The film’s cinematography was was visually arresting — the framing, the colors, the contrasts. The film’s cast was charming and engaging.  It only ran for  minutes but it will linger in your memory for far longer because it was simply beautiful. 

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. 

I would have to say that Ulan will not be a film for everybody.  Its success or failure is relative to the audience’s taste. One thing is for sure, though. Its an unforgettable film that challenges convention and its one brave movie for going against the norm. 

Don’t get me wrong. Its all about a matter of taste. Overall, Buy Bust was a good movie and delivered on the requisite action it was hyping about. As usual for an Eric Matti movie, it wanted to say something about society and it was executed perfectly. It made the audience’s heart pound with tension with the action too. Unfortunately, by its end, I couldn’t feel satisfied because it felt duped that it was a drama all along and I endured all the stupidity of the characters just for that one monologue and the news report that summed up the actual state of the drug war in real life.  At the same time, I felt guilty and unpatriotic for caring about the entertainment value of the film rather than its core message. But there it is. Feel free to judge me.