Reviews

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Pointless, narcissistic, self-aggrandizement:

5
out of 10

A Pleasant Surprise

8
out of 10

I watched Urduja the very day it officially started showing in local theaters: June 18. I watched it for probably the same reason other people—Filipinos, certainly—would go to the movies to do likewise: out of sheer curiosity.
Did I have fun?
Why, yes, I did.


Brutal Majesty

10
out of 10

Tribu is exquisitely filthy. Kadin, Still Life and Ligaw Liham were the beauty queens of Cinemalaya. Tribu is the slut in torn fishnets, a leather micromini and an aqua blue tube top made of lycra. Tribu's Tondo is the beautiful bitch and she'll luv you long time for a price. Usually your wallet, sometimes your life.


This is your life

10
out of 10

Endo is a love story completely devoid of romance. It's the most honest love story you'll see. With respect to Jim Libiran and Tribu, this is the most realistic movie at Cinemalaya.

You can relate to Endo more than any other film from this year's batch, unless of course you've murdered a rival gangmember or lost a goat lately. You are, you've been or you will be either Sugar, Tanya or Leo at least once in your lifetime.


Ang Barako ng Pelikulang Indie

8
out of 10

"Malaking karangalan... na ako'y naging bahagi ng isang pelikulang tunay na matimbang na serbisyo sa demokratikong pakikibaka ng sambayanang Filipino." - Bien Lumbera, National Artist for Literature

"Manolito Sulit, the Filipino poet cum director and scriptwriter of this film envisions a criss-crossing of time, genre, form, and narrative to bring out a contemporary reading of local/national Filipino life." - Rhod Nuncio (Barako: Between Awakening and Apprehensions)


High School Musical - Pisay the Review

8
out of 10

The students and alumni of Philippine Science must find a great deal of gratification in the fact that Pisay the movie is jsut as hard to get into as Pisay the school. The movie was impossible to get tickets for at Cinemalaya, even days in advance. It seemed like every student and alumni of Pisay had bought up every single ticket. What they got for their money was a nice little romp into the 80's but without the big hair or Motley Crue. Great pseudo 80's soundtrack too.


Still Life semi spoiler review

10
out of 10

Still Life along with Endo and Tribu were the three best full length films of Cinemalaya 2007. Considering the quality of this year's batch, that's saying a great deal. The lead is played by thespian and film noob Ron Capinding. As good as he may be onstage, the breakthrough performance of Glaiza DeCastro makes you forget he's even there. She's that damn good here. This is nothing like the Glaiza you see on the idiot box. This is the actor with something to prove and in Still Life, she proves her worth well. Angel who?


Still Life

10
out of 10

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to watch Still Life at Cine Adarna, with my "artist-in-struggle" friend, Joey. We had already planned on watching the movie a month ago, because it's going to be our birth-month, and watching the film would be one of our gifts for ourselves. At first, I thought, we won't be able to watch the movie, because Joey had a sudden attack of "tamaditis" in coming to work that day. Anyway, I asked if he camn go watch the film, an dhe said yes, and so we decided on going to UP.


the puffy chair

8
out of 10

ray carney said that this was one of the best films of the past decade. i dont know if id go as far and say that, but its a good film.

there are a few moments here and there that didnt work for me, but over all, as a film, its a good first feature for the duplass bros


THE CINEMATIC OXYMORONS OF A VERY LONG NIGHT

9
out of 10

(A Critical Review of Emman dela Cruz's Sarong Banggi)
by Erwin "Ewong" Martinez

Sarong Banggi is unlikely to be forgotten. Not because it deals with a delicate theme rarely explored in Filipino films, but for the simple reason that it is both entertaining and experiential. You can fail to recall a movie but you certainly don't forget an "experience." Here, that barely refers to the boy's first sexual encounter but rather more significantly to the entire movie experience the viewer engages in.