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Dane DeHaan aka that dude from Chronicle (2012)
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Okay! I swear I'll churn out my Rurouni Kenshin experience but not right now, it's been two days yet I think all I'd manage is keyboard smashing. One thing though, Saito was a babe!
Official entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival
I mean, I'm not a fan of Estregan, but you have to admit, his earlier Asiong Salonga movie was brilliant in its own way. He and his company seem to have a knack for historical films with amazing cinematography (not sure about authenticity, though), and I'm actually quite grateful that films like these are among the MMFF roster, which is, sadly, more like a competition of franchises than an actual festival.
There is a lack of historical films on the Philippines in the market, and I'm happy we're taking strides to conquer that. Last Friday, Bonifacio Day, I was listening to a radio station and the DJ was asking people if they knew who Andrés Bonifacio is, and why he's a hero. It was shocking to find out that they don't know. They don't know who Boni is, aside from a holiday and a 10 peso coin he shares with Apolinario Mabini, and it breaks my heart. Perhaps between this and Alfred Vargas as Andrés in another film, Supremo, we'd get to know him as we should.
One of my clearest memories as an elementary school kid was watching Tirad Pass, starring Romnick Sarmenta as the Boy General. And if sometimes I can't hide my admiration for that pompous, flawed teenager, it must be because of that (and the myth the American army wove around him). There's that legendary Marilou Diaz-Abaya biopic on Jose Rizal too, which seem to be the standard for Spanish-era films today. I remember that Gardo Versoza played the Rizal-fanboy Andrés there opposite Cesar Montano's Jose Rizal
and I shipped it.
And now Cesar plays Andrés in this new movie. It's weird because he's already Jose Rizal, and aren't there any other actors who can play the Supremo? Granted, it is a better casting than Mark Anthony Fernandez in the GMA National Anthem clip, because he clearly is mestizo. Cesar is a great actor, but times like this, with the election coming in less than six months... come on, we all know where this is heading.
But if we're talking favorite historical films, it's a toss-up between Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon? by Eddie Romero aaaand Amigo by John Sayles (mostly because of Joel Torre though). Ganito Kami is a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a Filipino during the last days of the Spanish Era and the transitional period to the American Occupation. It's a bit old but you get to see a (really) young Christopher de Leon; I recommend it to everyone!
What else, ok, on the trailer itself. It looks awesome, a bit The Patriot, but with a Filipino 80's gangsta action movie flair. Mark Meily is the director, and holla, should we be surprised, because he directed the MMFF-winning Spanish-era film Baler as well. (Segue, I would have liked Baler better if I knew why the hell Anne Curtis was playing the native Filipina and Jericho Rosales the half-blood mestizo... it doesn't make sense!) I have high hopes for this, I would actually pay to see it. Anyway, that's it, and I suppose I should mention that I think Felix Roco is playing Gregorio del Pilar, based on that trailer, and I'm curious as to how they'll portray the relationship between him and his General.
I'm having a history boner, excuse meee
I remember my brother and I walking around Quezon Memorial Circle and thinking how cool would it be if there was a Manuel L. Quezon Aswang Hunter film and inventing lore all right and I mean if you see Quezon Memorial at night with those creepy angels and weird neon lights, it's pretty scary and you get to believe anything can be true.
But I'm rambling.
Another note, RUROKEN LATER AHAHAHHAAH I'M REALLY EXCITED FOR SAMURAI WEDNESDAY