Category: Movies

A Review of the Film “Pusang Gala”

Remember fictional romance. The tone of the narration in the opening scene of the movie is basically used as a technique to emphasize an air of fictional romance. In “Pusang Gala” women became its central characters. The movie emphasizes gender roles. It suggests how gender becomes performative.

The first scene of “Pusang Gala” shows Irma Adlawan carefully washing her body with water scented by rose petals, surrounded by candles. While on the other side of the house, Ricky Davao, the gay character, is shown writing his next romance novel, facing his computer. The camera constantly shifts to the two characters to show emphasis that they are two separate characters.

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The story of “Pusang Gala” revolves around the idea of characters waiting for their loved ones who seem lost in their own homes. The camera slowly moves to the characters, slowly making a connection between the two. The female character hears a car engine in the streets, desperately thinking it’s her lover, who comes only when he feels like coming home to her.

The next scenes still highlight the idea of waiting for the lost souls who still haven’t find their way home, lurking in dark streets. And so, a new character is then introduced. He is the lover of the female character who loves to surprise her with his unexpected arrivals. Another macho character is also depicted in the movie. Here we see the gay character’s lover going home to him after weeks of not showing his face around. The two main characters finally gave in after fighting at them and accepted their lost lovers into their own homes.

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“Pusang Gala” reflects a society wherein the only escape from reality, mostly in the part of women, is their illusions of romantic fantasy. They desire to believe in the tales that they read from romantic novels. And so, in the first parts of the movie, there is an attempt of the gay writer, one of the main characters, to relate his novel to the life of his female friend.

Eventually, the later parts of the story change from its romantic atmosphere to a closer look of reality. The red roses no longer symbolize love and romance, like the way it is represented in the opening scene of the movie. The red roses become the representation of bleeding hearts and sweet death. The idea of romantic fantasy dies, and a new birth of reality finally grows like the red roses they plant in front of their house.

Pusang gala- a Filipino term for stray cats

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The Cockroach Massacre

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Because no one loves an annoying cockroach, a cult was formed by its members who vowed to kill every living cockroach in honor of the housewives who keep waking their husbands up with their loud screams each time they see a crawling cockroach. Why the cockroach massacre? Obviously, because it’s a copycat of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, only it’s not just Texas and they don’t do it with a chainsaw.

If you want to be a cockroach killer, here are some important pointers for the training for you to eventually join the cult.

  1. Practice the art of killing by killing your cat with a fork. If you can’t kill it after 20 seconds, then you’re just another loser.
  2. Burning moths in the candle is no longer a big story for grown ups. Why not grill your dog alive and have a nice meal?
  3. If you still believe that an ant has some skin on its fragile body (after a terrible argument with your mom who believes ants don’t have skins), then trust your instinct and skin it with a samurai sword. Being able to skin the ant without cutting the ant’s body means you are one tough bastard, congratulations!
  4. Get a fly and place it inside an oven. Toast it and then feed its burn bosdy to the dogs in the neighborhood.
  5. Slice the cow’s balls and place it inside an electric blender. Pour it in a glass and serve it to mom and dad.
  6. Catch a rat and throw it from the 10th floor to the first floor. Get its eyeballs as replacement for your teddy bear’s lost eyeballs.
  7. Catch a pregnant mosquito and place it inside the freezer. After two hours, carefully slice its belly and get the egg. Stir fry and enjoy.
  8. Slice your horse’s testicles and feed it to another horse (you are what you eat).
  9. Throw a grenade to a sleeping bird inside a cage.
  10. Get a rabbit and place it inside a gas chamber. Be sure to strap its body in the chair.

The performances above are intended for your practice for the finale, the main event- the cockroach massacre. Please do try this at home.

Why Scrappy Coco is a Hero

Scrappy Coco shouldn’t only be remembered because of his large testicles and the fact that he’s giving every senior citizen one good favor- a free sex service after the haircut. The Zohan has his own propaganda- Lather. Rinse. Save the world.

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Here are some of my reasons why Scrappy Coco should not just be the older women’s hero.

  1. Scrappy Coco doesn’t want to fight anymore, the only thing he wants is to work for Paul Mitchell, cut hair and please the senior citizens.
  2. Scrappy Coco has the balls to tell his fellowmen that he is tired about the never ending war between the Israelites and the Palestinians- that he doesn’t want to get connected to more bombings and killings. He is an inspiration to all the soldiers in the world who use drugs, undergo methadone detox and other psychiatric proceedings after facing trauma in the battlefields. He aspires to make the world silky smooth.
  3. Scrappy Coco proves to the world that we can still live together in one street and one house even if we belong to different races.
  4. Scrappy Coco teaches every man that having a penis also means making every girl happy, even if she’s fifty years older than you.
  5. Scrappy Coco is a hero because takes care of animals, especially goats.
  6. Scrappy Coco teaches every man that to be a man doesn’t mean being in battlefields and killing people- to be a man is to have the courage to fight for your dream even if you have to cut hair and be a successful hair stylist.
  7. Scrappy Coco teaches us that Mariah is really not a bitch, as others think she is.
  8. Scrappy Coco teaches us about love and loving the owner of the house you are living in.
  9. Scrappy Coco teaches us that every woman craves to be pampered. That older women still have some craving for sex aside from getting their hair done.
  10. Scrappy Coco teaches us that your hot boss will soon be your hot girlfriend.

To Scrappy Coco, you’re not a piece of crap, actually you should be a hero. You’re not just a piece of testicle, you’re an anti-war activist, a disco advocate and a passionate lover of the senior citizens. Long live Scrappy Coco!

Sabbath Witches

There was a popular notion that poetic language is the language of “images” and this conception was accepted by the theorists of Symbolism. “The Summer Solstice” is considered to be a sort of revelation of women empowerment through the use of gothic and barbaric images. In the last part of the story, a reader is introduced to the idea of man’s submission to woman by the image of a “man crawling on the floor like an agonized lizard, his face flat on the floor, as his lips touched her toes.” This act could be considered as a form of worship to a god or to someone whom you see as a powerful and superior being.

The woman, on the other hand, portrays the image of a woman under the power of the Tatarin being a form of witchcraft, as depicted in the story. A reader is then given a hint by a rich description of the ritual of the Tatarin.

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“…they covered their heads with their black shawls and began wailing softly, unhumanly-a hushed, animal keening…”

The description of Amada’s husband and lord being silent all along while she was naked and screaming in bed is also a powerful scene in the story.

The writer never mentioned about sexual submission, whipping and women dominating in the bedroom, the reader is only being provided with images.

The emphasis of the independent value of words extended to the creation of “nonsense” language into a new form of creation. The story is able to submit itself as to what Roman Jakobson called “organized violence” in which a writer is able to roughen up an ordinary language into “formed speech.” Instead of merely narrating the events in the story, Joaquin was able to capture the finest and important moments because of his careful use of his language.

“…her hair flung back and her loose hair streaming out of the window-streaming fluid and black in the white night where the huge moon glowed like a sun and the dry air flamed into lightning and the pure heat burned with the immense intense fever of noon…”

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And so, somehow, a reader is introduced to such words which deliberately suggest enchantment and a sense of magical realism. The tone of the story is veiled with sexual desires, superiority and fear.

Then came the idea of foregrounding. Dona Lupeng’s characterization in the end becomes a strong central figure in the story so as to draw out the repressed desires of women and they are being released from such repression through men’s ultimate submission.

The transcendental effect, therefore, is achieved following the idea that literature is always metaphorical and symbolic. Though its goal is not to deliberately reveal issues such as feminism, etc, the content is able to stand with the effective elements of the form. After all, the form s always the main focus of Russian Formalism.

Note:

Tatarin- a pagan ritual to the moon led by female priestesses

Robots and Machines

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When “The Bicentennial Man” was filmed, it would be safe to assume that the writer of the book, from which the movie story was adapted, was already aware of the issues between human and created intelligence.

Most people think when they hear the word “machine” or “robots” to be exact is their fear that humans might be overtaken by machines. Well in fact, we are already dominated by machines in most industries and factories.

In the movie, there is a sense of discrimination among the robots. But of course, they are still considered machines working for humans. Robots are made to work, not to love and be a part of humanity. The movie is just too obsessed with the idea of creating a movie that would recognize the importance of machines and love them at the same time. Japan is the leading country that is good with robotics.

Call it robots, call it whatever you want to call it, the fact is, machines changed the world.