Saksi: Ilang nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda na nakilala ng GMA News, nagpapatuloy sa buhay

I find it interesting that this newscast specifically covers a select group of people from the Yolanda tragedy and then returns to them a year later to check up on their progress. It seems like such a benevolent thing to do. Then it reminded me somewhat of the messianic complex that colonists have going on for them. (Mangoes, like, what even? But the little things, of course, we must remember the little things.)

The aspect of the report that really bothered me, however, was the way the news report smoothed over the tragedy and just proceeded to assure the audience that these people are now living their lives, moving on, keeping strong and all that despite having just lost their whole family. Of course there isn’t really enough time to actually cover a whole year’s worth of whatever these people had gone through to get to where they are now, obviously. Nevertheless, we are rather quickly assured by the report’s narrative that things can be overcome, no matter how horrific it could be. Continue reading Saksi: Ilang nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda na nakilala ng GMA News, nagpapatuloy sa buhay

The Good Guys: An Analysis of Anne Curtis’ Commercial for SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

Today, someone can literally live in the clouds – above everyone else and across the skyline. It is made possible by the rise of condominiums not only in the city but all around the country. It is the reason for the continuous success of real estate business today. With the high demands of owning condominium units especially by young professionals and businessmen, it shows a promising future to the real estate business. That is why big corporations such as Ayala Land Incorporated, Mega world Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation and SM Development Corporation engaged in this trend as well. Continue reading The Good Guys: An Analysis of Anne Curtis’ Commercial for SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

Paperman

Paperman is a Walt Disney animated short film by John Kahrs released in 2012. It’s creativity in combining both traditional and computer animation has garnered itself an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85 th Academy Awards in 2013.

I’m choosing to view this text through Narrative Analysis because it’s an animated film. Over the years, animation, especially those made by Disney, used to be just for children. So what happens when the adult social world becomes “storied” and comes to life in a black and white, 2D film? Continue reading Paperman

Grown-ups Can’t Fly: A Narrative Analysis Of Kellen Moore’s East of Kensington

I am almost certain that all of us are familiar with the story of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan—the boy who never grew up. Peter Pan also existed as stage plays and as both animated and live-action film adaptations. However, in Kellen Moore’s thesis film East of Kensington (2012), which brings back the much-loved characters from Neverland and London, Barrie’s romanticized story of eternal childhood is extended into something that bleeds reality—dark, gritty, and heart-breaking.

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Short Criticism of How It Should Have Ended

The way people consume TV shows and films have drastically changed in a span of a few years. Gone are the days when you’d only have your friends to rant and give out your ideas on which direction your favorite TV show should have gone, or how the movie you just watched should have finished. The Internet has provided a platform for people to give out their comments—and often, their violent reactions.

Now, you would never have to deny yourself the pleasure of seeing the way you wanted a show or movie to conclude. This is made possible through this Youtube channel aptly called, How It Should Have Ended (HISHE). HISHE started in 2005 when two friends decided to animate their own alternate endings to some of the most popular films and television series. Currently, the channel boasts of over 790 million views.

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Narrative Analysis/Intertextuality: Glee Season 5, Episode 3 (“The Quarterback”)

Glee is a musical-comedy drama series that airs internationally on Fox and locally on ETC. The series is set in McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio and focuses on the stories of the members of the McKinley High Glee Club. This particular episode is the tribute episode to Cory Monteith, the actor who plays Finn Hudson: the male lead character of Glee. Monteith died on July 2013, during the season break of Glee. His untimely death forced the creators of Glee to make changes to its storyline. On October 10, 2013, “The Quarterback” was aired.

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