Dropping In On: CRITIC AFTER DARK (Film Blog)

Self has been following Noel Vera’s blog (“Critic After Dark”) for quite some time now.

He put her in a semi-panic recently when he posted that he was stopping his blog in order to focus on a new book.  She left him her first and only fan letter.  Well, not exactly a fan letter (Self doesn’t really do those), more of an “Are You Seriously Thinking of Stopping This Blog” kind of thing.

Here’s what he’s about (from the “About” section of his blog.  His book, Critic After Dark, was published in 2005):

I suppose if there’s a theme I want to put forth, some kind of ‘big message’ I want to present to the reader, it’s this:  Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous.  Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

And BTW, here’s where you can order Noel’s book.

And more BTW:  In June 2010, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco had a festival of Brillante Mendoza films, and Joel Tan was the reason self was on a panel that discussed Kinatay.  It was a good thing she agreed, because she doesn’t know if she’d have been able to stand watching Kinatay.  But because she knew she was on the panel, she made herself watch.  And did not flinch.

Two men in front of her kept discussing the rape in terms of the prurient aspects of the actress’s body.  And she nearly reached over and bonked them both on the head.  They stayed for the panel discussion, and said the rape scene was “too short.”  Jerks.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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