When the Stray Cats entered the scene in the 80s, rockabilly was hot. Grease quiffs and tattoos were the outside badges; upright drums and bass the characteristic instruments. Includes two ...
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When the Stray Cats entered the scene in the 80s, rockabilly was hot. Grease quiffs and tattoos were the outside badges; upright drums and bass the characteristic instruments. Includes two performances in Germany: one in 1981 in Cologne and one in 1983 at the Loreley that were recorded by WDR. These are genuine recordings that make the trio's sound still accessible today.
Originally done in digital film, Jojo Antonio of MLR Films helped in financing the conversion into the traditional form. See more »
I think my descent into insanity is characterized by the way I speak. Feeling ko, kapag todo na ang Ingles ko, wengwang na ako.
"Wengwang," what a word. It should have been my name.
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STRAY CATS (PUSANG GALA) is a an odd but in the end endearing mixture
of cinematic styles, soap opera drama, tender little comedy, and hefty
measures of relationship philosophy: perhaps this is the Filipino brand
of magical realism. Based on a play by Jun Lana and adapted for the
screen by Rody Vera and writer/director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, the movie
boasts a fine little cast and it is the cast's commitment to the
project that sets the film sailing.
Boyet (Ricky Davao), a mother-like gay man who takes in stray cats
(including the human form), lives in an apartment complex: his next
door neighbor is Martha (Irma Adlawan), a successful business woman
whose evenings are usually spent alone pining for her often absentee
boyfriend of five years, Steve (Reggie Curley). Martha and Boyet are
close friends, to the point that Boyet's writing career is focused on
the love tangles of Martha as well as his own absentee lover situation
with the manipulative Dom (Lauren Novero). Boyet has a live-in 'son',
JoJo (Alcris Galura), a lad whose street life as an abandoned boy has
stuck the heart of the mothering Boyet. The story bounces between
Boyet's and Martha's fantasies about their boyfriends' commitment
problems, and while each of the two character's love lives are well
defined (both straight and gay and in between!), the method of the
story telling makes dissecting fact from fantasy a bit of a challenge.
The ending of the film contains a twist that will surprise audiences
who expect a light fluffy comedy.
The film takes place in the Philippines and is in a mixture of Tagalog
and English. While the story has some holes and problems, the cast is
energetic and committed and the result is a fairly entertaining, if
somewhat rough, little diversion. Grady Harp
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