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ISSUE # 1: JULY 29, 2012

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

The Shining by Bea Osmea The Tracey Fragments by Chang Casal Spirited Away by Gica Tam Charlie St. Cloud by Jam Patigas Ballet Shoes by Jam Patigas

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Putting Things into Perspective: The Shot List and the Camera by Emil Hofilea Taking the First Step: The Leader Leadership Seminar July 28, 2012 by Antonio Adre Welcome to The Family: Newbie Day by Antonio Adre 15 13 12

IsaPelikula Class 2: Scriptwriting and Storyboarding Film Literacy Class Class 1: The Discipline of Film Critiquing Leadership Training Seminar Final Leg

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Cinemalaya 8: Cinemalaya Goes UP ! MMFF: 1st Cine-Phone Film Festival

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Now Showing Captive

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The Shining Review by Bea Osmea

Wendy, I'm home! Photo from The Guardian

The movie that made the biggest impact on me would be the Shining. The first time I watched The Shining, I did not entirely understand it. The second time, I still did not understand much of it. The third, fourth, and fifth, well, I realized that maybe not all movies are meant to be understood not entirely at least. But even if I couldn't comprehend the relevance of all the details of the film, I was drawn to it so much that I've seen it more times than I can count. Theres something magnetic about the way the film was shot it leads me to it every time. This movie made me redefine my definition of what a good film is. It made me realize that there are so many levels to a film other than just having a good story.

The Shining is based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King. The strange thing is that most people say that there are many things that Stanley Kubrick changed in the film that he didn't need to (this is one film where I didn't bother to read the book first, so I only know the -3-

information second-hand; horror novels aren't my thing), such as the children of the former groundskeeper being twins and the number of the haunted room. A major conspiracy theory surrounding the film was that Kubrick was tasked by the US government to direct or rather to fake the moon landing, and this film was his way of creating an outlet for keeping such a crushing secret from his friends and family. Whether or not this is true, it certainly adds to the mystery and intrigue of the film.

The Shining is so effective in the horror genre that I feel creeped out just writing about it right now. It is unlike any horror film I've ever seen, especially the jokes that are horror films Hollywood has been spewing in recent years. It has the strongest tone that I have ever experienced in any film. The Shining is one of the most revolutionary films, not only of the genre, but of our time. It challenges people to rethink the meaning of film as an art form.

The Tracey Fragments Review by Chang Casal

My name is Tracey Berkowitz. Fifteen. Just a normal girl who hates herself. Photo from All Movie Photo.

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As difficult as it is to dissect a movie that has already cut itself open for you, I will try my best, because I feel like this film deserves a lot of attention. I cant say that I enjoyed it immensely or that it has made its way into my top 50 films of all time, but Im reviewing it because I feel like its something that shouldnt be ignored and its something that aspiring filmmakers should look into, especially if they want to get a kick of inspiration when it comes to more innovative ways of editing and narration.

Watching The Tracey Fragments is like looking into the mind of a person with borderline personality disorder. And if anything, Id assume that thats exactly what Tracey Berkowitz has. Who can blame her? Shes surrounded by characters like her extremely overbearing father, her unresponsive mother and the bullies at school who have dubbed her as It because according to them, she lacks a certain set of assets. She also has to deal with the facts that the boy of her dreams doesnt turn out to be who she thinks he is, and that her psychiatrist isnt the most helpful person in the world. However the biggest problem Tracey has to face is that shes lost her little brother Sonny, who shed just successfully hypnotized into thinking hes a dog.

Tracey becomes an angsty, unstable teenager who acts on impulse rather than thinking about the consequences. As a result, after many misadventures brought on by her relentless search for her little brother (some of which are truly terrifying and scarring events such as nearly getting raped by a druggie) she ends up in the back of a bus in the middle of the night, half-naked with only a shower curtain to cover up. She retells the complete story of how she got there, but just like her mind, her retelling is fragmented and distorted, and oftentimes the truth gets mixed up with fiction until you realize that this simply how Traceys mind works, as it seems that she can no longer tell the two apart. It leaves you unsure of which details to believe in, but its less grating as it is interesting because oftentimes the surreal moments dilute the depressing ones. It sort of gives you time to take a break from just how heavy everything actually is.

But the most interesting thing about this movie is neither the story, nor the lead character. Instead its the way in which it was created. The Tracey Fragments contains almost no scenes that arent split-screened in any sort of way. And this isnt just like the expectations and -5-

reality portion of 500 Days of Summer, this is an entire movie reliant on the fragments of images to either create the feel of every scene, to show whats happening from every angle, or to exhibit alternate realities that Tracey has created. Some of the juxtaposed visuals are sometimes there simply for aesthetic purposes, but most of the time I like to believe that theres something more symbolic to each shot. Every fragment was carefully thought of and carefully planned to fit the scene perfectly, and everything, I mean everything works like clockwork. The right things go off at just the right moment and the director finds a way to use just the right images together. I find it a very interesting way of telling a story, and although its quite depressing, and sometimes Tracey impulsiveness and self-deprecation gets annoying, but it could be possible that this was what the director wanted. After all, Tracey is not someone you should look up to. Perhaps you can feel sorry for her, but even that I find pretty hard to do. I dont blame the actress, as Ellen Page is fantastic. I admit I may be a little biased, but I do believe that she portrayed the character exceptionally well. She is just one of those people who can strip down and become completely vulnerable onscreen without looking like theyre embarrassed of what they have to do. She also has the talent to make you truly feel how depressing her situation is, and how truly frustrating it is to be her character. I believe that had it been another actress, The Tracey Fragments would not have the same feel. It wouldnt be as raw or as dark.

The Tracey Fragments is an interesting piece of art. Despite its slightly draggy and oftentimes confusing story, the actors and the avante-garde directing/cinematography/editing make up for it. Its different, and somewhat inspiring, and I think its one of those movies that everyone just has to see for themselves.

Spirited Away Review by Angelica Shelley Tam

The movie that probably made the most impact on me was Spirited Away. It was the first time I had ever watched the internationally acclaimed film and surely wont be the last. The main reason why I didnt dare watch it (even though I knew that there was such a movie for a very -6-

long time) was because my very lovely friend implied that the movie would give me nightmares and I foolishly believed her. Now that I think about it, believing her was quite absurd. There wasnt anything remotely terrifying other than how morbidly large Zeniba and Yubabas heads were.

I can give you the many reasons why this film left me astounded. The animation is top notch. Unlike animated films these days which uses computers it has taken hand-drawn animation decades to reach its place. Dont get me wrong, computer animation is fantastic, but it still has a long way to go to truly make its mark.

Spirited Away is one of the marvelous stories of complete imagination. Setting aside the Japanese culture of spiritism, the amount of imagination that creates both the setting (a bath house for spirits) and detailed and distinctive characters such as No Face, takes even the ingenious accomplishment of various stories such as The Wizard of Oz or Labyrinth to new heights. But more than that, this fantasy tale is impeccable visually. We can visualize this world existing because there is the concept of another realm. Miyazakis characters are truly special. They are very much realistic to the point that even the spirits are of a type of character we can distinguish. While there is sometimes comedy, it is the comedy of real life, not just pratfalls and one-liners. Whenever there is achievement, it is rarely of the typical heroic kind. Instead, it is the daily achievement of those who act noble in little ways. There are scenes which parallel the reflection of our own lives.

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there is a possibility of an alternate universe, running on its own concept of physics, which runs parallel to ours. And I think that there may be times, the two universes can converge, and let communication between them.

Charlie St. Cloud Review by Ma. Jamaica G. Patigas

We'll always be brothers. Photo from Orlando Family Magazine.

Genre: Drama Director: Burr Steers Starring: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Charlie Tahan

Efron stars as Charlie St. Cloud, a high school graduate who shows earned top honors and a sailing scholarship for Stanford, showing a lot of promise for the future. He lives with his hardworking single mother and his Boston Red Sox-obsessed little brother Sam. One night, Charlie was driving with his little brother when a drunk driver throws their car in the middle of the road, promptly sending them into the path of a huge truck. Charlie wakes up after the accident, only to be faced by Sams death. -8-

This plot can speak for genuinely tear jerking moments and heart-wrenching scenes, but these were clearly scrapped in favor of picturesque shots of the sea and close-ups of Efrons blue eyes glittering with tears. He does show adequate emotional range guilt from surviving the tragic crash, frustration from his thwarted dreams of a Stanford future, determination to keep his brothers memory alive. However, his abilities are noticeably underused for many of the storys emotionally gripping parts.

Five years later, Charlie works as a caretaker for the local cemetery. At the sound of the sunset cannons, Sam would show up in the same spot where they used to practice baseball, and they would continue their routine. Charlie faithfully keeps his promise of helping Sam practice until he meets Tess, an old high school classmate and fellow sailing enthusiast. He slowly begins to miss his daily meetings with his little brother in favor of spending time on Tess.

Tahan, who plays Sam, is remarkably expressive onscreen, giving his character a unique personality. He has an impressive ability to relay emotions without too much dialogue as well. His acting added some conviction to an otherwise fragile plot.

Charlie and Tess develop a relationship within a space of a few days. However, it is clear from the beginning that Tess has more to her than meets the eye. As Charlie becomes involved with her, he involves himself in her mysteries, too.

This film has potential for emotionally involving the audience, but the attempts fall short because the plot stretches credibility giving up a Stanford scholarship in favor of practicing baseball with your supposedly dead brother? The plot also folds over on its own supernatural premise: Tess appears in front of Charlie even though shes still alive.

Overall, Charlie St. Cloud is melodramatic and delicate, but it does contain some solid scenes and is built on strong themes that make up for its weaknesses.

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Ballet Shoes Review by Ma. Jamaica G. Patigas

We three Fossils vow to put our name in the history book, because it is ours and ours alone. Photo from The Fabled Needle.

Genre: Drama Director: Sandra Goldbacher Starring: Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton I have to admit: this film is estrogen-heavy, although not in the way youd expect. The central characters are the three Fossil sisters, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy. They were all adopted by the eccentric Professor Brown, who is an explorer and fossil collector. However, because of his travels, the professor could not spend time at home and the three girls were put under the care of his niece, Sylvia, and her caretaker. When money at the household began to run out, Sylvia resorted to letting out rooms in order to earn some money to raise the girls properly.

She also enrolls them in The Academy of Dance and Stage Training in order to help them develop skills with which they could establish a future for themselves. There, Pauline discovers her enthusiasm for acting and Posy decides to become a trained classical ballerina. Only Petrova remains out of place, as her true passion lies in aviation.

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The story centers on the three sisters promise: We three Fossils vow to put our name in the history book, because it is ours and ours alone. It conveys an honest message to young people: no matter how impossible it might seem, amazing things can be achieved through ambition and determination.

However positive the message it attempts to express, though, the screenplay seems too even and slow-paced, preferring to unfold its scenes step-by-step and use melodrama as its vehicle to deliver its message. This movie is definitely geared more towards young girls, inspiring them to the ideal of making your own destiny.

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Putting Things into Perspective: The Shot List and the Camera By Emil Hofilea

Members get the lowdown on shot listing and equipment from their first IsaPe class of the year. Photos by Alo Lantin, Jilliane Ramos, and Juella Bautista.

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On July 23, Loyola Film Circle members gathered at CTC 102 for the years very first IsaPelikula class, which featured talks on shot listing and film equipment. Senior Production Core member Patis Sorianos talk focused on the importance of keeping things simple but detailed when writing ones own material. Patis also talked about the finer details of shot listing, and its ultimate importance in filmmaking. She also emphasized the value of proper communication among production team members in order to be as efficient and effective as possible. For his talk on film equipment, LFCs Associate Vice President for Externals, Gabby Quimel, brought many different gadgets and tools along with him. These included a DSLR camera, tripod, slider, and glide cam. Despite the indie quality of his technology, Gabby insisted on their usefulness. He challenged the audience to be as creative as possible in creating shots, and told them that one should not be limited by what one does or does not have.

Thanks to a strong attendance of about a hundred and twenty people, and two very informative and in-depth discussions on the craft of putting things into perspective, this first IsaPelikula class was a success. It looks to be a great year for IsaPe, and an even greater year to be part of the LFC.

Emil Hofilea is a first year Creative Writing major dedicated to sucking the marrow out of life. He joined LFC with dreams of learning how to write his own screenplays. His ultimate goal in life is to shake Edward Nortons hand, and to tell him, I want you to hit me as hard as you can.

Taking the First Step: The Leader Leadership Seminar (July 28, 2012) By Antonio Adre The Leader is a three-part leadership seminar for the Loyola Film Circle members. Its first session was held on July 28, 2012. The attendees of the seminar were then treated to an energetic wake-up exercise by Nikki Payawal the organizer of the event. Following the - 13 -

rejuvenating exercise, the first speaker of the session was introduced. Joycee Mejia, Promotions and Relations Head, stressed the importance of dedication in leadership.

The next speaker was Sean Derrick Ching (SDC), a Graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, and last years head of LFCs flagship project, Under The Stars. Invoking his time as head of Under the Stars, SDC highlighted the need for constant and diligent communication with ones team, or there would be problems along the way.

Following his wise words, the participants found themselves in another interactive activity, one that emphasized the concept of synergy, and how being in sync is key in leading any team. To round up the program, Nikki Payawal gave the final talk of the day. She shared useful techniques and tools that she herself uses in her duties as Human Resources Head. On such an energetic note, the seminar ended, leaving each of the participants a sense of anticipation for the next session.

Antonio Adre is college freshman, taking his first step into achieving a Bachelor of Science Major in Legal Management. With true adulthood just around the corner, he plans on making the most of whatever youth has left for him. Following his love for movies, he joined LFC, and he hopes that one day, even if its not his intended professional career, his family can see his name scrolling down the movie credits.

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Welcome to The Family: Newbie Day By Antonio Adre

The LFC newbies have a day of smiles and laughter as they get to know their orgmates in TBS. Photos by Ina Mateo.

The Loyola Film Circle, like all organizations, never hesitates to accept new members who are truly passionate for what it stands for. Thus, it is no surprise that LFC hosted Newbie Day a way to let new members feel at home and get to know their fellow orgmates. As the lazy Saturday afternoon of July 28 began, the participants of the days event were anything but lazy. With teams formed and names for each team chosen, the games began. Starting with a simple game that tested the each teams sense for one another, new members were given a taste to how LFC turned fun activities into team-building situations. Following several comic moments, the most notable being the continued challenge of team Heart to team Boobs, they were all given a well-earned break.

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As the teams rested, the days main event was announced, an Amazing Race. Teams were tasked with acquiring five flags from several stations. Each station had only three flags, so there would not be enough flags for all teams. In this event, teams were allowed to duel each other for flags. As the race began, most teams found each stations challenge quite amusing to anyone but the participants. From stuffing 6-7 marshmallows at a time in a persons mouth to re-enacting the Bullet Scene from The Matrix, the rest of the day was hardly the lazy afternoon most people had expected.

As the Amazing Race winners were chosen, a final activity was staged - a water balloon fight. The sun began to set, and the day ended with a group picture, where the organizers were treated to several liters of water cascading down on their heads. Newbie Day was surely one of LFCs many successful events, merging fun, laughter, and excitement altogether - basically just being LFC.

Antonio Adre is college freshman, taking his first step into achieving a Bachelor of Science Major in Legal Management. With true adulthood just around the corner, he plans on making the most of whatever youth has left for him. Following his love for movies, he joined LFC, and he hopes that one day, even if its not his intended professional career, his family can see his name scrolling down the movie credits.

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I. ISAPELIKULA CLASS 2: SCRIPTWRITING AND STORYBOARDING

Hey, aspiring scriptwriters! Here is our second IsaPe class featuring Jopy Arnaldo, LFC President 2011-2012. Get to know more about scriptwriting and storyboarding. See you guys there!

JULY 30, 2012 | 4:30-7PM | CTC 118

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II. FILM LITERACY CLASS 1: THE DISCIPLINE OF FILM CRITIQUING

Never thought liberal and servile arts can go hand in hand? Well, our host for the day is Mr. Oggs Cruz, lawyer and critic.

"While in law school, Francis Joseph "Oggs" Cruz put up his film blog entitled "Lessons from the School of Inattention." Throughout the blog's existence, Oggs would gain both loyal and disgruntled readers. Oggs' passion for cinema expanded as he continued writing, championing the products of the country's press-neglected independent film scene while guiding viewers from Hollywood and big studio-produced excrement.

Be inspired by him and do what you love! So come join us and listen to him talk about his experiences and tips as a critic!

AUG 3, 2012 | 4:30-6:30PM | SS CONF 1 & 2

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III. LEADERSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR: THE FINAL LEG

Attend the final leg of The Leader: A Leadership Training Seminar Series! It's this Saturday already! You are not required to attend all three, but if you wish to, then go! Each session is different - so come to at least one and learn something.

*Snacks will be served on August 4, PM session.

AUG 4, 2012 | 9AM-12NN | SS CONF 1 & 2 AUG 4, 2012 | 1-4PM | MVP BASEMENT

RSVP at http://bit.ly/LTS-rsvp

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I. CINEMALAYA 8: CINEMALAYA GOES UP!

For more information on screening schedules and locations, entry synopses and trailers and more, visit the Cinemalaya web site!

Support local cinema and filmmakers!

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II. MMFF: 1ST CINE-PHONE FILM FESTIVAL

You'd be surprised at how much you can do with a camera phone.

Visit the Metro Manila Film Festival Facebook page for more information, as well as posts on other competitions you can join!

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I. NOW SHOWING

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II. CAPTIVE

CENTERSTAGE PRODUCTIONS, in partnership with the Ateneo Assembly and Entablado, presents the special advance screening of Brillante Mendoza's (Best director in the 62nd Cannes Film Festival) new film, "CAPTIVE"!

The story follows a French social worker, Therese Bourgoine, who was kidnapped together with 19 other foreigners and locals by the infamous Abu Sayyaf group on May 27, 2001 and their year-long struggle to live and for freedom.

AUG 10, 2012 | 7PM | HENRY LEE IRWIN THEATER

Tickets are available at the following events/places: IsaPelikula and FLC Sessions MVP 308 - LFC Org Room Tickets are at P200. - 23 -

Lost? Confused? Got a question, but don't know who to ask? Or maybe you just changed your number/e-mail? Well, this is all you need:

LOYOLA FILM CIRCLE HELP DESK http://tinyurl.com/LFC15HelpDesk

Voice your concern.

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Documentation and Publications D&P Head: Kara de Guzman Doc Head: Ina Mateo Pub Head: Dyan Suaco Writers Guild Editor-in-Chief: Julienne Joven News Editor: Kim Bay Features Editor: Mariel Arboleda

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