Our dream this past week was to spend every waking moment inside theaters, watching all the films in this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. That proved to be impossible, thanks to deadlines and a lot of sold-out screenings, but we still tried to watch as many films as we could.
By Brylle B. Tabora
“Field of Schemes” is how the journalist character played by Alessandra de Rossi in the Cinemalaya film “Liars” puts it, a clever allusion to another baseball movie, “Field of Dreams.”
Mama Says MercyBy Mara Coson
Lately you might have heard about Marie Jamora’s debut film “Ang Nawawala,” from relentless musikero retweeters and Facebook sharers, from the boys on 89.9 if you’re on the road, or maybe even from Dawn Zulueta on “ASAP” talking about her latest indie film role.
By Pam Pastor
Best Actress. Best Screenplay. Best Director. Best Film. Audience Choice. The movie “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank” won all these awards at the 7th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Those who have seen it aren’t surprised. Those who haven’t have been raring to. The screenings at Cinemalaya were packed and, earlier this week, many braved the [...]
By Jason Doplito
If you are looking to see another Eugene Domingo-starrer the likes of “Kimmy Dora” or “Here Comes the Bride,” “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” (directed by Marlon Rivera; written by Chris Martinez) might leave you a bit dissatisfied. Not that it isn’t funny; it would be hard for any stoic to keep his composure and [...]
By Gibbs Cadiz
For actor-director José Mari Avellana, who died of aneurysm Sunday, it was an all-too-brief Indian summer. But while it lasted, it was a dazzling, sometimes heart-stopping, reminder of all the brilliance, substance and drama that must have attended the high noon of the man’s career in Philippine theater and the arts. In January 2008, 15 [...]