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)

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)

The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (40-31)

40. Thy Womb Brillante Mendoza, 2012 A Bajau midwife (Nora Aunor) copes with the irony of her own infertility amid the deprivations of her gypsy community in Tawi-Tawi. A saga of island life stuck between the devil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition. 39. Nick and Chai Cha Escala and Wena Sanchez, 2014 … Continue reading The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (40-31)

The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (Individual Ballots)

Jay Abello, filmmaker KanoNorteApocalypse ChildGive Up TomorrowOn The JobNervous TranslationViolatorNever Not Love YouSalvageOda Sa WalaBalangiga: Howling Wilderness Nestor Abrogena, filmmaker Cleaners Oda Sa Wala Transit Kalel '15 Sila-Sila Pamilya Ordinaryo Dagitab Sleepless Bwaya Vince and Kath and James Paul Alcantara, reviewer RespetoSana DatiDie BeautifulEkstraGusto Kita With All My HypothalamusSunday Beauty QueenFour Sisters and a WeddingSix … Continue reading The 50 Most Well-Loved Pinoy Films of the 2010’s (Individual Ballots)

JP Carpio’s Top 10 Pinoy Films of the 2010’s

Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012), dir. Lav Diaz – Clocking in at around six hours – a medium-length film by his standards – Filipino film master Lav Diaz pushes his use of long form cinema towards a near painful perfection that is almost unbearable to witness.  Known more these days for his higher-budgeted, sprawling, multi-character epics with big-name mainstream stars, Diaz’s more humble single character studies – more so – merit our much-needed attention.  Like his 2006 film Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess), starring the great Ronnie Lazaro, Diaz uses … Continue reading JP Carpio’s Top 10 Pinoy Films of the 2010’s