6 Pinakanindot nga Salidang Pinoy sa 2016

Kadtong pagsirado sa miaging tuig ug pagsugat sa bag-o, daghan sa social media ang gapamalikas sa 2016 tungod sa lain-laing mga hinungdan: pagkadaug sa mga presidente (sa Pinas ug US) nga sexist ug divisive, EJK, pagligis sa police car sa mga ralyistang lumad, paglubong sa Libingan ng mga Bayani sa kanhing presidente nga kawatan, gyera…

15 Outstanding Pinoy Short Films of 2015

Skilty Labastilla While many Filipino film buffs agree that we are witnessing the third golden age of Philippine cinema courtesy of the thriving independent film scene brought about by the digital revolution since the mid-2000s, most of us only get to see the tip of that filmmaking iceberg, so to speak, which are the full-length films…

My 15 favorite Pinoy movies of 2015

Skilty Labastilla In 2015, even if the popular Cinemalaya Film Festival took a leave of absence, other independent film festivals, both old and new, came up with quality offerings: Sinag Maynila, World Premieres Film Festival, QCinema, Cinema One Originals, and the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Section, each served up at least one outstanding picture to satiate…

2014 Cinemalaya Day 4

By making the fight scenes look and feel like they’re inspired by Van Damme kickboxing movies, complete with super slo-mos and thrilling drum beats, Cabrido unwittingly fetishizes the very violence and exploitation that the film ostensibly exposes.

2014 Cinemalaya Day 3

#Y (Gino Santos) With this movie, Santos and writer Jeff Stelton have declared themselves the most qualified film chroniclers of the country’s upper-middle class Millennials. It’s a huge responsibility, and I believe they’re up to the task. #Y retains the same vibrant energy as The Animals but now it’s less a cautionary tale of the…

2014 Cinemalaya Day 2

The Janitor (Michael Tuviera) Mixes elements of East Asian neo-noir, Pinoy family melodrama, and mixed martial arts to create a perfectly serviceable actioner with some solid perfs (Trillo, Reyes). Would have benefited from a slightly slower pace to give viewers time to emotionally latch on to any character. * * Bwaya (Francis Xavier Pasion) A…

2014 Cinemalaya Day 1

It’s Cinemalaya time once more. I’ll try to post my brief commentaries of the films here, starting with my Day 1 films. Sundalong Kanin (Janice O’Hara) The film lives up to the promise of Cinemalaya, which is to showcase outstanding works of emerging indie filmmakers. The loss of childhood innocence in war-time has been mined by many…