Wednesday, January 27, 2010

“Avatar”, “Hurt Locker”, “An Education” lead BAFTA race!

“Avatar”, “The Hurt Locker” and “An Education” lead the pack of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award nominations with 8 nods apiece. Fresh from their Golden Globe wins, Mo’Nique, La Streep, Christoph Waltz and Jeff Bridges are also nominated in their respective categories.

The BAFTAs is considered the British equivalent of the Oscars.

Snubs: No Sandra Bullock. No Sam Rockwell in the Best Actor race. No Julianne Moore in supporting. (500) Days of Summer was shut out. And Nine got only one nod for Make Up & Hair. Lol.

Smiley Face: Vindication for District 9 with multiple nominations in the directing, adapted screenplay and the technical categories. Can’t be happier to find Quentin Tarantino and Neil Blonkamp in the Directing race.

Here's the BAFTA lineup.

– James Cameron, Jon Landau
An Education – Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer
The Hurt Locker – Nominees TBC
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness
Up In the Air – Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubieck
An Education – Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer, Lone Scherfig, Nick Hornby
Fish Tank – Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold
In the Loop – Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy, Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche
Moon – Stuart Fenegan, Trudie Styler, Duncan Jones, Nathan Parker
Nowhere Boy – Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae, Robert Bernstein, Sam Taylor-Wood, Matt Greenhalgh

Broken Embraces – Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar
Coco Before Chanel – Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Anne Fontaine
Let the Right One In – Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Tomas Alfredson
A Prophet – Pascale Caucheteux, Marco Chergui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard
The White Ribbon – Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Michael Haneke

Coraline – Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Wes Anderson
Up – Pete Docter

ERAN CREEVY – Writer/Director – Shifty
STUART HAZELDINE – Writer/Director – Exam
DUNCAN JONES – Director – Moon
SAM TAYLOR-WOOD – Director – Nowhere Boy

Avatar – James Cameron
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp
An Education – Lone Scherfig
The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

JEFF BRIDGES – Crazy Heart
COLIN FIRTH – A Single Man
JEREMY RENNER – The Hurt Locker
ANDY SERKIS – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

SAOIRSE RONAN – The Lovely Bones
GABOUREY SIDIBE – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
MERYL STREEP – Julie & Julia
AUDREY TAUTOU – Coco Before Chanel

ALEC BALDWIN – It’s Complicated
CHRISTIAN McKAY – Me and Orson Welles
ALFRED MOLINA – An Education
STANLEY TUCCI – The Lovely Bones
CHRISTOPH WALTZ – Inglourious Basterds

VERA FARMIGA – Up in the Air
ANNA KENDRICK – Up in the Air
MO’NIQUE – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

The Hangover – Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Up – Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

District 9 – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
An Education – Nick Hornby
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – Geoffrey Fletcher
Up In the Air – Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Avatar – Mauro Fiore
District 9 – Trent Opaloch
The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
The Road – Javier Aguirresarobe

Avatar – Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9 – Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Inglourious Basterds – Sally Menke
Up in the Air – Dana E. Glauberman

Avatar – James Horner
Crazy Heart – T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Chaz Jankel
Up – Michael Giacchino

Avatar – Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
District 9 – Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Nominees TBC
Inglourious Basterds – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

Bright Star – Janet Patterson
Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier
An Education – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
A Single Man – Arianne Phillips
The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

Avatar – Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
District 9 – Nominees TBC
The Hurt Locker – Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
Star Trek – Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
Up – Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

Avatar – Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
District 9 – Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
The Hurt Locker – Richard Stutsman
Star Trek – Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

Coco Before Chanel – Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
An Education – Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Sarah Monzani
Nine – Peter ‘Swords’ King
The Young Victoria – Jenny Shircore

Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim
Kristen Stewart

The Killers cancels Manila tour!

"The Killers" have canceled their Asian tour citing “unforeseen circumstances” in a statement on their official website. What a bummer! Aside from the Manila concert set on January 31 at the Mall of Asia concert grounds, the band have also canceled their appearances in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo and Seoul.

"The band deeply apologizes to their fans and hope to reschedule their shoes in these cities soon," the statement read.

This was confirmed by the show's organizers Worldwide Bomb and Saga Events. However, the band's planned concert in Australia will remain as scheduled.

My hopes are still up that they would be able to reschedule.

For the uninitiated, The Killers is composed of Brandon Flowers (vocals, keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass) and Ronnie Vannucci (drums). They are responsible for two of the best songs to come from the last decade: “Mr. Brightside” and “All These Things That I’ve Done”.

Refunds will be given by Ticketworld.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock win acting honors at 2010 Golden Globes!

It was a night of the "underappreciated" as Hollywood longtimers Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr. win their first Globes in the star-studded affair hosted by Ricky Gervais. Even in the television categories, the consistently brilliant but usually underrated stars (Julianna Marguilles, Chloe Sevigny, Toni Collette) triumphed in the acting categories.

"I am in the midst of my dream, and when I look into the eyes of the man that I stood next to at fourteen years old, and I said to him, 'One day we're gonna be stars,' and he said 'You first,' I love you more than you will ever know, baby."

*WORST SPEECH OF THE NIGHT- Drew Barrymore. She just rambled and rambled and rambled.

*FUNNIEST QUIP: Meryl Streep
"I just want to say, in my long career, I've played so many extraordinary women that basically I'm getting mistaken for one."

He talked about stars and constellations and planetary orbits like a mad scientist and ended his speech with: "I wouldn't have dared dream my little world, my globe, would be part of that constellation, and now you've made it golden."

"(If I may steal from Michael Oher), I may not be the most talented, but I've been given opportunity,"

Here's a rundown of this year's Golden Globe winners:

Best Picture: Drama — Avatar

Best Picture: Comedy or Musical — The Hangover
Best Director — James Cameron, Avatar
Best Actor: Drama — Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Drama — Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Actress: Comedy or Musical — Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Actor: Comedy or Musical — Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Best Supporting Actress — MoNique, Precious
Best Supporting Actor — Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Foreign-Language Film — The White Ribbon
Best Screenplay — Up in the Air
Best Animated Feature Film — Up

Best Television Series: Drama — “Mad Men”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Drama — Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Drama — Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Best Television Series: Comedy — “Glee”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Comedy — Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Comedy — Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television — John Lithgow, “Dexter”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television — Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love”

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Spring Film Festival at Shang on Feb 2010!

Finally, we got the first film festival for 2010!

The 2010 Spring Film Festival showcases four contemporary Chinese-language films that have English subtitles on February 3-9, 2010 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. Tickets are available at P100.

The event is presented by Ateneo de Manila University- Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, in Partnership with Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-la Plaza. It will also feature a painting exhibit by the renowned painter Dr. Alex Chan-Lim and his students.

Hmm, I'm a bit suspicious of the line-up because I've already seen "Cape No. 7" and thought it was one of the most terrible films I've seen last year. Or maybe I'm just not the target audience for an uncomplicated bubblegum love story. Anyway, for the interested, here is the list of films to be screened:
1. In Love We Trust 左右 (115 mins)
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Meizhu and Xiaolu were once happily married and a lovely daughter, Hehe, is born to them. After their divorce, both remarry, but when Hehe contracts leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant from a sibling, they face the dilemma of their lives. Their loyalty, relationships, love and commitment are all put to the test.

2. Cape No. 7 海角七号 (133 mins)
Directed by Wei Te-Sheng. Multi-awarded at the 2008 Golden Horse Awards, Grand Prize in the 2008 Asian Marine Film Festival.
Aga, a frustrated-rock-star-turned-substitute-postman, tries to form a band for a concert organized by the Japanese talent agent, Tomoko. They soon find themselves linked to an earlier time, when a Japanese schoolteacher fell in love with a Taiwanese girl he had to leave behind. This romantic comedy-musical, the all-time movie blockbuster of Taiwan, is a fresh approach to Taiwan’s history as a Japanese colony.

3. The World 世界 (105 mins)
Directed by Jia Zhangke. Best Foreign Film at the Toronto Film Critics Association (2005). ‘The World’ refers to a theme park that invites visitors to see the world without leaving Beijing. With its replicas of world icons such as the Eiffel Tower and the leaning tower of Pisa, the park and its shows are a glittering attraction, but behind it are lonely workers struggling to communicate and find love. The story follows the pretty dancer Tao and the security guard Taisheng in a film that tries to reflect on the fate of individuals in the face of globalization.

4. Seventeen Years 過年回家 (85mins)
Directed by Zhang Yuan. Won Best Director at the Shanghai Film Critics Award (2000) and the Singapore International Film Festival (2000). In her teenage years, Tao Lan accidentally kills her stepsister and is convicted of murder. After seventeen years, she is granted a new year’s furlough, but her parents do not fetch her from prison. Tao Lan befriends a prison guard who helps her mount a reunion with her family, but after the tragedy and the heartache, is a reunion possible?

Screening schedule per day:
February 3, 2010 (Wednesday)
In Love We Trust 11:35am-1:30pm
Cape No. 7 2:00-4:15
The World 4:45-6:30
Seventeen Years 8:00-9:25 (invitational screening)
February 4, 2010 (Thursday)
Seventeen Years 2:00-3:25
The World 3:55-5:40
Cape No. 7 6:10-8:25
In Love We Trust 8:55-10:50
February 5, 2010 (Friday)
The World 2:00-3:45
In Love We Trust 4:15-6:10
Cape No. 7 6:40-8:55
Seventeen Years 9:25-10:50
February 6, 2010 (Saturday)
Seventeen Years 2:00-3:25
The World 3:55-5:40
In Love We Trust 6:10-8:05
Cape No. 7 8:35-10:50

February 7, 2010 (Sunday)
Seventeen Years 2:00-3:25
Cape No. 7 3:55-6:10
The World 6:40-8:25
In Love We Trust 8:55-10:50

February 8, 2010 (Monday)
The World 2:00-3:45
Seventeen Years 4:15-5:40
In Love We Trust 6:10-8:05
Cape No. 7 8:35-10:50

February 9, 2010 (Tuesday)
Cape No. 7 2:00-4:15
In Love We Trust 4:45-6:40
Seventeen Years 7:10-8:35
The World 9:05-10:50

The Chinese Painting Exhibit on the other hand will be displayed on February 3-11 at the Grand Atrium, 2F Shangri-La Mall. Paintings are by the Chan Lim Family & Ateneo Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students. Got this from

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Backstreet Boys Live In Manila in February 2010!

Backstreet Boys will visit Manila for the third time in a concert dubbed Backstreet Boys This is Us Tour 2010 on Feb. 27, 8 p.m. at Araneta Coliseum. 

As a teenager in the late 90s, I abhorred the Backstreet Boys...and all the other boy bands. But as I matured, it became abundantly clear to me that this is probably my generation's New Kids On The Block and I can't help but hum along every time one of their songs gets played on the radio.

The multi-Grammy nominated Backstreet Boys gained worldwide teen adulation when its first seven albums landed in the Top 10 of the US Billboard charts. In the ’90s, Backstreet Boys churned out pop hits like Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), I Want it That Way, Larger Than Life, plus songs that gave them 14 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  The Backstreet Boys has sold over 130 millions worldwide. Originally a five-man group, the Manila leg will include band members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and A.J. McLean. (What?! No Kevin Richardson?!-- screamed Layla, a big BSB fan, hand in mouth.)

The event will be brought to us by Araneta Center and Viva Concerts & Events, in cooperation with Uniprom.

Ticket Prices at ticketnet:

Patron VIP (Reserved Seating)- 4760
Patron (Reserved Seating)- 4280
Lower Box (Reserved Seating)- 3810
Upper Box A (Reserved Seating)-2860
Upper Box B- 960
Gen. Admission- 480

"When Timawa Meets Delgado" at U-View Fully Booked, Jan 17

Here's a chance for you to watch Ray Gibraltar's indie gem "When Timawa Meets Delgado" (2007).

The Tioseco-Bohinc Film Series picks up where Alexis Tioseco left off with his Fully Booked screenings, featuring independent cinema that deserve more audience than it has. "When Timawa Meets Delgado" is an experimental narrative documentary about health care and the nursing boom in the Philippines that is virtually indescribable and also funny as hell.

The film will be shown on Sunday, January 17, 2010, at Fully Booked High Street (U-View) from 3 pm to 5pm. Filmmaker Ray Gibraltar and poet J.I.E. Teodoro will be in attendance. Admissions is free, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Silverscreensurfer's Top 100 Films of the Decade (2000-2009)

The last decade was a treasure trove of great movies and I’m only too happy to share my Top 100 Favorite Movies from the era. Before anyone turns snappish and ask, “Why isn’t “insert movie title here” on your list?”, let me tell you that it pains me to leave out some terrific pictures from the list. I had to be pretty conservative and stick to 100, omitting several amazing films in the process (The Wrestler, Tropic Thunder, L’Enfant, Hero and the Martin Scorsese films, to name a few).

My criteria for the list are as follows:
a. Will I watch it again?
b. Did the film bring me to another place while I was watching it?
c. Does the memory of it make me smile?

In short, I do not have a criteria.


The films are arranged according to my degree of love:

1. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-Wai), 2001

2. ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe), 2000

3. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson), 2007

4. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Darren Aronofsky), 2000

5. MEMENTO (Christopher Nolan), 2001

6. LOST IN TRANSLATION (Sofia Copolla), 2003

7. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch) , 2001

8. DANCER IN THE DARK (Lars von Trier), 2000

9. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (Alfonso Cuaron), 2002

10. SIDEWAYS (Alexander Payne), 2004

11. GARDEN STATE (Zach Braff), 2004

12. AMORES PERROS (Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu), 2000

13. DOGVILLE (Lars von Trier), 2003

14. GHOST WORLD (Terry Zwigoff), 2001

15. AMELIE (Jean Pierre- Jeunet) , 2001

16. EIGHT WOMEN(Francois Ozon), 2002

17. MOULIN ROUGE (Baz Luhrmann), 2001

18. TUHOG (Jeffrey Jeturian), 2001


20. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu), 2007

21. ONCE (John Carney), 2007

22. IN THE BEDROOM (Todd Field) , 2001

23. 28 DAYS LATER(Danny Boyle), 2003

24. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (Marc Webb), 2009

25. DONNIE DARKO (Richard Kelly), 2001

26. THE DREAMERS (Bernardo Bertolucci), 2004

27. ADAPTATION (Spike Jonze), 2002

28. KILL BILL VOL. 1 (Quentin Tarantino), 2003

29. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Jared Hess), 2004

30. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris), 2006

31. WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Ari Folman), 2008

32. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (John Cameron Mitchell) , 2001

33. PAN’S LABYRINTH (Guillermo del Toro), 2006

34. WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater), 2001

35. INTO THE WILD (Sean Penn), 2007

36. GOSFORD PARK (Robert Altman), 2001

37. OLD BOY (Park Chan-wook), 2003

38. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Danny Boyle), 2008

39. THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck), 2006

40. PUNCHDRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson), 2002

41. CRASH (Paul Haggis), 2005

42. PERSEPOLIS (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi), 2007

43. CITY OF GOD (Fernando Mereilles), 2003

44. INFERNAL AFFAIRS (Wai-keung Lau & Alan Mak), 2002

45. MALENA (Giusepe Tornatore), 2000

46. JUNO (Jason Reitman), 2007

47. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach), 2005

48. DISTRICT 9 (Neil Blonkamp), 2009

49. PIECES OF APRIL (Peter Hedges), 2003

50. FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes), 2002


52. TRAFFIC (Steven Soderbergh), 2000

53. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Tomas Alfredson), 2009

54. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Lonergan), 2000

55. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (Michael Winterbottom), 2002

56. BILLY ELLIOT (Stephen Daldry), 2000

57. CHILDREN OF MEN (Alfonso Cuaron), 2006

58. RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme), 2008

59. THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE (Sylvain Chomet), 2003

60. THE OTHERS (Alejandro Amenabar) , 2001

61. NOTES ON A SCANDAL (Richard Eyre), 2006

62. NO MAN’S LAND (Danis Tanovic) , 2001

63. ATONEMENT (Joe Wright), 2007

64. SECRETARY (Steven Shainberg), 2002


66. HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (Vadim Perelman), 2003

67. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater), 2004

68. A SCANNER DARKLY (Richard Linklater), 2006


70. (REC) (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza), 2007

71. I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (Philippe Claudel), 2008

72. LAGAAN (Ashutosh Gowariker), 2002

73. AVATAR (James Cameron), 2009

74. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (Sam Mendes), 2008

75. ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Werner Herzog), 2008

76. TIMECODE (Mike Figgis), 2000

77. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson), 2001

78. ELEPHANT (Gus Van Sant), 2003

79. SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki), 2002

80. EL JUEGO DE LA SILLA (Ana Katz), 2002

81. KUNG FU HUSTLE (Stephen Chow), 2005

82. THE PIANIST (Roman Polanski), 2002

83. VOLVER (Pedro Almodovar), 2006

84. ABOUT SCHMIDT (Alexander Payne), 2002

85. THE MAGDALENE SISTERS (Peter Mullan), 2003

86. LOS CRONOCRIMENES (Nacho Vigalondo), 2007

87. ANTI-CHRIST (Lars Von Trier), 2009

88. MARGOT AT THE WEDDING (Noah Baumbach), 2007

89. LOVE ACTUALLY (Richard Curtis), 2003

90. THE KITE RUNNER (Marc Foster), 2007

91. QUILLS (Philip Kauffman), 2000

92. ZOOLANDER (Ben Stiller)

93. TALK TO HER (Pedro Almodovar), 2002

94. SO CLOSE (Corey Yuen), 2003


96. HIGH FIDELITY (Stephen Frears), 2000

97. SIN CITY (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller), 2005

98. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Woody Allen), 2008

99. NOUSUKAUSI (Johanna Vuoksenmaa), 2003

100. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg), 2005
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