Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gloc-9: Ang Kwento ng Makata Concert

This year, I decided not to go home with the family to the province because November 2 was not declared a holiday. (I'm looking at YOU, Mr. President.) I knew the family will be home very late on Sunday and I have to get up early the next day for work. Even if I live within Metro Manila, you still have to go to work early because of the traffic. I know you know what I mean. I spent most of my Sunday doing the laundry, which, I find very therapeutic. Haha! 

But before that, I went out with the bff last Saturday. What was supposed to be just a dinner turned out to be a spontaneous, fun night! I met Gilbert in Greenhillls where I am doing a little bit of shopping for my Christmas gifts. I'm trying to complete my checklist as early as I can to avoid any last minute hassle like I do every other year before. I am a better person now. I am a grown up. Lol.

Walking to the Promenade, we passed by a poster by the Music Museum. It was Aristotle Pollisco/Gloc-9's Ang Kwento ng Makata concert and with it is a long list of guests. The most affordable ticket was only for Php 880. And the concert was that night (Oct. 31st). We exchanged glances. Haha! You know how you and your best friend's mind are like connected sometimes? We went to dinner to think about it, like we needed any more thinking. We decided we'll use his credit card to buy the tickets but alas, they do not accept credit cards at that moment. We sadly walked away. But I changed my mind thinking, you know what, we're here. It was probably a cosmic sign somehow that we were there, tickets were cheap, we've never been inside Music Museum and for the love of music! We decided to go with it and enjoy the rest of the night. And enjoyed it, we did.

What's good about Music Museum is it's size. It's smaller than other concert venues but the good thing about it is that it allows you to enjoy the performance even if you're a cheapskate like us, and you only bought the most affordable tickets. Afterall, you're only going to be at the second floor and not unlike in CCP's Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo where the cheapest ticket will place you on the 4th floor. 

I'm not a fan of rap but I do listen to it time to time. But I learned to appreciate it because it's so challenging to do, that and because I love tongue twisters. The first Gloc-9 songs I've ever listened to were Simpleng Tao and Hinahanap ng Puso. Watching Gloc-9 made me remember what I loved about it before: THE STORY. A good rap music tells a good story and that is what I love about Gloc-9. Not only that, the lyrics are well thought out. Para ka lang talaga niyang kinukwentuhan. Second, it's not only songs about unrequited love, some of his songs are about our country and everything that is wrong and beautiful about it. So the concert title's very appropriate. Ang Kwento ng Makata. Hindi lang ka lang pwedeng maging "makata" sa tula. Pwede rin sa rap!

There was a video showing Gloc-9 telling a story about his personal life and how he became what he is now. He was very humble and his stories were very touching especially about his life before he became a rapper and his tribute to the Master Rapper, Francis Magalona.

He sang a very good rendition of See You Again with KZ Tandingan with Francis M.'s pictures flashing on the screen. My heart melted. At ang galing talaga ni KZ! Hindi lang siya puro birit. Ang galing niya sa techniques and dynamics. I became a fan. 

I sang (rapped!) with Gloc-9 when he sang Simpleng Tao which was my favorite during high school. Good thing I still remember the lyrics! Haha! Reminded me a lot of my high school days. He also sang Sirena with Ebe Dancel, too. Ang galing. I love that song and everything it is trying to say. Rochelle Pangilinan did a sexy, electrifying dance number whilst he sang Magda. Ikaw na, Rochelle! He also sang with Aiza Seguerra, Jay Durias, Reese, Kylie Padilla and more. The concert was also for the benefit of Yes Pinoy foundation. I always think it's nice if an artist gives back. 

The last song was his version of Kaleidoscope World and everyone sang while waving their lit phones in the air. What a moment. 

We don't have any good photos but here are some of them.

All in all it was an awesome night! All the more awesome because it was very spontaneous. And it was worth it. Just in case you read this, thank you for a good night, Gloc-9. Huwag ka magsawa magkwento. You are a good storyteller. For the next Gloc-9 concert, I'm going to google the lyrics and practice na. Haha! :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Poetry and Music Night at Sev's

It was a night filled with music and poetry infused with so much hugot last night (October 23) at Sev's Cafe. The whole place was jampacked with music and poetry lovers (can I just collectively call us art lovers instead?). I know many of us came for the poetry, but I think people were more drawn to it because of the night's theme, Naliligaw: Para sa mga naghahanap, hinahanap at pagod nang maghanap organized by The Artidope. Everyone can relate. I mean, how can you not?

I almost changed my mind about going since I know I'll be late since Sev's located in front of CCP and I'll be coming straight out of work from Ortigas, so hello traffic. And my best friends cancelled out on me. I was disappointed but I did the grown up thing to do, let it go and tried to look for someone else who can keep me company that night, preferably who loves words as much as I do. Nothing's better than having someone you can gush with after a night like that, much like how you want someone to critique movies after watching them. And kumusta ka naman kung manonood ka ng Poetry Night na ganito ang theme tapos more hugot ka ALONE. Damang-dama mo siguro yung feels.  

Luckily, I found the right person in my friend Carrie whom I haven't seen for years and she said yes immediately. The place was so full, I had to stand up for an hour while waiting for Carrie and we sat down on the floor near the stage for the next few hours. But it was worth it. All the poets were good. It was just my second poetry mic night. Poetry in the Philippines is really flourishing with the help of venues like Sev's who really cater indie events and indie performers. Who knew poetry reading is also a performance art? You don't just read it. Some of them had musical instruments (mainly chimes) for added drama. 

I love writing short stories or essays but I have a really hard time writing poetry. Words just doesn't seem to flow as easily as it does when writing fiction. I guess that's because writing a poem takes so much out of you emotionally. It's something that is really out of your experiences, your heart. It's your truth. And I have a problem letting all the feels out. That's where my problem lies, my poems are stark reflection of who I am inside. As much as I want to write and share it to others who'd care to listen, I'm scared to be vulnerable on stage. I'm actually scared to really be out there. I can get too intense and passionate, baka mapaiyak pa ako sa stage (I might cry on stage). Haha! Because I'm a pusong mamon like that.

Above is a photo of the happy crowd who gamely cheered on the poets. They applauded and hooted at the right moments. "Walang forever" was heard several times during the show. It was the kind of crowd that is easy to please and were so supportive that you'll want to please them all the more. 

I had so many favorite moments that night but one of the most memorable one was when a guy who goes by the name Rock6, performed. He sang acapella and rapped. Sounds pretty regular right? But I think he has autism or something like that--I'm not sure, but my point is back to the crowd. It was heartwarming how they were so supportive of the guy. There were no weird looks. Everyone cheered him on. He was a little out of tune when he sang, but man oh man, he rapped like a pro! There was a loud applause and appreciative comments everywhere. I love this crowd! 

There were performances from poets from The Artidope, White Wall Poetry and many more. After all the official line-up was done, open mic was next. People sign up prior or during the show and you get to perform after the official line-up. The night was capped off by a performer from Sev's Cafe itself. I forgot his name but the guy deserves to be famous, even only if viral famous. He was one of Sev's staff, dishwasher I think. At first we didn't pay attention but he was also such a good rapper. Hindi mo talaga aakalain. I'm not into rap but that guy has a talent stringing words together. He's very impressive. Unfortunately, like all others I have a tendency to underestimate others and I'm sorry for that. But I love how people surprise me and I find out every so often that talent can come from any one, from people with different kinds of background.

Here are some other photos from the event. 

Above is Karlen Fajardo, she writes music and poetry. It was my second time to watch her. I had to get used to her "style" of performing. But I warmed up to it after. She can get too emotional. She is a living, breathing freakin' feelings. In short, she is feelings personified. In her performance, she threw her ex's mementos (bus/movie tickets etc) on the stage and removed her shirt (yes!) after. Such a brave thing to do in front of so many people. Hehe. I really searched for her Facebook page. Now I'm a fan. I want to be your friend Karlen! Haha. Don't worry about the litter, she picked the stuff off the floor after her performance. Heehee. Her band, The Theobromine is just as awesome. She just played solo when I first watched her on another event that was 90's kids themed. Appreciated her songs more with the band especially with a violinist. One of her original songs were so catchy, the crowd sang with her as well. Hello naman kasi the chorus lyrics were like: "F!^% you, magsama kayo mga walang hiya..". Much like Lily Allen's. Sweet melody but tough lyrics this song was. 

Carrie and I were talking about joining the open mic night. Well, soon for her but someday for me. Heehee. I'm sure I'll get more nights like these. Join me? 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Joyful Noise

One day, when I was still in college waiting for my next class, I was sitting somewhere while reviewing for a quiz when I heard voices singing. I don't know the song but I can still remember how I felt hearing a legit choir for the first time. They were heavenly, like choir of angels. Even hearing them match pitch gave me goosebumps. That was when I decided that I'm going to join the UST Pharmacy Glee Club. I can't remember my audition song but I remember we had to sing the Lupang Hinirang as well and before we get off stage we were asked to mimick how our choir master clapped his hands, timing and all. I honestly didn't think I'd get in because I have no singing experience and haven't been part of any Glee Club before. Oh the happiness I felt when I saw my name on PGC's bulletin board. I actually got in! I was an Alto. My co-members were so good and I felt it was such a wonderful privilege to be singing with them. Here we are at our concert, ChoralwoRx held at Philam Life Auditorium back in 2007. It was a benefit concert together with UP Manila's Medicine Choir. Happy memories!

Being in Glee was the best part of my college years in UST. And that was when I was introduced to classical music. We were asked not to listen to pop music for a few months, if possible, and just listen to musicals and other choirs. That was when I fell in love with musical theater and how I got to know the UST Singers. Some of PGC's alumni even went on to be part of the UST Singers. It was always a joy to watch them perform. Their conductor Prof. Fidel Calalang always arranges songs for UST's annual choral competition, Himig Tomasino. 

UST Singers is a mix of current students and UST alumni. It was founded in 1992 by Sir Fidel as well. They always compete abroad and even holds the distinction in being the only choir in the world to have won the most coveted "Choir of the World" Grand Prize twice (in 1995 and 2010) at the oldest international choir competition in Wales, United Kingdom. 

I would watch them perform few songs when there are events in UST but I've never been to any of their concerts. They always perform and compete abroad and I always miss their Philippine concerts. But when I found out from their Facebook page that they're having a thanksgiving concert, I knew I had to go. Less than 2 weeks before the concert, I would call Ticketworld and CCP to check for the tickets. Siguro nakukulitan na sila sakin. Haha. I brought my brother Jed with me. He's part of Adamson University's High School Glee Club and a fan of UST Singers as well (because of me, of course!). 

The very excited brother. It's also his first time in CCP. He was all smiles when we entered Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

Took a photo of us while waiting for the show to start. Excited spectators!

UST Singers enters the stage.

After what is supposed to be the last song on the program, people eagerly shouted for "more". And they gave the audience 3 more songs. Here they are after performing "Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka". 

We don't know majority of the songs in the program. Before we went to CCP, Jed said he wishes to hear Piliin mo ang Pilipinas. We got a bit disappointed when we saw that it wasn't part of the line-up. But God granted his wish when after Tuwing Umuulan.. people shouted for more again and they performed Piliin Mo ang Pilipinas. Ang saya!

It was such a delightful song. And if you have no idea about Glee, you'll find that "dancing" is just as important as well. There are some songs where they have to dance and they looked so adorable doing it, like when they sang La Aporrumbeosis which is a variations on the Latin dance, rumba. If you close your eyes, you'd think everything was recorded. They were THAT good. Some would think choir or classical music is boring but let me tell you, there never was a dull moment. Their soloists were great, too. Ang linis ng mga boses at ang gaganda ng diction. Hindi kinakain ang mga salita. The soloist on their song, Banwar Iti Cordillera was good, I didn't get goosebumps--I got teary eyed! Haha. And she's an alto too. Such a rich voice. Altos represent! 

I loved their version of Gapas. It had a very good arrangement and I love the dynamics. All choirs can sing a song perfectly by the note, malinis but what will make a choir stand out from others is really the dynamics or the execution of the song, the style--the pitch or pace of a bar can matter and a huge part of that (or maybe all of it) depends on how great your conductor is. At sa dynamics talaga magaling si Sir Fidel. 

And their last song, Get Happy was indeed a happy song. The group surprised the crowd because it was actually a mash up between that and Pharell Williams's Happy. It was such a fun moment when their soloists got the crowd clapping to the beat of the song. The whole theater was happily clapping!

The happy crowd. They got a standing ovation after the show.

That was a really good night. It made me miss singing. My brother and I kept talking about it all the way home. I'll really watch their other shows next time. Who's with me? 

Thursday, October 8, 2015


When I was a teenager, I decided that I want to be a woman of logic as opposed to a woman of art. If you'll ask me whether I'll rather be smart (but ugly) or beautifully dumb, I will always say that I'll rather have brains. Looking back, I think of how clueless I was, not knowing the importance of art. But then I got my heart broken and the dam of feels got a crack and the walls crashed flooding my entire being of so much emotion I never knew I could feel. And then I changed. I still aspire to be an intellectual, a thinking woman. But the dam broke and now I'm a woman who feels. Thus, I found a new love--art. 

It will really take a while or a solid experience for you to appreciate art. Or sometimes if you're lucky, family members who loves it too. Unfortunately, no one in my family seems to appreciate visual art as much as I do. And even if I know a little about it, I try to expose myself to arts as much as I can. I love indie films to start with. I don't miss a Cinemalaya film festival and I always watch it at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. While waiting for the next film, I would walk around CCP and visit art exhibits and galleries. That's how I first got exposed to art. And now I try to make it a point to expose the only member of the family who seems to be loving art as well--note that we're both Glee Club members. Me back in college and my youngest brother, Jed, right now in High School. 

Last Saturday, I took Jed with me to CCP to buy tickets for UST Singers' Thanksgiving Concert this coming Saturday, October 10, 2015. Sayang naman ang student discount. 

It was a pleasant surprise when we found out that there's an on-going exhibit in CCP that time. 

The Thirteen Artists Awards is having an exhibit that Saturday. Before going up I kind of said a little prayer for my brother to see and appreciate everything and not be bored by it. 

But a brief background about the 13 Artists Awards from their flyer:

The THIRTEEN ARTISTS AWARDS (TAA) began as a curatorial project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) museum under the directorship of its first curator Roberto Chabet (1937-2013). The first group of artists gathered under this program exhibited their works in 1970. In a document on the event, Chabet made a critical connection between the Thirteen Artist and the Philippine Modernists. Both generations of artists were reviewed to have sought in their time the change and risk to "restructure, re-strengthen and renew art making and art thinking...that lend viability to Philippine art." Since then, the award would be given to deserving recipients without regularity or pattern, and always subject to constant revision. 
It is in this context that the Thirteen Artists Awards is sustained to this day: to mark the turnings in and of Philippine contemporary art, to update its modernizing potential and to assess how artists today engage with other forces in the art world. 
There are several works who really got my attention, however I wasn't able to take any photos. Sad! (Note to self: Always check camera's battery and memory card). We'll be going back to the CCP for the concert on Saturday so I'll just create a new post about that. In the mean time, go see visit CCP, check out the artworks and support Filipino Artists. The 13 Artists exhibit will be there until October 25, 2015. And best of all, it's free. 

Anyway, after CCP we went to Sev's Cafe located in the basement of Legaspi Tower. It's the building just across CCP. I'm there to meet my best friend and enjoy the rest of Saturday. It's my first time at Sev's so I'm a bit excited. Once inside, I found that it's very cozy and laid back. Not intimidating at all. 

Borrowed pic from RovingRani

Two things come to mind when I think about Sev's: Howie Severino and arts. Luckily, I got another dose of art visiting the cafe. There was a show that night with the theme "Palibhasa 90's Kids". It really made my Saturday night--all the good food, music and poetry. Sakto sa theme, I'm a proud 90's kid. So yes, there were a lot of Eraserheads cover and some Cranberries and a Jolina Magdangal (love that TL Ako Sa'yo cover!). I love the bands' line-ups. I'm in love with indie films and now I found that I fell in love with indie music as well. It even inspired me to buy a ukulele. Kainggit the girls who performed with it, with their original songs pa! Huhu. I envy composers. One band--Mae Ross even played HunterXHunter, Slam Dunk and Flame of Recca's Theme Songs. Talk about throwback! I used to know the lyrics of both songs but then I grew up. Sigh. Check out their Facebook. They posted the video of their performance there. I promise to never let go of my inner 90's kid. Another first that night is when I watched a poetry mic night by members of White Wall Poetry. OMG another kainggit moment! One of them was so good she memorized both her poems. Ay. I can't do a poetry mic night. Parang declamation nung elementary. Nakakaloka. I forget my lines and I get a serious case of stage fright. Tapos sila, complete with emotions pa. I followed White Wall Poetry's Facebook page because I'd like to watch them perform. 

To those of you who haven't watched a poetry mic night before, try niyo. Maraming hugot. Maraming feels. Heehee. 

I'll tell you more about the 13 Artists Exhibit on my next post, when I get decent photos, because these artists deserve to be seen and known. 

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Flick Pick: Silong Review

Better late than never, guys. I promised a movie review on my last post but something (good) came up. I'll tell you all about it next time. 

This year, my bff Gibbo and I got a daily pass for movie screenings on August 14, Friday. A Cinemalaya daily pass gives you access to 4 films. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the first two movies. But we had no other choice. He was tired from work the following day and I had a job interview the day before so we agreed not to watch any films with subtitles (i.e. international/non-english). Yung hindi na papahirapan ang mga utak namin, or else makakatulog talaga kami. We settled for a local film. And surprise, surprise, it's a Visayan film--with subtitles! 

We were pleasantly surprised with the 3rd film, the first Sinag Maynila's winner for Best Picture, Imbisibol. Mmmm.. Ang cinematography! The movie really deserved the award. It will really propel Sinag Maynila as one of the country's best film festivals. In fact, hinakot niya all the major awards. (Oops, I think I better do a separate post for this one. Teehee.)

Silong is this year's Cinemalaya closing film and it also did not disappoint. It is directed by singer-turned-director Jeffrey Hidalgo which he co-directed with Roy Sevilla Ho who also wrote the screenplay. 

We were fortunate enough to be watching at the premiere of the film. Premiere, because of course, it's not yet shown in any cinemas nor any other film festivals. 

Daily pass also means we get Orchestra seats. Yeyyy us!

That's Atty. Lorna Kapunan photobombing my ticket right there.

So sorry for the quality of pictures. Yan lang po ang kaya ng digicam ko. I really, really tried. Chos. :)

L-R: Producer, Anastacio Angelo Santos and Directors Jeffrey Hidalgo and Roy Sevilla Ho

Rhian Ramos' loooong legs (she deserves the extra o's) with Guji Lorenzana on (our) left and Papa Piolo Pascual on the right.

Piolo will not leave you wanting in his portrayal of a seemingly languid doctor, Miguel Cascarro who is recovering from the loss of his wife Caroline, played by the pretty, Angel Jacob. Miguel was content in his solitary life when he crossed paths with Rhian's character, the mysterious and gorgeous Valerie. He rescued the bloodied lady and nursed her back to health, well he did  more than nurse her back to health, if you know what I mean. The question is, who's the real villain? Who is the real victim? This is really not your typical Filipino horror. I repeat, Filipino--with the Filipino formula. The climax will keep you guessing. They directed the scenes beautifully that each one will build up until you reach a very twisted ending that I know only but a few of you will be able to predict. Watching the movie feels like looking for something but you don't know what it is, and then eventually the finding "it" towards the end. There were moments when I was at the edge of my seat or covering my eyes. (Sounds good to you now? Teehee.)

We're all tired of actors' saying "Ibang (insert actors name here) ang makikita niyo dito." Yeah, right. But it is true. The film showcases a different Piolo and Rhian. You'll think Piolo's role is typical of him in the beginning but you will find that his character will slowly unravel throughout the film. I am in love with Rhian's role. Okay, tiny bit of a spoiler: my favorite part was when she rapped. Yes! But I won't tell you why and what she's doing WHILE rapping because that part is more exciting. 

The film has 2 directors. I would have loved it if it was directed by one. Although you can't tell which scene is directed by whom (which can either be good or bad). Good, because the flow of the entire film has one direction. Bad, in a sense that I'm one of those film viewers who loves to observe a director's style. Like you know if a movie is a Brilliante Mendoza or an Antoinette Jadaone or a Marilou Diaz-Abaya. Much like hearing a song for the first time on the radio, without any introductions and you immediately know who the singer is. Just like that. But other than that, I rate the movie a 4 out of 5. It was shown commercially this month but was pitted against another critically-lauded film, Heneral Luna which I will do a review on my next post. I should've posted this review sooner. Silong also deserves a longer time in the cinemas. But in spite of that, I think indie films are getting more and more attention these days and I'm happy about that. Don't you just hate people who complains about "bobong movie goers", that Filipinos could do better than just mainstream movies BUT at the same time hates when an indie festival gets crowded? Nag-iisip na ang mga Pilipinong manonood. Sa wakas. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It's Indie Season!

Oh wow! It's been months since my last post. Sorry for that. I'll be better on keeping you posted since we have a better internet connection. Heehee.

It's August! My, my how time flies! And it's ghost month. Don't you feel extra stressed when it's the 8th month of the year? I know I do. It seems like days are extra slow. But maybe that's just me and my sick little imagination.

On the bright side, it's Cinemalaya time once again! It's Cinemalaya's 11th year with it's theme, Broadening Horizons will run from August 7 to 15, 2015 in Cultural Center of the Philippines and selected Ayala Malls.

Although I am sorry to say that I won't be watching any films in competition this year. They moved the Full Length film category for next year 2016 so only Short Films will be competing this year.  Knowing this from few months ago, I did not make any plans of watching Cinemalaya this year. When I saw this year's schedule, I found out that they will be having a Cinemalaya Retro feature in which they will be showing past Cinemalaya films, some of which we really wanted to watch but missed because either tickets were sold out or the schedule does not fit ours. So of course I changed my mind. Since my first Cinemalaya last 2010 (or '09?) I have never missed a year of this film fest I've grown to love. Afterall, this is where I fell in love with Indie Films and where my mind opened up about so many different issues/topics. Indie Films give you that-- a different perspective on so many different things.

My constant Cinemalaya companion and best friend, Gilbert (Gibbo) blocked of Friday from work and Cinemalaya's last day so we can watch together. We bought a day-pass online so we can watch 4-movies that day. Sadly, Friday didn't offer a schedule of  some of the films we liked but missed but we still decided to watch anyway for the love of Indie! The only film I'm a bit excited to watch is the Closing Film, Silong directed by Jeffrey Hidalgo and Roy Sevilla Ho. 

Anatomiya ng Pag-ibig looks promising, too but it's schedule is at the same time with Silong. :(

I've been trying to write a review of the films I loved over the years but as you know, I'm a lazy writer and the Cinemalaya film fest season is over and I don't feel a review's that relative anymore. Okay, okay, boo me! 

I'm not promising to write about any film we'll watch on Friday because I'm not sure if I'll be loving any of the films yet. Not unlike the past years' when I get excited over the trailers. But the good thing with Indie is that you'll never know everything from the trailer, it might be better or worse. But I'll let you know in any case. Better yet, check out my Twitter. I know I should be posting reviews on my blog but I often just tweet about it. Heehee.

Lastly, if you're still interested to watch you can check out the schedule on Film Police Review's  website here. If you're watching on the 14th, I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flick Pick: Mad Max: Fury Road

I'm planning to post a list of movies that both girls and boys will like. Like a movie list of films that you and your special someone (or your dad/brothers) will approve--everyone happy. Because generally women veer away from Action films. I am open for little doses of it time to time as long as the plot's good and people don't just shoot other people just because they like it.

One of the movies I plan to put on my list is Mad Max: Fury Road. I don't know anything about the story and the movie except that it stars Charlize Theron. Even Tom Hardy who played the main guy, Max Rockatansky is unfamiliar to me. Upon research I found out he played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises--but he has a mask there so. I read few reviews some people wrote which thankfully did not contain any spoilers and all of them are pretty good. One even claimed that Mad Max may be the greatest film of 2015. I decided to give it a try but lowered my expectations. I'm not a fan of Charlize Theron after all. 

Turns out this isn't the first Mad Max movie. It's a franchise created by George Miller and all 4 movies were directed by him as well. Much like how Christopher Nolan directed the Dark Knight movies.

The first Mad Max movie was released in 1979 followed by Mad Max 2 (1981) and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985). All three were top-billed by Mel Gibson until he passed Max's character to Tom Hardy in this 2015 film.

Here's a collage of all 4 Mad Max posters. (Tina Turner?!)

I won't bother telling you about the first 3 films. Haven't gotten around watching those yet (not sure if I'll even bother to tell you honestly). The movie follows the story of a former Police, Max Rockatansky and how he and the rest of the world has gone absolutely mad. Mad Max is set in a future where everything is lost and destroyed. The world is a hopeless wasteland destroyed by pollution, global warming and perhaps war. Everything is controlled by those who have guns, bullets, gasoline and water. It's just desert everywhere. 

And the characters. I love their names. Maybe this is what inspired the characters' names in Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video.

Tom Hardy as Max

Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa

Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe

Immortan Joe's wives starring Zoe Kravitz as Toast the Knowing, Riley Keough as Capable, Abbey Lee as The Dag, Courtney Eaton as Cheedo the Fragile and the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whitely as The Splendid Angharad (Joe's favorite wife)

 Ang galing ng direction. The first few minutes pa lang will really get your attention. In some action movies, I get bored of all the shooting that I stop paying attention but the stunts won't bore you, and the movie runs for 2 hours! 

I also like how Miller portrayed the women here. A little spoiler though: Furiosa helped the wives escape the Citadel away from Immortan Joe who only keeps the ladies for himself (like the water)--they're like breeders, baby-makers, turning his sons into future super soldiers for his army. Good choices though. They were like Greek Goddesses. I'm straight but even my jaw dropped just a little when I saw them. Haha! 
They left a message saying: We are not things! Our babies will not be warlords. And another one asking: "Who killed the world?" Miller gave women voices and really significant roles--ala fierce Amazonians like Charlize's role as Furiosa. Graaabee! She did crazy good playing her role. I can never imagine her with that hair and doing action but she pulled it off splendidly. I now have more respect for her. This is the first Charlize Theron film I ever really liked. Parang mas bida pa siya kesa ke Mad Max! Teehee.

The movie will also teach you to care more about the environment. I'll let the movie tell you more about it. With all the shooting and big cars, it really is a legit action movie but what's more, it is a movie with message.

George Miller already announced that there will be a next Mad Max film entitled Wasteland. I'm already looking forward to watching it on the big screen. Watch Fury Road to and let me know how you like it below. :)