- a movie I didn't know was showing up until I saw posts on social media about it. I actually had no plans of watching the film even after reading rave reviews about it, until I chanced upon this list of Heneral Luna Quotes
if applied to modern day Filipino problems. It had me at "punyeta" which is a favourite expletive of mine.
Heneral Luna was no longer showing in the nearest cinema where I live (hello, barrio much) when I decided I wanted to watch it and not wait for the DVD. The film was still showing in SM Pampanga (60 KM or 2 hours away - daghan traffic, gawa kalsada, eleksyon na kase!!!) so decided to leave really early for that week's Pampanga excursion (kung may nagbabasa: I go to SM Pampanga or Marquee Clark every week, pang break ng monotony ng buhay bodegera) so I can make it to the 11:00 AM. I was disappointed when no subtitles showed up when the film started. Found out later that the subtitled version of the film was only available in select cinemas in Metro Manila. Hmp. (It's not that I don't understand Tagalog, I do. Mahina lang talaga ang tenga ko kaya I really can't watch films properly if it doesn't come with subtitles.) Apart from the creepy old guy who decided to sit beside me (Tatang, kaya nga po eto yung upuan na pinili ko eh, para wala akong katabi kasi ako lang mag isa ang nanuod...at saka ang daming upuan dyan o, sa tabi ko talaga??? YIKES.) I REALLY REALLY LOVED THE FILM.
The film wasn't perfect, the story had it's plot holes, and there were moments in the story where I felt it lacked in the execution. But no one can deny the superb acting of the man who played Heneral Luna: John Arcilla. Sabi ko nga, hindi pang best picture yung Heneral Luna, pero si John Arcilla, pwedeng Best Actor sa Oscars. Even Mylene Dizon, Archie Alemania, and Joem Bascon were good in the film. The dialogue helped - and if talk is true that the director Jerrold Tarog will do a Gregorio del Pilar film next, putsa - manunuod ulit ako. (P.S. Walang kinalaman ang excitement ko sa pagiging pogi ni Paulo Avelino as Gregorio del Pilar... wala. wala. wala. *laglag panty*)
As I always do when I like a film, nag-adik ako sa Heneral Luna when I got home. (Kung may nagbabasang iba, nag-adik means, nag YouTube about the film, mga BTS, interviews, etc., Google ng articles about the movie, search ng hashtag, etc, at in this case, basa ng life ni Luna, Aguinaldo, et. al. sa Wikipedia) I came across this really amazing artwork by Pauline Palita and it's worth a repost because maganda sya talaga.
Intense lang si John Arcilla sa Heneral Luna. Kung nagmumura ka like me, hinding hindi mo kayang hindi mag-punyeta palabas ng sinehan. :)
Tweet dump! Para matanggal na sa Favorites ko... hehehe