Thursday, October 7, 2010

Without Cuts

Actors Arjay Carreon and Marco Morales getting instructions
from filmmaker Joselito Altarejos
I haven't felt fear for a long time. Until a while ago when I faced the the panel of censors from the MTRCB. With a handful of frontal nudities, macho dancing scenes and a prolonged sex scene between Arjay Carreon and Marco Morales, I knew I was headed for an expensive and much-dreaded "X-rating" for our new film "Laruang Lalake"

After the review I was called inside the preview room. Inside, I was greeted by an elegant matron, a Catholic priest and a TV actress. My knees began to shake. And my stomach became uneasy.

Their eyes were tired and indifferent. They asked me to sit right next to the TV set where the director's cut of the film just played.

The matron said. "It's an R rating for me. Keep this cut. How about you, father?"

"R-rating din!", the priest declared without looking into my eyes.

"R", the TV actress stated.

I was overwhelmed with the good news. Not knowing what to say, i blurted "I love you!" to every board member.

Laraung Lalake is APPROVED WITHOUT CUTS.

12 comments:

Melanie said...

Yehey! Reason for celebration... CHEERS!!!

ןıuǝ oɟ ɟןıƃɥʇ said...

tell us if you get any private calls from the priest. he might have mistook your elation! =) congrats lex!

david m. said...

congratulations!

so... did you have to blow the priest beforehand or afterwards? ;-)

Anonymous said...

You obviously made this post to titillate the stupid gay men (including me sometimes) to have a glimpse of naked men and of course the frontal nudity.
Is it another crap? Or something with sense for a change? We love to see naked men of course... but it will be much appreciated if the movie is also fine at least.
Ilang beses na nangyari samin yan ng mga becky friends na we are all eager to watch this film or that.. kaso we ended up being disappointed and worst parang yung naloko ka at the end of the film.. yung feeling na naisahan ka na naman ng mga producers etc. Not because we are gay eh kung ano ano na lamang ang pwede nyo ihain samin.

I admire u Lex.... pero you have the power to change things.. use that power to mold and create better projects. The nudity of course I want it.. theres no question about it as a gay guy, pero yung totality ng movie sana mas makapag deliver kayo ng mas quality pa and yung tipong pagkatapos ng movie eh magiging proud naman kami being gays.

Thanks and More power!

Ashaman Lester said...

Congrats. Looking forward to the film :-) Let us know the play dates, ayt?

RickyG said...

kelan showing? baka puede akong umuwi to see it on the big screen?

Anonymous said...

NOT AGAIN JOSE...machoo(choo) dancers, LUNAtic bading comedienne, urban poverty. all these scenes i can imagine in my mind replayed in this new Bonife movie. i remember watching the last Macho Dancer on one of its premiere showings. a third of the audience walked out of the theatre. the scenes were so trite, predictable and BBOORRINNGG. those kind of movies doesn't sell or get awards from peanut-brittle festivals.

Anonymous said...

congrats... buzz mo naman sa akin ang Premier Night ha

Anonymous said...

Hanep, dami namang film critics dito. Eh, kung kayo kaya ang mag-produce ng sarili ninyong pelikula, tapos isali ninyo sa Cannes Film Festival. Tutal, galing ninyong mamintas. Mga echoserang bading. Anong feeling ninyo? Pelikula ito ni Nora Aunor at Lino Brocka? Arte ninyo!!!

Jeffrey said...

wag naman sana natin sabihin agad na mga echoserang bading kapag pumupuna ka na ng quality ng isang gay themed na pelikula.

tanggap naman nating lahat na mahirap, magastos, sadyang stressful ang gumawa ng isang pelikula, mapa full length/mainstream man ito o isang indie film/video.

pero di nangangahulugan na kung ano ang ihain na satin ng mga manunulat at mga producers/directors ay dapat na lang natin tanggapin dahil sa kasi nga mahirap/magastos/stressful gumawa ng isang pelikula at bagkus imbes na magreklamo ay magpasalamat na lang tayo.

kung makakapag interview ka ng ilang artista man, direktor, o writer na matagal na sa industriya, malalaman mo na sila mismo, kapag natanong mo, may pelikula ka ba na puede mo sabihin na sana ay di mo ginawa? magugulat at matutuwa ka na ang ilan din sa kanila ay aaminin sayo na sana di na nila ginawa yung pelikula na to o na yan kasi nga di siya maganda, di siya nakatulong sa pag unlad niya bilang isang artist, etc.

nakakasiguro ako na mismong si lex ay sasangayon na ang pinakamabigat na kasalanan na puedeng makamit ng isang artist ay ang sabihin na pumayag na siyang maging isang "mediocre" na artista ng sining.

nirerespeto ko ang opinyon mo na magpahayag ng kung ano ang saloobin mo. ang akin din lang, wag naman sana masyadong mabilis tayo na maglabel na lang agad na echoserang bading/frog o isang hipokrito ang isang tao/bakla na gusto lang naman na mapalawak at mapaganda ang mga gay themed movies.

pasensya na po sa lahat kung mahaba ang naging pagkokomento ko.

Anonymous said...

Bago na yata ang chairperson ng MTRCB as of yesterday. Hindi na si Laguardia. Anak na yata ni FPJ at Susan Roses ang pinalit.

LoveandLife said...

sayang hindi ako nakapunta sa shooting nito....tsk..