Have you guys seen Pisay yet? I saw it last Tuesday with the usual suspects (JAm, Jem, Leks, Jonas, and Chewy; Mark and Hannah were also at the screening but they arrived late). I didn't really want to write extensively about it because there's just no way to do justice to the experience of what Howie Severino calls a 'cinematic love letter to a school'. He gave the film a rave review.
Auraeus and direk Laurice Guillen were right: This may be the first movie that portrays modern Filipino youth as being as brilliant as Rizal had envisioned more than a century ago.
Auraeus Solito has three strengths as a filmmaker. One, he draws fine performances from his actors, even those who had no previous acting experience. Two, he can tell a story visually, unlike many Pinoy filmmakers whose movies look like radio drama serials. Three, he knows his strong points, so his confidence is evident even in scenes that might seem problematic. These strengths are on display in his third feature film, Pisay, the intertwined stories of six scholars at the Philippine Science High School in the ’80s.
The film will be screened at UP on July 31, 5PM. I think there will be additional screenings if the film were to win awards in tomorrow night's awarding ceremonies for the Cinemalaya festival. The PSHSAA and the PSHS Foundation will also be sponsoring screenings of the film at The Block on August 24 and 25.
Last night's Play4Serve at Saguijo was one for the ages. Tried to re-construct the set list from memory.
dong abay (featuring sandwich and sancho) akrostik state u tuyo tsinelas bombardment esem dyad banal na aso perpekto senti (Mahal ka ba niya? Talaga?)
* teeth were running late, so a bunch of musicians got together to play some songs and keep the crowd interested fatal posporos/imago (kris dancel, aia de leon, buddy zabala, raimund marasigan) walang break break cocoboy goodnight sili song spoliarium
teeth (ebe dancel with teeth) bum squad phone rings sorry tampo prinsesa laklak darating shooting star * i don't think this is complete, eto lang yung naalala ko yung mga titles
eraser-x (jett pangan, jugs jugueta, kris dancel, buddy zabala, raimund marasigan) maskara alapaap pare ko julie tearjerky ang huling el bimbo overdrive torpedo magasin
* at this point, jett pangan left, eheads producer robin rivera took over on the drums and raimund sang back2me butterscotch sembreak
* raimund went back to the drums and the front man for some band i couldn't remember the name insomya
* the itchyworms' jugs jugueta took over vocals for the last two songs andalusian dog lightyears