Saturday, January 26, 2013

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a film about a teenage boy who wants to prove that God exists.

The predominant feature of this film is the animation which is fantastic.  But does it give justice to the whole film?  Yes, it gave rise to appreciation of nature and the ability to show God through it.  The storyline is equally compelling as well, giving rise to the possibility that everything can be united - real and reel, religions, men and animals.

The basic question is: Does God exist?  In the secular world where this question is mute, I would admire filmmakers who would endeavor to prove that God exists in the beauty of creation and in the very core of people's hearts.  This makes this film quite unique, relevant, and timely for all peoples of faith to enjoy.

Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, January 09, 2013


Sisterakas is a film about a gay boy and his mother who vow to take revenge against a childhood friend and her mother.

Who can ignore the tandem Ai-ai delas Alas and Vice Ganda in producing a perfectly "ideal" comedy film for Filipinos?

Though Kris Aquino seems off-tangent and doesn't know the proper place for her role, she could also be commended for putting up a acceptable performance in the film.

The basic question is where revenge ends and forgiveness begins. Moreover, the film reflects a common denominator - it is no longer viable for Filipinos to hold on to concepts of friends and enemies, of choosing a privileged few while neglecting others, while belonging to one race.  In the end, we still belong to one Family.

Rating: 3.5/5

Si Enteng, Si Agimat, at si Ako

This is a story of 3 characters who got together to fight a common enemy.

Philippine movies have progressed in making digital animations; but not quite for this film.  If it could still make it seamless, the better.

Another source of tension is exposure time for 3 giant actors.  Where does the weight of the film lie heavily - Enteng, Agimat, or Ako?

The only thing that is worth commending is the the way the story reaches its climax.  One could feel correct vibrations of fear and suspense.

Ethically and pastorally, How long would the Filipino still rely heavily on magic swords and powers to counteract the enemy, and fantastic characters?  Another one - a female fantasy character enters the fray.  In as much as films like this is entertaining, how should we fight the real enemy brought about by a corrupt political or economic power lurking in the midst, by which the ordinary Filipino, especially the poor, finds himself a victim of?  It's time to turn dreams into realities.

Rating: 3/5