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Cinemalaya 2020 — 5 Best Indie Nation Shorts

A lineup of more than twenty films is guaranteed to be a mixed bag. What stood out from the pack were the personal, the somber, and the sentimental. These shorts are, more than anything, love letters, to the people in them and to the medium itself. Below are the best of Cinemalaya 16’s Indie Nation… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2020 — 5 Best Indie Nation Shorts

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Essential Filipino Films of 2019

2019 has been a year of celebration for Philippine cinema. The industry had marked its 100th anniversary that started with Jose Nepomuceno’s 1919 film Dalagang Bukid. Cinemalaya and Cinema One Originals, some of the pioneering film festivals of the digital era, have both held their 15th edition. QCinema went full-on international, allowing international titles to… Continue reading Essential Filipino Films of 2019

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30 Essential Films of the 2010s

The 2010s has been defined by crisis and conflict but also hope and solidarity. The decade saw a rise in blockbusters and superhero films. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the rise of Netflix and other streaming sites have greatly affected the way we consume media. Outside of corporate and capitalist media, films saw… Continue reading 30 Essential Films of the 2010s

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15 Horror Movie Recommendations for Horror Newbies

The way horror as a genre has evolved over the last century has been so interesting to observe. It’s a never-ending rollercoaster ride of good years and bad years and good movies and bad movies and everything that could fit in between. The beautiful thing about the genre is that it’s so diverse and so… Continue reading 15 Horror Movie Recommendations for Horror Newbies

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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

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Bong Joon-ho Films Ranked from Good to Best

By winning the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his highly ambitious and sophisticated film Parasite, filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has firmly cemented his place in world cinema. Indeed, the esteemed South Korean auteur is one of the most venerated directors of our time, his filmography a combination of arthouse and commercial… Continue reading Bong Joon-ho Films Ranked from Good to Best