Bwakaw (Jun Lana)
Jun Lana has finally found his film. This is moviemaking at its finest. There’s nothing new about the story or treatment, but the combination of excellent acting, writing, and directing could not be brushed aside. People will still react positively to such “tired” but universal themes as love, friendship, acceptance, grief, and redemption, when they are presented with honesty and with no affectation.
Ang mga Kidnaper ni Ronnie Lazaro (Sigfreid Barros-Sanchez)
Overly long (the middle part sagged) and at times gets a little too literal but I loved its energy and its championing of story over technique. I just wished the filmmakers took a little more time fleshing out the characters and ironing out amateurish tendencies (for instance, Nonie Buencamino’s Visayan accent is caricature and Epy Quizon’s accent is not believable as that of a call center agent).