Easter, I’m in love

April 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm 2 comments

Now I am aching for some Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This after a 1984 New York Times article by Lawrence Van Gelder on the 1980 classic ‘Bona‘ starring Nora Aunor likened Fassbinder to the aforementioned film’s director Lino Brocka, a prolific Filipino director of social realistic films and a Palme d’Or nominee.

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Fassbinder, before a cocktail of cocaine and sleeping pills claimed his life, created films to serve as his personal ten cents on bourgeois and libertinism. He also represented New German Cinema, a period in the German film scene when movies created as a form of artistry were emphasized and when film commercialism was rejected (I swear, Star Cinema and Regal Films can seriously use some 101s from the New German Cinema forerunners).

I wonder if Torrent has Fassbinder shorts 😦


So, to congratulate myself for surviving Holy Week, I bought an elusive copy of Lino Brocka’s ‘Bona‘ on an Easter Sunday along with another Aunor classic: the WWII film ‘Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos‘ (Three Years Without God) directed by Mario O’ Hara.

Inarguably, ‘Bona‘ is, in its own right, beautiful—which is really an understatement. The footages are gritty, raw and realistic and perfectly mirrors vintage Manila where I was raised for the first 8 years of my life: bored mothers huddled around a makeshift eatery, feeding bare-bottomed toddlers; a basketball game in the middle of a bustling street, men in rubber slippers, soiled shirts and cropped denims pouncing on each other for a coveted orange ball; domestic disputes heard from an open window of an incommodious quarters, an early morning queue of water pails by a communal neighborhood faucet manned by surly housewives; the filth and the scum.

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‘Bona‘ is the story of Bona, a schoolgirl who is desperately devoted to struggling actor Gardo (played by Phillip Salvador) and who unthinkingly abandons her relatively comfortable life with her family to wait upon and nurse him whilst living in his shack in the slums. Her love, however, shall remain unrequited and she will later avenge her despicable brokenheartedness through a fit of violence (cue: thunder sound effects).

‘Bona’ is the sole Filipino movie to ever be archived by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan, New York which is regarded as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. This movie is this kickass to deserve such honor.

New York Times’ Lawrence Van Gelder concluded his New York Times article on ‘Bona‘ with this personal observation: …the writing and direction of ”Bona” must be faulted for failing to supply dramatically valid explanations for her patience.

But Mr Van Gelder, isn’t the argument that love as a form of madness not enough?


Italian-American Comedian Adam Carolla insulted Philippine boxing big cheese Manny Pacquiao by calling him illiterate and went on to refer to the Philippines as a nation of whores.

Personally, I think Adam Carolla needs to examine himself in the mirror before choosing to throw one blasted invective after another.

Seriously, I think if you look like a cross between a doped up Bert of Sesame Street and Lyle Lovett after a dozen reconstructive facial surgeries, you MUST shut your trap about insults because really, in this painfully biased world, one can only get away with cruelty if you have a decent mug on your head.



Listening to Korn‘s Jonathan Davis‘ rendition of Radiohead‘s Creep ♫ ♪ ♫ (and it sucks monkey ass)


Entry filed under: artnots, film, thinking aloud.

Green, how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches. Hope dangles on a string like slow spinning redemption

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jam  |  April 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Korn version of Creep? (skeptical)

  • 2. lifehappensdude  |  April 5, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Yeppers, Jam. Will send you the mp3 tonight. I suggest that you keep a barf bag over your head just in case 🙂 It’s unbelievably aggravating. Gaah!


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