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Execution (A Short Film)

Posted in Film Talk on March 18, 2010 by Carlo Chong

I don’t really post much about my personal film life, but I’m pretty proud of a film I’ve recently done for a film class at my school. The film’s title is Execution and it tells of the son of a wealthy Chinese-Filipino tycoon who gets caught in a web of violence and deceit.

You can view them on YouTube (two parts) via the embedded videos.



Written, Lensed, Edited, Produced and Directed by
Carlo Chong

Script Supervisor
Dave Anastacio

Original Score by
Nica del Rosario

Justin Ng
Josef Machuca
Kathleen Go
Marcus Javier
Janeil Tibayan


Final Predictions for the 82nd Academy Awards

Posted in Film Talk on March 8, 2010 by Carlo Chong

Best of luck to Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and company! Here’s to hoping we don’t have an Avatar-sized upset.


The Hurt Locker


Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker


Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart


Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side


Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds


Mo’Nique, Precious

Full list of predictions after the cut…

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Final Oscar Nominations Predictions

Posted in Film Talk on February 2, 2010 by Carlo Chong

A mere 15 minutes before the announcement of this year’s Academy Award nominees, I present to you my predictions as to whom we should be seeing being enumerated by Anne Hathaway as the most prestigious films of the year.

Full list of predictions after the cut…

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Conclusions from the Golden Globes

Posted in Film Talk on January 19, 2010 by Carlo Chong

Here’s what we can conclude from yesterday’s Avatar thrashing at the Golden Globes. Note that the Golden Globes does not have a great track record with the Academy Awards but they do represent a significant amount of buzz heading into the race.

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Spring Film Festival at the Shang Cineplex from February 3-9

Posted in Film Talk on January 18, 2010 by Carlo Chong

The Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies in partnership with the Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-la Plaza present the SPRING FILM FESTIVAL at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 3, Shangri-la Plaza Mall from February 3-9, 2010.

Featuring four notable and critically acclaimed Chinese films from across the past decade, the festival looks to bring China’s flair for the silver screen to viewers here in Manila. The four films are as follows:

Seventeen Years (1999) – Directed by Zhang Yuan

*Winner of the Directors Award at the 56th Venice Film Festival

The World (2004) – Directed by Jia Zhangke

*In Competition at the 61st Venice Film Festival

In Love We Trust (2008) – Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

Cape No. 7 (2008) – Directed by Wei Te-Sheng

‘Avatar’ and Box Office Kingdom

Posted in Film Talk on January 5, 2010 by Carlo Chong

If you haven’t been following the news lately, James Cameron’s Avatar just broke the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend making it only the fifth film in history to do so. Not only that, it’s crossed the $350 US box office threshold in dramatic fashion, receding only 10% to $68 million after $78 million first and $75 million second weekends.

Now that is unprecedented, probably earning Avatar the right to challenge Cameron’s other box office behemoth Titanic. Imagine, the two highest grossing pictures of all time… and only one man behind them.

At first glance Avatar should be a shoo-in to take the March Oscars by storm, if not for the current precursor strength of Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air and Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, not to mention the potential spoiler, the Quentin Tarantino satire Inglourious Basterds.

Whatever happens though, one thing’s for sure – with or without a trophy, Cameron still wins… big time.

More comprehensive Oscar coverage will follow in the coming weeks.

2009: The Cinescape

Posted in Film Talk on January 2, 2010 by Carlo Chong

A great video from YouTube user Matt that encapsulates the year in cinema for 2009. The song is Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)”.

The films featured in the video are listed after the cut…

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