Its been a big year for Cinemalaya 2019 and this year’s winners reflect not only artistry and talent but also a sign of the times. The Philippines’ most prestigious film festival feted the best of best during last night’s awards ceremonies and crowned John Denver Trending, a film about a young boy who fell victim to bullying because of a viral video as the Best Full Length Feature among the 10 entries. … Read More Cinemalaya 2019: Check out the full list of winners here!
Director Theodore Boborol and Firestarters Production really made an impact with ISKA. It involves audiences in an an emotional journey and makes them feel like helpless bystanders as a series of injustice is paraded in front of their eyes. The film was a challenge to the audience, indeed.… Read More ISKA: Movie Review
I was prepared for a coming of age drama when I entered the screening of writer director Maricel Cariaga’s Children of the River. However, I was caught off guard by the myriad of emotions that the film made me feel in the span of 90 minutes. Synopsis: Childhood friends Elias, Pepsy, Agol and Robin live… Read More Children of the River: Movie Review
With all of the films in competition in Cinemalaya 2019, director Thop Nazareno’s Edward is surely among the best. How a film set in the depressing backdrop of a Philippine public hospital can be whimsical, hopeful and depressing at the same time is beyond me. And this is the magic that this film presents. Synopsis:… Read More Edward: Movie Review
Hello cinephiles! There’s still a couple of days left until Cinemalaya 2019 closes but don’t despair. In addition to CCP and Ayala Cinemas, selected Vista Malls will also feature Cinemalaya films, making these films more accessible to the moviegoing public. Check out the remaining screenings in your preferred cinemas and make sure you dont miss… Read More Cinemalaya 2019: Check out the remaining screenings in CCP, Ayala and Vista Mall Cinemas
All in all, Pandanggo sa Hukay was a spot-on depiction the real evil — people who prey on the weak for personal gain. A system that fails to bring them to justice, just because they have become a normal part of the societal structure. And the fact that what happened to Elena could happen to anyone is a nightmare that one would not wish on one’s worst enemy. Tragic. … Read More Pandanggo sa Hukay: Movie Review
John Denver Trending is the movie we all didn’t know we needed. Director/screenwriter Arden Rod Condez makes his eye-opening message perfectly clear about perils of social media and the Filipinos’ obsession with online fame in this Cinemalaya 2019 feature film and I don’t think anyone sitting in the theater would see Facebook in the same… Read More John Denver Trending: Movie Review