5 Best Scenes in 2020 Philippine Cinema

The Society of Filipino Film Reviewers continues the Pinoy Rebyu tradition since 2011 of recognizing the best individual scenes in Philippine cinema. Here are the 5 best scenes in 2020, with reviewers' notes and filmmakers' takes. Ending, Lingua Franca The late Lynn Cohen in a scene from Lingua Franca Sanriel Ajero, SFFR: "Despite its tone … Continue reading 5 Best Scenes in 2020 Philippine Cinema

Philippine Cinema 2019: Best Film Festivals

For the third year in a row, QCinema has topped our list for Best Local Film Festival. Both QCinema and Cinemalaya (which placed second) featured outstanding local full-length and short film entries and ran functional websites aside from up-to-date social media announcements. Cinemalaya 2019 also saw a much welcome expansion of its screenings outside Metro … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: Best Film Festivals

Philippine Cinema 2019: Seven Best Documentaries

2019 was a lean year for documentaries in Philippine cinema. But the few that screened were outstanding testaments of the talent and skill of our documentarists in capturing the human condition. Here are the seven best. 1 – For My Alien Friend (Jet Leyco) 35 pts Stories of Filipino men and women, and other living things … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: Seven Best Documentaries

Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019: Scene of the Year

In this final installment of the year's best scenes, we present commentaries from reviewers, director, and actors of 2019's Scene of the Year. The ending (Cleaners) Jay Lacanilao, reviewer: “Complemented with Unique's sentimental and hopeful song ‘Apoy ng Kandila’, the ending of Cleaners finds its lead high school students in their classroom during their 'last … Continue reading Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019: Scene of the Year

Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 3

This is the third part of our best scenes of 2019 feature. You may read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Self-love (Metamorphosis) Emil Hofileña, reviewer: “Ït remains a complete mystery how the MTRCB viewed Metamorphosis and saw the opposite of sensitivity and empathy toward our intersex brothers and sisters. Though the film's protagonist, … Continue reading Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 3

Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 1

For our 2019 poll, we have invited 37 film reviewers to name their favorite scenes of 2019. Below is the first part, featuring behind-the-scenes commentaries of the filmmakers. The Scene of the Year will be revealed in the last installment. Warning: The notes from the filmmakers and reviewers include details of important scenes in the cited … Continue reading Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 1

Filipino Film Person of the Decade

As we noted in the introduction to our decade poll, the 2010s in Philippine cinema saw the expansion on the huge gains made the previous decade, with the continued rise of independent filmmaking. While there is obviously no single person that can capture the story of the 2010s in local cinema, we thought it would … Continue reading Filipino Film Person of the Decade

The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (The top 10)

10. Ma’ Rosa Brillante Mendoza, 2016 Ma’ Rosa (Jaclyn Jose) has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready … Continue reading The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (The top 10)

The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (20-11)

20. Pamilya Ordinaryo Eduardo Roy Jr., 2016 Pamilya Ordinaryo is a family portrait of Jane (Hasmine Killip), 16, and her boyfriend, Aries (Ronwaldo Martin), who live on their own in the chaotic streets of Manila. Surviving as pickpockets, the lives of the young couple change when they suddenly become teenage parents. But not even a … Continue reading The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (20-11)

The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (30-21)

30. Nervous Translation Shireen Seno, 2017 Late 1988, Post-dictatorship Philippines. Eight year-old Yael (Jana Agoncillo), shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. Left to her own devices while her mother assembles shoes at the local shoe factory, Yael cooks miniature meals for herself, sometimes forgetting about leftovers for dinner in the fridge. … Continue reading The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (30-21)