Review: Citizen Jake

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Citizen Jake is an important film in today’s Pilipinas.

It is a bleak but necessary look at the cycle of abuse and power in the country. It confronts the audience with blatant truths disguised as fiction and offers no way out nor redemption for the characters.

There are no good guys in Citizen Jake. Not even Jake. The film shows us that the people we may regard as evil may be motivated by some sick sense of love for country and are doing what they think is necessary. It shows us that we are all haunted by the ghost of a political past. We are abandoned by our heroes. We are bred from a system that tells us that there is an inescapable divide between a master and a slave; where justice is unattainable. We watch helplessly as life is drained out of our country because we are held down by our own sins. And in the end, just like in real life, it is the little people that always end up dead and fucked.

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Normalizing acceptance and equality: The gay ads in the PH

The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation. You would think that since the religion is all about an all-encompassing kind of love that people would be less bigoted. (You would also think that they would not support maniacs who openly declare that people suspected of wrongdoings should be shot dead like animals for slaughter but that subject is for another post.) Unfortunately, we have a President who calls his enemies bakla as a derogatory term, a senator who said that gay people are worse than animals, and journalists who said that gay people should not flaunt their gayness or that gender is something that can be “taught” from an early age.

When you have all these influential people spewing misinformation and hateful rhetoric magnified by sheep in online forums who echo whatever they say, an active campaign about acceptance and equal rights becomes imperative to make up for the lack of LGBT-related information in our schools and discrimination rooted on ignorance.

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10 films to watch out for and watch at SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu this 2016

In late 2015, SM Seaside City Cebu redefined premium cinema experience by launching Southeast Asia’s first laser projection system and a large format theater called SM Large Screen Cinema. The theater boasts of a supersized screen which is almost 30% larger than the regular cinema screen size, a 3D platform that accurately reproduces the colors of an actual movie set, and a Dolby Atmos Sound System and top-of-the-line Christie Vive Speakers. This is shop talk for – OMG this is an awesome way to watch movies – said any cinephile having a mindgasm. SM Large Screen Cinema can seat up to 351 guests in a stadium-like setting.

SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu also houses the “Center Stage,” an 830-seater hybrid between a cinema and a stage theater which is perfect for movie premieres, pageants, concerts, and other occasions. Specially created to cater to special events, the venue is equipped with theater lighting, two (2) standard dressing rooms, and one (1) star dressing room. On days that the theater is not used for events, it offers an impressive space for movie watching – and this is on top of four (4) regular cinemas, two (2) Director’s Club Cinemas and the SM Large Screen Cinema, making SM Seaside City Cebu the premier entertainment capital of Cebu City!

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The biggest theater event of 2016: Les Misèrables in Manila

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After Mamma Mia, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera – I have always said that the only other foreign musicals that I will be going out of my way for, should they come to Manila, are The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables.

On March 2016, I am about to tick one of my dream musicals off my list as producer Cameron Mackintosh announced via press release, “After its Sydney and Brisbane run, I’m delighted to be bringing this new version to Manila in March, with a wonderful cast that includes the current London star playing Fantine, acclaimed Philippine actress Rachelle Ann Go…”

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I Love You Thank You ฉักรักคุณ ขอบคุณน่ะ

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“The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.” – William Somerset Maugham

For whether we admit it or not, we are all sappy when it comes to love. And in our lifetime, we all have that one heartbreak that molds us into the person that we see staring at us in the mirror every day. It doesn’t matter how old we were when it happened; whether you are a girl or a guy, heartbreak is something that we all share. Whether we move on from it or simply tell ourselves that we have – this memory will always bring back a bitter smile that tugs at our hearts until the end.

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Blog Giveaway: Avengers: Age of Ultron T-shirts are up for grabs

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Dalebacar.com, IMAX 3D, and SM Lifestyle are giving away three (3) Avengers: Age of Ultron t-shirts! Just follow these simple steps:

1. Follow @dalebacar on Twitter
2. Answer why it’s best to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron in IMAX
2. Tweet your answer and use the hashtags #AvengersInIMAX and #SMLifestyle; tag @dalebacar

Winners will be chosen and announced on May 23, 2015.

THE WINNERS

@jbiadog
@jonjonestipona
@archiedelmundo

Please DM your mailing address on Twitter or email johndale.bacar@gmail.com. Congratulations!!!