Monthly Archives: May 2016

Ang Ibig Sabihin Ng HOLD THE DOOR Ay…

Nawawala na daw yung ugaling Maginoo na paghawak ng pinto para sa babae; yung pagbubuksan mo siya pag sasakay siya ng sasakyan mo, yung hahawakan mo yung pinto para una siyang makapasok sa grocery store, yung sasabihan mo ng “after you” o mag-gesture ka ng “tuloy po kayo” na parang crew sa Jollibee.

Ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng maginoong gesture na ito. Masyadong pa-macho ito. Kaya naman ng mga babae pagbuksan ang sarili nila. Kaya naman nilang ikutin ang door knob. Marunong naman silang humawak ng pinto. Hindi naman sila ganoon katanga para pumasok sa EXIT at lumabas sa ENTRANCE. Hindi na sila kailangan i-guide pa.

Pero kasi, yung extra gesture na yun ay patunay ng pagpapahalaga sa kasama. Kahit hindi sa panliligaw – kahit sa nanay mo, sa mga batang papasok sa eskwela, dun sa stranger na gusto mong marinig ang boses niya na bibigkas ng “Thank you.” – magagawa mo ito.

Yung extra effort at acknowledgement ang ipinaparating mo dito. Yung extra care na matatandaan ni senyora, yang simpleng bagay na yan ay tatatak sa kanya.

Ako, kaya ko ginagawa to sa sasakay kay Pilot, kasi nga, medyo topakin yung pinto nung sasakyan. Ayoko mahirapan yung shotgun.

Kung gusto mo ito matutunan, magkita tayo sa Pool Club sa June 11. Andun si Hodor to HOLD THE DOOR for you.

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TIMELESS CLASSIC STORY OF “PINOCCHIO” AT SM CINEMAS ON MAY 28 AND 29

The most rewarding family bonding experience is about to happen at SM Cinemas with its latest Family Movie Day weekend promo on May 28 and 29 featuring the latest version of the timeless story of “Pinocchio.”

“Pinocchio” is the latest recipient of the Gold World Medal at the recently concluded New York Festival from Carlo Collodi’s classic story. Directed by Stepan Gajdos, the latest reimagining of “Pinocchio” is a blend of real film and computer animation. “Pinocchio” comes to life when a good-hearted old toymaker named Gepetto carves a puppet from a wood that he found. To Geppetto’s delight, Pinocchio comes to life – and like most little boys, he’s full of reckless whims and wild ideas. His crazy escapades lead him into a series of madcap adventures from joining the circus to visiting the inside of whale! Along his journey, and throughout all the fun, Pinocchio learns to be considerate and courageous and learns what it takes to become a real boy.

PINOCCHIO

PINOCCHIO

PINOCCHIO at SM Cinemas

PINOCCHIO at SM Cinemas

PINOCCHIO

PINOCCHIO

From CrystalSky Multimedia, “Pinocchio” stars Germany’s most acclaimed actors, led by Mario Adorf, best-known for his appearance in the Academy Award®-winning “The Tin Drum”, Inka Friedrich (“Summer in Berlin”), Sandra Huller (“Requiem”), Ulrich Tukur (“The White Ribbon”) and Benjamin Sadler (“Dresden”), in a suspenseful and humorous adventure.

With SM Cinemas’ latest promo, families can choose to buy two tickets with two free tickets for kids, provided that children must be below 4ft. in height in qualify. Patrons can also opt to buy four tickets and SM will give free coupons from their (malls’) partner merchants. For further details, please check SM Cinemas’ and CrystalSky Multimedia’s social sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

AWARD-WINNING TOM HANKS STARS IN NOVEL-TO-MOVIE DRAMEDY “A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING”

Adapted from the novel by Dave Eggers, “A Hologram for the King,” starring Tom Hanks is set in a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, author Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel turned movie is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment — and a moving story of how we got here.

This latest Tom Hanks starrer is directed by Tom Tykwer who has solidly established himself as a young Spielberg for this well-endowed type of international co-productionalism that basically milks state funds on a global scale. What Tykwer likes about “A Hologram for the King” Tykwer is its tacky surrealism, and he indulges in it. Tom Hanks is the fool in the dunes, but he gets a nice bath in the end, and even romance. When was the last time anyone thought of putting Hanks in a sex scene? That must have been Philadelphia, again. But then Saudi-Arabia is so strait-laced that even Everyman has an edge.

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING - Tom Hanks

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING – Tom Hanks

tom hanks in A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

tom hanks in A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

After Tom Hanks gave Dave Eggers’ National Book Award-nominated novel A Hologram for the King a rave review on his Twitter feed in 2012, only one issue remained unresolved for the two-time Oscar-winning actor. “I was already a big fan of Dave Eggers’ work, having read a bunch of his stuff including things he did with McSweeney’s literary review,” Hanks says. “Then I read A Hologram for the King in one sitting and my only question when I finished it was whether or not he wanted a movie made out of his book.”

German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, who co-directed Hanks in the 2012 sci-fi epic “Cloud Atlas,” felt just as strongly about the source material. “A Hologram for the King hit a very particular nerve in me,” Tykwer recalls. “It was the most contemporary novel I’d read in a very long time so I felt like it couldn’t wait: this story had to be made into a movie. It’s very much about now, yet it still it has the sense of a classic novel in that it’s a book for all times. I found that to be a brilliant mix so I turned into this very pushy machine trying to put the movie together as fast as I could.”

Tykwer, who had worked with author Eggers previously on a miniseries adaptation of the San Francisco-based author’s novel “What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng,” arranged a meeting with Hanks and Eggers at a Los Angeles hotel. After pitching his ideas for the book’s cinematic adaptation, Tykwer and Eggers came to a very un-Hollywood-like agreement. “Dave and I trust each other,” the director explains. “I love that he offered to get rid of all the contract stuff and just write on some piece of paper ‘I promise not to be an asshole’ and then we would both sign it. We’re very much on the same page when it comes to artistic exchange. Dave understands that once you let somebody take over your vision, you have to keep some distance.”

Tykwer was equally excited about partnering once again with Hanks. “Working with Tom is liberating for a filmmaker because he’s so open-minded to every moment and every situation,” Tykwer says. “He’s like a superintelligent child who comes into a room and says, ‘Okay, what are our toys?’ And then, ‘Let’s explore what we can do with them!’ That’s super inspiring because when you come up with a new idea, he picks it up really greedily and does something with it in a wonderfully playful way.”

“A Hologram for the King” opens June 1 in cinemas to be released by OctoArts Films International.

EWAN MCGREGOR CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING IN “OUR KIND OF TRAITOR”

Money moves the world in the espionage thriller “Our Kind of Traitor” starring Ewan mc/gregor and Naomi Harris based on the hit novel of the same title by celebrated novelist John le Carré.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Susann White, “Our Kind of Traitor” is a taut thriller about an unsuspecting married couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) on holiday in Marrakech, who meet the flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård). He befriends them over games of tennis and lavish parties at his villa before revealing he is the top money launderer for the Russian mafia and wants to defect with his family to Britain. From that moment on, Perry and Gail are thrown into the fractured, dangerous world of international spies and dirty politics as they endeavor to save Dima and his family, and ultimately themselves. Indeed, “Our Kind of Traitor” captures a very British fascination with espionage, international double-dealing and Britain’s place in the world.

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

Ewan McGregor in OUR KIND OF TRAITOR_

Ewan McGregor in OUR KIND OF TRAITOR_

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McGregor, who boasts an eclectic career with memorable roles in films including “Moulin Rouge,” the “Star Wars” franchise, and most famously as the heroin addict Renton in his break-out film “Trainspotting,” plays regular guy Perry, a man in his mid-40s whose life has not turned out how he hoped it would. He is a little bit lost and looking for a way back to his life, not entirely unlike the hopeless souls recruited by the Russian mafia in jail to the Vory, a real-life organised crime cohort.

For the actor it was, as always, about the quality of the script. “It’s harder and harder to find movies like this,” McGregor admits. “But it’s what le Carré does best in that his characters are very real, very human characters and in this case even more so because he’s put two civilian people into the world of espionage. He’s plonked them right in the middle of this thriller. That’s interesting because you think, ‘What would I do in this situation? How would I react?’”

McGregor read the script before going to the book. “Perry is more serious and quiet and withdrawn in the book and he’s been brought forward a little bit in the screenplay but he’s still quite a thoughtful, quiet character,” McGregor says. “Gail absolutely holds her own and it’s a very modern marriage in that respect, there’s nothing traditional about it and there’s no husband and wife roles. They’re both in this thing together and she gives as good as he does. You see the consequences of what they’re doing and how it affects both of them. It’s quite nice as it’s quite unusual.”

For screenwriter Amini, McGregor is the perfect Perry, dressed in vintage-looking jeans, boots and leather jackets. “I love the idea of Ewan playing Perry, because as an actor what I’ve always admired in his work is that there’s an edge and a toughness but there’s also something incredibly vulnerable and innocent,” says the screenwriter. “Perry is thrown into this world and copes with it pretty heroically but at same time is almost wide-eyed in his purity and his reaction to the moral compromises and the darkness in people he is witnessing.

“What’s great about Ewan is that he feels morally so solid,” Amini continues. “You really sense his outrage and his disappointment in people, but also the toughness and an edge that allows him also to be an action hero, and that’s required too. It’s that combination that makes him so ideal.”

Susanna White praises McGregor’s ability to engage with audiences. “He and I talked early on about the challenges of playing a real relationship of people whose marriage is in trouble,” she says. “He liked the idea of scrutinizing what it felt like to be slightly emasculated by a wife who’s more powerful than you are. In theory if you ask Perry whether he thought it would be good to have high achieving women, he would say ‘of course, women deserve that.’ But when he is faced with his own situation he starts to feel threatened by Gail and challenged by it. Part of the challenge was keeping audience appeal while seeing his weakness at the beginning of the film and his journey to rediscovering himself, who he is and redefining his relationship of with Gail. It was a very interesting journey with Ewan. He wasn’t afraid to play a character that was weak at the beginning of the film but who gains in strength.

“Our Kind of Traitor” opens June 8 in theaters from OctoArts Film International.