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uso naman ngayon ang mag-download ng movies sa net diba? baka pwedeng madownload ang mga movie na yan?
wag naman libre hehe. pero dapat maglabas na sila nito. sa regal films nga, yung mga lumang movies ni maricel, mabili. kahit saang sites ng sales and rentals of tagalog dvds.. pasok ang mga movies ni maricel.
sana mabasa nila tita midz ito. nakapag suggest na dati ako sa regalfilms.com na sana makapalabas sila ng 3-1 movies ni maricel sa reyna films at isama na rin ang kaya kong abutin ang langit.
^^ i agree collector's item kasi ang mga pelikulang yan kaya dapat na mailagay sa DVD.
Top 15 Greatest Filipina Actresses
14. Maricel Soriano
She excels in a body of work that encompasses light comic films such as Galawgaw and Pabling and heavier drama pieces such as Hinugot Sa Langit, Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit, Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal, Dahas, Mila and Mano Po. Emotional honesty characterizes her performances, from broad and larger-than-life, to the quiter moments of introspection,pain and disquiet. In the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival program, critic David Overbey took note of Maricel Soriano's "wondrous lead performance" in Carlitos Siguion-Reyna's Abot Kamay Ang Pangarap as an actress "who follows in the direct line of Lolita Rodriguez and Nora Aunor".
lahat naman ng films ng reyna films ay collector's item...
mula sa Hihintayin kita sa Langit hanggang sa Azucena.
at syempre ang tatlo ni Inay...ang Ikaw Pa Lang...Inagaw at Abot Kamay ang Pangarap.
di ba nanalo din ang Abot Kamay ang Pangarap sa Toronto Film Festival?
Now showing in Philippine theaters.... witness the story of a woman who goes to the Land Down Under for the sake of her family and her dreams, and the man who would go to the ends of the earth to follow her...
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii313/GeloPEX/Fanarts/meebo/ldas.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3317/3195932254_d3d43e3a07_o.jpg"There is No Greater Journey than Love"
Will Arah let Migo in her heart again or will she let him go completely for the sake of her family? And will Migo find the courage to fight for her or learn to accept that he has lost her forever?
this is the best pinoy film ive seen. the best cinematography, screenplay and best ensemble! maricel and armida scene is the best with all the flashbacks.
i love the following lines:
snooky: "pilit kong inuungkat ang nakaraan kaya nahihirapan akong harapin ang kasulukuyan..pero pipilitin kong kalimutan yun.."
maricel:"mula sa pagkabata ikaw ang magaling at ikaw ang matalino pati ba naman ang pagmamahal ng itay ipagkakait mo? inagaw mo ang lahat sa akin..LAHAT!"
maricel on armida: "sige ipangalandakan nyong ako ang pumatay sa itay, nang magtanong sila kung paano at bakit. tsaka ko isisigaw ginawang asawa ni arcadio ang bunso nyo..kauli..ka.bit!"
nong napanood ko ito uli sa cinema one, nabigla ako doon sa eksena na nagmamakaawa si maricel na siya din ay mahalin ng tatay niyang si arcadio.. sheit! ibang klase iyon lol! iyong hinipo hipo niya ang mga paa ng tatay niya. ano akala niyo doon, laro lang lahat? lol!
under rated ang movie na ito. sumabay kasi siya sa paglabas ng flor contemplacion tapos si maricel naman may movie ding dahas that year. hindi yata man lang nanalo ng kahit isang award ito sa pinas. at hindi yata ito nominated ng urian hehe.
so pag na i compare natin ito sa flor contemplacion nanalo sa cairo, mas prestigious ang napanalunan nitong international festival best picture di ba?
bakit kasi nagsabay pa ang dalawang magagandang movies na ito at sinabayan pa ng dahas lol! i like dahas better nga lang sa inagaw. pero baka sa sunod kong panood, mas magugustuhan ko ito ng husto. sana mailabas ito ng dvd at mapagaralan din ng mga film lovers at nang mapanood din ng mga kabataan ngayon.
^ Hindi naman kasi yata nasubmit ang FLOR sa Palm Spring. Between this film and FLOR, I think mas magmamarka talaga ang FLOR during the mid 90s era at hanggang ngayon kasi sobrang relevant niya sa society ng Philippines, OFW- nagnais yumaman- namatay.
Gusto ko ang film na to, INAGAW MO ANG LAHAT SA AKIN, napaka-prestigious ng napanalunan niya, kung na-promote lang ng ayos eh di sana nanominate man lang kahit sa TOP 5 ng Foreign Language Film sa Academy Awards, at baka nanalo pa.
Regarding sa local competition, sana nga lang hindi sila nagsabay ng FLOR na pinalabas.
I have to agree, this is one of the most underrated films in the Philippines. My second underrated bet after Nora's CONDEMNED.
November 3, 2006
INAGAW MO ANG LAHAT SA AKIN (Reyna Films, 1995)
English Title: "Harvest Home"
Carlitos Siguion Reyna's Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin revolves on the life of an unloved daughter, Jacinta (Maricel Soriano) and an abused daughter, Clarita (Snooky Serna). As the harvest season comes, a modern and sophisticated Clarita comes back to her hometown after 10 years of absence to her family. Having a guilt of not going to her father's burial and neglecting her responsibilities to her family, she brought along her husband, Joey (Eric Quizon) and had a week-long vacation to her hometown. Jacinta was receptive on her sister's comeback but her husband, Peping (Tirso Cruz III) was against their plans of staying with them. Peping hasn't moved on with the past. He had an intimate relationship with Clarita before she left to the city that made him choose to marry Clarita's elder sister, Jacinta.
Almeda (Armida Siguion-Reyna), their mother, was a devotee of the patron saint of their town. Not realizng that she had neglected her duties as a wife and a mother by her over-devotion to her faith. Soon after, Almeda became metally-retarded due to the traumatic death of her husband, Arcadio (Robert Arevalo). Jacinta takes care of her mother and not only because she cares for her but to look up to her as a dutiful daughter which was undone by her sister.
The house used was a little creepy and old. An altar at the center of the house with a framed portrait of Arcadio signifies his presence that would make Almeda feel calm as she knew that Arcadio was still alive. Jacinta works in the rice fields. Everybody adores her because of her unconditional love to her husband and her mother. As Clarita stayed with them, little by little, she confronts her dark past. She feels haunted as she remembers her memories with the old house. While Joey, tries to deal with Jacinta and Peping to make the title for the land. A fierce Jacinta gets aware that Clarita might take the land which she inherited from their parents. Then, a series of events follows and a rift builds between the two, Jacinta and Clarita.
Almeda spends her time by digging the soil in their garden. Searching for the secret letters for Peping and Clarita that was kept by Jacinta. At the latter part of the film, Siguion-Reyna reveals the true persona of Jacinta. She kept the letters so that Peping's love to Clarita would die and let her be his new found love. But even if they are already wed, Peping's affection to Clarita never dies. As Almeda found the letters, she reveals to Joey the schemes Jacinta did to end the affair between Clarita and Peping. Jacinta's cunning is put into test. She reveals the dark secrets of Clarita and their family. Clarita had an incestuous relationship with Arcadio. And Clarita left to the city because of she wanted to get rid of her father. Jacinta was jealous to Clarita because she never felt the love of a parent. And as the secrets explodes, the lives of the family were torn apart. Jacinta got traumatized and became mentally retarded like her mother. Clarita brought Almeda to the city for medication and to stay with them for good. But Peping, choose to stay with Jacinta. Like how Jacinta pampers Almeda before, Peping does it now to Jacinta.
Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (Reyna Films, 1995) is one of Carlitos Siguion-Reyna's best films ever done. A mysterious beginning that is solved in the denouement of the film. From the pleading of Clarita to her father to stop at her at the beginning of the film to how Jacinta tried to seduce Arcadio when Clarita rejected him. A roller coaster of events that drapes the simple living of barrio people and the hypocrite world of religious people. The character of Jacinta was simply intense and remains a mystery. From a receptive to a fierce Jacinta, Maricel Soriano was able to deliver it with full of enthusiasm. The cinematography was perfectly done. But there were some moments in the movie that are dead but was able to revive in the next sequences. The character of Clarita was not that recorgnizable. Snooky Serna remained monotonous during the entire film. Jacinta and Clarita's catfight was terrifying. It was barely done without doubles. The incest issue became a big part of the lives of the characters. The good thing is it didn't overlapped in the story.
Carlitos Siguion-Reyna's movies tried to touch on the sensitive matters of life and the society. From homosexuals (Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya) to incestuous relationships (Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin) to dog slaughter (Azucena) to the bribery happening to our government and in the justice system of our country (Abot Kamay Ang Pangarap). This is definitely a jaw-dropping movie because of some sequences that were intelligently executed.
Rating: **** (4/5 Stars)
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Starring: Maricel Soriano, Snooky Serna, Tirso Cruz III, Eric Quizon, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Robert Arevalo
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Murder in Mind (US) Suspense thriller. In production. Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Marie-Louise Parker. A wife is found holding the weapon that killed her husband.
Casualties (US) Thriller. Post-production. Dir: Alex Graves. Cast: Caroline Goodall, Mark Harmon, Michael Beach. A woman falls for a hitman and discovers that his connection to her is more than coincidental.
Manny & Lo (US) Drama. Screening. Dir: Lisa Krueger. Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Mary Kay Place. Two sisters reunite after escaping from separate foster homes. Running time: 97 mins.
Female Perversions (US) Erotic drama, Screening. Dir: Susan Streitfeld. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Paulina Porizkova. A lawyer tries to balance her appetites and her drive for success. Running time: 108 mins.
Nothing to Lose (US) Drama. Screening. Dir: Eric Bross. Cast: Adrien Brody, Michael Gallagher, Sybil Temshen. Running time: 98 mins. A young man gambles away a loan shark's money. Running time: 98 mins.
Eden (US) Drama. Screenings. Dir: Howard Goldberg. Cast: Joanna Going, Dylan Walsh, Sean Patrick Flanery. A young woman is caught between the pressures of being a housewife and mother while battling a physical disability. Running time: 106 mins.
Midaq Alley (Mexico) Drama. Screening. Dir: Jorge Fons. Cast: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Maria Rojo, Salma Hayek. A tale of love and betrayal among the working-class.
Harvest Home (Philippines) Drama. Completed. Dir: Carlos Siguion-Reyna. Cast: Maricel Soriano, Snooky Serna. The obsessive love between two sisters. Running time: 90 mins.
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (US) Horror. Screening. Dir: Kevin Yagher. Cast: Bruce Ramsey, Valentina Vargas, Doug Bradley. Pinhead stalks a family's bloodline through four centuries of terror. Running time: 90 mins.
Angela (US) Drama. Completed. Dir: Rebecca Miller. Cast: Anna Thomson, Vincent Gallo, John Ventimiglia. An investigation of the secret fantasy life of two sisters. Running time: 109 mins.
I Shot a Man in Vegas (US) Suspense drama. Completed. Dir: Keoni Waxman. Cast: John Stockwell, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Drillinger. Five friends in Vegas all have their stories, but there's only one truth. Running time: 88 mins.
Don't Do It (US) Comedy. Completed. Dir: Eugene Hess. Cast: Heather Graham, James Le Gros, Sheryl Lee. Three couples talk about love and life, fear and desire. Running time: 100 mins.
Tollbooth (US) Off-beat romance. Completed. Dir: Salomé Breziner. Cast: Fairuza Balk, Lenny Von Dohlen, Will Patton. To win a girl's heart, a man must find her father. Running time: 105 mins.
Twenty Bucks (US) Comedy. Completed. Dir: Keva Rosenfeld. Cast: Linda Hunt, Brendan Fraser, Elisabeth Shue. This follows the trail of a twenty dollar bill as it travels from one owner to the next. Running time: 90 mins.
When the Party's Over (US) Drama. Completed. Dir: Matthew Irmas. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Rae Dawn Chong, Fisher Stevens. A group of young friends want it all. Running time: 90 mins.
The Music of Chance (US) Drama. Completed. Dir: Philip Haas. Cast: James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Gray. A dark tale of power, manipulation and high living. Running time: 90 mins.
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MARICEL SORIANO in Carlitos Siguion-Reyna's "Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin"
Dumb and feeling ugly, Maricel Soriano yearns for attention and affection from her father who seems to have the other daughter, Snooky, as his favorite. Later, this sibling rivalry turns out to be an explosive family secret so sickening, Miss Soriano pulls it off in pathetic anger and pain, crucial to shock the audiences on the real reason why this is no ordinary envy, and that moment we learn what truth is, Maricel Soriano plays it perfectly in riveting display of acting prowess.
Film and Video in the Philippines
Philippine cinema industry has produced world-class directors, talents, and titles. Ironically, its survival is in doubt. Industry experts believe the only way out is to export beyond the Philippine market. Production costs are escalating, but the local market remains stagnant.
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
The movie industry is organized along sectoral and guild interests. There are guilds for movie producers, artists, directors, other creative talents and craftsmen -- all of which have federated under a self-policing organization called the Film Academy of the Philippines. There are also associations for movie distributors and exhibitors.
Alarmed at the precarious state of the local movie industry, the Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association (PMPPA) and the Movie Producers Distributors Association of the Philippines (MPDAP) recently identified some factors seen to restrict the growth of the industry. These include:
Escalating costs of film production -- especially in the face of the current economic crisis sweeping Asia.
Exhorbitant taxes -- these are onerous and numerous, making the industry among the most heavily taxed in Asia if not the world; among such taxes are the amusement tax, culture tax, flood tax, and tax on raw materials.
Falling box-office receipts of domestic films -- local movies are losing out to bigger-budgeted foreign films.
Film censorship -- the censors body has been accused of arbitrary and too much film censorship to the extent of stunting the artistic development and economic growth of the local movie industry.
Film piracy -- high-tech film pirates deprive legitimate producers of potential income. Piracy forms include unauthorized airing, exhibition, and distribution of films in CAT-TV networks, video theaters, buses, hotels, restaurants, ships, etc., and video reproduction and retail establishments.
"Star system" -- some superstars charge as much as P3-P4 million, in addition to ancillary rights and other fringe benefits, eating up a big chunk of a normal production budget of P15 million.
Cable-TV -- a formidable new opponent making inroads into the traditional domain of movies.
LOCAL FILM PRODUCERS
It is projected that the economic crunch on local movie production will eventually result in trimming down the number of production houses into four big ones. Meantime, the current field includes the following:
Four Aces Films
Four N Films
WORLD CLASS FILIPINO MOVIES
Filipino movie-making caliber has been world-class as early as the 1950s, to wit:
Genghis Khan, produced by Manuel Conde in early 1950s, was shown at an international film festival and became the basis for a Hollywood movie.
Siete Infantes de Lara, also by Conde, inspired another Hollywood hit, The Magnificent Seven
Insiang, a 1977 drama by noted director Lino Brocka, created waves at the Cannes Film Festival. This was followed by other Brocka classics like Bona, Jaguar, Kapit sa Patalim/ Bayan Ko, and Orapronobis.
Filipino action king Fernando Poe Jr. in 1950s co-starred with Jack Mahoney in the Hollywood film Walls of Hell, while Luz Valdez appeared with Jeffrey Hunter in Universal Pictures' No Man is an Island.
The Flor Contemplacion Story, starring superstar Nora Aunor in a Viva production, won the Best Picture and Best Actress trophies at the Egypt International Film Festival. It has been shown all over the world.
The recent Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin (Harvest Home), by Reyna Films, directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, was adjudged best film at the 1996 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Sources: Philippine Information Agency,
The Fookien Times 1997 Philippines Yearbook
Posted: 21 May 1998
Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (Harvest Home), 1995, was chosen best story by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) in 1996 and in the same year adjudged Best Picture at the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Judy Ann is scheduled to leave on January 11 to attend the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Considered to be a pre-Oscars event, the filmfest will run from January 8-19 at Palm Springs, California. The 20th Palm Springs IFF boasts 209 films culled from 73 countries. Fifty of the 67 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards will be screened at this year's PSIFF.
The Elusive Oscar: Why Oscars remains unreachable for RP.
Publication: Manila Bulletin
Date: Monday, February 28 2005
On Feb. 27 (morning of Feb. 28 here in the Philippines),the 77th Annual Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, takes centerstage at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California to honor the best movies and actors of 2004.
The Aviator" leads this years pack with 11 nominations, including the coveted Best Picture. But the Leonardo diCaprio-starrer faces last minute but tough competition with Clint Eastwoods "Million Dollar Baby," also heavily favored to win in major categories.
While the Oscars honor Hollywoods best creations, the worlds most prestigious award-giving body has also opened doors for foreign moviemakers through the Academys Best Foreign Film Category.
The Academy started to hand out its citation for outstanding foreign film only in 1948 for "Monsieur Vincent." That year, the award for the top foreign film was only an honorary Oscar until the Academy decided to make it a major category in 1956. Italys "La Strada" took home the prize the same year.
While the award show is beamed around the world, the coveted Oscars remain unreachable for the Philippines. Not one movie has made it to any of the categories in the most-watched award show. Up to now, it remains a dream for local movie makers.
So far, the only Oscar show that featured a local talent happened in 1992 when our very own Lea Salonga performed in a duet for the Oscar winning song "A Whole New World" from Walt Disneys "Aladdin." But credit was given to composers Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
The Philippines has received a handful of recognitions from various film festivals abroad in recent years. But the Oscars? That remains to be seen.
"I dont think we will ever make it to the Top 5 foreign movies in the Oscars. Never. With the kind of movies that we have these days, I dont think we will ever win a nomination," producer/actress Armida Siguion-Reyna said.
She described the present crop of films as"feelgood" movies
"Thats not what the Academy wants. The movies that reflect trials and triumphs of the people are the ones that are recognized. Siguro kung gumawa tayo ng pelikula tungkol sa nangyari sa ating nuong last election, I bet, makakakuha tayo kahit nomination man lang."
Tita Midz, as how she is called in the industry, said Reyna Films had the opportunity of submitting an Oscar entry for foreign film category in the 1990s with "Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin," directed by Carlitos SiguionReyna. It starred Maricel Soriano, Snooky Serna, Tirso Cruz III, Eric Quizon and herself. But it never reached the final 5.
The Film Academy of the Philippines chooses the countrys representative to the Oscars. Among those who choose include national artist Eddie Romero. But despite the annual invitations from the Oscars, the Philippines does not submit an entry every year.
"I may sound like a broken record but thats the reality. We will have a hard time breaking the Oscars.Then we should have a big distributor that will campaign for our local entry. E kung maliit lang ang distributor mo, paano ka na lalaban sa mga malalaking distributors dun? Tita Midz asked.
One of the recent movies submitted for the Oscars best foreign film category was Alessandra de Rossis "Mga Munting Tinig," which also got rave reviews abroad.
It never made the Top 5 nominees in the Best Foreign Film Category but Gil Portes, director of the movie, was happy with the attention it received. Portes three films "Saranggola" (1999), "Gatas" (2000) and "Mga Munting Tinig" (2002) were the Philippines entries to the Oscars.
"I can only speak for myself. I am fortunate that three of my films were the countrys official submission to the Best Foreign Language Category of the Oscar. These films exposed me to the various aspects of the competition," Portes said.
Portes added: "Mga Munting Tinig was the most successful anong them.It even tied with the eventual winner Germanys Nowhere in Africa for the audience award in the Palm Spring Festival where entries which are in the short list are shown. There were rumours that the film has a strong chance of landing in the Top 5. But we were hampered by our lack of resources to promote the film extensively."
Portes said the winner spent some US$500,000 for the promotion. And the Philippines budget? "US$30,000."
He believes that the Philippines has a very good film in"Mga Munting Tinig" but Portes said it is not enough.
"The name of the game is budget for promotions and of course government support. A strong distributor like Miramax can help. And lots of luck of course!"
Tita Midz agrees. The movie industry really needs government support. "Mrs. Marcos, a patron of the arts, was supportive to the movie industry during her husbands administration. These days. we dont get enough government suppot for the industry."
The Oscars is an important recognition in Hollywood because the award could add milliions to the films grosses. And for winning actors, that would mean an increase in their paychecks.
When Italy submitted "Life Is Beautiful" for the Oscars in 1998, there were reports that the country spent some US$3 million for promotions and campaign. The efforts paid off when the movie won three Academy awards - Original Dramatic Score, Best Actor (Roberto Benigni) and Best Foreign Film. It also received nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
Our local producers and directors need budget and support. Granted that Italy spent huge amount of money for campaign and promotion of their movie,the question is, are we ready ready to take the samepath and shell out millions in exchange for the bronze Oscar statuette?
Only time will tell.