233rd Movie Review: Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? (1972)

Nakakatuwa at Nakakaiyak, Ngunit Masyadong Mahaba

“Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?” ay isang pelikulang nasa diresyon ni Eddie Romero na unang lumabas nung taong 1976. Ito ay ipinakita mula sa isang palabas-biswal sa Cine Adarna, UP Diliman at sinubukan kong panoorin. Ngunit di ko inakalang tatagal ako sa loob ng sinehan ng lampas sa dalawang oras.

Sangkot sa pelikulang ito sina Christopher De Leon bilang Nicolas “Kulas” Ocampo – ang pangunahing bida – Gloria Diaz bilang Matilde “Diding” Diaz Patron – ang minamahal ni Kulas – at Eddie Garcia bilang Don Tibor. Kasama rin dito sina Dranreb Belleza, Leopoldo Salcedo, Rosemarie Gil, Johnny Vicar, E.A. Rocha at Tsing Tsong Tsai.

Nagsimula ang pelikula sa isang eksena kung saan nasunog ang bahay kubo na tinitirahan ni Kulas bunga ng kanyang kapabayaan. Sapilitan niyang nilisan ang bukid upang maghanap ng pansamantalang matutuluyan. Sa kanyang paglakbay, natagpuan niya ang isang pari (Rocha) na nagtatago sa mga magnanakaw. Nakiusap ang pari kay Kulas na hanapin ang kanyang anak sa labas na si Bindoy (Belleza) at iuwi siya sa Maynila. Pabalik na si Kulas kasama si Bindoy nang matagpuan niya ang isang pangkat ng mga tagapagtanghal na nasiraan ng gulong. Dito niya nakilala si Diding (Diaz). Subali’t hindi niya naipahayag ang kanyang pag-ibig sa kanya dahil napilitan silang maghiwalay matapos silang arestohin.

Nakarating si Kulas sa Maynila sa tulong ng isang Tsinong marunong mag-Tagalog na ang pangalan ay Lim. Dito nagsimula ang iba’t ibang mga pangyayari na nagbago sa buhay ni Kulas. Dahil sa paghatid niya kay Bindoy pauwi, biniyayaan siya ng pari at binigyan siya ng kayamanan at isang bahay.  Natagpuan niya muli si Diding, ngunit hindi nais ni Diding na magpakasal sa kanya. Pero sa huli ay nag-iba rin ang isip ni Diding kaso nga lang hindi na ito tinanggap ni Kulas. Lumisan si Kulas upang sumama sa mga tulisan at ipagtanggol ang mga Pilipino laban sa mapang-aping mga Amerikano. Dito niya natuklasan ang kahulugan ng pagiging isang tunay na Pilipino.

Napakagaling ng direksyon ni Eddie Romero sa pelikulang ito. Naipakita niya sa satirical at nakakatawang  pamamaraan kung paano tinatrato ang mga Pilipino nung panahon ng kolonyalisasyon. Ipinakita sa pelikula ang buhay ng mga Pilipino nung dantaon 19. May mga tulisan, magsasaka, pari, kasama na ang mga Tsinong namuhay na rin tulad sa mga Pilipino.

Maraming nakakatawang eksena na nagpapakita sa kamangmangan ni Kulas. At kahit na tinatawanan ko ito, nasaktan pa rin ako dahil parang tinatawanan ko na rin ang mga magsasaka at mga walang kayang mag-aral sa kasalukuyan. Kung iuugnay natin ito sa pamagat ng pelikula, nagmumukhang parang walang pinagbago ang Pilipinas sa noon at ngayon. Bagama’t hindi ito tama, may kaunting katotohonan pa rin ito.

Nagulat din ako sa kagandahan nila Christopher De Leon at Gloria Diaz. Ito ang aking unang pagkakataong makita sila nang sila ay may kabataan pa at mahusay din ang kanilang performance. Karapat-dapat talagang manalo ang pelikulang ito bilang Best Picture noong 1976 at dahil dito ako ay mas naging interesado sa dating pelikulang Pilipino.

Ang problema ko lamang sa pelikulang ito ay masyado itong mahaba at minsan ay di na ako nasisiyahan dahil masyado itong “draggy” pagdating sa huli. Datapwat hindi natin pwedeng sabihin na dahil dito ay hindi na maganda ang palabas na ito.

GRADO: B-

Sang-ayon ako sa wala dahil wala namang Rotten Tomatoes para sa pelikulang Pilipino

Box Office Predictions for Augusy 19-21, 2011 (Conan Vs. Fright Night Vs. Spy Kids)

I’m BACK!!! But only for a short time as I’ll be going far away from home for a field trip this weekend. And next week I’ll be having my hell week (Acads & Org), so I don’t think I’ll have much time to blog for the remainder of August. But rest assured I’m here to give my predictions for the weekend!

If last week was difficult, I guess you could say this weekend will be even harder as four new movies will be released. And much like last week, there will be one who won’t make it to the top 7.

Lez do diz!

Last Last Week’s Box Office Mojo Derby Rank: 73 (up 129 spots) with an 89.671% accuracy (up 5.777%)

1.) The Help – $18.0M – So, which among the three new movies will take the crown on the week where studios usually dump their “excess” releases? My answer is…well, none. The Help surprised us last week with a wonderful $25M opening, a very good premiere since it opened on a Wednesday. Frontloading isn’t a factor anymore. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. This week I feel like people will be more interested with this film than the new ones, so I’m giving it a miniscule 25% drop, giving it a $100K edge over the number two movie which is…

2.) FRIGHT NIGHT – $17.9M – This remake of the 1985 original will defeat all other new releases this week. My reason is because it’s the least risky among the four. I mean, there have been plenty of Conans which bombed in the past few years, and the last Spy Kids movie dated back to 2005, which means people who enjoyed the franchise might be too old already. And of course, people’s tastes change every now and then. The only reason why Fright Night will not take the top spot is because Final Destination 5, which was also released in 3D last week, has the same target demographic.

3.) CONAN THE BARBARIAN – $17.8M – It looked awful a few months ago, but it may have picked up steam in the past few weeks as the publicity and marketing went to full throttle. Honestly, I was supposed to give this one a $12.5M prediction, so this estimate is based on the average bet of most people. Yep, I ain’t gonna be taking a risk, especially during a week where I could do an 0 for 7 with my predictions.

4.) SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD – $16.5M – Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Spy Kids 4….in 4D!!! LOL! The extra dimension is actually something called “Aromascope”, where the audience will be given a special card when they watch the film. Instructions will be flashed in the screen telling you to scratch a corresponding part in the card, which will give off a scent similar to what the people in the movie will be smelling during that certain time. Now I don’t know if this gimmick will benefit them, but when I was a kid, I totally enjoyed watching Spy Kids 3D wearing those red-blue 3D glasses. That won’t be enough to put them at #1 though, even with Jessica Alba‘s help.

5.) Rise of The Planet of The Apes – $15.3M – It could still make $175M if people flock it for at least two more weeks. It has already cracked the $100M mark, and we now have about 20 movies making the same feat. Way to go 2011! Now if only you have an Avatar scheduled this December.

6.) The Smurfs – $8.9M – And the number of movies expected to earn $10M this week ends at 5! But Sony doesn’t care about that anymore. Heck, The Smurfs even beat Sony’s new release last week, 30 Minutes or Less, which has already been booted out of the top 7.

7.) Final Destination 5 – $8.7M – I hear this one has the best deaths, but the worst acting. No wonder it’s the least attended among the five. Remember that it’s also in 3D! Tsk x3. I guess this is the end for the franchise!

Box Office Results August 1-7, 2011 (Apes Dominate) {updated}

Not only is the Rise of the Planet of the Apes being praised by critics, it was also flocked by moviegoers in its opening weekend. It’s 3-day grosses may not be as high as Tim Burton’s version 10 years ago, but it’s still high considering that this prequel didn’t have any top-notch stars! Although, James Franco, Frieda Pinto and Tom Felton may have contributed to the film’s success.

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 2 Weeks in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 5

1.) RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – It’s been a month since I’ve posted a movie review on my blog. I wanted to watch this one over the weekend but time is against me right now. It seems I’ve already adjusted to academic life and the only way I can write reviews is when I catch a movie in theaters. Hopefully I’ll be back in business come October.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $47.5M

Actual Gross: $54.8M

Total Gross: $54.8M

2.) The Smurfs – See, I told’ya this would perform well in its second week! This will be the 20th movie to reach $100M this year, which is awesome since last year it took 11 months to do that.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $20.4M

Actual Gross: $20.7M

Total Gross: $75.9M

3.) Cowboys & Aliens – Last week’s number one film crashed to third place and it’s 57% drop does not bode well for Universal. It already trails The Smurfs by $9M and it will need to do better over the next few weeks if it aims to reach $100M.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $17.5M

Actual Gross: $15.7M

Total Gross: $67.4M

4.) THE CHANGE-UP – Yowch! I thought my prediction was as low as this film could go. It didn’t even crack $15M! People must’ve been really tired of comedies for this one to flop.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $18.5M

Actual Gross: $13.5M

Total Gross: $13.5M

5.) Captain America: The First Avenger – This could even jump to fourth place if final numbers show that The Change-Up actually earned less on Sunday. It only dropped 49% this week, but it’s still a few millions dollars behind Thor.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $12.7M

Actual Gross: $13.0M

Total Gross: $143.2M

6.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Oh yeah, $2 million more and it will be the number one film of the year! Good to know that a film with a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes will be the highest grossing movie of 2011 (unless something surprises us).

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $10.8M

Actual Gross: $12.4M

Total Gross: $343.1M

7.) Crazy, Stupid, Love – I’m five for seven this week which means I won’t be praising myself tonight.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $9.8M

Actual Gross: $12.0M

Total Gross: $42.1M

TOTAL SCORE: 5 out of 7, with a variance of $2.64285M per prediction

Box Office Predictions for August 1-7, 2011

Finally! The weekdays are over and my mind is finally clear of exams. While I’m not particularly glad with my test results, at least I’m satisfied. Now, with that out of the way, I present to you my predictions for the week!

After three months of non-stop blockbuster releases, The summer box-office euphoria slows down this August with only one movie having a clear shot at reaching $100M. There may be a few surprises here and there, but a sleeper hit won’t be enough to match the weekends of the past few weeks. However, we should expect a good month for movies in general as holdovers will probably aid this month to become the highest grossing August ever.

Last Week’s Box Office Mojo Derby Rank: N/A

1.) RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – $47.5M – If not for this movie, August 2011 would’ve been a bad month for studios. This movie is a pleasant surprise, as most people (including me) thought this was going to be a bad prequel of the hit franchise which was last shown 10 years ago with Tim Burton‘s direction. Fortunately, critics have said otherwise and gave this movie a favorable 81% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. That’s really high, considering that the only blockbuster that had a higher rating this year was the final Harry Potter movie (that one had a 97% rating)

2.) The Smurfs – $20.4M – The gap between the number 1 and number 2 movie this week should be bigger than what The Smurfs will earn for the weekend. If you take a closer look at the weekday grosses of this film, it has already overtaken Cowboys and Aliens for the top spot.

3.) THE CHANGE-UP – $18.5M – Movies starring Ryan Reynolds usually open above $20M, but new comedies have been premiering in theaters for the fifth straight week so demand will be low this time due to fatigue. Its hackneyed plot won’t help either.

4.) Cowboys and Aliens – $17.5M – This could go even lower depending on how poor word-of-mouth will be. Honestly, I find the concept of this film very cool, but I guess most people who have watched this won’t agree with me anymore.

5.) Captain America: The First Avenger – $12.7M – It suffered a steep 61% drop last week, about 12% more worse than Thor, but weekday ticket sales managed to help the Cap get even with the son of Odin. As of today, Captain America’s 17-day total stands at $127M, less than a million lower than Thor. Who gets to be the biggest superhero movie of the year? We’ll find out within a few weeks.

6.) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $10.8M – It’s trailing Transformers: Dark of the Moon by $12M. But it’s only a matter of time before we crown this movie the highest grossing movie of the year. Although, it will be the lowest grossing “highest grossing movie of the year” since 2007’s Spider-Man 3. Did you get it?

7.) Crazy, Stupid, Love – $9.8M – Nothing much to talk about here. It’s definitely a unique movie, but I guess demand for Steve Carrell wasn’t that high.

Box Office Results July 29-31 (Final: Cowboys edge out Smurfs)

Whew! Good thing I missed the deadline for the derby or else my record would’ve gone waaaay down. Most people, including me, underestimated The Smurfs’ potential to gather a wide audience, and they retaliated by showing their blue asses in our faces. And while the blue-skinned crew exceeded expectations, the western sci-fi pic Cowboys and Aliens almost tanked this week!

It’s a photo-finish at the box office. We still don’t have a clear winner but needless to say whatever the result is it will be good news for The Smurfs and bad news for Cowboys and Aliens, which has to do well in the following weeks if Universal aims to make up for its $163M budget. Let’s break the top 7 down!

For the record, this was a hard weekend for box office oracles like me. 😦

Number One Movie Predicted Correctly: 1 Week in a Row

Number of Times I Nailed the Top 7: 5

1.) COWBOYS AND ALIENS – We’ll have to wait for a few more hours before we find out who really is the victor this weekend. But I believe this one will edge out The Smurfs because Sony’s estimated gross for Sunday looks a little high. I can’t be too sure though. {update: Cowboys and Aliens wins the weekend by a measly $800K}

Predicted Outcome: Rank 1, $45.0M

Actual Gross: $36.4M

Total Gross: $36.4M

2.) THE SMURFS (IN 3D) – However, Sony has nothing to lose even if it’s at number two. I mean, it earned 50% more than what others expected and regardless of its abysmal 18% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes it still managed to get an “A” Cinemascore compared to Cowboys and Aliens’ “B” (Cinemascore rates movies according to the initial reception of moviegoers in America who views films during its opening day). And to think that I thought that this would be a flop!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 4, $21.0M

Actual Gross: $35.6M

Total Gross: $35.6M


3.) The First Avenger: Captain America
– At a distant third place is Captain America, which bled by 62% this weekend, allowing Thor to overtake it if you compare the two films’ grosses by days in release. It probably won’t recapture the lead as August will have a fair share of blockbusters.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 2, $35.8M

Actual Gross: $25.5M

Total Gross: $117.4M

4.) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – As of today the eighth installment of the Potter franchise is now the highest grossing HP movie unadjusted for inflation. It also broke a record for being the fastest movie to reach $1B worldwide. Now that’s epic!

Predicted Outcome: Rank 3, $21.1M

Actual Gross: $21.9M

Total Gross: $318.4M

5.) Crazy, Stupid Love – It’s sad too see a fresh movie earn less than $20M. Next week, a movie called The Change-Up will face a similar situation. Although it looks good and early reviews have been favorable, I have a feeling it’s gonna have a hard time catching the attention of moviegoers with its concept.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 5, $19.5M

Actual Gross: $19.1M

Total Gross: $19.1M

6.) Friends With Benefits – Dropped 50% this weekend. Typical for a romantic comedy, but lackluster compared to other R-rated rom-coms released in the past 6 months.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 6, $9.5M

Actual Gross: $9.3M

Total Gross: $38.2M

7.) Horrible Bosses – This one will reach the $100M mark by next week, becoming the 4th romantic comedy to do so.

Predicted Outcome: Rank 7, $8.0M

Actual Gross: $7.2M

Total Gross: $96.3M

TOTAL SCORE: 4 out of 7, with a variance of $5.1M per prediction (all-time low!)