The Act of Killing.

Pakshet! Kakaibang kilabot talaga yung naramdaman ko nang mapanood ko finally itong pelikulang matagal nang pinag-uusapan online.

The_Act_of_Killing_(2012)Nung 2012 ginawa ng isang American-British film director na naka-base sa Denmark itong documentary ito na tungkol sa mga kaganapan sa Indonesia mula 1965 hanggang 1966.

Anong kaganapan? The almost total extermination of the leaders, members and sympathizers (even those simply accused of being so) of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI). Conservative estimates place the total deaths at 500,000 people, with some historians even claiming 1M+ people murdered.

Hindi ko na ikukwento yung history nung event kasi pwede n’yo naman itong i-google. Pero what bears sharing is HOW the story was told — the director convinced the actual perpetrators to do the acting!

Opo. Kakaiba talaga!

Actual members (now quite old) of rightist para-military and vigilante groups (even village youth gangs) that did the killings tell their story of why, when, where and how they committed the murders.

And get this, sila rin mismo ang nagrere-enact nung mga pag-patay, sa paraang gusto nila — kaya may straight drama kunwari, may mala-musical, at may mala-action film ang pagsasadula.

And they were quite proud of what they did. Grabe!

And that, probably, is the main reason why this is one of the most chilling films I have ever watched. Hindi masyadong pulido yung acting itself kasi hindi naman sila professional actors, pero it was their experience that was harrowing.

The way the killers reminisced about…

  • what their feelings were when they abducted, tortured and subsequently butchered their victims
  • how their victims reacted upon finding out that they were to be killed
  • how they disposed of the bodies, or the pieces, depending on what method of killing they employed
  • how good they felt after the murders and how they looked forward to the next ones.

All these painted a stark picture of exactly how inhuman humans can become once you mix fear, intolerance, lies, ideology, religion, prejudice and hate together in one setting.

I pray that such a thing never happens again ever; not anywhere, not to anyone. 😦

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The Act of Killing.

The Hobbit (Part 1): kumusta naman?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

IN A WORD: Panalo!

IN SEVERAL WORDS: More than I expected!

IN A SENTENCE: The movie was a creative, and very effective, re-arrangement of the plot sequence as presented in J. R. R. Tolkien’s original work.

IN A PARAGRAPH: I’m impressed. As usual, Peter Jackson has shown his mastery of the relatively new art (and science) of transposing Tolkien’s books into film. His interpretation of the personalities of the characters presented in this film (there were the familiar, albeit relatively younger, characters from the LOTR trilogy in several scenes, of course: Gollum, (the older) Bilbo, Gandalf, Lord Elrond, (a surprisingly nicer) Saruman, and Lady Galadriel, to name those I remember) were funny, ‘human’ (even if they were not human), and quite sympathetic. The presence of returning characters notwithstanding, it was the new characters who really grabbed my attention. The 13 Dwarves, for example, — and I’m trying to list down their names from memory — Thorin, Bifur, Bombur, Kili, Fili, Oin Gloin, Ori, Dori, Nori… (my memory fails me at this point and I’m forced to ‘Google’ the rest hehehe)…  Dwalin, Bofur, and Balin, were a merry mix of seriousness, slapstick, royalty, deviousness, anger and compassion. I sometimes caught myself mentally joining in their banter, adding my own suggestions on how to approach an obstacle, or evade the Goblins and Wargs. Adik ba? Hehehehe. But, without a doubt, it was the younger Bilbo who was the star of the movie. As I followed his adventure on the screen, I was constantly trying to relate the situation to events in the LOTR trilogy and, more importantly, to events as presented in the book. Suffice it to say that watching The Hobbit exercised my mind on so many levels, all at the same time. Yup, it was that good. Watch it, read the book, then watch it again.

IN A FULL ARTICLE: Aba’y sobra na yan. Tama na yung sa taas. Wala namang bayad ‘to eh. 🙂

The Hobbit (Part 1): kumusta naman?

The anticipation is killing me!

May nabasa kasi akong teaser online. Nakalagay — The Hobbit… malapit na! Pero nung binasa ko yung main article, sa December 2012 pa pala ang premier.

Powtek. Bitiiiiin!

Oh well, sabi nga ng mga henyo d’yan sa gilid-gilid, delayed gratification leads to happiness magnification! (or something to that effect. Adik din kasi yung henyong kilala ko. Hehehe)

So heto… konting tiis pa mga kapwa kong Hobbitheads! 🙂

P.S. Without Googling the answer, can you name the 13 Dwarves in The Hobbit?

P.P.S. What do you notice about this particular poster?

The anticipation is killing me!

The Hobbit (malapit naaa!)

Pasensiya na ha? Hindi talaga kasi ako malupet na fans ng Harry Potter series. Ok lang siya for me… pero hindi ko inaabangan, kumbaga. I don’t lose sleep counting off the days before premier night. Kaya pati itong last installment ng Deathly Hallows, wala akong urge na mapanood agad. Ok lang kahit sa DVD later.

Pero ibang usapin ‘tong The Hobbit!

2007 pa lang ay inaantay ko na itong pelikulang ito. At obviously, kahit noon pa lang ay atat-na-atat na akong mapanood siya. Gaya ng pagka-atat kong mapanood agad yung lahat ng LOTR films — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers at The Return of the King (bumili pa nga ako nung mga collectors DVD boxes ng mga ito).

Eniwey… fast-forward to 2011…

Sa wakas, tapos na rin ang The Hobbit! Malapit ko na siyang mapanood sa big screen! And judging by these still photos (of some of the Dwarven characters), The Hobbit will definitely rock! Wooohoooo!!!! 🙂

The Hobbit (malapit naaa!)

Kung isasa-Pelikula ang buhay ko…

… gusto ko, bongga yung aktor na gaganap bilang ako. OK lang na hindi masyadong sakto sa itsura ko… artistic license na yun nung direktor, di ba?

Saka hindi naman yun bawal. Ginagawa rin ng iba.

Napanood n’yo ba yung pelikulang “Enemy at the Gates” kung saan ang gumanap sa papel ni Vasily Zaytsev — yung bidang Russian sniper — ay si Jude LawAmfugeh ng fowtek, di ba?

Pero alam n’yo ba ang tunay na  itsura ni Pareng Vasily?

O ha! Pwede! 🙂

Kung isasa-Pelikula ang buhay ko…

Paulina Gaitan Rocks!

I saw this film on HBO the other day and was positively blown away!

The story-telling was riveting and the actors entirely believable. But it was one of the protagonists who was the absolute star — Paulina Gaitan, who played the role of Sayra, was not only very sympathetic, her way of acting was near flawless, without the usual “pagka-OA” we Pinoys have come to expect from young actresses like her.

Sin Nombre (Without Name) puts to film the tragic story of one Honduran family seeking to enter the United States illegally via Mexico. Their desperate voyage — beset by violent gangs (the Mara Salvatrucha), exploitation and by the indifference and, sometimes, utter contempt shown by the people they encounter along the way — forces the viewer to confront issues normally hidden from the public’s view.

I won’t ruin the experience for you by telling you how the film ended. Suffice it to say that it was with a bitter-sad-hopeful tone 🙂

Get your hands on a copy now! I did!

Sana man lang meron tayong aktres na kasing galing ni Paulina.

Paulina Gaitan Rocks!