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2021-10-05 02:30:12

  Thanks to Cinema One’s YouTube channel, I finally got to watch Antoinette Jadaone’s 2011 film, “Six Degrees from Lilia Cuntapay.” Lilia was “discovered” in 1990 when Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes were working on the unforgettable “Aswang” episode of “Shake, Rattle and Roll 2.” Something about her made her stand out. She had an absolutely unique look, sometimes otherworldly, and very witchy with her long white hair and missing teeth. The late great director Gallaga described it as a pagan, pre-Christian quality.

  From then on, she was typecast and there was no looking back. She built a career on that look and we’ve all seen her somewhere. Even if people may not know her name, they would most certainly know the face.

  But beyond that unique look, is a unique personality. Lilia herself is quite a character and this is revealed in each vignette and situation in this “mockumentary.” She doesn’t own a phone so she regularly goes to a neighbor’s apartment down the street to keep checking if she’s gotten any calls for her to be cast a movie, an episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” or a teleserye. When she gets a call for a “TV Patrol” interview, she ends up sitting on a monobloc on the side road waiting for the crew to arrive. She also collects newspaper cut outs of posters for the movies she’s been in, and for the ones she doesn’t have, she’d make drawings of them. When she was in “Delta Force 1,” she wrote her name above Chuck Norris.

  By the way, one of her connections to Kevin Bacon (from where were get the six degrees game) is Claire Danes, who supposedly could not be reached to comment on Ms. Cuntapay.

  Lilia passed away five years ago. Thankfully, she got to feel the love and appreciation from this film for which she won a best actress prize at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival.

  While we can all access that film for free on YouTube, it takes magic or a VPN to access Disney’s “Cruella.” Cruella de Vil is the villain from the classic tale “101 Dalmatians.” Thankfully, this is not a movie about someone who despises dogs – there are dalmatians in the film, but there are also two sweet dogs, Buddy and Wink who are a big help to Cruella and her little family of thieves, Jasper and Horace. It’s got a lot of comedy, a lot of quirky fashion, a great soundtrack and it’s got a fabulous setting – a very stylized London in the ’70s. There’s couture mixed with glam, street fashion and punk.

  As an origin story, Cruella feels like “Joker”-lite at times. It never steps in to dark or social commentary territory though. It’s really just a mad, stylish romp.

  Cruella made me remember a time when I used to like putting on something fun, goth and strange to go to school, to work or to a rock club. Now, I’ve just lost my talent for creative outfit selection and surrendered to rotating pairs of pandemic sweatpants, pajama bottoms and shorts.

  The two Emmas (Stone and Thompson) are fantastic and they’ve ended it with a sequel in mind.


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