Archive for April 2013

Tit for Tat Film Awards History: Best Lead Actress   13 comments

Completing the acting circle for my Tit for Tat history awards, I’ll be posting my best actress winners from 1995 up to 2011. As you may have known, I already revealed my picks for supporting actress, supporting actor and lead actor the past few weeks, and it’s time to do the last of the four acting categories. For 2012, I picked Rachel Weisz as my top winner for her poignant take in The Deep Blue Sea. Here are seventeen performances worth of Best Actress wins in my book. 🙂

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As a recap, here are the complete winners for the Best Lead Actress category at my Tit for Tat Film Awards:

1995: Meryl Streep, “The Bridges of Madison County
1996: Emily Watson, “Breaking the Waves
1997: Judi Dench, “Mrs. Brown
1998: Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth
1999: Hilary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry
2000: Bjork, “Dancer in the Dark
2001: Nicole Kidman, “Moulin Rouge!
2002: Isabelle Huppert, “The Piano Teacher
2003: Charlize Theron, “Monster
2004: Nicole Kidman, “Birth
2005: Felicity Huffman, “Transamerica
2006: Penelope Cruz, “Volver
2007: Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose
2008: Sally Hawkins, “Happy Go Lucky
2009: Tilda Swinton “Julia
2010: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone
2011: Anna Paquin, “Margaret
2012: Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea

Who are your own personal picks among lead actress performances? Add them here below! :)

And as always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

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Posted April 24, 2013 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Tit for Tat Awards

Tit for Tat Local Film Awards 2012   10 comments

It’s April, and by this time a decade ago, the Philippine entertainment industry are holding award giving bodies left and right. As for this year, only the PMPC Star Awards has handed their set of winners while the Enpress’s Golden Screen Awards has already released their nominations. While still waiting for FAP, the Manunuri, and FAMAS to unveil their picks for this year, I’ll be conducting my own “awards ceremony” here in my blog, as I choose what I think are the best in local film for 2012. Just like my Tit for Tat Film Awards 2012, I’ll be having five noms in 19 different categories and choose the top three winners per category. Here we go!

picture

director

actor

actress

supp actor

supp actress

screenplay

cinematography

costume

editing

hair and make up

musical score

 

original song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

production design

sound

visual effects

first feature

breakthrough actor

breakthrough actress

ensemble

As a recap, here are the complete winners for this year:

BEST PICTURE: Kalayaan
BEST DIRECTOR: Adlf Alix, Jr., Kalayaan
BEST ACTOR: Arnold Reyes, Graceland
BEST ACTRESS: Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Zanjoe Marudo, Kalayaan
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Janice de Belen, Mga Mumunting Lihim
BEST FILM SCREENPLAY: Jun Lana, Bwakaw
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kalayaan
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Ang Nawawala
BEST FILM EDITING: Kalayaan
BEST HAIRSTYLING AND MAKE UP: Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi
BEST MUSICAL SCORE: Kalayaan
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Habang May Pagibig, May Pagasa  from EDSA XXX
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi
BEST SOUND: Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: The Strangers
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACTOR: Anthony Tolentino, REquieme
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACTORVeronica SantiagoPascalina
BEST FIRST FEATURE: Pam MirasPascalina
BEST ENSEMBLE: cast of Aparisyon

What would be your picks for the best in Filipino motion picture for the year? Pipe them in below! :)

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

Posted April 18, 2013 by Nicol Latayan in Tit for Tat Awards

Tit for Tat Film Awards History: Best Lead Actor   2 comments

After posting my picks for supporting actress and supporting actor, we’ll move on now to the lead acting categories. For 2012, Denis Lavant’s multi-transforming performance in Holy Motors takes the cake for best lead actor performance, but here are the 17 other winning performances before him:

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2011

As a recap, here are the complete winners for the Best Supporting Actor category at my Tit for Tat Film Awards:

1995: Sean Penn, “Dead Man Walking
1996: Geoffrey Rush, “Shine
1997: Jack Nicholson, “As Good As It Gets
1998: Jim Carrey, “The Truman Show
1999: Russell Crowe, “The Insider
2000: Michael Douglas, “Wonder Boys
2001: Tony Leung, “In the Mood for Love
2002: Adrien Brody, “The Pianist
2003: Bill Murray, “Lost in Translation
2004: Paul Giammatti, “Sideways
2005: Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Mountain
2006: Leonardo di Caprio, “The Departed
2007: Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2008: Colin Farrell, “In Bruges
2009: Colin Firth “A Single Man
2010: Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network
2011: Michael Fassbender, “Shame
2012: Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors

Who are your own personal picks among lead actor performances? Add them here below! :)

And as always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

Posted April 16, 2013 by Nicol Latayan in Tit for Tat Awards

A Look Back at ABS-CBN Summer Station IDs   9 comments

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Yesterday, we were treated to a high nostalgia, as ABS-CBN unveiled their summer station ID. In celebration of their 60th year of broadcast, it was a nice throwback from the early days of the station up until its footing now as the biggest and most celebrated network in the country. During the 2000s, coming up with themed stations IDs have also been an “it thing” for TV stations to do, and it was ABS-CBN who revived (if not started) the trend back in 2002. Now sit back and enjoy a trip back to memory lane, as we visit all ten of their summer themed station IDs.

All videos are credited to the YouTube account of ABSCBN Official. Thanks! 🙂

2002: Saya ng Summer

ABS-CBN’s first summer station ID eleven years ago was a breakthrough for many reasons. For one, it was the only summer ID that has an English song to incorporate it via Roselle Nava’s Free. In this video, the major theme involves all Kapamilya stars pulling off a big rope that will later be revealed as a huge kite carrying the official theme “Saya ng Summer“. Watching this video now makes us miss the likes of Comedy King Dolphy, Carding Castro (of the Reycards duo), and heartthrob Rico Yan.

Notable highlights: The Hunks (composed of Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Diether Ocampo, Bernard Palanca, and Carlos Agassi) in one group shot, veteran actresses Helen Gamboa, Caridad Sanchez, Isabel Rivas and Pinky Marquez hitting the gym, and the original F ladies Angel Aquino, Daphne Osena, and Cher Calvin playing water guns.

2004: Sabay Summer Tayo Kapamilya

Two years after their first station ID, the second one was a throwback to the games of the Filipino kids during summer such as those of piko, patintero,  and tumbang preso among others. Notable inclusions this year include Dong Puno, Gary Valenciano, and Cesar Montano.

Notable highlights: Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino playing Chinese garter, Aga Muhlach and Edu Manzano playing teks, and a finale shot with the King of Comedy Dolphy

2005: Iba Ka-Summer ang Kapamilya

For 2005, the station ID involved different Kapamilya stars playing different summer items as musical instruments. For the most part, the music were just beats  until the catchy “Kasummer mo…Kapamilya mo” enters the scene until that hooking whistle by Dolphy in the end. For this year, Willie Revillame, Toni Gonzaga, and Anne Curtis join this annual tradition.

Notable highlights: Piolo Pascual playing drums while hanging on the side of a bridge, Marc Nelson and Dyan Castillejo’s creative way of crushing ice, and Dina Bonnevie’s sungka dance.

2007: Araw Natin To!

After skipping a summer station ID in 2006, the 2007 version involves a fun dance step that all Kapamilya stars were game to do including the Goin Bulilit kids up to Charo Santos Concio. It also involved lots of fun summer traditions and how to celebrate summer the creative way such as building sand castles from a construction building, sunbathing on roof tops, and the concept of province circumcision. Additional celebrities this year were the PBB teens including Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, together with Pinoy Dream Academy singers from the first batch.

Notable highlights: The first inclusion of partners Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos together, first appearance of the triumvirate friends Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzales, and Mariel Rodriguez all in one shot, and the trio of comedy legends Maricel Soriano, Dolphy, and Susan Roces.

2008: One Team, One Summer

In 2008, the whole music was more into beats and syncs with a more “cheerdance” feel all over. Aside from the Kapamilya stars, most of the time, we were treated to a performance of the world class level greatness of the UP Pep Squad. Even the visuals used in this year’s summer station ID were more involved with prints and patterns in it.

Notable highlights: Kristine Hermosa clad in nothing but a bikini, the shot of Judy Ann Santos with an ocean backdrop, and then reel and real life couples Derek Ramsey and Angelica Panganiban with Jake Cuenca and Roxanne Guinoo.

2009: Galaw Galaw sa Tag-Araw

The following year is the start of the tailored theme songs for summer station IDs. With the famous foursome Kanto Boys (Billy Crawford, John Lloyd Cruz, Luis Manzano, and Vhong Navarro) in charge with the song this year, the video’s theme involves combination of worthy summer activities and environmental cause with most stars showing how to recycle and clean the environment. First timers this year include Lorna Tolentino, Gabby Concepcion, and Zaijan Jaranilla.

Notable highlights: Anne Curtis appearing ala Bond girl in a yellow suit, the reunion of Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa, and the wacky presence of the Kanto Boys.

2010: Summer ang Simula

As the decade kicks in to a new start, the station ID has continued to be of great force in terms of themes and ideas. For this year, the production design was in full force with the Art Attack style of different summer ideas. It’s definitely one of the most inventive and imaginative  approaches in their history of summer station IDs. For this particular year, they also incorporated the election theme since it was the year of national elections. Vice Ganda, Andi Eigenmann, and Charice all debuted their station ID appearances here.

Notable highlights: John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin’s first appearance as a pair, a short haired Maja Salvador, and the comeback of Sharon Cuneta.

2011: Bida Best sa Tag-Araw

It was all bout reaching and following your dreams in the 2011 summer station ID, as Angeline Quinto (with the help of Vincent Bueno) sings the theme Bida Best sa Tag-Araw. They incorporated different extreme summer sports together with Kapamilya stars who are known to be associated with those sports such as Sam Milby’s motocross race and Diether Ocampo’s water sports. It also featured the giant trampoline used with all the high jumps by the biggest artists of the networks. This also marked the debut of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, Enrique Gil, and Dawn Zulueta’s summer station ID appearances.

Notable highlights: Luis Manzano’s muay thai skills, the sexy football game of Jake Cuenca and Alessandra de Rossi, and Zanjoe Marudo’s sexy painting skills.

2012: Pinoy Summer Da Best Forever

Offering a taste of the colorful Filipino traditions, the 2012 summer station ID showed the rich culture of the country via the different fiestas and festivals all over the country. Some of those featured were the ati-atihan festival, lechon festival, and bangus festival to name a few. And while Gerald Anderson’s rap parts were very thankless, it was an okay inclusion though Sarah Geronimo’s vocals can hold the song together. This year,  Richard Gomez, Iza Calzado, and Paulo Avelino made their breakthrough.

Notable highlights: KC Concepcion’s fire dancing, Piolo Pascual’s more than ready summer “body”, and Iza Calzado’s entrance with a bang!

2013: Kwento ng Summer Natin

In celebration of ABS-CBN’s 60th anniversary, this year’s summer station ID is a throwback to the history of the TV station back from its heydays up to where it is now. Doing a homage of shows such as The Nida and Nestor Show, Chika Chika Chikks, Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata, up to Pangako Sa’Yo  and Meteor Garden, and incorporating some of the biggest trends that originated from the network such as I-Dawn Zulueta mo ko, otso-otso, and the Pinoy Ako dance made this one of the more memorable station IDs that they have ever produced.  Richard Yap, Bamboo, and the Star Magic Batch 2013 are the newbies for this year’s station ID.

Notable highlights: The whole of Judy Ann Santos’ appearance, Angel Locsin’s Baywatch throwback, and the shot of Zsazsa Padilla juxtaposed with Dolphy’s picture.

There you have it! These station IDs have already proven how much they play a big part of our summers, as we anticipate its debut year in and year out. Among these ten, the station IDs from 2002, 2005, and 2013 were my favorites while 2008 and 2009 were my least liked years. How about you? Pipe them in below!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

Tit for Tat Film Awards History: Best Supporting Actor   Leave a comment

Last time, I posted my picks for the supporting actress performances for the last 17 years which you can find here. Now, it’s time to give the focus to the gents, as I publish my supporting actors choices from 1995-2011. As already posted last week, Garrett Hedlund’s performance for On the Road is my pick for 2012’s supporting actor performance. Eddie Redmayne in Les Miserables and Leonardo di Caprio in Django Unchained finished second and third place respectively. 🙂

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2011

As a recap, here are the complete winners for the Best Supporting Actor category at my Tit for Tat Film Awards:

1995: Kevin Spacey, “The Usual Suspects
1996: Edward Norton, “Primal Fear
1997: Greg Kinnear, “As Good As It Gets
1998: Ed Harris, “The Truman Show
1999: Chris Cooper, “American Beauty
2000: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Almost Famous
2001: Jim Broadbent, “Moulin Rouge!
2002: Dennis Quaid, “Far From Heaven
2003: Benicio del Toro, “21 Grams
2004: Clive Owen, “Closer
2005: Jake Gyllenhaal, “Brokeback Mountain
2006: Steve Carell, “Little Miss Sunshine
2007: Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men
2008: Brendan Gleeson, “In Bruges
2009: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds
2010: Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network
2011: Brad Pitt, “The Tree of Life
2012: Garrett Hedlund, “On the Road

Who are your own personal picks among the wide supporting actor performances? Add them here below! :)

And as always, you can follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

Posted April 3, 2013 by Nicol Latayan in Tit for Tat Awards