Caregiver: An Attack to Patriarchal Society (Male Chauvinism)

Caregiver is the latest film of Miss Sharon Cuneta under Star Cinema Productions.

My Reactions

This is a story of an English Teacher in an elementary school who took a short course in care giving for her to follow her husband in London.

The story opened with a conflict between the protagonist and her son Paulo who doesn’t want his mom to follow his dad in London.Then again, the protagonist explained to her son the importance of her leaving with exact reference to social reality – POVERTY.

When she arrived in London, several problems unfolded – personal, professional and marital. It seemed as if this film never ran out of conflict. But I can’t really identify the conflict in this film because it’s like a pot of all problems Atlas wouldn’t want to put his hands on.

Here are some of it:

  1. The protagonist, before leaving the country, had issues with her immediate family and that includes her son.
  2. The protagonist, before leaving the country, was offered with a promotion to be the English Department Head.
  3. Her personal issues with her work – its difficulties and racial discrimination.
  4. Her husband is ONE BIG PROBLEM.
  5. Her self (yes. her (space) self)

The film showed the difficulties an OFW suffers in a foreign land. The film was promoted in this manner. Miss Cuneta even mentioned in one her many interviews that “you will surely have more respect to caregivers after watching this film.”

But looking at it closely, this film is not just about caregivers. Caregiver as a profession was used as a facade to show to the rest of the world both the good and bad sides of the Filipinos. The perseverance and dedication to the work at hand and on the other hand, how pride, a positive Filipino trait, can be so destructive. This film showed the Philippines as a Patriarchal society flooded with male chauvinists. This is not just about economic poverty, it is more of a cultural problem – how the colonizers implanted in our minds the wrong way of running a country, how media defined what is good and bad, how society dictates the definition of every word that runs the Filipino people – family, husband, wife, son, rich, poor etc.

The protagonist, at the end of the movie, triumphed not just as a Filipino in a foreign land, but as a Filipino woman in general against patriarchal society and male chauvinism.

Let us not take films lightly. Just because it is the story of a caregiver doesn’t mean it is all about caregivers.

My Boy Jack

Daniel Radcliffe as John “Jack” Kipling
(and this picture reminds me of someone from UP)

My Boy Jack is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling. He wrote it after his son John Kipling (also known as Jack) went missing at the Battle of Loos during World War I.

“Have you news of my boy Jack?”
Not this tide.
“When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Has any one else had word of him?”
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind—
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

David Haig wrote a play on the true account of the disappearance of John “Jack” Kipling during the war and staged it a couple of times. The role of Jack was played by Ben Silverstone and David Haig played the role of Rudyard Kipling.

And now, the story of Jack Kipling is on big screen. The casts are David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, December Boys) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).

The screenplay is wonderful so you should watch this movie.

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Afterthought:

Maybe because Harry Potter always triumphs at the end that all of Daniel Radcliffe’s roles in his other films died at the end of the movie.

comparing august rush and oliver

summary

august rush is a story of a boy who never knew his parents not until the end of the movie. he is the son of a famous cellist and a lead vocalist of a band.

the child star

the movie starred Freddie Highmore, the amazing child actor in finding neverland, arthur and the minimoys, spiderwick chronicles, tim burton’s charlie and the chocolate factory, and will soon lend his voice to astro boy. if not for him and the OST, i would not recommend this movie.

the critique

if you’ve noticed, i only have 2 sentences to summarize the movie because there is nothing to summarize. it is like a contemporary version of oliver twist. although their was a recent version of oliver released not so long ago.

why so?

  • august and oliver are very much alike. oliver lost his parents. august hoped that his parents would soon find him. they both live in an orphanage and they were being bullied by someone older than them.
  • august left the orphanage, oliver was sold.
  • out of their comfort zones, they met a boy. august met arthur, oliver met the artful dodger. then they were brought to a leader of a “gang.” august met wizard while oliver met fagin.
  • their HQ: an old, abandoned theater.
  • in the end, arthur found his parents and oliver found himself in the care of a foster father.

the difference

  • oliver (1968) is a musical. august rush is not. although august rush talked about music and how we can use it to communicate.
  • oliver never went to Juilliard. hahaha

the reasons why you should watch this film

  • raise me up, one of the songs in the OST of the film was nominated in the oscars and it won.
  • wonderful musical scoring
  • cute OST
  • August’s Rhapsody is wonderful
  • Freddie Highmore is the lead

inconsistencies in 10,000 BC movie

i was able to actually take a break from a busy schedule last weekend (march 8 and 9) and this weekend ( march 15 and 16) and took the opportunity to hoard some dvds and did a little pre-holy week movie marathon. just as i said in my previous entry, i was able to watch spiderwick chronicles and 10,000 BC on big screen but i was not able to write a review about it, specially 10,000 BC.

here are a couple of reasons why you should watch 10,000 BC.

  1. if you are into apocalypto type of movies, then this movie is for you.
  2. if you are into stephen strait, then this film is for you.
  3. if you are into mammoths and saber tooth tigers, then this film is again for you.

summary

the story is set somewhere where there is snow all around you, north pole, the alps i don’t know and i don’t really care. a certain girl with blue eyes arrived in the village and the shaman of the tribe predicted that after the last hunt, the 4-legged monsters will come and destroy their village.

the girl became the “lady-in-waiting” of the shaman. the prophecy came true for after the last hunt, the 4-legged monsters came and destroyed the village, killed the hunters and enslaved the others.

then the quest for the girl began. then at the end of the movie, the girl was saved. much like one of the episodes of naruto when gaara died and elder chiyo had to give up her life so that gaara would live.

the shaman gave up her life so that the girl would live – minus the chakra of course.

but the movie is full of inconsistencies.

  • i never imagined that english was the official language in the snowy boondocks of the north pole, the alps, etc in 10,000 BC. as i remember, the english language originated from the germanic settlers and roman troops. in fact, the old english was from the various dialects of the anglo-saxon kingdoms in england.
  • because it is a travel story, a quest to save the damsel in distress, they have to move from the snowy boondocks to egypt bringing with them in their travel the language of their tribe. meeting the tribes in the african desert meant teaching them the english language creating the first black english speakers (sorry, i am not racist).
  • if you travel from the cold areas of this planet going to egypt, you have to pass by a tundra before you reach the tropics but right after the cold regions, they reached the desert, then the tropics, then the desert again. correct me if i am wrong. as i remember it, from ice desert, you have to pass by a tundra, then a taiga, a temperate broadleaf, temperate steppe before you reach the subtropical rainforest. after the subtropical rainforest, you pass by a Mediterranean area, then the moonsoon forest before you reach the desert.
  • if they are not from the ice desert, then perhaps they are from a tundra. if that is the case, they still skipped two areas defined in biomes.
  • the movement was too fast. many things were not defined, others were unclear.

so, if you are planning to watch this movie, think again. i am not an expert movie critic. i am just sharing my POVs and mine will surely be different from yours.

Hollywood remakes sucks!!!

it was not just another movie.it was one of the best asian horror films.hollywood adapted it and now it becomes one big f*cking SHIT…

HOLLYWOOD REMAKES SUCKS!!!

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The Eye was the kind of horror film which do not depend on musical scoring and “dementor-like” visual effects. If you have seen the ORIGINAL ASIAN FILM, and if you are a fan of asian horror films, you can easily say that our screenplay writers associate fear with silence and not depend on musical scoring. The Ring was one Japanese horror film that will really make your hair stand. It did not rely on special effects nor musical scoring. And the Hollywood remake of this film was the worst compared to their remakes of “The Eye” and “The Grudge.”

Imagine (yes, i’m telling you to use your imagination), the beautiful Jessica Alba acting her heart out, then here comes the musical scoring TELLING ALL THE PEOPLE TO WATCH OUT FOR THE F*CKIN GHOST!!! Duh!!!!!!!

HOW DUMB!!!!!where is the element of surprise?it is with the musical scoring not in the acting. it is not even in the special effects. if that is the case, don’t make a movie. give the people a cd of songs that will easily cause heart attack!!!

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In fairness to Jessica Alba, the Dark Angel superstar, she did okay in the movie. the only problem is the adaptation and the approach of those who adapted it. many scary scenes from the original were wasted because DEATH looks like a DEMENTOR in this film.

Do remind the people who made “death ” that this is not a Harry Potter film.

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On Basilisk and Shinobi

Do you know this Japanese movie? The movie starred Joe Odagiri and Yukie Nakama and directed by Ten Shimoyama. If you are wondering who Joe and Yukie are, just look at the picture above. Joe played the role of Gennosuke-sama while Yukie is his love interest Oboro. This film is based on the book “The Kouga Ninja Scrolls” by Futaro Yamada.

The story is like a Japanese version of Romeo and Juliet. Two clans fighting. In the end, since both of them are shinobis, they had to defend their clan from each other. Oboro and Gennosuke had to fight in the end and someone has to die.

How about the Japanese anime “Basilisk”? You might have an idea already. Yup. This is also based on the book “The Kouga Ninja Scrolls”. The full title of this anime is “Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls”. You might be wondering if there is a difference in the storyline of the anime and the movie version “Shinobi”. This is a spoiler so if you plan to watch the movie, stop reading. If you really want to know, then continue.

Yup. There is a difference between the anime and the movie. But I don’t want to talk about it in detail so that people will not hunt me down.

Don’t you just love ninja stories? And I am writing this entry while listening to the soundtrack of Anna and the King particularly the theme used in the execution scene.

I can’t wait to watch the movie version of Naruto.