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Himala Ngayon

himala ngayonVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.75 (4 ratings)

Genre: Documentary

Writers/Directors: Sari Lluch Dalena and Keith Sicat

Cast/Interviewees: Ishmael Bernal, Nora Aunor, Ricky Lee, Charo Santos-Concio, Imee Marcos, Racquel Villavicencio, Joel Lamangan, Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, Benjie Garcia, Denni Cid, Sergio Lobo, Spanky Manikan, Gigi Duenas-De Beaupre, Ama Quiambao, Pen Medina, Vangie Labalan, Aura Mijares, Lem Garcellano, Richard Arellano, Joe Gruta, Cris Daluz, Rick Hawthorne, Manet Dayrit, Richard Frunein, Leo Katigbak, Kiri Lluch Dalena

Synopsis: Himala Ngayon is a documentary on the creation of the classic film written by Ricky Lee and directed by National Artist Ishmael Bernal.

MTRCB Rating: PG-13



4.5          Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“It’s such a Filipino cinema lover’s delight: as much a look back at Himala (one of the greatest films of all time, Filipino or otherwise) and the  production’s fascinating anecdotes (including the story behind its restoration), as it is an examination of its legendary director, Ishmael Bernal.” (Read capsule review)

4.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

Himala Ngayon is a diligent work that’s as informative as it is entertaining.  ” (Read full review)

4.0          Alvin Bulaong Cruz (Manila Bulletin)

“The good thing about watching the documentary before watching the newly restored Himala is that you gain a new perspective of the film, recalling the amusing stories behind the scenes leading to a deeper appreciation of the details which otherwise would have been unjustly ignored. (Read full review)

2.5          Don Rapadas (Metanoia)

“Most of the elements for a good documentary were there, and for such, it would have been highly commendable overall. However, it became cheap when it went overboard with its telling of stories of infighting and animosities between cast and production staff.” (Read full review)

Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon

Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.25 (12 ratings)

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Writer/Director: Dennis Marasigan

Cast: Maricar Reyes, Sid Lucero, Jojit Lorenzo, Ricky Davao, Peewee O’Hara, Kalila Aguilos, Che Ramos, Chrome Cosio, Jelson Bay, Eugene Domingo, Racquel Villavicencio

Synopsis: Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon is a black comedy that tells the story of a group of government workers: their happy-go-lucky circumstance, failed responsibilities, and reckless work ethic. It delves into the world of a government agency where non-stop discussion of intrigues and personal frailties is the order of the day. The story focuses on a young lawyer caught in a corrupt system of a typical government office. Her integrity is put to the test when she tries to change the system.



5.0         Macky Macarayan (Film blogger, Death of Traditional Cinema)

“I liked the film because of its honesty, and the tone of presentation where you can enjoy the film pretty much as a popcorn flick, but you are being wakened up to learn an urgent truth.” (Read full review)

4.5          Ian Urrutia (Film blogger, Pinoy Cinema Tumblr)

“Writer-director Dennis Marasigan builds a claustrophobic yet stagey piece that perfectly resonates with the horrors of office bureaucracy, while still making the audience feel entertained with the wickedly funny and brazenly satirical jabs of the original material.” (Read full review)

4.0          Nel Costales (Film blogger, Sine Patrol)

“A fine blend of Dennis Marasigan’s reliable deft direction and Bing Lao’s creative inputs, Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon is an almost solid Cinema One Originals entry. I adored it so much right up to Cely Martinez’s victory walk. But when she steps into the elevator and darkness engulfs her, the film goes down a few notches for me.” (Read full review)

3.0         Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The beginning of the movie was quite over the place and circus-y.  It seems to be done on purpose, but the beginning bugs me a bit, it felt a little too boggled.  When it settled down, it was stunning.” (Read full review)

2.5          Philbert Dy (Resident critic, Click the City)

“The staging of the movie as a whole feels a little clumsy, with the blocking occasionally getting in the way of the camerawork. There are a few moments of inspiration, but it just doesn’t work as a whole.”  (Read full review)

2.5          Noli Manaig (Film blogger, Closely Watched Frames)

“As much as a perverse part of me wants that carcass of corruption dragged out into the open and pilloried before my eyes, Marasigan softpedals it. The subject he singles out — corruption in a Marcos-era government office — is handled all but daintily.” (Read full review)

2.5          Jansen Musico (Film blogger, Pelikula Tumblr)

“Marasigan’s storytelling feels fatigued. In his attempt to translate the play onto film, the material loses a lot of its edge. The laughs are not sustained. The canned sound effects are jarring. The tiny subplots are all over the place and hardly ever gel into the main narrative. And though the film tries to separate itself from its theater counterpart, some scenes, specifically the car conversation, look as though they’re plucked from the stage.” (Read full review)


4.0          Nico Quejano (Member, Cinephiles)

“Too close for comfort. Magaling pala talaga si Maricar Reyes. At uma-acting na pala si Atty. Pichay. Loved the ending of the movie; hated that ‘inserted video’ ending. Would have given it a 3, pero +1 for all those theater people cameos.”

3.0          Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“Would have been far more biting (thus, more effective) if adapted to the present time. Because Marasigan opted to retain the original Marcos-era setting, viewers might blame that period more than they would the endemic culture of corruption itself, which has always been there regardless of who’s sitting in Malacañang.

The first half is a little stagey (which is almost expected, with all the theater actors in the cast) but the middle and last parts were rescued by Maricar Reyes’ sensitive portrayal, making the audience sympathize with her me-against-the-world predicament.”

3.0          Eduardo Dayao (Film blogger, Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Maricar Reyes is almost a revelation. Love that penultimate scene of hers on the phone with her mom in the darkened office. Also sorta like the epilogue. Reminded me ever so slightly of the creepy ending of Safe. A bit heavy-handed in parts (even that epilogue) but good enough.”

3.0          Epoy Deyto (Film blogger, Kawts Kamote)

“Ang galing ng ensemble, pinakanatuwa ako dun sa performance ng supporting actors/actresses kesa dun sa leads.”

2.0          Fidel Antonio Medel (Film blogger, Pixelated Popcorn)

“I really don’t get the love for Maricar Reyes. She was better in her Star Cinema romcoms. In this movie, she’s too stiff. Or maybe it is the entire film that is stiff.”