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Solutions for X From Cebuano Artists, Crisscrossings and Cinema

Problem: X has read David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and now X feels alone and depressed and almost scared that life's meaning is subjective and can be meaningless. 

X wants some form of relief. X wants to embrace the absurdity of a world replete with subjectivity but X is not ready to go to a psychiatrist. What can X do?

Solutions That May Or May Not Work And Will Not Hold Bisaya Short Films Accountable

1. X can go to the Crisscrossings' Art and Creators' Market to pay for lessons from Artists in Cebu who seem to have made it, to have done it and to have been happy about it.
X can also just bask in the FREE Art and Admission-Free Creators' Market and Exhibit to either support artists by buying their creations or just by viewing the artworks made by Cebu's production companies, such as 22 Tango, Sutukil Sauce and Beta Ops. Doing this may feel X feel less alone. Or not. Visit Create Cebu's FB for more.

Part of the sponsors of this exhibit is DOST and DTI, which are government units, which means X's taxes PARTLY, emphasis on PARTLY, made this happen, so X can take advantage of the taxes he/she/it/they paid for.

2. X can also watch this 2008 Bisaya Short Film called "The Answer", Directed by Richard Abad, and feel consoled by its message in the ending, which X will only understand if X speaks Bisaya. X should probably learn Bisaya now.

WARNING: If somebody suggests to you something in real life, people say that the Suggester should pay the price if the suggestion fails. Suggester should have skin in the game. 

That said, Bisaya Short Films can't pay the price for its suggestions for X above because X is an imaginary concept, not a real person.


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!


Solutions for Cebu's Hungry from Rise Against Hunger and Cinema

Dear Cebu:

Have you seen the 2016 movie I, Daniel Blake, a movie that shows a food bank that gave away food for the poorest of Europe? Pede nato na himoon diri sa Cebu City! We can build a food bank in Cebu City where all the hungry can just go and find relief.

I am with Nassim Taleb that we should not promote dependency, but that doesn't mean we should be calloused against the poor.

Rise Against Hunger is the organization that can help us build the dream of having a food bank in Cebu City using ideas in Cinema. Here are basic facts about Rise Against Hunger.

1. Rise Against Hunger is the non-profit group that has for its vision the eradication of hunger across the world by 2030. It was formerly named Stop Hunger Now in 1998, but even with the new name, the international hunger relief organization still continues to push the mission of ending hunger in our lifetime and mobilizing the resources in doing so.

2. More than 310 million meals have already been distributed all over 74 countries because of Rise Against Hunger.

3. If you plan to work with Rise Against Hunger and commit to their programs and attempt to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goal, then contact Bisaya Short Films through the message box in the top left of this page.

Also, be reminded that virtue signaling is when you announce in public that you help people by your donations.

Real virtue is when you help unannounced, anonymously, in private. Some people donate and start charities for branding. That is not virtue. It's a cost-cutting scheme.

It is your duty as a cinema watcher to weed out the Napoles Groups from the legit ones.

The Janitor


Viva Films' Tragic Theater Is Both Tragic And Fun

1. Tragedy and comedy, as Woody Allen would make his character say in "Melinda and Melinda", are always in a relationship, and are sometimes married, even inseperable, like Agony and a 10am-Trip to Mandaue.

2. I must have laughed a Level 2/3 Laugh with Tikoy Aguiluz' Tragic Theater for two reasons:

2.1 I watched Woody Allen's gorgeous genius classic "Everybody Says I Love You" not more than 5 hours before Tragic Theater, which might have tricked me to see the comedy in all tragedy; to read Shakespeare in Taylor Swift; to see dooty in duty; to see the supposedly creepy zombies sitting on the theater seats not as rated-x horrifying monsters, but just as regular overworked yuppies chilling out in the theatre because the fight with plants (see Plants Vs Zombies) and the battles with The Pre-Walkers (see The Walking Dead) last night was, uhm, brain-draining. 

2.2 An hour before Tragic I fast-forwarded scenes from Ryan Taborada's Black Mirror, a masterful depressing TV series about how technology sucks and doesn't suck, depending on what page you're reading in Ali Smith's new novel "How To Be Both".

3. Andy Eigenmann and the tragically unacknowledged and uncredited Security Guards get the Bisaya Short Films Best Taong Grasa Sa Dan Non-Acting Actor Award.


NU Killed Ely Live

Last Month I held the sweaty palm of god. Like, literally. And it sang, specifically a song about a dance with a maid.

Ely Buendia is the lead vocals of Eraserheads and Pupil, if you live under a rock. Or worse, a rock. And speaking of rocks, he’s probably one of the priority rock gods you need to google right now. Especially that it’ll be a while before you can listen to him be played in long playlists on good free live-rock radio broadcast now that NU107 is finally no longer just undead.

Ironically I blame it on technology and I guess I’m writing this because it has just dawned on me that music is surprisingly powerful among Cebuanos in ways never accounted for before and anything that puts it in crisis deserves a bisection.

When we question technology it’s always about the issue of excess that gets the ax. And the hardest question we’re faced when this happens seems to be about drawing the line. It’s about finding where and how exactly we could consider the next purchase of a new iPhone acceptable without bolstering the reasons we’re now facing something seemingly as inconceivable as a free rock radio channel being completely off-air. I guess doing that seems to be as easy as playing the electric guitar, with no actual guitar, and blindfolded, and just as cliched. But I still think the least we could do is to remember the question.

And wouldn’t it be better if we always remind ourselves of that, instead of always finding the quickest ways to render the just recently launched cellphone, music players and free radio defunct? Encouraging people, especially kids to apportion such time and passion for music to the point of even respecting enough someone as distant and impersonal as a musician to label them as a god is clearly better than teaching them it’s not bad to own, own, own, right? Own houses you barely have time to live in, laptops in cities you can hardly power a street lamp without interruptions and more junk you don’t even need. Or want.

I guess it’s still a matter of preference, because what is freedom anyway if not that? Besides, it’s not like listening to Ely Buendia sing live and humming along with him is better than using all your gadgets combined during brown outs that are no longer rotational, right?

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