Category Archives: movies

Beat, pray, love

A Hollywood feel-good movie filmed  abroad can boost tourism.  Mama Mia shown in 2008 drew tourists in hordes in the Greek Island.  Suddenly, sleepy town Forks, Washington – home of the Cullens – became a must-see destination in the US after the movie Twilight, even if it was mainly filmed in Oregon. And the upcoming movie Eat, Pray, Love, based from Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir, has helped the battered Bali bring back its former glory.

In 2006, around 4 million tourists dropped Bali in their must-see list after the tsunami disaster, bird flu scare, and government security issues. But the memoir book, which sold seven million copies worldwide, has made Bali a popular destination again. Time reports that new packages by luxury resorts and spas promise to recreate Gilbert’s experience and even help bring enlightenment.

But have you ever read a best-selling feel-good book that has a Philippine setting?   Or have you watched a movie filmed in our country that is not  a killing field, a prostitution hub, or a garbage dump?  Movies about these issues may give the director a Cannes award, but on the contrary, is it a good reward for the country’s tourism?

Beat the stigma. Pray for a miracle. Love Philippines.

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Lord of the Rings prequel coming soon!

Scheduled for release in 2011 by MGM and New Line cinema, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have been signed to start filming The Hobbit.

The Hobbit is the prequel of Lord of the Rings which tells the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, who found the precious ring (later  inherited by Frodo).

Sir Ian Mckellen will reprise his role as Gandalf.

Ain’t afraid of no ghosts

That’s right, Ivan Reitman is bringing back the beloved Ghostbusters.  After more than 20 years since it’s last sequel – Ghostbusters 1 (1984) & 2 (1989), According to, Reitman has confirmed  that writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have already turned in a completed draft for part 3  and that a new draft is currently being worked through. Characters played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver will be returning again.  Even Rick Moranis is said to be willing to leave retirement to reprise his role as their accountant, Louis Tully!

Pleasure has its own principles

Liz Canner‘s  new documentary Orgasm Inc., discuss sex lives of women, from the problems they face in bed, the search for a “pink Viagra,” and what women want and need to enhance their inner tigress.

The documentary also  visited an  antique-vibrator museum in San Francisco. According to’s interview with Canner “They knew back in Victorian times that that was a great cure for sexual problems.”

And beyond the trivial discovery, the documentary attempts to reveal that drug companies are distorting sexual dissatisfaction as a “disease” in order for them to cash in on the lack of sexual desire in many women.  And these so-called “treatments” can endanger women’s lives.