Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘Spring by the Sea’ – A Heartwarming Seat in the Family Table

The cliché quote of "home is where the heart is" often circulates my head when I skim loglines of films about families. Most of the time stories of families revolve around conflict and power dynamics so it’s sometimes refreshing to be reminded that it is what it is supposed to be: a healthy, supportive place… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Spring by the Sea’ – A Heartwarming Seat in the Family Table

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QCinema 2019: ‘For My Alien Friend’ – An ode to existence and companionship

Cinema in its purest form, they say, is just an artistic arrangement of sights and sounds. The filmmaker manipulates every aspect of the film: color, saturation, hue, framing, score, and sound effects–to create a symphony of images in perfect harmony with its auditory elements. But a good film relishes not only in its technical merits… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘For My Alien Friend’ – An ode to existence and companionship

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QCinema 2019: ‘UnTrue’ – Lies, guilt, and romance

The film opens with a shot of a small statue of a woman holding a bowl of grapes on one hand and a sword on the other. We later learn that it is a miniature version of the Kartlis Deda, a huge monument in Georgia's capital city of Tbilisi that greets visitors upon their arrival,… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘UnTrue’ – Lies, guilt, and romance

Festivals, Lists

Must-See Films at QCinema International Film Festival 2019

QCinema is back, now on its 7th year! With the theme “A Rising Wave,” QCinema presents the strides Asian filmmakers have been making worldwide. There are many female directors in the documentary and short film categories, representing a rise of female voices in the Asian film festival circuit. And as part of the centennial celebration of Philippine… Continue reading Must-See Films at QCinema International Film Festival 2019

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: The Farce and Spectacle of ‘The Panti Sisters’

There is no offer more convincing than 300 million pesos. Queer siblings Gabbi (Paolo Ballesteros), Dane (Martin del Rosario), and Samuel (Christian Bables) glam their way through siring a child to get their inheritance in The Panti Sisters. The Panti Sisters falls under the mainstream comedy flicks filled with cookie cutter banters, overexaggerated jokes, and… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: The Farce and Spectacle of ‘The Panti Sisters’

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Open’ – Of Love and Re-Discovery

In Andoy Ranay’s Open, we hear our main characters Rome and Ethan (Arci Muñoz and JC Santos) argue and consider trying out for an open relationship. It’s a familiar point of a relationship and it seems we are intruders in the room as we rewind back to what lead us to it. Rome and Ethan… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Open’ – Of Love and Re-Discovery

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Lola Igna’ – The Tolerable Weight of Living

At first glance, Eduardo W. Roy Jr.’s Lola Igna looks like one those feel good family films that gives us insight on what it’s like to be old—a glimpse of the life we’re headed towards. The trailer was inviting and hilarious as Angie Ferro’s Lola Igna ruefully wakes up to a crowd of young spectators… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Lola Igna’ – The Tolerable Weight of Living

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘LSS’ – Love? In This Economy?

Maybe I just have too much faith in hugot culture, but I thought LSS would be a blockbuster hit. It has become almost a rite of passage for young Filipinos to cry to at least one Ben&Ben song (I’ve personally bawled at two), so having a feature film to commemorate our collective catharsis, scored by… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘LSS’ – Love? In This Economy?

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Circa’ – 100 Years of Life and Philippine Cinema

Doña Atang (Anita Linda) is turning 100 years old. Her one wish: to celebrate it with the people she worked with in her earlier years of producing films, a task her aspiring filmmaker grandson (Enchong Dee) has taken the liberty of granting. As his quest to find members to populate the party begins, so does… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Circa’ – 100 Years of Life and Philippine Cinema

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Watch Me Kill’ – Of Fractured Identities and Moralities

The film begins mysteriously. We are introduced to a man, maybe in his late 40s or early 50s, seated in a dimly lit room, talking to an unseen person. The latter is a "principled" killer, he says, and so he trusts them as he offers them a handsome amount of money to end his unfinished… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Watch Me Kill’ – Of Fractured Identities and Moralities