leader General Aladeen. He uses his political will for the sole purpose, of well, for his sole purpose. This movie is a satirical film about of how we believe what freedom and politics are. We usually perceive dictatorship as a bad thing, but like how General Aladeen portrayed it and redefined it, he is just protecting the wealth of his nation, that’s what the fuss is all about. And let’s somehow ignore his appreciation for nuclear weapons and his different delight for the rape center.

4. KATNISS EVERDEEN
     Katniss is the revolutionary heroine we all needed. Her character made the dystopian female characters a huge scene in the fictional world, attracting more writers to empower people with their own femininity. Without the extraordinary gifts and political supremacy, Katniss is powerful because she knows and believes that she is. And with all power is all about, she defined it as simply as she isn’t aware that she is already powerful and influencing, because she is just simply herself.

5. HENERAL LUNA
     The breakthrough movie of the year focuses on a historical character that wasn’t very much a breakthrough in our history books, until now. Heneral Luna used his angsty wit to win battles and to fight for our country, even though sometimes unexplainably too philosophical to fight against, we all just know deep inside that it is for the sole purpose of our Inang Bayan.

     ​These are all based on my understandings of these characters and the power/influence they have made in the film, and with the audience. We may have different perspectives, but we can all agree that these people are all powerful, in their own magnificent ways.

- Therese Goudin]]>
<![CDATA[Mulan]]>Wed, 04 Nov 2015 13:45:21 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/mulan     When were kids—or so, even until now—we patronized Disney princesses. We were taught that should a princess fall into a deep sleep, a brave prince will travel to kiss her and they will live happily ever after or should a mermaid fall in love with a man, she will do anything to acquire legs and be with him even if it meant losing her voice. It is fairy tale so it is harmless, I suppose; except when people forgets to value femininity.
      One of the princesses that toys between the fine line of being Disney’s feminist icons is Mulan and in my opinion, the stand of the movie itself is contradictory but what is important is the things we learn from her that we may hopefully impart to the younger generations.
1. One must cultivate her choices and strengths.
     Don’t let anyone underestimate you. Just because a stereotypical thing a woman does isn’t your cup of tea, means you’re a failure. Mulan teaches us that we can be unique, we can be clever and brave at the same time, and we can thrive to do the things most girls can’t or doesn’t do.
So you want to play football, you want to read superhero comics or you want to be a soldier then go for it, don’t let anyone hinder you from doing something you want just because it’s unusual.
 

2. Women have the right to be free and happy.
     Arranged marriage and matchmaker debacles are so out of time. Remember that Mulan broke this cultural stereotype when she failed to impress during the matchmaker debacle and embarrassed her family only to end up dressing up as a soldier to protect his father. If man can choose who they want to marry and when they want to marry, then so should women. Why should they only please man when it should be an equal treatment?
 
3. Power shouldn’t be weighted on physical aspects.
     Mulan is petite, clumsy and girly but it doesn’t make her any less of a threat. She did defeat the leader of the Huns with a fan against a sword: clever strategizing; she did endanger all of them when she bombed a mountain to kill amass of enemies: quick thinking; she did help his troupe anyways who had left her after finding out she was a girl: loyalty.
 
4. Learn to look back and know your limitations.
     Now this is a tricky lesson because she finally proven herself worthy and was given a position in the magisterium after saving their emperor and the whole of China but she refuses it and decides to go home and give the honour to her family.

     Though it was a weak ending for Disney seeing as she broke the culture of women staying indoors and being house persons, she goes back and it may have meant that she chooses to still be a house person BUT her sole purpose of becoming a soldier anyway was to honour her father and it just so happens that along the way she becomes a hero, too.
 
5. One can lead the pack regardless of gender.
     Mulan did start as an underdog with that his fellow soldiers would mock and belittle her until she had proven them wrong by training hard and gaining their respect in the end. She also ended up saving China and their emperor by fighting the Huns with the help of her fellow soldiers whom she disguised as women. From there we learn that gender is not supposed to limit leadership. So why must they make a man out of you?
 
Women as just as powerful as man, this much I know.
 
- Mela Papio
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<![CDATA[Hollywood's Remake Obsession]]>Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:18:05 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/hollywoods-remake-obsession     If there's one thing Hollywood loves, it's remakes. We are all pretty much aware that since forever older movies get recycled and made again for viewing and box office pleasure. But will this trend persist?

     It's definitely good business for Hollywood. From 2003 to 2012, 122 remakes were released in the US, and collectively, their box office revenue was 12 million dollars. Granted, not all of them were more successful than their original version, nor did they receive much critical acclaim in the same comparison, the fact remains that these remakes bring in the dough, which is why big movie producers love to remake or reboot old films because they know that it has a good chance of being a financial success.
  Not all remakes were successful, however. Some recent remakes of classics like Godzilla and Psycho totally flopped in the box office and are now never spoken of again. This also applies to reboots of certain superhero movies. The recent Fantastic Four venture was a total failure, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn't do so well either--which led to the return of the beloved webslinger to Marvel and the replacement of Andrew Garfield [cue tears].
     Despite that, remakes are still getting made. We have an entire lineup of superhero movies for the next decade, though not are all remakes, because of the bankability. Marvel's The Avengers is one of the highest grossing films of all time, and it's this kind of success that Hollywood execs are after, which is why they come out with superhero movie after superhero movie. Audiences all around love them, and they really sell.

     But do we really need to see the same superheroes again? Yeah, I love Spider-Man as much as the next person, but I really don't think I could watch another version of him in the cinemas after seeing a different one just a year ago. It's good that other superheroes are being brought into the spotlight--well loved ones that weren't done much justice in their previous iterations, like Deadpool and Daredevil. It's also exciting to see how DC universe movies like Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman will do, because it's always nice to see beloved comic characters brought onto the silver screen (and frankly, I don't think I can stomach another Batman). With the improving quality of superhero movies and the exciting roster they have planned out, I don't think they will die out any time soon, and most likely, people will be rushing to the theaters just to watch them.
       As far as remakes in general go, I don't think that will stay feasible for long. Sure, it's safe to create a new spin on popular movies for the sake of coming out with a new movie that will generate sizeable income, but audiences these days aren't easily fooled anymore. If it's done well, then maybe people will enjoy remakes, but no; I think now, we want fresh stories. We want original, creative, unique movies that will really open our eyes and leave a mark in our minds. But alas, despite this, I don't think remakes will fall out of style any time soon.

- Isis Evangelista
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<![CDATA[​Your Number One Fan]]>Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:44:36 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/your-number-one-fan     We all have been there. Obsessing over a novel you’ve just read. Thinking of numerous possibilities how the story could have ended. Rob Reiner’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery takes the definition of obsession to a whole new level.
 
     Annie Wilkes is Paul Sheldon’s number one fan. She did read all of Paul’s Misery books, a series of romance novels. A twist of fate sends Paul to Annie’s remote house, and is now forced to write a novel out of Annie’s ideal story.

      Let me tell you, it was so difficult to continuously watch this movie. I had to pause it numerous times, take a deep breath, and stall myself with other things before I move on. The scenes were overwhelming, unexpected, and breathtaking. The thrill of finding out whether Paul would survive, Annie’s next plan of action, of knowing what’s happening while the police has yet to find out, and if Paul would get caught trying to escape are what made my breathing go from a normal 20-30 per minute to two sets of inhales and exhales.
 
     We have been too caught up with the conventional horror movies, the type that is always involves ghosts and other paranormal creatures. This Halloween, why not take a break from those Jump scares, and watch this psychological thriller movie for a change.

- Alex Chua
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<![CDATA[THE OBSESSION COLLECTION]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:10:36 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/the-obsession-collection
     When I hear the word ‘obsessed’, my Mariah Carey appreciating self bursts out like a Lush bath bomb. I suddenly sing the chorus of her song with sultriness and passion. I don’t even know why, but that song is stuck in my head even though I have no memory of someone obsessing over me. Obsession in that song is about someone obsessing over someone, but this movie list isn’t just about that, It could be some other things and those obsessions might be beyond of what is expected.

American Beauty (1999)
     Lester Buhrman is in a midlife crisis and after quitting his job, he realizes he has a fondness for one of her daughter’s friends. He now starts smoking weed, changing his clothing choices, builds up his physique just to make the girl have the devotion he has for her too. The fondness grows and he does everything he can for her. This movie is beyond all the obsession since it has been regarded as a satire of the notions of beauty and personal satisfaction of Americans. This movie explores love, sexuality, beauty, materialism, etc. 
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Shopping is a good idea when you have enough money, it is obviously bad when you keep on shopping until you be dropping even when you’re already drowning in debts of all sorts. Rebecca Bloomwood has been on that ‘bad idea of shopping’ phase. Well, she LOOOVES shopping, even for no reason. Now facing numerous debts, she takes the leap to pay them, even though her successful mistake may affect her love life and job. 

Prom Night (2008)
     Most of us have been very passionate to have the perfect prom night, making sure not even a misplaced thread in our outfits will ruin a night of fun. But for Donna, her deranged ‘lover’ a.k.a. her former teacher, makes an appearance at the should-be perfect night of her high school life to win her again. I hope your prom nights won't end up like Donna’s.
The Crush (1993)
     Our favorite Clueless and “ugh, as if” star Alicia Silverstone lands a different role when she portrays 14-year-old Adrian, who starts to fancy Nick, a writer who just moved in a rented room in the house of Adrian’s family. Although ages apart, Adrian makes moves to get Nick’s attention. After being rejected, Adrian starts to go beyond what she has already been doing, and her budding obsession isn’t helping with it.
Misery (1990)
    Stephen King fans unite! This film is an adaptation of the book of the same name. Annie Wilkes, recues her favorite novelist Paul Sheldon from a car crash, after seeing him drowning in a river. Annie, a self-proclaimed ‘number one fan’ of Sheldon, went nuts after grasping the thought of Sheldon killing off Annie’s favorite character in one of his novels. Annie becomes peculiar and gruesome, into forcing Sheldon to create the ending of his novel in her liking. Bookworms, I hope we don’t all end up like Annie. 

     I would just like to add another film that I just recently realized, should also be in this list, but I’m used to lists being in the forms of 5s or 10s (what the actual f….). Anyways, I added this since this film portrays a real life situation.

     Fear (1996) is a film starring Mark Wahlberg who portrays David McCall, a you-think-is-very-sweet-and-clingy-but-is-actually-obsessive-and-violent type of boyfriend, and starts beating your guy friends if they’re walking along with you. Making the girl’s life unsafe, especially when with the one she loves. Mark Wahlberg’s acting skills are astounding which makes this film very life-like. 


- Therese Goudin
​illustrations by Franchesca Serrano
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<![CDATA[Inside Out’s Joy and Sadness]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:12:05 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/inside-outs-joy-and-sadness
***contains spoilers***

     You know those kind of iconic duos in movies that practically everybody knows? Woody and Buzz Lightyear? Marlin and Dory? Harry Potter and Ron Weasley? Tom & Jerry? They definitely all have something that is unique and it’s the reason why they are so popular and loved, if not all, by everybody. They each have taught us something meaningful with regard to their friendship and what they go through. I mean, who hasn’t heard of them? They’re classics!

     And here comes another newly-classic duo—Joy and Sadness from Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out that deals with personified characters trying to lead Riley’s life inside her mind as she struggles adapting to her new home in San Francisco and her complex interpersonal relationships at home and in school. While Fear, Disgust and Anger are also three other main manifested emotions in the mind of Riley, there are a few reasons why Joy and Sadness still can be considered on the same level as Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s level.

     In the beginning, Joy tries to isolate Sadness from touching Riley’s happy memories as they can turn sad. This causes an upsetting twist when Joy and Sadness get sucked out of their Headquarters where they can maintain Riley emotional state— and they find themselves in the rest of Riley’s mind (outside the Headquarters). Majority of the parts in the movie consists of Joy and Sadness’ journey of trying to return back to the Headquarters in order to control and make Riley emotionally stable again.

     Throughout the movie, the audience witnesses their journey together trying to venture out and head back to the Headquarters. At some point, they were close but majority of the time, they fail. While they are two exact opposites, they still work together.

     I think the main important reason why they can be considered an iconic duo is because of the fact that they both symbolize the complexity of emotions that people tend to not want to accept; the fact that happiness cannot happen without going through the sad moments first. I, for one, once thought that in order to feel complete happiness, you have to be happy all the time and completely try to avoid anything that may cause you to fall into the state of unhappiness.

     But no. That shouldn’t be the case. We can’t have a rainbow without a little rain, can we?

     Joy and Sadness depict that certain truth in a way so simple nearing the end of the movie when Joy starts to realize how important Sadness is for Riley’s emotional state—which is to help Riley accept that she is sad about her new life in San Francisco. To also accept that she wants to go back to her old home because she misses it, which later in return causes her parents to realize what Riley has truly been feeling all along. Joy then happily takes over, making Riley feel happy again with the support of her family and their comfort. Basically, Joy and Sadness represent the fact that it is okay to feel sad. To feel and show vulnerability is okay because if we don’t show it and just bottle everything in, how can we truly be happy again?

     Basically, Joy and Sadness teach us that we have to go through the sad moments first in order to feel that sparkling bit of happiness again because that’s when things can start to grow. Your interpersonal relationships, your life, your perspective of things. You, yourself can too. This is undoubtedly so simple to comprehend—but for young children nowadays who are still growing and experiencing the real world as they grow, Joy and Sadness are here to help them understand in no way other Disney characters has ever before—and that’s pretty iconic.
 
- Ella Ho
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<![CDATA[II Night Stand]]>Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:49:42 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/ii-night-stand     Cliche. Thats what you call it. Movies that revolve around one night stands evolving into something more are very common. In spite of this trend, Max Nichols Two Night Stand gives a refreshing twist to those stereotypical movies.

            Megan is a premed graduate who lost her sense of purpose when she becomes single after a long time engagement with her high school sweetheart. Everything is a mess, she has no job, let alone no idea what to use with her degree. In her desperation, she consoles to online dating, to where she meets Alec, and has a one night stand with him. The next morning, a snowstorm prevents Meghan to leave Alecs apartment complex, and is forced to stay with him and wait for the blizzard to subside. From there, the story progresses.

            The movie talks about regaining yourself after sharing so much time with someone. It can be your friends, your partner, even your cat. Spending so much time with this person, can make you believe that you are to spend a lifetime with them. Thats why you pattern your goals, dreams and ambitions over theirs. But what happens next when they decide that its not meant to last a lifetime. You stand there completely lost, and the next thing you know, you start questioning if what youve achieved is what you really wanted. 

            These arent ideas that we usually see in one night stand themed rom-coms,  underneath those funny banters and circumstances, this is something that we have to learn from. There is no denying that it is awesome and fulfilling to share your life, but in the end it will always be your life.

            Out of 5 night stands, this movie is a 3 and a half night stands. From the witty dialogues, to the lovely set, and good actors its definitely worth a watch with your friends or your cat (but not with your parents, you have been warned). The only thing iffy about the movie is its generic ending, which leaves you unsatisfied and disappointed.

- Alex Chua
Illustration by Chesca Serrano
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<![CDATA[Take Two]]>Mon, 07 Sep 2015 11:20:42 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/take-two     In a film, the director is the auteur — it is this person’s job to make sure that the film is what it should be. When you watch a movie, it’s like seeing into the mind of the director, because it’s his or her own creative vision that you see reflected in it.     

     There are a lot of great directors over the years that have created amazing films on their own (with the help of the cast and crew, of course). But there are some films that are so great that not just one, but two people have directed them.  Director duos have been making waves in the film industry recently, and here are just some of the best pairs:
1. Joel & Ethan Coen
     You'll probably first think of these two when it comes to sibling filmmakers. The Coen brothers have been a well-known duo in the industry for consistently creating memorable works of art. From their first collaboration in Blood Simple (1984) to their memorable classics like No Country for Old Men (2007), Fargo (1996), and True Grit (2010), the Coens have cemented their names and great talent in film history. Their most recent film, Inside Llweyn Davis (2013) is so gorgeously shot you can't help but be captivated by it. (Also, Oscar Isaac is not hard on the eyes, to be quite honest.)
2. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
     If America has the Coens, France has the Dardennes. Their simple yet stunning movies have garnered much deserved recognition, including not one, but two Palme D'Or awards from the Cannes Film Festival. These two movies are Rosetta (1999) and L'enfant / The Child (2005). Last year, they came out with Deux Jours, Une Nuit / Two Days, One Night (2014) which had critics buzzing and even garnered a Best Actress nomination for lead actress Marion Cotillard during this year's Academy Awards. 
3. Andy & Lana Wachowski
     This brother-and-sister duo is pretty much a hit or miss. They found a really great cult classic in The Matrix (1999), but they also had a major flop in their most recent venture this year in Jupiter Ascending (2015). Either way, these two are still interesting artists in the film industry, who take the sci-fi genre and  give it their unique twist which makes their films stand out. This distinct vision can be seen in their foray into television -- Netflix's Sense8, which features a just-weird-enough-to-work storyline that has had critics and fans buzzing this year. 
4. Anthony & Joe Russo
     These two have done excellent directing jobs, both together and separately, in hit comedy shows like Arrested Development (for which they won an Emmy) and Community. But, their first film ventures, Welcome to Collinwood (2002) and You, Me and Dupree (2006), were just plain meh. That is, until they directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) together and it was phenomenal -- dare I say, it's a vast improvement from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and one of the best movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Their next projects are the sequels to Captain America and The Avengers, so we definitely have high hopes for them!
5. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
     This married couple have directed over 30 music videos of a variety of great artists, from The Ramones to R.E.M. to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Though they only have two feature films to their name, both movies have been very well received by critics as well as audiences everywhere. These two films are the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Ruby Sparks (2012). And if you haven't seen either of these films, I highly suggest you do!
6. Phil Lord & Chris Miller
     College best buds Lord & Miller have had hit movie after hit movie, it's unlikely that you don't recognize their names. They directed Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (2009) and its sequel which came out four years later. After that came the surprisingly successful reboot of 21 Jump Street (2012) starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum which had everyone in stitches. Its sequel, 22 Jump Street (2014), though wasn't as good, still made it big in the box office. Their best work to date can be found in The Lego Movie (2014) which was just, for lack of a better word, awesome!!!


- Isis Evangelista
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<![CDATA[MY GHOST, WHERE’D YOU GO?]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:17:49 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/my-ghost-whered-you-go
     In 2012, Filipino Director Marie Jamora was amongst the ten indie filmmakers given a seed grant to create a film of her dreams. Thus, the film she called, “ANG NAWAWALA” or “WHAT ISN’T THERE” was born and had won the Best Original Music Score award and Audience Choice during the competition and later had its world premiere that had reached London, San Francisco and even Honolulu.

      It is about a boy named Gibson who goes back to Manila after studying abroad for three years who is haunted by his past that is the death of his twin brother, Jamie, which had made him mute since. Going back had meant recalling the past which he and his family alike, has not gotten over. Little did he know, it also meant finally moving on, finding love, having fun and reconnecting with friends and family.

     This  movie is for the ones who have lost and gained, the ones who have loved and not, the ones who live in their earphones to listen to music, the ones who hold a camera like a lifeline, the ones who choose to upload and update about the better side of their lives in the social media, the ones who prefer the company of their friends than alone or vice versa, the ones who drink, smoke and party or does none at all. This is for you and me; for our generation.

      What Isn’t There depicts college students in their twenties trying to enjoy the remains of what life has to offer through indie bands, art museums, alcoholism, pot sessions, and a lot of unspoken words. It may have been Gibson’s sad eyes and body languages, the visual way the story was told, the struggles to be sane and to find one’s self or the simple fact that humans have different coping mechanisms after losing something that had me remembering this film.

      It screams sadness and dysfunctionality which makes it all the more watch-worthy and a crowd favorite; it will give you artsy, mysterious, and hipster-esque vibes with its environment and music and attires. It also has an amazing soundtrack filled with indie music from different Filipino singers and bands like Ely Buendia, Ang Bandang Shirley, Apo Hiking Society, etc. which you’ll surely love. And although a fair amount of Filipinos tend to act uninterested when it comes to Filipino films, it is not right to generalize the whole industry as corny, baduy or gaya-gaya because it is not easy and it takes a great mind to be able to come up with a film that would appease a diverse crowd. So do watch it and relate to this film emotionally, it will surely give you the Perks of Being a Wallflower vibe—or not.

- Mela Papio
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<![CDATA[THE END OF HERO GRATIFICATION]]>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:38:48 GMThttp://www.reinventmag.com/movies/end-of-hero-gratification
           If you haven’t heard yet, there’s an upcoming biopic of the infamous General Antonio Luna. I haven’t seen many people hyping over it and honestly, they should. They would be missing a very revolutionary movie that could change our perspective on our heroes and how we portray them. Heneral Luna delivers a breath of fresh air that the local film industry needs, as well as every Filipino.

Enough with Rizal
            How far has media strayed away from the big three, Rizal, Bonifacio, and Aguinaldo? Not far. Last year we had Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo. Three years ago we had El Presidente, Aguinaldo’s biopic, and Jose Rizal: The First Hero. I’m ready to bet my money that there will be another movie featuring these three next year. In Filipino, sawang-sawa na ako sa kanilang tatlo. Our history is so rich with historical figures and it pains me to see these three’s stories repeat over and over. We are in the time of remakes, reboots and sequels and yet I don’t see anyone unearthing the stories of our buried heroes in the best way possible, meaning, not limiting them to just holidays on a calendar or an illustration and words in our history books. A biopic on Lapu-Lapu was released 13 years ago! Where’s the movie on Apolinario Mabini? Don’t even get me started on the lack of representation of women’s contribution to our long battle to freedom. Antonio Luna wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s a great start.

            How much do we actually know about the general? He’s Juan Luna’s brother. He has a great mustache. He was part of Rizal’s squad back in Madrid. Heneral Luna gets to focus a name that we know but a person we don’t.  

The End of Hero Glorification

            Filipinos sure do know how to glorify things. We can see this in our fandoms. From One Direction to Naruto, Filipinos are intense in expressing their love and fascination. I believe this why it’s so hard for screenwriters to make a script that depicts the big three as actual human beings. Rizal must always be a spitting image of a Renaissance man with the cleanest conscience and clearest moral compass. Bonifacio must be the man of action who gets martyred by the intelligent and merciless Aguinaldo. These are not our heroes; they are their legacies that they left behind. It’s all good when we learn this in a classroom setting when we were in elementary. But when you distribute media for the general public that is designed for children who cannot think in a different perspective and grasp the whole truth, that’s where we have a problem. If you say smack about any of the three (well, you can exercise that right with Aguinaldo just a bit) then you are dead meat in this country.

            But here we have Heneral Luna, calling the general that has an abroad education and that was friends with Jose Rizal a lunatic. There is no indication that Antonio Luna is the perfect role model that we should be shoving down our children’s throats. He is a war freak and his blood lust is off the charts. Yet he uses his violence for the sake of our freedom. There is subjectivity. There is humanity. It’s not plain boring hero glorification. This movie finally gives us a story on a hero that cannot be merely explained by our history textbooks. Now isn’t that the goal of every period film?
Resurrection of Film Technology
            Through the years, I believe that the cinematography for historical movies has improved. We have so many resources that are leftover from our past. The problem is we do not have the technology like Hollywood to enhance these authentic sets to give the shot a total feel of the past. However, if you watch the video above, Heneral Luna’s cinematographer Pong Ignacio talks about what he did in the film and you can tell that they really stepped up their game. There was much research and dedication given into the making of this film that you just cannot overlook. Ignacio says that it was the director, Jerrold Tarog, who pushed him to this level. Jerrold Tarog must be one of our most prominent directors in the film industry. He directed MariquinaSana Dati, Senior Year and several Shake Rattle and Roll films. Just mentioning some of his films should give you enough reassurance that he knows what he’s doing here.

            So please, give this movie the hype it deserves. It’s about time we finally have a movie like this and I’m just glad I’m alive to see our film industry improve so much.

- Anna Cayco
Illustration by Gii Encarnation
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