NATHALIE Hart is feeling so tense today because it’s the opening day of her launching film, “Siphayo”, where she bares her all. “I have full frontal na topless in my love scenes with Luis Alandy and Joem Bascon,” she says. “And there’s also a scene where I’m wearing a very flimsy skirt na wala akong panty. Aside from Luis and Joem, I also had a love scene with Allan Paule, who plays their dad. Tinuhog ko silang mag-aama rito. I met their family nang maging nurse ako ng kanilang mother who’s dying of cancer, si Maribel Lopez. And when she’s gone, ako na naging asawa ng father nila. You’d think I’m quiet and innocent, but deadly pala kasi I have a big secret which will be revealed in the ending. I’m a master manipulator and I planned the whole thing.”
She was in India studying jewelry design in Mumbai when she got the offer to do the movie. “Next year kasi, my sister and I are opening an online boutique selling our own jewelry and bags, and later, our own clothing line, so I went to India to study kasi they have the best jewelry design school there, GIA, the Gemological Institute. But siyempre, I couldn’t resist the offer of BG Productions na ‘Siphayo’ kasi launching movie ko ito and si Joel Lamangan pa ang director. I’ve previously done a movie with them, ‘Balatkayo’, with Aiko Melendez and Polo Ravales, na maganda rin, with me as the mistress of Polo and we shot on location in Dubai.
May love scene din kami but very mild compared to what I did in ‘Siphayo’. So ayun, umuwi ako from India and I thought prepared na ako to go daring, but when we were shooting my first love scene in the movie, with Luis Alandy, biglang ninerbiyos ako nang husto nang hinahawakan na ang katawan ko. First time ko kasi gumawa ng ganun, e. Nagkulong ako sa CR and I called my manager, si Leo Dominguez, then pumasok si Direk Joel at tinalakan ako. I realized nag-commit ako sa movie so kumalma rin ako and I did it na lang para matapos na. Nag-all out na ako para wala ng take 2. After that, it was easier to do my next love scenes with Joem and Allan. Iniisip ko na lang na trabaho ito, I’m just playing a role. ‘Yung love scene kay Joem sa maisan, mas grabe. Nakita ko ‘yung naked butt niya. Comedy nga ‘yun kasi sobrang init that time so pawis na pawis ako. Naka-make up ako ng itim kasi they darkened my skin so nung hinahalikan ako ni Joem, nakain niya pati make up ko, pati ang libag ko, kadiri. After the take, I told him, ang asim ng lasa niya and he said mas pangit ang lasa mo kasi pati make up at pawis mo nakain ko. After ‘Siphayo’, I did another daring movie for Cinema One, ‘Tisay’, to be shown next month naman, directed by Borgy Torre. I had love scenes naman with Joel Torre and JC de Vera. It’s easier for me na to do them.”
What will her boyfriend say about her love scenes? “Wala akong boyfriend now. The last one was a Lebanese guy at very conservative sila so I broke up with him while shooting ‘Siphayo’. Maski ang mommy ko, she wants to watch but I said huwag na lang. Kasi very religious siya at kapag nanonood, maingay ‘yun, baka kung anu-ano pang i-comment when she sees my sexy scenes in the movie. I haven’t seen the movie in full yet kasi sabi nila, sa premiere night na lang. But they say the fact that SM allowed to show it with an R16 rating without cuts, it means maganda ‘yung movie and even the MTRCB praised it. I believe kahit sexy, tastefully done naman siya.”
MOVIE REVIEW: SNOWDEN
AS a filmmaker, Oliver Stone has an impressive if eclectic filmography, ranging from his Vietnam war movies (“Platoon”, “Born on the 4th of July”, “Heaven & Earth”) to historical biopics (“JFK”, “Alexander”, “Nixon), two “Wall Street” movies), crime movies (“Natural Born Killers”, “Savages”, “U-Turn”) and assorted flicks like “The Doors”, “Any Given Sunday”, “Salvador”, “World Trade Center” and “The Hand”.
His latest film, “Snowden”, is about the controversial computer whiz who used to work with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and later leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) disclosing various global surveillance programs. Because of what he did, he is considered either a whistleblower, a traitor or a patriot. The movie is not as good as other reality-based films as “All the President’s Men” and “The Social Network”, but it’s definitely engaging in its 2 hours and 15 minutes running time.
The film starts with Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon Levitt in another real life character after “The Walk”) meeting for the first time in Hong Kong in June 2013 the people to whom he will divulge his exclusive story: Melissa Leo as docu filmmaker Laura Poitras, and Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson as The Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. From there, we learn more about his past through a series of flashbacks.
We learn about his training with the Army in 2004 where he broke his legs. This leads to his applying at the CIA and meeting the man who will become his mentor, Corbin O’Brian (Rhys Ifans, so unrecognizable from his role in “Notting Hill”). We then witness his personal love story with his girlfriend, Lindsay Wills (Shailene Woodley of “Divergent”), that helps make the film more than just a procedural about revealing government anomalies. He asks Lindsay to join him to Geneva while doing some work. A CIA agent (Timothy Olyphant) asks him to track down Al Qaeda money but Snowden is too shy and it’s Lindsay’s charm that help him befriend a banker named Marwan. Through their surveillance, they spy on Marwan’s family, raking muck on his daughter’s boyfriend that led to the girl’s attempted suicide. They later cook up a DUI charge on Marwan to be able to blackmail him further. Snowden is disgusted by what happened and resigns from the CIA.
He moves to Tokyo and later to Hawaii, where Lindsay thinks his life will improve after he’s diagnosed with epilepsy. But he later learns that a computer program he has put up is being used for even more intrusive levels of surveillance. This leads to his subsequent disillusionment with the government’s oppressive