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

Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 2

This is the second part of our best scenes of 2019 feature. You may read Part 1 here and Part 3 here. Refugees arrive via Pasig River (Quezon’s Game) Emil Hofileña, reviewer: “It's impossible to view the ending of Quezon's Game (and the rest of the film) outside the context of our political situation today: … Continue reading Philippine cinema’s best scenes of 2019, part 2

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 2010s in Philippine cinema saw the continuous resurgence of independent filmmaking that emerged in the 2000s brought about by digital technology and facilitated by institutions that provide seed capital to mostly young filmmakers to showcase their works in local film festivals. The independent filmmakers in turn raised the quality of mainstream industry outputs as … Continue reading The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s

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)