I ♥ Cinema. I ♥ Cinemanila.

Remember the date: 11.11.11. As with every year, not much info has been released yet. So what do we know so far?

Cinemanila is back in Taguig City. Screenings will be in held in Market! Market!, Fully Booked, and outdoor lawn of Bonifacio High Street.

The festival will run for only 7 days. Mark your calendars. It's November 11-17, 2011.

Italian director Dario Argento and actress Nora Aunor will receive lifetime achievement awards.

The best news so far is that Wim Wenders' Pina will be the opening film. Pina is Germany's submission to the Best Foreign Language category of the Academy Awards. The film is a documentary about the great German choreographer Pina Bausch. What's laudable about this film is its impressive use of 3D technology. So for the first time ever, Cinemanila will have the opening film in glorious 3D.

I'll let you know once Cinemanila releases the official lineup. For the meantime, here is the trailer of Pina.

Advance Warning: We Need To Talk About Kevin

It is but right that I feature my most anticipated film in Advance Warning. When I heard about We Need To Talk About Kevin during this year's Cannes Film Festival, I was immediately hooked. It doesn't hurt that it stars my most favorite actress, Tilda Swinton. Everyone is buzzing about her performance in Lynne Ramsay's adaption of a novel about a fictional school massacre told through the perspective of the killer's mother. The mother, of course, is played by the versatile Tilda Swinton. We Need To Talk About Kevin joins the long list of films about school murders like Elephant, Bowling for Columbine, Polytechnique, and Beautiful Boy. What separates We Need To Talk About Kevin from the rest of the pack is that it is played out like a thriller, a cautionary tale, a horror film.

Aside from the chilling trailer above, the promotional posters of this film are probably some of the best I've seen this year. See below.

Advance Warning: We Need To Talk About Kevin
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Now Showing: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Taking inspiration from feminist poetry, Alvin Yapan (the critically acclaimed director of Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe) combines dance and literature to tell a story of love and longing. I haven't seen any other Filipino film this year that is as well written and well crafted. Don't miss Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa. Now showing in Glorietta, Trinoma, and selected SM cinemas. Stop whining that we don't have enough good movies in our cinemas. Do your part. Watch good movies so good directors can continue making them.

Must-See: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
Director: Alvin Yapan
Starring: Jean Garcia, Rocco Nacino, Paulo Avelino

Do you miss our friends from 100 Aker Wood? Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Christopher Robin return to the silverscreen with a brand new adventure that is nothing short of magical. Winnie the Pooh proves that old-school, hand-drawn animation is here to stay. My bet for best animated film of the year.

Another Must-See: Winnie the Pooh
Director: Stephen Anderson, Don Hall

The third installment of the found footage franchise shows us how the activity began. Creator Oren Peli relinquishes the directing duties to the duo who gave us the Facebook docu, Catfish. I hated the first. I didn't bother to see the second. But people are saying that this is the best out of the three. What do you think?

Curious to See: Paranormal Activity 3
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Rihanna & Calvin Harris Found Love

A little reminder that David Guetta is not the only DJ making waves in the mainstream. Rihanna and Calvin Harris collaborate for this amazing track. Watch the video above. Which film does it remind you of?

Blog Hiatus

It's been two months since my last blog post. I know I've been neglecting this blog the last few months. I have a bad case of writer's block. In fact, I didn't accept any writing assignment from PEP after Zombadings because of this problem. Despite this, I still religiously update the sidebar with the latest films that I've seen. Anyway, I'm back now and I hope I'm back for good.

To shake things up, I'm introducing new sections in this blog.

Advance Warning I did a list last year featuring my most anticipated movies. Read the last part here. Instead of doing another list for 2011, I will just post trailers and promotional materials one movie at a time.

Now Showing As the name suggests, I'll write about films that are currently playing in our theaters.

Soundbytes for album reviews, music videos, news, and anything about music. Aside from being a film enthusiast, I'm fond of music as well.

Couch Potato I'm not a big TV fan, but I have my fair share of reality shows and mini series. I'll share my current boob tube addictions in this section.

Click Here where I will post links to articles that I think will interest you.

Aside from the aforementioned sections, I will continue posting my PEP Reviews, Film Logs, and Lists. In fact, I'm already preparing my year-end lists as early as now. Color me excited!


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