Everybody’s Fine: Just fine

by John Elmo Canonio

Everybody’s fine” is surely a family oriented film and everyone can surely relate to the story no matter what status you are currently having with your family. This movie tells about the importance of honesty and the essence of time that every parent should invest with their children.

The casting is halfway great because based on what I saw the casts weren’t that convincing for their roles, they will portray what they have to portray for their role but they leave no impact on their assigned roles. The movie tackles a serious matter and in order to pull it off or to greatly express the message or intentions of the movie, the actors should be convincing for their acting roles. Although this is the matter, it didn’t cost a movie alot, not even a bit.

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I like how realistic is the setting of the movie, the movie shows the pretty and the awful side of the modern china. I like how the setting took part in portraying each characters personality and situation. One example is how they portrayed how succesful Qing is as a director, and also Guang’s home, I like how they portray the simplicity of life that an old man like Guan can have. It really played a big part in the movie and it the development of the movie.

The plot is the most important thing that moviegoers loves to see. In this movie, honestly, I found the plot of the story to be simple, I know that playing with the plot is a dangerous proposition because it can mess the whole story up, but when the movie goes plain like this one, it will not guarantee that the viewers will hold on til the end, especially when you passed the 1:15 hour mark of the movie. The plot or the outcome of Hao, almost everyone is interested on what could’ve happened to Hao his whereabouts and how his brother and sister’s try to hid this news to their father gets everyone interested. The plot of Hao suddenly became uninteresting when they finally revealed what happened to him without even elaborating what exactly happened to him, and the interesting plot ended up unexcitingly when Guan’s children revealed it to him on a hospital scene.

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In general, the movie turns out to be fine, its good in overall and if I’m gonna rate it, I will rate it 6/10. The director maybe can do better on their next project and writers can work better with the plot, that’s what I’m looking forward to. This is how I find the movie, but at the end of the day, this is an art made by the director, maybe he plans to make it plain and simple due to the expected audience and maybe because the movie is something that needs to be taken seriously he may have seen that playing with the plot is not an appropriate thing to do. All in all, this is a good movie and this is the kind of movie that every family needs to watch.

Spring Film Festival: A festival of the undying beauty of the Chinese culture

by John Elmo Canonio

The grand atrium of Shangri-La mall was filled with color and beauty when they exhibit the paintings made by the students of Confucious Institute of Ateneo de Manila University. These paintings lasts for 4 days giving way for the shoppers to see these stunning paintings made by the talented students of the said school. This is all part of the annual Spring Film Festival which is celebrated by the Filipino-Chinese community.

The theme of the paintings is the rooster which symbolizes this year on their Chinese calendar. Those artistic crafts came in different sizes and styles but shared the same motive which is to celebrate the New Year and prosperity. Shoppers of any age enjoyed the beauty displayed by the paintings as artists made creative visualizations about the luck and prosperity that this year of the rooster may bring.

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Altough most of the paintings are about the roosters, some artists painted flowers and birds as they also represent the beauty of their culture and how they see the celebration of their New year. Many shoppers stopped by to stare at the beauty of the paintings, some even pulled of their phones and cameras to take a picture of the paintings. Its amazing that those beautiful and stunning artworks were only made by students, I won’t be surprised if one day I’ll see their future paintings in exhibits around the world.

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Aside from the painting exhibit, the mall also conducted a Musical concert that also didn’t failed to amaze the shoppers of the Shangri-La mall. Students from various schools and institutions shared their talents and gave the Filipino-Chinese community a taste of the undying culture of the Chinese art.

Students from the Philippine Cultural College Glee Club performed cultural Chinese songs and the beauty and power of their voice resonates the grand atrium of the mall. Many shoppers stopped by to listen to the music, I honestly don’t know the meaning of the song because of the language but I hope I feel the same emotion that they want the people to feel. Many performers contributed to the musical concert and the mall was filled with harmonious songs that really soothes the mind.

Upon witnessing the festival, I was so amazed of the Chinese culture and will look forward to see more of these for the years to come.

Shangri-La mall celebrated the Chinese New Year with its 11th Spring Film Festival

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by John Elmo Canonio

MANILA- Shangri-La mall in cooperation with the Filipino-Chinese community, launched the annual Spring Film Festival where Chinese student performers and artists gave the shoppers a taste of their Chinese culture, the festival lasted for four days in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The mall conducted various activities having students of different Chinese schools and institutions in the country showed their skills and talents in the festival such as the painting exhibits and musical concert as a part of the bigger event, the film festival itself where there are going to be 6 different movie entries that they offer to screen for free.

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They held this festival as they welcome the year of the rooster. Artists from Confucious Institute of Ateneo de Manila University featured their paintings about the year of the rooster. Performers of various schools and institutions such as the Philippine Cultural College Glee Club  also gave shoppers a taste of China’s music culture as they performed at the Musical Concert held by the said festival.

The festival also offered a 1-hour free workshops on pastel painting and Chinese lantern painting for the interested individuals. They taught the willing individuals on how to make a pastel painting and a Chinese lantern paintings and exhibited it afterwards.

The Spring Film Festival has been going for 11 years now, its already an annual celebration of the said mall, as well as the Film festival.