Short Films Take Center Stage at Cinemalaya 2020

Short films will take center stage in this year’s edition of the Cinemalaya Film Festival which will push through despite the challenges of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. According to festival organizers, because of the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic on the filming schedules and budgets of full length film entries, many of the… Read More Short Films Take Center Stage at Cinemalaya 2020

Evil Oppas: Kdrama Actors Who Successfully Portrayed Villain Roles

I’ve been watching Korean dramas for years but I am constantly surprised by the acting range of the actors who play different roles for each project. I have been so impressed to see actors take a gamble on roles in suspense thrillers and even murder mysteries instead of sticking to their romantic prince image. While… Read More Evil Oppas: Kdrama Actors Who Successfully Portrayed Villain Roles

A Tale of Two Direks: Kdrama Perspectives from 2 Filipino Directors

Audiences should not be attacked for the type of content that they prefer. And art should know no race. Good cinema is good cinema is good cinema. It transcends language and boundaries. If we want to bring local cinema to the attention of the world, our filmmakers should be open to different world views and approaches. Our local industry should be mindful of quality even while balancing it with profitability. … Read More A Tale of Two Direks: Kdrama Perspectives from 2 Filipino Directors

The Kingmaker (and the politics of Imelda Marcos): Documentary Review

  I was seriously expecting The Kingmaker to be a documentary favorable to the Marcoses, given that it was being shown at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and former First Lady Imelda Marcos was its patron. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it presented an insightful documentary true to its purpose, highlighting the role of Imelda… Read More The Kingmaker (and the politics of Imelda Marcos): Documentary Review