A practice those of you who may have studied in Jesuits institutions are probably familiar with is the Examen, a nightly exercise of looking through your day for the highlights of your experience to gain insight about our lives and the points in which we might be touching the divine. Here at Zerothreetwo, we do a similar process at the end of the year by going back over the movies that have really moved us, often to a nearly divine depth, films that make us happy to be alive, and provide some insight on the human condition.
What a year that was! While so many unsettling events may still have you reeling from the effects of 2016, I am now going to focus on what was for me a bright side of last year, its movies.
To qualify for my list, all films had to have been released widely in Filipino cinemas during the year of 2016.
The longest running film festival in the Philippines, Cine Europa, will be taking place in Ayala Center Cebu Cinemas from Friday October 7 to Sunday October 9, 2016. This is the nineteenth year of the festival which is celebrating the 25th year of the arrival of European Union Delegation in the Philippines. Hence, the theme of the festival this year is “Friendship”. Twenty two films from around Europe will be shown for free, so get there early if you want to beat the crowds. The festival is showing in Cebu as part of the Cine Europa’s touring schedule which will travel to eleven Filipino cities.
The Japanese Foundation has been running a festival of Japanese movies called Eigasai in Ayala Center Cebu. It started on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 and will finish on Sunday August 21, 2016. The film festival is free; you just have to show up on time. Each day in Ayala Cinema 4, the film festival will show a different movie (two on Saturday and Sunday!) from Japan that has been released in recent years.
What is heroism in your mind? Is it being the toughest dude around, shooting all the bad guys, saving beautiful hostages, and knowing how to pose while flexing your muscles carrying your latest paramour? Or maybe it is about giving up your life to go to war zones in Africa, where you use your medical skills to save the lives of orphans? For me, heroism can be found in the Filipino team behind the movie Ignacio de Loyola.
Like the original film, this one follows a group of scientists and friends who attempt to prove to the world the existence of the supernatural. The twist? What was previously an all-male ghost-busting team, is now all-female.
“Horror movies sending chills down the spine” may be clichéd, but have you ever wondered why that happens? Think of your dog, when a stranger passes your gate. It barks, seemingly angry or afraid, and the hair on its back stands up as a response to fear.
You are probably sick of all the political bickering on social media. Despite taking part in a lot of it, I have to admit it often gets too much, and I just want to shut the whole thing down. Run away to Badjao shack on a coral atoll where it is just me and the fishes. So why not go to the movies for some escapism? No luck there, if you want to watch the blockbuster du jour the Russo brother’s Captain America: Winter Soldier. It’s all about taking sides on political stands but amped up with super-powered fisticuffs.