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!
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
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)
Its that time of the year again and film afficionados are definitely counting the days to the Cinemalaya Festival 2019. The festival which celebrates proudly Filipino independent films kicks off in less than a month on August 2 and will run until August 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select theaters. … Read More Cinemalaya 2019: Check out this list of finalists
The Cultural Center of the Philippines recently feted seven individuals who were conferred with the National Artist Award by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018. The tribute showcased the amazing contributions of these artists to the country’s culture and identity and served as a reminder of the hard work and the passion that these individuals exerted… Read More Pinoys in Focus: Lets get to know our National Artists
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. … Read More Ulan: Movie Review
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. … Read More Buy Bust: Movie Review