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Review And Analysis of Magbuwag Ta Kay, A Bisaya Film by Medyo Maldito

Part II: Postmodern Movie Review

1. The format of the movie's first part reminds me of Woody Allen's Annie Hall. It's like Rowell Ucat is aware that he's just telling a story to you, directly, the viewer. Which means that Medyo Maldito is also aware that Magbuwag Ta Kay is more than a movie. It's to sell an idea or a statement or concept about love. A brand about Love, even.

2. Magbuwag Ta Kay seems to talk about people's addiction to Ego, Drama and Fixed Identity. It tries to find answers to why we never stop loving even when hurting, and it seems to suggest that there's no feeling of being in love without the feeling of being in terrible misery. 

What if you can feel the joy of love without its opposite? I seem to have found it myself in Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now whose ego-training tactics are being used by NASA Austronauts to not panic. Here's a sample of Eckhart Tolle: 

3. It stars the beautiful Akiko Solon who I sometimes imagine to be in a Bisaya Short Film about Mandaue Traffic directed by Lav Diaz starring Spalding Gray, Woody Allen and David Foster Wallace.

4. It features Snake Princess, my nominee for 2025 Philippine National Artist for Postmodern Cinema. Snake Princess makes me laugh the way Siomai Sa Tisa makes me want to live.

5. The movie reminds me of Nassim Taleb's Quote about Love.:

Part I: Formal Movie Review

Magbuwag Ta Kay is the first feature romcom film of internet sensations Medyo Maldito and Akiko Solon that's distributed by Viva Films (Viva is yet to announce when to release this nationwide). 

I can talk about in this movie review about the stars, cast, production design and all that gritty details of how the movie is made, but you can read that elsewhere. What you need to know is what the film is.

The film is a love story of how a couple would break up because of parental demands, typical of what Cebuanos experience when their parents abroad want them to go work overseas because, among many reasons, the political economy in the Philippines is bankrupt, made worse by the fact that every day Filipino police and rebels are "allegedly" killing people; the ISIS is gaining strength; the University Professors teaching Useless Degrees in Cebu are overpaid and are not generating graduates that could help create jobs and solve commuters' traffic problems; the politicians are too corrupt to even care; the system is too centralized to fix and the Cebuano youth are too brainwashed to know what's the right thing to do. You know, typical Cebuano stuff.

Magbuwag Ta Kay is also a surrealist movie about Formlessness evidenced by the fact that in the movie Snake Princess is everywhere. She's the waitress, the Photo Attendant, the Girl on The Beach and The Candle Lady. The movie seems to say that every person in Cebu is united by  one entity, and that entity is Snake Princess. Long Live, The Snake! Also, here are snakes caught by Bisaya Short Films:

All in all, I feel the movie is worth the P200 ticket and I bought 3 tickets using my own time and resources. You will enjoy it if only to hear Medyo Maldito's insightful stories about how Love can be unknowable in human words, to watch the cinematic beauty of Cebu's uptown tourist hangout spots and to watch Efficascent Oil and Lantaw Restaurant become the movie's Best Leading Actor and Actress. Bisaya Napud! Also, Thank you Karlo PacaƱa for the Magbuwag Ta Kay tickets. Karlo is the mind behind some of the #BangonTapulan movement in Facebook. Google him!


A Letter For Ellen Degeneres From A Bad Richard About Finding Dory's Attachment to Suffering

Dear Ellen Degeneres:

How are you doing? I'm writing you this letter to review your new movie Finding Dory.

I find your movie to be a riot absurd fun made more terrific by Ty Burrell's comedic voice timing and everyone out for some "Funny Voices Comedy" should watch you and the gang do whale voices in this spectacular animated film because you guys made me cry laughing, even if the storyline is as murky as the sea trench where Dory was lost.

But allow me to go beyond the knee-jerk reaction of a review by saying that Dory reminds me of the sincerely powerful, transformative effect of Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now to me, the book about the illusion of time, and how this attachment to time is an empirically tested root of depression, head injury, cheating girl/boyfriends, murder of LGBT people, marijuana use and all derivatives of pain.

I don't know if you noticed in your movie, but Dory started to suffer when she out of nowhere went back to the past when she could've just embraced her memory loss and operated via instinct and stayed infinitely memorylessly happy.

Instead, she dwelled on finding her parents and acted on it, ensuing trouble to her, her friends, and the humans in the highway that Dory could've run over dead, which were only resolved by mere luck and could've gotten them all killed if they next time won't be conservative enough to stay away from chasing a memory that is muddled (read Nicholson Taleb's take on Narrative Fallacy and the Bias of Memory and how victims make up stories that they were raped as kids even when they're not) .

What would Dory do if she profoundly learned from the entire search? 
It's this: she chose to chase the suffering, which was insanity and not an enlightened choice, and if she didn't want that suffering, she could've forgotten that memory of her parents, a memory that got them in danger in the first place, and she could've just rejoiced in the infinite formless Now empirically moduled in your friend Oprah's favorite book, Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. 

I'm not saying that Dory shouldn't be looking for her parents or that Nemo and his dad were forced to help her (because it's their insane choice to help her) or that Filipinos should stop using Marijuana because that's Level 3 illegal in the Philippines while downloading movie torrents is just Level 1 illegal, even if later on Marijuana will be legal because society's right and wrong changes.

All I'm saying, Ellen, is, Dory's search was deadly and shouldn't have been made and is preventable and might be a product of ego and we could've made it clearer that Dory had an attachment to suffering and she should be told to wake up from it.

Or she should be told that she embrace more her short-term memory loss and forget things more and she should understand that there's joy in being in the now that is not an opposite of sadness.

People will tell us that one should suffer pain to feel joy. After reading Power of Now, I'm no longer sure if that's true because the book's "Watch The Thinker Technique" flipped my viscera and made me realize: one can be happy without the ego-dictated mandatory search for meaning or purpose that's relievable by purchase, sex or any sensory experience. In fact, one is happy, or most happy, even and especially without a search for meaning. Because Nicholson Taleb is right: conscious ignorance and constant meaninglessness can be completely joyous and more freeing.

Anyway, Finding Dory also reminded me of Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus, where a man is most happy when he doesn't hope and he leaves the past behind, even when he lives in a constant repetition. Hope is also a dangerous joy killer, as paraphrased by Albert Camus from Nietszche. What do you think of that?

Anyway, you can watch Finding Dory this June 16 at SM Seaside City.

A Bad Richard

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