Monday, August 22, 2011

Zombadings hits Cebu - Now Showing

Calling all Zombabes, Zomboys, Zombagets, Zomballers, Zombloggers, Zombelievers, Zombankers, Zombaristas, Zomballerinas, Zombarkadas, Zombarangays… - MGG

Zombadings hits Cebu
(Photo from MGG blog)

Zombadings hits Cebu

I'm sure everyone, if not everyone, most of the people in Cebu is very excited to watch this very viral movie which had a very viral trailer!!! From the makers of the multi-awarded movie, 'Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros', here comes another extraordinary movie called Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington which garnered an 'A' rating from MTRCB.
Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington

We'll see each other on August 25, 2011 (7 PM) at Cinema 2, SM City Cebu on the Premiere Night of the one and only Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington.

In partnership with Origin8 Media Production, Bisdak Pride and Dreamline Production, this night is going to be full of fun, thrill and ZOMBLAST! See you there!


Film Development Council of the Philippines
Summation of CEB members’ comments on
“ZOMBADINGS I: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington”
Grade: A
Origin8 Media, Inc.

ZOMBADINGS 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington is a thoroughly entertaining and hilarious film. It is “an offbeat comedy that presents a very different story — one which Philippine cinema needs” in these days when formulaic films dominate the movie fare of today. The young filmmakers are to be congratulated for this “enjoyable and original concept which wasn’t afraid to take it to its humorous extremes.”

The film is awarded an 'A'; it is an “incredible achievement with an amusing and rare synergy of horror, comedy, satire and drama.” Director Jade Castro delivers a “well-executed film.” The unpredictability of ZOMBADINGS is commendable although it tried to send “too many messages.” Castro, however, is still successful in “capturing the nuances of the transformation of Remington” with apparent ease.

The screenplay in general is “very good and could have been funnier if it was more focused.” Several reviewers commented that “the zombies were actually not that necessary and could have been edited down; nevertheless, they do serve to accentuate the ridiculous nature of the situation.”

The starting premise is “quite new and interesting, but things fell flat in the middle (due to the many sub-plots) but luckily, the script picked up in the end.” “There were enough funny lines and unusual but well established situations — both helped by excellent performances.”

The editing is “crisp, clear, succinct and effective.” “There is no wasted footage.” The cinematography is “textured” and together with the production design, provides the fitting rustic backdrop of the film. The Quezon setting is perfectly suited to the story and treatment. Both the musical score and the sound are “well done, especially the simple but appropriate sound effects.”

Finally, it is the acting in ZOMBADINGS that was unanimously praised by the CEB reviewers. “Overall, the acting performances are laudable with no pretentiousness at all and are enhanced by the characterization drawn clearly by the scriptwriters.”

Mart Escudero gets the majority of the high marks. “Mart is a revelation!” “Escudero is excellent and thoroughly convincing in both his straight and gay roles without making either role a caricature.” His gradual transformation from a macho suitor to a reluctant gay to a complete bakla is a marvel. He is truly a brave actor for letting it all out for his art. His dance number is a laugh-out-loud performance and so are his suddenly gay-speaking scenes and the “romantic” scene with Jigs at the staircase.

The supporting cast provides great support: Janice de Belen is very much in character, John Regala seems to be really enjoying himself and even Kerbie Zamora is a natural. Some members commented though that Eugene Domingo could have been utilized more aside from her being the sad/merry skating widow. The actors are “all good and they have the ability to laugh at themselves without ridiculing the third sex.”

ZOMBADINGS is a “fun movie with competent direction remarkable comic timing.” “Undeniably, the film is worthy of the favorable critical attention that it will surely reap.”

To paraphrase Kermit the Frog: it’s not easy being gay, but this film shows it surely is a lot of fun!

Remington likes Hannah but she doesn't seem to care for him. He isn't worried, though. After all he is young, handsome, and self-assured. And, being out of school and without a job, he has all the time in the world to woo her until she submits to his charms.

No such luck.

All she sees when she looks at him is a bum and a fool. Apathetic and uncouth, lacking ambition and oozing chauvinism, he represents for her the worst of their generation of excellent underachievers.

Then slowly, involuntarily, he starts changing when a faceless, malevolent spirit dressed as a go-go boy starts paying him nightly visits.

First, he attacks Remington's body with a sharp bladed weapon. The next day Hannah can't help but notice his immaculate shave and baby-smooth skin.

Next the ghost sticks a fist inside Remington's mouth and stretches out his tongue. The next day he starts peppering his sentences with riotous gayspeak which tickles Hannah's depressive mother no end. He also suddenly takes to wearing small, body-hugging tops and jeans that emphasize his lean body and make Hannah do a double take.

In short, Remington is turning gay! And he doesn't know how or why this is happening. But at least now he has Hannah's attention and growing admiration. After the ghost's next visit, though, Remington starts caring less and less for her and more and more for his best friend, Jigs. Just as Hannah starts falling for him, he falls for Jigs!

Remington knows that something is terribly and unspeakably wrong, something he can neither explain nor fight. He consults a witch doctor. It all comes back to him.

Memories of himself as a six-year old boy who made fun of all the gays in town come rushing back. Most importantly he remembers the moment he was cursed. Accompanying his mother to the cemetery one day, he spots a gay man in mourning and promptly starts taunting him. The man turns to little Remington and puts a curse on him: "You will turn gay when you grow up."

That was fifteen years ago; now the spirit of the curse has come to life.

Remington must choose: accept his fate, like his sorry lazy ass is wont to do, or fight it.

In the process he must also sort out his feelings for the girl he loves and the buddy he's all of a sudden lusting after, come to terms with his homophobia, and escape a psycho gay-killer on the loose.

Whether or not he succeeds he is forever changed. By becoming a better person, Remington has finally turned into a real man.


(*** - Press Release)


lyka raagas said...

just watched this movie last night. just effin' hilarious. jigs is hot ha during the "hagdanan" encounter with remington. LOL. and the roller blades of eugene. hahaha i hope they'll create more movies like this.

rabsin_d said...

Hahaha! Totally!!! Just love Eugene with her blades...LOL!