Tuesday, July 23, 2024

ONLINE FIGHT CLUB | Mike de Leon vs. Atom Araullo

When renowned director Mike de Leon announced in 2016 that he would once again direct a movie, Pinoy movie fans were overjoyed. At that point, De Leon’s last film had been Bayaning 3rd World, which was shown in 2000.

Shortly after the initial stories of his return to Philippine cinema came out, it was revealed that De Leon’s comeback film would be Citizen Jake. It was expected to be a groundbreaking film — what with De Leon deciding to tap real life broadcast journalist Atom Araullo as the title character.

Atom Araullo and Mike de Leon during what we assume to be “happier times.” Photo from the Citizen Jake Facebook page

Citizen Jake is now showing in cinemas. People note that it is a highly charged and very political film. One critic even went as far as to say that it’s De Leon’s “angriest” movie.

However, it seems that there is conflict behind Citizen Jake. By now, everyone knows that De Leon and Araullo have engaged in a Facebook smackdown. We’ll let the following headlines give you an overview of what’s going on.

With De Leon aged 71 and Araullo at 35, some people are calling this a Baby Boomer vs. Millennial digital smackdown. (What about the Gen X crowd? Well, we’re the ones writing about it.)

There are those of us who are hoping that De Leon and Araullo are just engaging in online sparring to help promote Citizen Jake. If that’s the case, then it’s a brilliant move. If it isn’t, then it is, indeed, one heck of a sad ending for what had been such a promising partnership.


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