The Sinag Maynila 2017 Gabi ng Parangal was held last Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier in BGC, Taguig.  The event was hosted by the radio-host duo of Cerah Hernandez and Andre Co. Ballet Manila was on hand and provided an awesome performance by its renowned ballet dancers to open the awarding ceremonies. The movies that participated in the Sinag Maynila 2017 were shown at SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Glorietta, and Gateway.


Tu Pug Imatuy by Arbi Barbarona is the hit winner taking home six (6) major awards including the Best Picture Award, the Best Actress Award for newcomer Malona Sulatan, Best Director Award, Best Musical Score Award and the Best Cinematography Award.  

Herewith is the complete list of winners:

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Hango
Avelino Mark Balmes, Jr.

BEST SHORT FILM
Aliens Ata
Glenn Karl Barit

SINAG BOX OFFICE AWARD
Bhoy Intsik
Joel Lamangan

SM PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Beyond the Block
Ricky Carranza

BEST SOUND
Kristo
Albert Michael Idioma

BEST MUSICAL SCORE
Tu Pug Imatuy
Arbi Barbarona

BEST EDITING
Kristo
Diego Marx Dobles

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Tu Pug Imatuy
Bryan Jimenez and Arbi Barbarona

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Kristo
Arvin Rosendal

BEST SCREENPLAY 
Tu Pug Imatuy
Arnel Mardoquio

BEST DIRECTOR
Arbi Barbarona
Pug Imatuy

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
Julio Diaz
Kristo



BEST ACTRESS
Malona Sulatan
Tu Pug Imatuy

BEST ACTOR (tie)
Raymond “RS” Francisco
Bhoy Intsik
Kristofer King
Kristo 

BEST PICTURE
Tu Pug Imatuy

Solar Entertainment Corporation CEO Wilson Tieng with Direk Brillante Mendoza

Congratulations to all the winners and looking forward to Sinag Maynila 2018.



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Split (2017)

Rated PG-13: For Violence, Sensitive Themes and Mild Language

Running Time: 117 minutes (1 hour and 57 minutes)

Genre/s: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Released on January 20, 2017 (US Release Date; Available For Worldwide Viewing)

Presented by Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures

Writer and Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring:
  • James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke
  • Betty Buckley as Doctor Karen Flecther
  • Haley Lu Richardson as Claire Benoit
  • Jessica Sula as Marcia


Welcome back fellow readers, and my oh my, it really has been a long time since our last lengthy post. Approximately two months, to be precise. Well, I guess that is what happens when you spend too much time staying up during the late hours of the night working on your projects, and obsessing about the hurtful abstract reality that is, let us just say, "attraction". Too add fuel to the fire, I even caught fever. Yep, to sum it all up, the past two months were stressful. On the bright side, I get to rest and relax while having a movie marathon. Split, the latest thriller from the infamous M. Night Shyamalan, is one of those movies, and mine and Dad's prayers have finally been answered. We will not go in to full detail on our insights pertaining to the movie just yet, but generally, this is a clear sign that the director of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable (more on that film later) is back and better than ever. Could this just be another one-hit wonder? Dateline Movies hopes not, and so shouldn't you. Also, from here on out, all movie reviews will have the spoiler alert!


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What is the movie about?

Three classmates, Casey Cooke, played by Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Claire Benoit, played by Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen), and Marcia, played by Sula (Honeytrap) find themselves captured and at the mercy of a mysterious kidnapper diagnosed with a serious case of dissociative identity disorder, who is eventually revealed to be a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb, played by McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse).

Aside from having obviously different behaviors, Kevin's body chemistry shifts as well per identity. Kevin, who possesses no more than twenty-three distinct personalities, including the obsessive-compulsive "Dennis", the manipulative "Patricia", the childlike "Hedwig", and the carefree "Barry", is preparing for the arrival of a terrifying twenty-fourth personality, who is only addressed as "The Beast" by the many identities Kevin has roaming around his mind.

Fearing for their lives, Casey, Claire and Marcia must work together to escape the forthcoming wrath of The Beast.

Meanwhile, Kevin's therapist, Dr. Karen Fletcher, played by Buckley (Wyatt Earp), is later tangled into the mystery when she learns that something evil, something sinister, is about to be unleashed within Kevin's fractured mind!



Acting = (5/5)

Before going any further, we just want to notify everyone that we have made some minor adjustments in our scoring system. Since a film gaining a score ranging from twenty up to twenty-four, and being called a "Masterpiece" feels like an exaggerated expression, we have decided that only the movies that we review that earn a perfect score of a twenty-five will get the label, and as for those who earned above nineteen but below twenty-five, will simply just earn the title of 'Awesome!". Yeah, it is not the best title we can come-up with, but hey, it is better than nothing.

At the very moment I heard that M. Night Shyamalan is managing a new project with James McAvoy, who will all know as the young Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men prequel films, I was more or less worried, as Shyamalan's recent track record seemingly showed that there was no chance at redemption. In addition, having a talented fellow such as McAvoy partaking in a potential failure could spell doom for his career. However, much of my skepticism was lifted once I saw the trailer, and after seeing the movie, it is safe to say that it was far from a disaster, and with it was the most spectacular work done by James McAvoy in recent memory.

It certainly is no easy task to perform twenty-three (make that only eight, since there are only eight personalities featured in the movie) split personas, and McAvoy manages to pull it all off with flair. I mean, just observe how he portrays each individual personality, and notice how he managed to give each a unique voice, a different projection. Notice how he managed to balance the insidious and feminine side of "Patricia", with the immature nature of "Hedwick", the enigmatic presence of "Dennis", and the dreaded horror of The Beast, in various scenes. The best scene that truly showcased McAvoy's knack for acting is in one of the climactic sequences, wherein "Dennis", "Patricia", Kevin, "Hedwick", and two more personalities, "Orwell" and "Jade", struggle to gain control of Kevin's mind. It really is just remarkable to see how McAvoy acted each individual personality in a short time length.



Of course, that is not to say that James McAvoy is the only good actor in the movie. Newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy, who made her big break in the horror art film The Witch (I watched it one time while my family and I were taking a break, and no offense to those who loved it, but I personally felt that it lacked something...someway, but it is definitely not terrible), and is now set to join McAvoy in the X-Men film series as Magik in the soon-to-come New Mutants flick, shines with promise. I admire how, as an actress who is only starting out, manages to deliver a performance that manages to make audiences root for Cassie Cook, a character whom she breathed life to. When you compare it to the other horror movies out there that feature overacting from actors and actresses of her age, she really does a terrific job in conveying actual emotion, especially in the final sequence of Casey Cooke trying to flee from the rampaging Beast.



For our last main cast member, Betty Buckle, who to most die hard moviegoers might recall, was the weird grandmother in The Happening's notorious "What? No." scene. Yep, that was her sharing the screen with Mark Whalberg. With regards to her performance as the therapist caught in a big web of mystery, it is all around finely tuned. Despite the lack of focus on her character for clear and obvious reasons, Buckle still delivers a great rendition.

As for the remaining two cast members, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula, there is not much given screen time for them to truly standout, and due to that, they fall to the usual "blink-and-dead" category, wherein they are expected to die as they are not the protagonists of the story. Despite that, both Lu Richardson and Sula still did some okay performances.

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Production Value and Cinematography = (4/5)

Honestly, there is not much to say about the production value and cinematography, given that it is a pretty straightforward psychological mind-bender set in a closed underground area, and almost no CGI was used. In terms of the direction, however, there are a few details that I can go around on.

The one thing that I love most from the movie is how it builds tension. The build-up is truly something that you would expect from a superior thriller, and the key scenes that highlight this claim include Kevin's slow transformation into The Beast at the train station, followed by the destructive Kevin making his way back to his hideout, complete with a spectacular score done by West Dylan Thordson that completely amplifies the suspenseful atmosphere of the movie, and Casey's final battle between her and the now completely deranged Kevin.

The lighting is good as well, as it does not feature the usual overly dark corridors that prevent the viewer from  actually getting a clear view of whatever it is happening in a certain scene, and it is well lit enough.

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Story, Flow and Dialogue = (4/5)

Let me just say that the movie is not at all that scary, but it more than makes up for it in thrills and tight direction. Generally speaking, the story is very intriguing as well.

The very concept of a character diagnosed of multiple identity disorder, and is suddenly manifesting supernatural abilities is always a very fun idea to explore in any form of media. I can notice some parallels to the all too familiar story of Legion from the Bible, and also the Legion TV show starring Dan Stevens, who is set to play the Beast (Oh the irony) in the upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast. With the usual trope of a superpowered being with multiple personalities, I also expected a fairly unusual Shyamalan-esque twist that reveals either that Casey Cooke is actually the twenty-fourth personality, and the entire movie is actually taking place inside Kevin's mind, or better and even stranger yet, they are all, in reality, clones of himself. I will admit that I was a tad bit disappointed at the lack of the bizarre revelations that has soon became Shyamalan's trademark, but other than that, the story is plenty of fun, albeit cliched.

The mystery surrounding The Beast, on whether or not Kevin can actually gain superpowers, on whether or not The Beast is even real, is predictable and not entirely shrouded in obscurity, as from a moviegoer's experience, and from you watching the trailers, you can easily determine that Kevin really does manifest some superhuman feats. But I believe the real mystery lies at how far can Kevin go with his powers, and by the climax, you will be left breathless in shock and awe at the unspeakable might of The Beast.


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Casey's backstory is beyond tragic, and yes, it is still predictable in a way, but there is no denying that it echoes the film's theme of "power through pain", in my own words, similar to what was tackled in Unbreakable (more on that film later). In flashbacks, we are told that Casey suffered abused at the hands of his uncle, played by Brad William Henke (Fury) who took her in after her father, played by Sebastian Arcelus (Ted 2) died. The flashback that showed the uncle asking the young Casey to "act like animals" with her is creepy, and it definitely adds some necessary character development for Casey. Not only that, it really does make you wonder if the suffering one goes through actually makes them stronger, in a sense.

With regards to Kevin's complete backstory, it is also predictable, but who will care when the movie is as thrilling as this? I know I would not, even Dad. Like the usual flicks, Kevin came from a tormented childhood, as he was frequently abused by his mother. There is one aspect of Kevin's origin story that I admire, and that is the part wherein Kevin decides to create the various identities to become better versions of himself is rather intriguing. It is melancholic. It is somber. It is very, very relatable. It is something that feels like that is straight out of one of my favorite comicbooks, and Dad and I are avid comicbook enthusiasts.


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However, as we mentioned again and again awhile ago, the film is frequently swarmed by a handful of typical overdone tropes, specifically most of the jump scares. One instance of a scare being incredibly predictable is during that part when Haley Lu Richardson's Claire Benoit tried to escape, only to be captured by "Dennis" while hiding in a locker. Yes, it is all there, including the sudden pause in the background music, the shift in the camera's perspective to Claire's, and the sudden appearance of "Dennis", and it is all very predictable as you would have imagined. But mind you that there are certain cliches that really cannot be avoided, and besides, this is only one instance.

Overall, the story fictionally dabbles the topic of split personalities, with the added twist of superpowers, all the while trying to avoid cliches here and there, and the result is anything but a boring, gray experience.

There is actually more to say about the ending of the movie, but I decided to reserve that for our next segment. Trust us, you will not believe what you are about to see by that part.


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Ending, Originality and Story Fulfillment = (4/5)

But before the supposed amazing, best moments of the film are shown, we need to see what happens next for Casey, and in a typical thriller fashion, it does not go smoothly.

Worried that the actions of both "Dennis" and "Patricia" could do more harm than good, "Barry" decides to send a barrage of emails to Dr. Fletcher, who just made contact with "Dennis", who in turn reaches out to Dr. Fletcher with regards to his struggles with the coming of The Beast, during a therapy session of "Barry's". She makes her way to Kevin's hideout, wherein after engaging in a small conversation with "Dennis", again about The Beast, she discovers Claire in a locked closet, and with a canister of knock-out gas in-hand, "Dennis" knocks her unconscious, and imprisoned with the rest of the three girls.

"Dennis", for some reason, leaves for awhile in a cinematic and chilling sequence featuring him purchasing flowers, and transforming finally into The Beast as the mindless Kevin rampages back to his hideout. Okay, this is admittedly one of the most thrilling scenes in the movie, but we need to ask ourselves, "why on Earth is there a need for Kevin to walk outside for awhile then transform?"

As Dr. Fletcher regains consciousness, she is greeted by the sight of a now fully morphed Kevin, who has embraced The Beast persona, and after trying, and failing, to kill Kevin, Dr. Fletcher is crushed to death by The Beast's immense strength, then proceeds to devour the bodies of Casey's peers.

With a convenient note from Dr. Fletcher, written before she died, Casey says out loud "Kevin Wendell Crumb", which brings back Kevin, who has no past recollection of recent events. After advising Casey to kill him with a shotgun, "Orwell", then "Jade", then "Barry", then "Hedwick", then finally "Patricia" allowed The Beast change the world by sparing those who have truly suffered, both physically and emotionally, deeming them as "impure". That scene was a blast in so many ways, mainly because McAvoy was able to switch characters in mere seconds. That is a tough act to pull. Wait, are they telling me that all I have to do is say his real name loudly, then he will be temporarily be incapacitated? You know what? Maybe I am taking this movie way too seriously. I will shut-up about that part, right now.

As Casey tries to make her escape, The Beast prepares to slaughter her, only for The Beast to notice her wounds, and declaring that her "heart is pure", sparing her in the process. Kevin, now fully controlled by The Beast, accompanied by "Dennis", "Patricia" and "Hedwick", are ready to do more evil things, hopefully for a sequel that is just as awesome as this one!

But what happened with Casey? Well, she is found by some security detail, which reveals that the hideout is actually the basement of a zoo. She is then escorted by the police back to her home, but before that, she glares silently, signalling that she finally has found the courage to report his uncle's misdemeanors.

All in all, this was an okay ending, albeit, like I said, familiar in certain parts, especially the part wherein Casey was spared. While it could be expected that the protagonist will meet her maker, only a few movies actually did that. Then again, not all movies have to be tragic in endings.


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But wait, there is more. Now, this is interesting. A post-credits scene, featuring Bruce Willis reprising his role as David Dunn from Unbreakable? Hold on a second, if Split is basically a follow-up to Unbreakable, then that means.... an M. Night Shyamalan cinematic universe is confirmed! Okay, okay, we might be getting tired of all of the shared movie universes out there, in addition to the fact that having two rivaling franchises is enough to keep a human being completely drained of money, but think of the possibilities that the series can go! Would we be seeing a superhero team-up? Could there be more superhumans just like them? Man, I really cannot wait for what is to come! Oh well only time will tell.


Overall Evaluation = (4/5)

While it still succumbs to merely a handful of thriller cliches, this movie is a clear sign that M. Night Shyamalan's creative persona is back, and ready to shock viewers, thanks in part to a standout performance from its lead.

TOTAL = 21/25 (Awesome!) 

Split features not only a stellar and spine-chilling performance from the one and only James McAvoy, but it also contains an interesting story, making this an above average thriller that will keep viewers at the edge of their seats!

What has M. Night Shyamalan in store for his upcoming film series remains a mystery, but we can all hope in anticipation that it will be nonetheless promising. And that concludes our latest movie review. Also, for the succeeding days, we will be posting more movie reviews, because I am currently in the mood to make them, given that I have watched a lot of great films already, with most of them being dramas and romantic films. Remember, "affection" was a key element in my two month adventure, and aside from that was the school work, and a little game known as Fallout: New Vegas. Also, did anyone watch the Best Picture mix-up during the Oscars? If you haven't, watch the Steve Harvey-ish moment below. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!

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Soon to be seen as the lead actor portraying the young version of Peter Parker in the sixth Spider-Man movie since Tobey Maguire started donning the red suit in 2002, Tom Holland will certainly become a household name comes July 2017.  
Born Thomas Stanley Holland or more popularly known as Tom Holland, was born on June 1, 1996 in an area known as Kingston Upon Thames located in Southwest London.  His father is Dominic Holland, a popular British stand-up comedian, actor, broadcaster and an author, having written and published 3 novels.  His mother is Nicola Frost, a photographer.  Tom Holland has three other younger brothers: twins Harry and Sam and the youngest of the Holland brothers, Patrick.  In 2012, Tom took acting lessons at the British performing arts and technology school called the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, which is located in Selhurst, Croydon.  

He also attended hip-hop/ street-dance classes at the school of leading dance choreographer Lynne Page who works in theater, opera, music and the film industry known as the Nifty Feet Dance School.  

By 2008 at the age of 12, after almost 2 and a half years of auditioning, Tom Holland finally landed a role in the musical Billy Elliot that premiered at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.  He performed first as Michael, the best friend of Billy Elliot.  Subsequently he became Billy and he last appeared in the musical on May 2010.   Watch young Tom Holland on his Billy Elliot's audition experiences. 


His first movie debut was the disaster-drama film The Impossible that starred Naomi Watts and Ewan Mcgregor.  It was directed by J.A. Bayona and was released on 2012.      

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Tom plays the role of Lucas Bennette, the 12 year old son of Naomi and Ewan, trying their best to survive a tsunami disaster in Thailand.  

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His second movie is based on Meg Rosoff's 2004 novel with the same title - How I Live Now, released on 2013 and also stars Saoirse Ronan and Anna Chancellor and directed by Academy Award Winner Scottish director Kevin Macdonald.

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His next movie is titled Locke in 2014 which was written and directed by Steven Knight and was top-billed by Tom Hardy.  He really doesn't appear in this movie but Tom Holland provided the voice for Eddie Locke, one of Ivan Locke's sons.


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His next movie is the 2015 film by Academy Award winner director Ron Howard which stars his soon-to-be-co-avenger marvel actor Chris Hemsworth - the adventure-drama, In The Heart of the Sea.  Tom Holland stars as the young Thomas Nickerson, the cabin boy who was interviewed later on in the film by writer Herman Merville who wrote the famous book, Moby Dick.  



His first major role is in the movie directed by brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the Marvel movie blockbuster - Captain America: Civil War in 2016, where he appeared as The Amazing Web-Slinger Spider-Man/Peter Parker.   

This year July 2017, everyone is waiting for his next major movie - Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Tom Holland will be the third actor to portray the role of Peter Parker which Tobey Maguire started, making three Spider-Man films and was followed by Andrew Garfield making 2 Spider-Man films.  

Everyone is asking - Will Tom Holland be the better Spider-Man?  Well, in my opinion, he might certainly be!  He's young, talented, energetic and very athletic. Take a look at his Instagram post.  Just like the young Peter Parker we all know in the comicbooks.

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HBO has a contest this 2017 and the contest is called The HBO Ultimate Oscars Experience Contest.  Just by answering a simple question that will appear during the broadcast of the 89th Oscars ceremony which will be held live at the Dolby Theatre, you stand to win the Ultimate Oscars Experience.  The winner of the contest will be able to catch next year's Oscars Red Carpet "Live" in Hollywood. Seven (7) pairs of winners will be chosen to enjoy the following:

+ a pair of 2018 Exclusive Red Carpet spectator tickets and Oscars® viewing party

+ a pair of Round-trip economy class air tickets to and from Los Angeles,      
   California

+ accomodation for two (on a twin-sharing basis) for 5 - days and 4 - nights in      Los Angeles, California

+ VIP Theme Park Tour for two

+ A 20 - minute helicopter tour of the breathtaking Californian coastline



JOIN NOW

To participate in the Contest, Participants must answer one question in relation to the Event, which will appear during the broadcast of the Event on the "HBO" channel, and submit their answer along with their particulars via hboasia.com/oscars/contest (the "Contest Page") during the Contest Period - which is until March 19, 2017, and stand to win the HBO Ultimate Oscars® Experience!

Question:

Who won Best Director and why do you think he or she won? (200 words limit)

There are seven (7) Prizes up for grabs.

For more details about the contest rules, as well as the terms and conditions click on the link http://hboasia.com/HBO/en-ph/oscars/contest

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Sinag Maynila Film Festival is ready for its third season!

The local film festival’s new tagline “Sine Lokal, Pang-Internasyonal” lives up to its core as the roster of finalists handpicked by Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Ma Mendoza have been announced. “The upgraded mechanics for this season may have been a risky move, but we are very happy with the outcome,” says Tieng. “We are looking forward to the reception of these films here and of course, internationally.” 

With the tremendous success of Sinag Maynila’s debut in March 2015, more talented filmmakers took their chance in getting a nod to be part of the competing roster as it has been closely associated with the opportunity for international recognition. This year’s categories include Full Length, Short Film, and Documentary.

FULL LENGTH CATEGORY

1. Kristo by HF Yambao



Cast: Angela Cortez, Julio Diaz, Kristoffer King

Total Running Time: 92 minutes



The film Kristo, digs deep into what is supposed to be a grand day for Boy, whose first born - Jemjem, graduated from elementary school with honors. Throughout the story, bits and pieces of fighting against oppression of losing his main livelihood as a vendor, of fighting for his winnings in a bet to game fowls, fighting for his honor as a family man, and eventually fighting for his own life against fate - all his struggles in life, will finally be revealed. In this "game" we called life, who are the ones who really wins, and who are the ones who really loses?

2. Beyond the Block by Ricardo Carranza




Total Running Time: 115 minutes

Spanning some fifty years and charting a path across three diverse continents, “Beyond the Block” is an energetic docudrama that weaves a thoughtful and personal account of the evolution of the Hip Hop Dance in the Philippines. 



From its humble beginnings at the sensational TV program of “Penthouse 7” in the 70s to the cult classic “Dance 10” in the 80s to the struggles of Filipino contingents in today’s biggest international dance competitions, the film lovingly showcases the special place of dance in every Filipino life. It provides a tapestry of anecdotes, recollections and testimonies that constitute a living history of contemporary Filipino dance indispensable for any serious study on the subject.

3. Ladyfish by Jason Orfalas



Cast: JC Santos, Martin Escudero, Brenda Mage, Ruby Ruiz

Total Running Time: 90 minutes


 

Discriminated and treated differently by employers for being a gay misfit, odd Kaye struggles to make ends meet by selling her bewildering home-grown beauty soap when her half-transexual best friend Bonn appears with her son for help. To raise their child, Kaye and Bonn must overcome a society where basic rights and a fair chance is deemed out of reach.

4. Bhoy Intsik by Joel Lamangan




Cast: RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Elora Espano, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Jeric Raval

Total Running Time: 107 minutes

When the lives of two small-time felons with disparate personalities crossed paths, having a petty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business: BHOY INTSIK and MARLON, the key personalities in the community of the living-dead, must forge a strange alliance in order to survive.

5. Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)  by Arnel Barbarona



Cast: Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, Luis Georlin Banaag III



Set in an indigenous community in the hinterlands of Mindanao, a family goes up to the mountains to grieve and bury its youngest member who died from sickness. But as they make their way back to their village, they were confronted by soldiers and this forced them to turn to their traditional defense called “pangayaw” in order to drive off the abusive soldiers away from their village.

SHORT FILM CATEGORY

1. I Am Jupiter, I am the Biggest Planet by Matthew Victor Pastor



Silence in the red light district of Manila.

2. Ang Langit, Burger at ang Universe by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.



It took burgers and one girl for a man to discover his place in the universe.

3. Aliens Ata by Karl Glenn Barit



Two brothers deal with the sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas-Filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that's why they look to the sky for answers. Could it be aliens?

4. Ang Hindi Ko Masambit by JoseMaria Javier Manoos

Principal Cast: Angeli Bayani, Raikko Mateo, and Stanley Pantano



A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because of an unprecedented past.

5. Tulay Buhay by Paul Arrenze Dionela



In the streets of Manila, the homeless struggle to live. Some fool others; others don't want to be fooled and some imitate some in order to survive.

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY

1. Hango by Avelino Mark Balmes Jr.

Total Running Time: 9 minutes and 33 seconds



Follows the story of a grandfather and his grandchild who works as fishermen in Bacoor, Cavite.

2. Kupkop by Jaynus Olaivar

Total Running Time: 14 minutes and 4 seconds



The documentary Kupkop, which literally means to “adopt”, revolves around the life of 3 kids with cerebral palsy who were abandoned by their parents due to their condition. They were able to find love and affection from people who may not be their kin, but shows great compassion without any form of compensation.

3. The Recycled Spirits of Roel Cabato by Noah Del Rosario

Total Running Time: 8 minutes and 20 seconds



Meet Roel Cabato: an Ilocano-Ifugao artist and environmentalist from Baguio City, who spends his time creating artworks from whatever he can find in his home/art space called Hanan'chi (Aninito Art Space and Café). His works represent his spiritual connection with the Ifugao culture as well as his advocacy for environmentalism and recycling.

4. Pagrara Sang Patipuron (Weaving a Circle) by Jean Claire Dy, Manuel Domes

Total Running Time: 20 minutes and 24 seconds



Pagrara San Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity. With the help of two young artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of the design process in the hope of transcending their present realities.

5. Krudo Boys by Mirielle Frances V. De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago

Total Running Time: 10 minutes and 25 seconds



Renato together with his brother Alyo, are two of the few men who call themselves "Krudo Boys". They scavenge for spilling crude oils coming from ships in Navatos City using only their worn-out boat and a piece of foam to gather oil and then selling it to the consumers. With this kind of grueling labor, they strive to work hard in order for them to provide food and shelter for their family.

Check the full list of finalists via http://sinagmaynila.com/. The 2017 Sinag Maynila Film Festival will be from March 9 to 14, 2017. Get updates on Sinag Maynila via Facebook.com/SinagMaynila, Twitter and Instagram via @sinagmaynila. Subscribe also to the official Sinag Maynila Youtube Account: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZPI6kPKUCsbim9e_qByNQ.

Solar Entertainment Corporation together with renowned director Brillante Mendoza launched this film festival in 2015 that aims to support local independent cinema.


Sinag Maynila was born from the vision of Mr. Wilson Tieng and Direk Brillante Mendoza’s wish to have a festival that not only inspires but educates and enlightens Filipino movie audiences.

Last year, people celebrated the triumphant achievement of Leonardo DiCaprio's highly demanded Oscar win! After a string of nominations, and effortlessly powerful performances that are often overlooked by the awarding committees, Leonardo DiCaprio finally, finally received the award that he highly deserved for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's semi-biopic epic, The Revenant. But Leonardo DiCaprio is not the only one who deserves to get a long-awaited recognition, because...

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Yep, after two-hundred plus movies and several life-threatening injuries brought upon by his deadly stunt work, including those of him appearing as a Bruce Lee stunt double in one of the Dragon's films, only now did he get an Oscar. He was introduced by his former Rush Hour co-star Chris Rock, alongside Tom Hanks and Michelle Yeoh. Jackie Chan gave an inspiring thank to all of his fans for their endless support in his Facebook account.


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It’s been 56 years since I filmed my first movie when I was six, and I’ve worked on over 200 films to date. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still "young". I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award.

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The JC Stunt Team has always had a motto: We don’t ask why, we just do or die. This was one of our fundamental principles, and also a kind of passionate attitude that we, as action movie stars, kept at heart. To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case. That’s why I’d like to share this honor with my brothers of the JC Stunt Team who have been with me through good times and bad times over the many years, and I’d like to share this award with every action movie star from all over the world!

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I’d like to say thank you to my family; thank you to every outstanding, talented and professional person I’ve worked with on the movie set; and thank you to all the business partners who have continuously supported me. I’ve actually set myself a “little goal” and hope that this honorary golden statue won’t be my last one. I don’t think the Oscars have a rule where you can’t win another golden statue after receiving an honorary award, right?

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my fans who have endlessly given me so much support. You’re the reason why I’m motivated to keep moving forward. Thank you!


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從6歲開始拍電影,到今年已經56年,作品超過200部,很感謝奧斯卡在我還打得動的時候,給了我這樣一個鼓勵,也非常榮幸成為第一次獲得這個榮譽的華人。
很多年前成家班就經常說一句話,We don't ask why, we just do or die.這是我們的信條,也是所有動作電影人的態度。拍動作電影很辛苦,受傷流血是常事,很多人都落了一身傷病,我自己也不例外。所以,奧斯卡這份榮譽,我要把它要与几十年來与我共同出生入死的成家班兄弟,与全世界的動作電影人一起分享!
感謝我的家人,感謝多年來所有优秀又敬業的戲中搭檔,還有所有支持我的合作伙伴。而且,我還有個“小目標”,那就是希望這座小金人不是我的最后一座,奧斯卡應該沒規定拿完終身成就獎就不能再拿別的獎了吧!
最后,感謝全世界一直支持我的影迷們,你們是我繼續前進的動力!

Wow, he truly deserved that Oscar! After all, doing actual stunts is no easy task! Besides, he did appear in a lot of my childhood favorite action-comedy movies. This man is truly a legend, and he indeed deserves to achieve such an honor! Before we officially end this reasonably short post, here is a look back at Jackie Chan through the ages, in this small, simple tribute made by the YouTube channel known only as "THE MASTER". Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!