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’
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
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
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?
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
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
For the longest time, regional filmmakers have decried imperial Manila's hegemony in the local film industry. The media focuses heavily on Tagalog-language films, in effect neglecting films in other local languages even if the latter have been important to Philippine cinema since its inception. With the advent of digital filmmaking, however, regional filmmakers have found… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Pagbalik’ – Dull and Unpolished