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
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
In this sense, Belle Douleur manages to hook audiences into its main message. Love wasn’t perfect. And sometimes, you have to have the courage to make sacrifices for the one you love. Belle Douleur was a beautiful journey, and it was, true to its title, a beautiful pain.… Read More Belle Douleur (Beautiful Pain): Movie Review
All in all, Eerie felt like a waste of time and good opportunity, to be completely honest. There was a chance to improve up the ante on the Pinoy horror genre given that there was the combination of talent, budget and marketing for it but instead, filmmakers chose to play safe and deliver a sub-par version of an old concept. It was all style and no substance, plain and simple. … Read More Eerie: Movie Review
Cinemalaya season is upon us once again and with it, comes an opportunity for film afficionados to check out the brightest gems of independent cinema with entries that challenge convention and fearlessly tackle the controversial issues society is faced with. To make it easier to navigate your journey, CCP shares the list of its full… Read More Navigate your way to Cinemalaya 2019 with this screening schedule (CCP)
The Cultural Center of the Philippines recently held a press conference to usher in the finalists to Cinemalaya 2019’s full length category. But one thing I realized as I attended the prestigious independent film festival several years back is that it was a gem for short films too.… Read More Cinemalaya 2019: Short films to watch out for