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I spent a big portion of the week watching film entries for Cinemalaya 2017. Although, as of this writing, I have failed to watch two full-length films and the two sets of short films. That being said, watching films in that kind of setting, I can’t help but share my thoughts about each film that I was able to watch.

Before I share my short reviews, a disclaimer: Most of what I’ll be saying would be a matter of preference. If ever you get that chance to watch the films in future screenings, please do so. Feel free to comment and discuss these films below.

BACONAUA

One word: Madilim.Baconaua

Throughout the film, it seemed like the entire story happened during the early morning or at night even though some dialogue would indicate otherwise. I was personally confused all throughout, not knowing where they were taking the story or what the entire thing was really about.

The revelation at the end of film only confused me even more. Although the ending was clear, I couldn’t figure out how the story got to that point. I couldn’t remember any hints or indications.

Baconaua isn’t a movie that I would recommend.

BAGAHE

BagaheBagahe deserves applause for its purpose of raising awareness and educating its audience. Angeli Bayani also gave a wonderful performance in my opinion and should be really considered for Best Actress.

However, that being said, Bagahe was very dragging. It was a slow, slow…slow movie. There were a lot of things shown that I thought weren’t necessary and could have made the film move faster.

To conclude, watch for the message but sleep for the beginning.

 

 

 

ANG GURO KONG ‘DI MARUNONG MAGBASA

Ang Gusto Kong ‘Di Marunong Magbasa is another case of a film with good intentions and with a good message. It raises awareness to the need for better education in our secluded areas and towns as well as the violence that these areas might be experiencing.

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But that is all the good things that I could say about the film. The script, if not the entire film, felt like an MMK episode. The film was written like it was for TV. Not to sound to harsh, but there were moments that I felt like cringing because of the dialogues and what was happening on screen.

The sound mixing was also sub-par.

REQUITED

RequitedRequited was the film that I looked forward to watching. Even before the festival started, it was number one in my list. It’s safe to say that I had high expectations for it. Sadly, I was disappointed.

The concept of a person wanting to bike from Manila to Mt. Pinatubo before his physical condition wouldn’t allow him appealed to me. I expected to find a film of discovery and enlightenment. I found neither. After the credits rolled, all I could think of was: What was the point?

 

 

 

KIKO BOKSINGERO

Kiko BoksingerKiko Boksingero, much like its Baguio setting, was like a breath of fresh air. It was a relief for me. Up to that point, I had already watched four films and was found disappointed.

Kiko Boksingero was enjoyable movie all throughout. The visuals were also pretty good. To quote what my friend tweeted, “Parang ang sarap tuloy mag Baguio”. The story was simple but yet had some depth to it.

A must-watch for this years’ entries. I hope they extend it or they get to screen it somewhere else.

 

 

 

 

RESPETO

RespetoPoster30x20-official-as-of-July-19-2017To echo what I, and other movie-watchers, have said already, Respeto para sa Respeto. Based on the seven films that I was able to watch, this is, in my opinion, the best of them all.

It was sad and awesome at the same time. The music and sounds were excellent. The cinematography was great as well. I left the theater with a smile on his face, and huge hangover of the film.

As the credits rolled, the audience actually gave it applause. There’s nothing more I can say about it. You have to watch it for yourself. Given the great reception in Cinemalaya, and the popular cast of Abra and Loonie, Respeto will probably have a widespread theater run.

 

 

 

ANG PAMILYANG HINDI LUMULUHA

Ang PamilyangAng Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha served as a breaker for me, although it was the last film I watched. It sets itself apart from the other entries because it was a comedy. It was light as opposed to the very heavy content of Bagahe, or the dark setting of Baconaua. The premise was also unique and different in my eyes.

The film gives a few laughs. It seemed like every scene had a ton of jokes orย hirits. With that volume of joke attempts, it is bound to get laughs (Reminds me of myself).

However, Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha felt a lot like a one of those old Filipino comedies. Watch it if you want to have break from all the heaviness, but you’re not missing much if you don’t.

P.S. Shoutout to Moi Bien, who was a big part in getting all the laughs.

 

 

 

With the Cinemalaya closing on August 13 (Sunday), I don’t think I would still be able to watch more films, even though I wish to watch all the competition entries (Short Films included).

Again, these are just one man’s reviews. Feel free to share your thoughts, and maybe I’ll post reviews again for some entries of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino this August 16-22.

*I apologize if there any errors or typos. Didn’t have time to review and proofread.

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For most of my high school days until recently, I wanted to make a short film/video. Storylines would be written, other people would want to join in, “meetings” would be held, but for whatever reason the projects wouldn’t push through.

But finally, 3 days ago, I was able to finish my very first personal, non-academic video project. It was shot on December 28, and the post-production lasted until around 3am of the 29th.

The video is nothing spectacular. The total running time is only a mere 1 minute and 58 seconds. But the fact that I was able to shoot, edit, and post a short video on YouTube is very fulfilling for me. I’ve wanted to practice film since I was a freshman in high school, and I’ve finally taken my first step (aside from academic work for my CommArts degree).

Now, let me share with you my work. It’s entitled “Mom”, and according to my computer, I wrote the script more than year ago. Thank you to my friend Kiel Mamauag for agreeing to star in my video, to my dad Stanley Uy, and to Kuya Edmund for driving for us.

I hope you guys enjoy my work, and please share it to others. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here it is:

This will definitely not be my last video. My next project would probably be a music video of an original composition by a friend of mine. Please watch out for that by subscribing to my YouTube account. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of watching multiple films in the cinema. That made me think of making a list of movies that I would recommend others to watch. I’m going to limit my list to 5 films.

But before I list them down here are some things about my list:

1. These are not necessarily the most critically-acclaimed films (or some might not even have a positive rating).

2. There are not necessarily classics or worthy to be studied in formal film courses.

3. The reason why I chose them because I personally enjoyed them.

Those things being said, let’s start!

#1 300

Genre: Action, Historical Fantasy

Imdb Rating: 7.8; Metascore: 51/100

Notable Actors: Gerard Butler

It’s pretty obvious why I enjoyed this movie. The action was epic. Plus, the sword-and-sandal sub-genre is one of my favorites to watch. The film is filled with exciting, awesome action sequences. And the lines are really memorable (Madness? This is SPAAAAAAARTA).

#2 Vanilla Sky

Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi

Imdb Rating: 6.9; Metascore: 45/100

Notable Actors: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz

Okay, this one will have mixed reactions. This is the kind of movie (in my opinion) that you will either really like or hate. The film is, for the most part, a love story with a bit of mystery. This is personally one of my favorite movies.

#3ย  Definitely, Maybe

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Imdb Rating: 7.2; Metascore: 59/10

Notable Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, and Elizabeth Banks

If you feel like relaxing and want to watch a light but fun movie, I would definitely recommend this one. It’s a light, feel-good movie. I’ve watched this a lot of times and it’s still fun to watch. After a tiring, stressful day Definitely, Maybe is one of the go-to movies in my list.

#4 El Orfanato

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery

Imdb Rating: 7.5; Metascore: 74/100

Notable Actors: Belen Rueda

If you don’t mind reading subtitles, this Spanish thriller can be a fun film to watch. I suggest watching this with your family or friends. If you love a suspense and thrillers, try watching this one.

#5 One More Chance

Genre: Drama

Imdb Rating: 6.2/10; Metascore: N/A

Notable Actors: John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo

‘Nuff Said