My Top Ten Philippine shockers of 2009 (The special year ender extravaganza of jupiterboi)

1 01 2010
1.  AH1N1 Virus explosion – When everyone though Philippines would be spared from this deadly virus, well think again. In the hype of school openings, the said virus exploded and affecting classes in major schools in the metro. Everyone is so paranoid that people wear masks and regularly take swine flue tests. True there were casualties but tolerable compared to other countries.
2.  Sexual scandals to the max – There are two sexual scandals I want to emphasize. First is the decision about the guilty verdict for the Nicole rape case with Daniel Smith. Nicole is so determine at first to continue the fight. However after the decision made that Daniel Smith was guilty, Nicole said that she is not truly certain of what happened that she might also gave Daniel Smith motives making the repeal favorable to the US camp Daniel Smith. Nicole is hopefully happy in America because she was given home, a green card and doesn’t want to remember this part of her life. Well in my personal opinion, I don’t care about you as well because you shamed the Filipino women due of your retraction. Because of you the Filipino women can easily be abused and be silenced in exchange for greener pasture. I hope you really stay there and enjoy whatever you want. Second is the ever controversial Hyden Kho video scadals. 11 video scandals were easily available pertain to the sexual adventure of Mr Hyden Kho with other women including Katrina Halili and Maricar Reyes. This brought rage to his victims and now has cases about “abuse against women and cildren” and recently was revoked of his medical license. I don’t know how to react to this but it is truly wrong to video your lovemaking without the knowledge of both parties. Tuloy sumikat ang Careless Whispher kasi you are not careless and si Katrina halatang hindi nag Whispher pad.  (joke lang) Lesson learn… magpaalam muna bago kumuha at pagkatiwalaan lamang ang sarili sa panonood ng sex videos mo.
3. Pacman Mania – Manny “Pacman” Paquiao! Who would not know his name by now. He is now the undisputed pound for pound king and the first ever to have 7 World titles in different divisions the world of boxing. He was recently awarded as Order of Sikatuna with Rank of Datu, the highest honor to be given to an individual in the Philippines,  by PGMA. Due to his fights with Hatton and Marquez this year, he secured himself as one of the greats in boxing. His fight with Mayweather next year is the most awaited fight for boxing aficionados. For Filipinos, the world stops whenever Manny has a fight. I hope we learn to also strive for what is best and fight for a better Philippines.
4. Cory Magic seen again – With the death of President Cory, the Filipino patriotism shines forth. Cory has been the new age symbol of Philippine Freedom due to the 1986 EDSA Revolution. Her reign is said to be the most uncorrupt president and the first ever woman president in world. Even after her presidency, she continued to fight for freedom and corruption shown in her crusades and marathon for such causes. In her humble ways, she united Filipinos around the world to be proud of our race for we are a great nation. Her untimely death brought up multitudes of dwellers and sympathizers across the world and making the whole wake a picturesque scene comparable with Ninoy’s wake. Tita Cory inspired me to love my country and my heritage. Thank you Tita Cory for you gift to us. We surely miss your motherly love.
5. Kuya F CNN hero of the year – Actually, I already heard Efren Penaflorida about June 2009 and I am already amazed of what he is doing. He is the founder of the DTC or Dynamic Team Company where they use “karitons” to provide basic education for the poor children along the Cavite area. His presence is not yet felt until the news came out that he is part of the CNN 10 ten heroes of the year and now more so as the CNN Hero of the Year. I immediately search where his kick off party. Luckily I was able to attend that event and was able to meet him and talk for a while. He is humble and you can see he has genuine concern for the marginalized. I was fortunate to meet him and I truly can say he really deserves it.
6. Massacre like no other – Towards the end of the year, who would forget the inhumane massacre in Maguindanao killing 57 people in which almost 30 media persons are involve. This masssacre now is the highest recorded violence against media personalities making our country the “most dangerous place for media practitioners”. Of course the case is still on trial but the suspected masterminds, the Ampatuans, were already judged by the many to be one of the most hated persons 2009. Their lavish lifestyle and armed private armies were point of debate why such rulers are existing over the ARRM region. I think this case would still continue but I am hpong that justice should be speedily given to the victims of this tragic event.
7. Kasal, kasali, kalokang weddings – There are two weddings I can clearly remember: Juday Ryan wedding and KoriMar wedding. Yun lang
8. Shining through the Cannes Film Festival – Who would have though that a Filipino Filmaker would win the best director in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Everyone is betting on Quintin Tarantino’s World War 2 vigilante in the mission of killing the Nazi to win the award but the jury favors the raw depiction of a brutal murder of a swindling prostitute in the world of drug trafficking and illegal gambling. Although many raised their eyebrows for Brillante Mendoza’s vitory, after seeing the film, I was a believer.
9. YouTube stars invade the world – Indeed YouTube is now the underground talent search for deserving people. Their videos are so popular that the makers of YouTube are planning to create a channel solely dedicated to show the most popular videos in the WWW. Some of the pinoys who are the famous now are Charice, Arnel Pineda, Pooh, Rin on the Rox, hitmanbreakeroftheye, moymoypalaboy, k brosas and others. YouTube now truly makes ordinary events, persons and places world famous.
10. The Ondoy and Pepeng catastrophe – Lastly who would forget the combined forces of Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng. Ondoy is not a actually a strong typhoon. Typhoons here in the Philippines are measured on how strong the wind velocity is carries that is why Ondoy is just bordering between just tropical depressions to Signal no. 1. Never do we know that its out pouring of rain water goes beyond the water that Typhoon Katrina in the US. The result… floods everywhere at a fast rate affecting the low lands of Marikina, Rizal, Pasig, Laguna and some parts of Manila, Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong and Bulacan. All vehicles are stranded and even washed away due to the unexpected rise of water, even I was a victim. Pepeng is the result of Ondoy destructive path. It has phenomenally garnered the most over staying typhoon victimizing the Northern part of Luzon. The combined after effects of Ondoy and Pepeng caused billions of lives, properties and livelihood in a hopeless situation. While the Luzon area is devastated with horrible typhoons, the Visayas and Mindanao regions are surprisingly humid. This event made us realize that “Climate Change” is real and we should act now in line with the changing weather conditions. This allowed the “Climate Change Act” passed by both the congress and senate and now is a Law creating an independent committee that will plan solutions that will help us adapt to climate change. In addition, these tragedies awaken the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan. Filipinos here and abroad are continuously helping out to ease the hardship that our fellow kababayan experience due to these typhoons. Ordinary people… helping a fellow countrymen… Images that stacked my mind as I also recall my experiences with Ondoy. 1. The regrets why I didn’t stay in the office 2. the free ride of a bus company going to Fairview which lasted almost 6 hrs along the Cubao Area 3. the Pastilias candy that a couple unselfishly gave to me an some of the commuters in the bus while the too are tormented body an mind knowing their child is with the yaya already on the rooftop in Marikina 4. the painful death march I went through and to add up a 3 point shot in a shallow Kanal in Philcoa. 5. to top all things up… when I arrive… brownout… no phone… no cellphone… no life…
These are my top 10 Philippine shockers of 2009. I hope 2010 would be promising although there is already a prelude that is would be my most challenging year of my career.  Well Ces la vie.
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Another great loss – RIP Mr. Johnny Delgado

23 11 2009

Just when I though the deaths of famous artists are gone, here is another news. Johnny Delgado passed away due to lymphoma. I like his movies notably Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan , Kakabakaba Ka Ba, Batch ’81, Balweg, A Dangerous Life, Tanging Yaman, Kailangan Kita, Santa Santita, Ang Huling Araw ng Linggo and Labing-labing. My last encounter with the Johnny Delgado was in the screening of Labing Labing in this year’s CinemaLaya 2009. This is the photo I took with Johnny Delgado, Laurice Guillen, Anna Feleo and Ina Feleo:

In Labing Labing there is a song that now makes me want to cry. It is the song of Johnny Delgado “Ikaw at ako”. It is a song of strength, love and hope. Amidst the very hardships we endure, there is an assurance that there is someone always with us and will be with us this the end of our lives. Here is the music video of the song:

I hope that this song would remind us of the shortness of life and the value of making most out of this time.





CineMalaya 2009 / Cine Cinco Films and Screening Schedules

5 07 2009
July 17 – 26, 2009 embarks another landmark in the world of Philippine alternative cinema as CineMalaya 2009 or Cinemalaya Cinco. It is their fifth year of brining out of the box really quality Filipino Indie films and this year is not different. Here are the films in competition for this year’s CineMalaya Film Festival.:
Competing in the full length category are:
24K by Ana Agabin,
Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe by Alvin B. Yapan
Astig by GB Sampedro
Colorum by Jon Steffan Ballesteros
Dinig Sana Kita by Mike E. Sandejas
Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno
Last Supper No. 3 by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel
Mangatyanan by Jerrold Tarog
Nerseri by Vic Acedillo, Jr
Sanglaan by Milo Sogueco.
For the short film category:
Behind Closed Doors by Mark Philipp Espina
BLOGOG by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino
Bonsai by Alfonso “Borgy” K. Torre III
Hulagpos by Maita Lirra Lupac
Latus by John Paul S. Seniel,
Musa by Dexter B. Cayanes
Si Bok at ang Trumpo by Hubert Tibi
Tatang by Jean Paolo “Nico” Hernandez
Ugat sa Lupa by Ariel Reyes
Wat Floor Ma’am by Mike Sandejas and Robert Seña
This year’s CineMalaya showcases also special screenings and premiers of other from great Pinoy Indie film directors. The opening film this year is “Manila” by Adolf Alix Jr and Raya Martin. The film was also one of the only Pinoy films featured in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is their way of paying tribute to Lino Broka’s Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag. Here are the list of special screenings and premiers in this festival:
Manila – July 17 – 6:00pm (CCP Main Theater)
Aurora – July 18 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
Prince of Cockfighting – July 18 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)
Baseco Bakal Boys – July 19 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
Independencia – July 19 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)
Lupang Hinirang – July 21 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
Bayaw – July 21 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)
Walking the Waking Journey – July 22 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
Karera – July 23 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
Latak – July 23 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)
Boy – July 24 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
Walang Hanggang Paalam – July 25 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)
CineMalaya will also do a series of Lino Brocka films at the CCP Silangan Hall through out the competition. At the same time It will present last year’s best Pinoy Indie films, Cinema One 2008 and Sine Direk film entries.
The outpouring gay themed Pinoy Indie films have taken over the Pinoy alternative film industry so its contribution were not taken for granted by the CineMalaya organizers. They have also arranged a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Tranvestite I think) Special shown last year. It will be shown also at the CCP Silangan Hall. Here is the list of films to be shown
Thank You Girls – July 18 – 9PM
Heavenly Touch – July 19 – 9PM
Dose – July 21 – 9PM
Selda – July 22 – 9PM
The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela – July 23 – 9PM
Ded na si Lolo – July 24 – 9PM
Quick Trip – July 25 – 6:15PM
Jay – July 25 – 9PM
To view the full Screening Schedule, Click here.
See you at CCP and keep supporting Philippine Movies.July 17 – 26, 2009 embarks another landmark in the world of Philippine alternative cinema as CineMalaya 2009 or Cinemalaya Cinco. It is their fifth year of brining out of the box really quality Filipino Indie films and this year is not different. Here are the films in competition for this year’s CineMalaya Film Festival.:

July 17 – 26, 2009 embarks another landmark in the world of Philippine alternative cinema as CineMalaya 2009 or Cinemalaya Cinco. It is their fifth year of brining out of the box really quality Filipino Indie films and this year is not different. Here are the films in competition for this year’s CineMalaya Film Festival.:

Competing in the full length category are:

24K by Ana Agabin,

Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe by Alvin B. Yapan

Astig by GB Sampedro

Colorum by Jon Steffan Ballesteros

Dinig Sana Kita by Mike E. Sandejas

Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno

Last Supper No. 3 by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel

Mangatyanan by Jerrold Tarog

Nerseri by Vic Acedillo, Jr

Sanglaan by Milo Sogueco.

For the short film category:

Behind Closed Doors by Mark Philipp Espina

BLOGOG by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino

Bonsai by Alfonso “Borgy” K. Torre III

Hulagpos by Maita Lirra Lupac

Latus by John Paul S. Seniel,

Musa by Dexter B. Cayanes

Si Bok at ang Trumpo by Hubert Tibi

Tatang by Jean Paolo “Nico” Hernandez

Ugat sa Lupa by Ariel Reyes

Wat Floor Ma’am by Mike Sandejas and Robert Seña

This year’s CineMalaya showcases also special screenings and premiers of other from great Pinoy Indie film directors. The opening film this year is “Manila” by Adolf Alix Jr and Raya Martin. The film was also one of the only Pinoy films featured in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is their way of paying tribute to Lino Broka’s Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag.

Here are the list of special screenings and premiers in this festival:

Manila – July 17 – 6:00pm (CCP Main Theater)

Aurora – July 18 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Prince of Cockfighting – July 18 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)

Baseco Bakal Boys – July 19 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Independencia – July 19 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)

Lupang Hinirang – July 21 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Bayaw – July 21 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)

Walking the Waking Journey – July 22 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Handumanan – July 22 – 9PM (CCP Little Theater)

Karera – July 23 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Latak – July 23 – 9pm (CCP Little Theater)

Boy – July 24 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Hospital Boat – 9PM (CCP Little Theater)

Walang Hanggang Paalam – July 25 – 6:15pm (CCP Little Theater)

Serbis – July 25 – 9PM (CCP Little Theater)

The outpouring gay themed Pinoy Indie films have taken over the Pinoy alternative film industry so its contribution were not taken for granted by the CineMalaya organizers. They have also arranged a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Tranvestite I think) Special shown last year. It will be shown also at the CCP Silangan Hall. Here is the list of films to be shown

Thank You Girls – July 18 – 9PM

Heavenly Touch – July 19 – 9PM

Dose – July 21 – 9PM

Selda – July 22 – 9PM

The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela – July 23 – 9PM

Ded na si Lolo – July 24 – 9PM

Quick Trip – July 25 – 6:15PM

Jay – July 25 – 9PM

CineMalaya will also present a series of Lino Brocka films at the CCP Silangan Hall through out the Festival. At the same time it will show last year’s best Pinoy Indie films, Cinema One 2008 and Sine Direk film entries. It will also showcase last year’s Cinemalaya entries in diffrent venues of CCP. There are going to be discussions like the CineMalaya Congress (Julu 21-22) at the CCP Little theater (8-5PM) and Sine Taktakan Fora (July 23-24) at the CCP Studio Theater (2-5PM). Regional and school short films will be also part of this year’s festival.

To view the Full Screening Schedule, Click Here.

See you at CCP and keep supporting Philippine Movies.

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Eigasai ‘09 – July 2-12, 2009

23 06 2009

In celebration of Philippines–Japan Friendship Month, the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and the UP Film Institute proudly presents a Japanese Contemporary Film Festival, titled “Eigasai ‘09” (literally means ‘film festival’ in Japanese) that will serve as its kick-off activity on July 2, 2009 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 3 for the month-long celebration.

“Eigasai ‘09” aims to bolster further the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan by continuously providing an opportunity for Filipinos to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Japanese arts and culture explored in this medium. This year’s offering brings together 7 contemporary films and 1 anime film in 35mm format. An invitational screening of Always – Sunset on Third Street (Always San-chome no yuhi, 2005) by director Yamazaki Takashi will be held on July 2, 2009 (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. at the Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3, Edsa, Mandaluyong City.

Other films to be featured are Memories of Matsuko (Kiraware Matsuko no issho, 2006) directed by Nakashima Tetsuya, Kamome Diner (Kamome shokudo, 2006) directed by Ogigami Naoko, Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku, 2006) directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko, The Milkwoman (Itsuka dokusho suru hi, 2005) directed by Ogata Akira, Turn Over – An Angel Is Coming on a Bicycle (Futari biyori, 2004) directed by Nomura Keiichi, Tony Takitani (Toni Takitani, 2004) directed by Ichikawa Jun, and the sole anime film Mind Game (Mind Game, 2004) directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Admission is free. Screening venues are at the Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3 (July 2 to 12) and UP Film Institute (August 14 to 20). “Eigasai ‘09” will also have provincial screenings that will commence in Gaisano South City Mall, Davao (July 18 and 19); Ayala Center, Cebu (July 28 to Aug 2) and Baguio Center Mall, Baguio (August 7 to 11). For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: http://www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM telephone

Shangri-La Plaza 

July 2 (Thu)

7:00 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

 

 

July 3 (Fri)

2:00 PM

Tony Takitani

 

4:30 PM

Turn Over

 

7:00 PM

Kamome Diner

 

 

 

July 4 (Sat)

2:00 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

4:30 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

 

 

July 5 (Sun)

2:00 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

4:30 PM

Mind Game

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

 

 

July 6 (Mon)

2:00 PM

The Milkwoman

 

4:30 PM

Mind Game

 

7:00 PM

Turn Over

 

 

 

July 7 (Tue)

2:00 PM

Turn Over

 

4:30 PM

Kamome Diner

 

7:00 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

 

 

July 8 (Wed)

2:00 PM

The Milkwoman

 

4:30 PM

Tony Takitani

 

7:00 PM

Mind Game

 

 

 

July 9 (Thu)

2:00 PM

Turn Over

 

4:30 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

7:00 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

 

 

July 10 (Fri)

2:00 PM

The Milkwoman

 

4:30 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

7:00 PM

Tony Takitani

 

 

 

July 11 (Sat)

2:00 PM

Kamome Diner

 

4:30 PM

Tony Takitani

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Tomorrow

 

 

 

July 12 (Sun)

2:00 PM

Mind Game

 

4:30 PM

ALWAYS – Sunset on Third Street

 

7:00 PM

Memories of Matsuko

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.jfmo.org.ph

 

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2009 upcoming movies

3 03 2009

2008 was indeed a good year for movies and as the 2009 arrives here are the upcoming movies that will surely make a buzz. Enjoy!

Watchmen

Good

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Funny People

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Dragonball Evolution

Land of the Lost

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince

Star Trek: Immortality

GI Joe – The Rise of the Cobra

Inglourious Basterds

Bart Got A Room

Battle for Terra

Duplicity

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

2012

Terminator Salvation

Green Lantern

Franklyn

The Ugly Truth

The Proposal

Monsters Vs Aliens

UP!

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Taking of Pelham 123

Red Sonja

The Box

Planet 51

Knowing

S Darko

Caroline

Ice age 3

Astro boy

9

Thunder Cats

Bird’s Nest

The Legend of Zelda

… so far this is it… watch for upcoming post in the future. Ciao!

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The 81st Academy Awards Winners

23 02 2009

The most awaited movie award show is back in town and doing it in the grandest style ever. The Academy Awards aka the Oscars for me is the accomplishment of anyone who works in the movie industry. Getting an Oscar statue, amidst the controversies, is the pinnacle of one movie career. I honestly and secretly want to receive the real Oscars statue. Ever since I watched “Cinema Paradiso”, I used to think that Oscars are just for Hollywood films. As I grew interest in watching quality films, I witnessed that more foreign films are starting to break into this prestigious awards. This year’s Oscars is no different. Out of nowhere… Slumdog Millionaire totally swipe out all major awards shows and the Oscar’s are not an exception. A total of 8 wins in total including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (the 3 most important categories of a good film), not bad for a story that came from the slums of Mumbai India highlighted with a popular game show “who wants to be a millionaire”. It’s truly a phenomenal success.

Other highlights are Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Sean Penn and Health Ledger’s family speeches for winning the actress’ and actors’ categories. I like also the way the presentation of the best actors and actresses are done, simply inspiring and truly heartwarming.The awesome musical movie tribute and the live performance of Queen Latifa for the special “In Memoriam” tribute are truly worth watching.

Bow without further ado… here is the complete list of the 81st Oscar winners:

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  

Best Original Screenplay: Milk – Dustin Lance Black
  

Best Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy
  

Best Animated Feature Film: Wall-E – Andrew Stanton
 WALL-E

Best Animated Short Film: La Maison En Petits Cubes – Kunio Kato
 

Best in Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Donald Graham Burt (Art Direction); Victor J. Zolfo (Set Decoration)
 

Best Custume Design: The Dutchess – Michael O’Connor
 

Best in Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Greg Cannom
 

Best in Cinematograph: Slumdog Millionaire – Anthony Dod Mantle
 

Best Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland) – Jochen Alexander Freydank
 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (accepting the award is Kim, Sally and Kate Ledger)
 

Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire – James Marsh and Simon Chinn
 

Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki – Megan Mylan
 SMILE PINKI 

Best in Visual Effects: The Curios Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Best in Sound Editing: The Dark Knight – Richard King
 

Best in Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
 

Best in Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire – Chris Dickens
 

Best in Musical Score: Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman
  

Best in Musical Song: Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman
 

Best Foreign Language Film: Departures – Japan, Directed by Yojiro Takita
  

Best in Directing: Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
 

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet – The Reader
 

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn – Milk
 

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire – Christian Colson
  

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
 Jerry Lewis

 

How well did I make the predictions? Among the 24 awards this year, 14 rights, 6 wrongs, 4 abstain.

 

Watch out my list for the best films in 2008. See you in the next Oscars.

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The 81st Academy Awards Nomimees…

24 01 2009

 

The most awaited film award in the whole world has announced its nominees for the 81st Academy Awards. Here are the nominees and my personal predictions of the category results: 

 

Best motion picture of the year

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), A Kennedy/Marshall Production, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
  • Milk” (Focus Features), A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production, Nominees to be determined
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A Celador Films Production, Christian Colson, Producer

 

I have watched these films except “The Reader” and I have no doubt that the best picture should be given to Slumdog Millionare. The film is simply a clever, timely and most of all an undeniable phenomenal storyline. A film like this is very rare that the Academy shouldn’t ignore it.  

 

Performance by an actor in a leading role

 

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

 

Mickey Rourke is like a come backing actor and is nominated for his performance as struggling wrester. That alone might get sympathy to the panels and might get the award. I haven’t watched the film yet he won already the globes for this film so he might probably win this as well.

 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

 

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

 

At first I am not that confident that he might get this but he won the globes as well so probably he might also get this one. Too bad he is not here anymore to accept this.

 

Performance by an actress in a leading role

 

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

 

I haven’t watched this film but Kate is brilliant in Revolutionary Road. She won this active performance in the globes so I guess she is as brilliant and even better in “The Reader”. 

 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

 

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

 

So far, I am more inclined to Penélope Cruz performance as a psychotically troubled wife in Vicky Christina Barcelona.

 

Best animated feature film of the year

 

  • Bolt” (Walt Disney), Chris Williams and Byron Howard
  • Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount), John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Andrew Stanton

 

Wall-E might win this but Kung-fu panda deserve it better than Wall-E

 

Achievement in art direction

 

  • Changeling” (Universal), Art Direction: James J. Murakami, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt, Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Art Direction: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Art Direction: Michael Carlin, Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Art Direction: Kristi Zea, Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button might win this because it is hard to make a film about an abnormal life like Brad’s character. Art directing is putting into film the moment and the emotion in a film and making sure that the audience will also feel the same way. I think in this field, it succeeded, though Changeling might be a possible contender.

 

Achievement in cinematography

 

  • Changeling” (Universal), Tom Stern
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Claudio Miranda
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Anthony Dod Mantle

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button might win this because it has excellent cinematography among the nominees. It has good camera shots of the World War and has scenic shots. 

 

Achievement in costume design

 

  • Australia” (20th Century Fox), Catherine Martin
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Jacqueline West
  • The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films), Michael O’Connor
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Glicker
  • Revolutionary Road”  (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage), Albert Wolsky

 

In the past, most films that is always associated to kings, queens and anything associated with royalty wins this category. I bet this year it will also do the same thing.

 

Achievement in directing

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Fincher
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Ron Howard
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Gus Van Sant
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Stephen Daldry
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Danny Boyle

 

What can I say, the film is really very good so the academy should honor the director of this film as well.

 

Best documentary feature

 

  • The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild), A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment), A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  • The Garden” A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures), A Wall to Wall Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  • Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films), An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

 

I have no idea… never seen these documentaries before.

 

Best documentary short subject

 

  • The Conscience of Nhem En” A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki
  • The Final Inch” A Vermilion Films Production, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
  • Smile Pinki” A Principe Production, Megan Mylan
  • The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306” A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

 

I have no idea… never seen these documentaries before.

 

Achievement in film editing

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lee Smith
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Elliot Graham
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Chris Dickens

 

Film editing is where you make sure that what the film shows is coherent and at the same time the use of different scenes, sounds and excerpts are well understood by the audience. Slumdog Millionaire slams this category above the rest with ingenious use of situations in relation with questions being asked in the said game show.

 

Best foreign language film of the year

 

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex” A Constantin Film Production, Germany
  • The Class” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Haut et Court Production, France
  • Departures” (Regent Releasing), A Departures Film Partners Production, Japan
  • Revanche” (Janus Films), A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production, Austria
  • Waltz with Bashir” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production, Israel

 

I personally haven’t watched any of these but so far Waltz with Bashir is picking up many awards and rave reviews from critics so this might win as well.   

 

Achievement in makeup

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Greg Cannom
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal), Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

 

If we are to consider the overall film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army should win since there are many commendable creatures that were exceptionally done. I don’t agree if this will simply be given to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” just because of the oddly transformation of Brad Pitt.

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Alexandre Desplat
  • Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

 

  • Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  • Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
  • O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

 

Any of the two Slumdog Millionaire might win this category.

 

Best animated short film

 

  • La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato
  • Lavatory – Lovestory” A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit
  • Oktapodi” (Talantis Films), A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
  • Presto” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland
  • This Way Up” A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

 

Not seen any of these so I have nothing to say.

 

Best live action short film

 

  • Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency), An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi
  • Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions), A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
  • New Boy” (Network Ireland Television), A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
  • The Pig” An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
  • Spielzeugland (Toyland)” A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

 

Not seen any of these so I have nothing to say.

 

Achievement in sound editing

 

  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Richard King
  • Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Tom Sayers
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
  • Wanted” (Universal), Wylie Stateman

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Achievement in sound mixing

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
  • Wanted” (Universal), Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Achievement in visual effects

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
  • The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.), Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
  • Iron Man” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

 

Iron Man its way to magnificent visual effects. I believe the academy should give credit to this film in this category. The flying scenes are great.

 

Adapted screenplay

 

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.), Screenplay by Eric Roth, Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
  • Doubt” (Miramax), Written by John Patrick Shanley
  • Frost/Nixon” (Universal), Screenplay by Peter Morgan
  • The Reader” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Hare
  • Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

 

Slumdog Millionaire might win this since it won the globes in this category.

 

Original screenplay

 

  • Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Courtney Hunt
  • Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax), Written by Mike Leigh
  • In Bruges” (Focus Features), Written by Martin McDonagh
  • Milk” (Focus Features), Written by Dustin Lance Black
  • WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

 

I would like Milk to win this category, however, In Bruges and Happy-Go-Lucky might snitch this category as well with their commendable story lines as well.

 

So far these are my comments and predictions. Watch for the live telecast of the 81st Academy Awards @ Star World, Feb 22 9am (Philippnes Time) with Hugh Jackman as a host.

 

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