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Little Women set to music
by Ibarra C. Mateo - October 15, 2010 - 12:00am
Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Susan Sarandon stirred the audience with their acting skills as they played Marmee in the various film editions of Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical novel Little...
The Wedding Singer: From film to stage
by Ibarra C. Mateo - September 28, 2010 - 12:00am
On Feb. 13, 1998, the New Line Cinema movie The Wedding Singer starring Adam Sandler as a 1985 rock-star wannabe, whose day-job is singing in New Jersey weddings, and Drew Barrymore as the waitress who became the...
Kurosawa retrospective in Manila
by Ibarra C. Mateo - September 21, 2010 - 12:00am
The Philippines holds the singular honor of being chosen by the Japan Foundation headquarters to host the largest Akira Kurosawa retrospective in Southeast Asia to lionize the late director’s cinematic achievements,...
Local theater royalty stars in American Hwangap
by Ibarra C. Mateo - September 13, 2010 - 12:00am
After having lunch with Mario O’Hara, Gina Pareño, Celeste Legaspi, and his co-stars and colleagues in Chris Millado’s American Hwangap one drizzly but humid day, Bembol Roco walked toward the...
Exciting stories of adventure & survival
by Ibarra C. Mateo - September 11, 2010 - 12:00am
The public screening of the 13th edition of Ciné Europa (European Film Festival) opened yesterday, with 22 movies from 17 European countries scheduled to be shown at the Cinema 2 of the Shang Cineplex of Shangri-La...
Banaag at Sikat will rock CCP
by Ibarra C. Mateo - July 19, 2010 - 12:00am
With the muse and the genius sadly ditching most of the Cinemalaya 2010 new breed’s competing full-length films, and the disenchanted cineastes returning the favor by tiptoeing their way out, a heavy burden...
Tirso goes indie in Cinemalaya 2010
by Ibarra C. Mateo - July 9, 2010 - 12:00am
Enduring, perhaps, is one word that amply describes Tirso Cruz III and his rank in the pantheon of genuine Filipino talents both in the late 20th and the early 21st centuries.
Madness over reason, magic over reality
by Ibarra C. Mateo - October 26, 2009 - 12:00am
In a stirring scene where award-winning actress Eula Valdes narrates via kilometric lines vignettes of her miserable marriage to closet homosexual Allan Gray, she sits alone on the stage.
Revisiting Tales of the Manuvu
by Ibarra C. Mateo - October 23, 2009 - 12:00am
Before Josh Groban and Paul Potts, there were Boy Camara and Ray-An Fuentes. Before Justin Timberlake and Akon, there were Anthony Castelo and Ric Segreto.
Cinemalaya Cinco Awards: Celebrating simple yet compelling storytelling
by Ibarra C. Mateo - August 10, 2009 - 12:00am
Full-length indie films with tangy true-to-life or mythical flavors powered by hilarious or tormented themes — and matched with simple yet compelling storytelling styles — beat the financial muscle, technical...
Cinemalaya Cinco: Stories from different angles
by Ibarra C. Mateo - May 28, 2009 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - For several hours last Thursday, the best of the newest crop of indie filmmakers in the country trooped to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to be with fellow cineastes and members...
The courageous 'conversion' of Christian Bautista
by Ibarra C. Mateo - October 10, 2008 - 12:00am
The conversion from a pop idol-romantic balladeer to a respected bona fide theater performer is an extremely exacting ...
New breed of indie film directors shines in Cinemalaya 2007
by Ibarra C. Mateo - July 28, 2007 - 12:00am
If you had spent the last weekend hugging a copy of Harry Potter or glued to your TV sets, you simply missed extraordinary scenes at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ ongoing Cinemalaya 2007 running...
Sergio Mendes shows why he’s a legend
by Ibarra C. Mateo - March 26, 2006 - 12:00am
Last weekend, thousands of Metro Manilans decided to have a romantic respite and authentic great fun by biting again slices of experience and memories of the ’60s to ’80s era through music and dance....
Yul Servo: A Sheer Surprise on Legitimate Stage
by Ibarra C. Mateo - March 13, 2005 - 12:00am
Tanghalang Pilipino’s final opus for its 18th season, MASS, did not have the gripping, sweeping cinematic scenes of the stage play Himala, one of the company’s most recent phenomenal productions.
More Talk, But No Sex
by Ibarra C. Mateo - October 24, 2004 - 12:00am
After the screen suddenly went black, the audience in a Loews Cineplex theater in Times Square were momentarily shocked and immediately shouted an anguished cry of "Oh no!" For about 80 minutes or so,...
PAPOGI: Direk Joey’s dream come true
by Ibarra C. Mateo - April 25, 2004 - 12:00am
"Official national pornographer" Jose Javier Reyes is excited these days, like an eager fan milling backstage and hoping for his first encounter with his favorite star.
A matter of personal faith
by Ibarra C. Mateo - March 20, 2004 - 12:00am
One of the expected pitfalls when a popular cultural medium such as film tackles religious themes, especially the life of Jesus Christ, is that it generates controversy. Director Mel Gibson’s latest opus,...
A matter of personal faith
by Ibarra C. Mateo - March 19, 2004 - 12:00am
One of the expected pitfalls when a popular cultural medium such as film tackles religious themes, especially the life of Jesus Christ, is that it generates controversy. Director Mel Gibson’s latest opus,...
A matter of personal faith
by Ibarra C. Mateo - March 18, 2004 - 12:00am
One of the expected pitfalls when a popular cultural medium such as film tackles religious themes, especially the life of Jesus Christ, is that it generates controversy. Director Mel Gibson’s latest opus,...
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