Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Visual Pleasures

1 – Kalel, 15 (Carlo Mendoza) 76 pts 2 – John Denver Trending (Rommel Sales) 69 pts 3 – Isa Pa, with Feelings (Tey Clamor) 50 pts, 16 votes 4 – Sunod (Mycko David) 50 pts, 15 votes 5 – Metamorphosis (Tey Clamor) 46 pts 6 – Ulan (Neil Daza) 45 pts 7 – Watch … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Visual Pleasures

Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best First Features

1 – John Denver Trending (Arden Rod Condez) 128 pts 2 – Cleaners (Glenn Barit) 108 pts 3 – Metamorphosis (J.E. Tiglao) 64 pts 4 – Verdict (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez) 40 pts 5 – Mina-anud (Kerwin Go) 23 pts 6 – No Data Plan (Miko Revereza) 21 pts 7 – Belle Douleur (Joji Alonso) 20 … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best First Features

Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best Edited Films

1 – Cleaners (Che Tagyamon and Noah Loyola) 85 pts 2 – Edward (Thop Nazareno, Joyce Bernal, and JR Cabrera) 47 pts 3 – For My Alien Friend (Jet Leyco) 42 pts 4 – John Denver Trending (Benjo Ferrer III)  41 pts 5 – Kalel, 15 (Benjamin Tolentino) 31 pts 6 – Isa Pa, with … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best Edited Films

Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best Soundtracks

1 – LSS (Songs: Ben & Ben; Score: Pat Lasaten) 75 pts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ktQh3sWZk&list=PLkXYx-DE0Co5Nebnkdc0bY8c9NgSjS-bD 2 – John Denver Trending (Len Calvo) 62 pts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx34SJNytb8 3 – Cleaners (Various artists) 38 pts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_JF2envsVA 4 – Isa Pa with Feelings (Songs: Various artists; Score: Andrew Florentino) 36 pts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK3tIclJ140&list=PLfZXBtfgi1jkEw4InW4LQbmBaa5Qo4uFB&index=1 5 – Sila-Sila (Songs: Various artists; Score: Igo Gonzalez) … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best Soundtracks

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 2019: 10 Best Short Films

Sa Among Agwat topped the Best Short Film Category of Pinoy Rebyu's 9th Annual Film Poll. The film screened in Cinemalaya where it won Best Director and a NETPAC Special Mention. Below are the top 10, tallied from submissions of 26 poll respondents. 1 – Sa Among Agwat (Don Senoc) 52 pts Jun is a farmer who … Continue reading Philippine Cinema 2019: 10 Best Short Films

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 4

This is the penultimate part of our best scenes of 2019 feature. You may also check out the earlier installments: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Part 5 features the scene of the year. Flower icing / Fire walk (John Denver Trending) Kayo Jolongbayan, reviewer: “I was shaking after I saw John Denver Trending … Continue reading Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 4

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