FILM ANALYSIS

Main cast of Daigo Matsui’s film Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops (2017)

What if Birdman was really filmed in a continuous, seamless take?

If you haven’t seen it already, the over 120 minute film by Alejandro Iñarittu was shot to make it look like a single-take film. This term is used for films that were all shot in one take. No cuts. But that was not the case for Birdman. It contains hidden cuts which were first introduced by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 film Rope. These are subtle, often hard to notice transitions which can be done through color match, foreground object, or motion blur. These were all utilized by Iñarittu’s film…


O sa Iba Pang Túngo ng Paghahanap at Pagbagtas

Kuha ni Noah Dominic Silvio

Hindi ka madaling matagpuan sa araw-araw.

Sinubukan kitang hanapin sa ibat-ibang estranghero ngunit parati lamang akong nabibigo. Ang init mo ay dama sa alaala. Gaya ng pinagsaluhang hapunan at kumot sa malamig na gabi; kailanman ay hindi natumbasan.

Salungat sa iyong pagdating, ang pag-alis mo ay inaasahan.

Marahil ay hindi ka nananatili dahil maraming nangangailangan sa iyo. Kung paanong ikaw ang hindi nagpapahinga ngunit ako ang napapagod ay ang siyang nagsisilbing buod nitong misteryo.

Minsan na kitang natagpuan.

Ngunit sa pagdating ng panahong nanaig ang distansya ay lalong umigting itong pangungulila. Noon ko lamang nabatid na hindi ang haplos mo…


Photo by Adam Wilson on Unsplash

Araw-araw kong itinawid ang sarili mula sa hulaw. Nanuyo na ang bibig ko at gumaspang na rin ang pakiramdam ko sa aking lalamunan. Ginawa ko na ang lahat.

Pitong bowan ko nang ipinagdarasal ang ulan sa Kalawitan, kung saan sabay akong tumangis at umindak. Isinuko ko na rin ang huli kong alingo. Marahil ay nakalimutan nang tumungo ni Lumauig; marahil ay mali ang pagkakakilala natin sa kanya.

Nilamon na ng liwanag ang kapatagan. At kumakatok na ang mga poraw sa nasusunog naming ato.

Kung hindi man ako makabalik mula sa gabi ng layaw, malaman mo sana’ng araw-araw kong sinubukan.


Art by Chico David

Mayroong matandang paniniwala na ang lubog na pusod ay simbolo ng karamutan, kabaligtaran naman ang luwâ. Nakaugat ang pamahiing ito sa sosyo-ekonomikong aspeto ng pamumuhay. Sa tradisyunal na panganganak sa bahay, pinuputol ng kumadrona ang umbilical cord ng isang sanggol gamit lamang ang kutsilyo. Sa paraang ito, hindi nasasagad ang pag-alis kaya ito nakaluwa. Ang may-kâya ay nakapupunta ng ospital kung saan mayroong kumpletong gamit ang mga doktor na makagagawa nito.

Noon pa man, mayroon ng marka na siyang naghihiwalay sa uri ng danas. Ang simbolong ito ay hindi tatak, kundi mantya ng matagal nang kawalan ng katarungan. Noon pa…


Quezon City, from Unsplash by Lance Lozano

We were drinking-driving upon the streets of Maligaya. Ignorant of the orientation of its pavement, we gambled and bravely maneuvered. We turned a blind eye on every forking path and chose the least traveled in the hopes of making a difference. We admired the gentrified neighborhood juxtaposed to the dirt on the curbs. We believed it to be a memory of what the place once was which offered the pleasure of nostalgia. …


CYBERCULTURE

David Dorik by Brian Ziff via Paper Magazine

Describing 21st century humor wouldn’t be possible without describing the three generations that formed it first: the Boomers, Millennials and Zoomers. Boomers paved the way for socio-politically charged jokes; Millennials combines chaos with relevance and Zoomers plays with absurdity. These shape the humor (memes) that we consume today and each plays a big part in defining it from its predecessor. The internet has made it possible for them to coexist at the same time period. And one of the platforms that plays a huge role in propagating the humor in cyberculture is YouTube.

YouTube is a place for disposable videos…


We do not speak of anything
or anyone but noises.
Yet, we eagerly endure
for it’s all consensual.

We thought “we need heat
to generate a feeling”,
but we are mutually warm,
and we always empty our vessel.

Plunged under our skins,
we try to swim deeper
but we only tire ourselves
as we fill distances.

Eyes-closed we aim
but fall short to be felt.
Perhaps, we are really looking —
maybe that’s why it fails.

courtesy of Tim Lorentzen from Seinabo Sey’s Remember Music Video

Listen to Remember by Seinabo Sey


UNDERSTANDING ART

An Understanding of Ilya Repin’s art piece Ivan the Terrible

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant — “ this line from the poet Emily Dickinson describes briefly the approach used in the works of the Russian-Ukrainian painter Ilya Efimovitch Repin.

Self portrait (187) by Ilya Repin

Born during Tsar Nicholas I’s autocracy, Repin has possessed both the patriotic and revolutionist ideals while refrained from communism. Along with his comrades and other Russian artists, they have adapted the new avenue for the collective understanding — realism. Realism rose in mid-nineteenth century as a response to the more self-centered and hallucinatory approach of the romantics to life. For them, life should be told in its most…


Photo from Igor Miske

FICTION

He told us that he had a younger brother. They were the only children of their family that was why he and his brother used to be so close to each other. He said that his brother was his partner; he was his ride-or-die. By the way he told it, I could understand that his brother already passed away. So I asked him what his favorite memory of his brother was. He said that it was every time he came home. It was always his brother’s voice that used to fill the house. He described him like a fireplace. His…


LITERATURE

Truman Capote and the moral dilemma in 1966 novel In Cold Blood

Truman Capote, courtesy of Carl Van Vetchen

The division of prose is as distinct as an apple to an orange; two substructures of literature namely fiction and non-fiction. These genres are separated by a metaphysical property — truth. Though both of them takes advantage of it, one declares it while the other one plays with it. In 1960s, this structure was challenged by few of the 20th century literary writers: Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese and Truman Capote — the proponents of New Journalism — took the manner of investigative reporting into the artistic realm.

This literary movement was taken advantage by one of the most notable new…

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