I pinged my good friend Gretchen a few hours before the screening of "2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten" at Glorietta:
The film, which won Best Picture at the recent Cinema One Originals, was directed by a friend, Petersen Vargas (who is also at the helm of TEAM Magazine's new web series, "Hanging Out".)
Aside from the obvious reason that I enjoy supporting the work of friends I respect and admire, I was curious about the gay angle of the film. The characters were young high school students, and I wondered how Petersen and writer Jason Paul Laxamana (who was also behind the Cinemalaya indie flick "Mercury is Mine") would balance creating a story that doesn't devolve into stereotypes while, at the same time, would not alienate the mostly straight (and perhaps conservative) audience.
I wasn't disappointed.
“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” – “I Am the Walrus”, the Beatles
When I judge you, I close my mind to what you have to say. I close myself to the chance that you might be right and I might be wrong. For me, you are the epitome of everything that is flawed and ugly and stupid in this world, and whatever you say or do cannot possibly contribute anything positive to me or the world.
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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