FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2019 SCORECARD

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Sila-Sila (Giancarlo Abrahan) – ★★★☆☆
2. Metamorphosis (J.E. Tiglao) – ★★☆☆☆
3. Tia Madre (Eve Baswel) – ★★☆☆☆
4. Lucid (Victor Villanueva) – ★★☆☆☆
5. Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo (Denise O’Hara) – ★★☆☆☆
6. Yours Truly, Shirley (Nigel Santos) – ★★☆☆☆
7. Utopia (Dustin Celestino) – ★☆☆☆☆
8. O (Kevin Dayrit) – ★☆☆☆☆

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1. Gio Gahol (Sila-Sila)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1. Alessandra de Rossi (Lucid)
2. Cherie Gil (Tia Madre)
3. Jana Agoncillo (Tia Madre)
4. Regine Velasquez (Yours Truly, Shirley)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Ricky Davao (Metamorphosis)
2. Topper Fabregas (Sila-Sila)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Iana Bernardez (Metamorphosis)
2. Yayo Aguila (Metamorphosis)

Best Short Film

1. Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert (Janina Gacosta, Cheska Marfori) – ★★★★☆
2. Sa Among Agwat (Don Senoc) – ★★★★☆
3. The Slums (Jan Andrei Cobey) – ★★★★☆
4. Ang Lumunod sa Atin (Sonia Marie Regalario) – ★★★☆☆
5. Sa Gitna ng Lungsod (Ivan Cortez) – ★★☆☆☆
6. Last 2 3 4! (Genevieve Ofania) – ★★☆☆☆

Until next year!!

FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS 2019 SHORT FILMS

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LAST 2 3 4! (Genevieve Ofania, 2019) – ★★☆☆☆

Oh, it has already been broughten!!

Kung pep squad ang short film na ito sa UAAP Cheerdance Competiton, sigurado ako na ito ay Ateneo Blue Babble Batallion.

*****

SA AMONG AGWAT (Don Senoc, 2019) – ★★★★☆

Napanood ko na ito nung Cinemalaya. Maganda pa rin.

*****

ANG LUMUNOD SA ATIN (Sonia Marie Regalario, 2019) – ★★★☆☆

Pwedeng 90’s episode ng Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Syokoy. Gusto ko yung implication na nalulunod ang bata sa kanyang fantasy world kakanood ng mga paborito niyang pelikula tulad ng Ang Panday, E.T, at The Neverending Story. Hindi ko lang talaga ma-take yung isang eksena na suminghal ang nanay niya sabay sabi ng “Wala ka talaga pakialam sa pamilyang to eh. Sana ikaw na lang ang… (ultra-contrived dramatic pause).”

***

THE SLUMS (Jan Andrei Cobey, 2019) – ★★★★☆

Satire kung satire. Dami kong tawa dito. Sobrang scathing criticism sa mga exploitative docus and news features romanticizing poverty (including subtitles na walang kinalaman sa totoong sinasabi ng mga interviewees). Walang nakaligtas kahit ang silver lining speech ni Catriona, delivered by the syokoy boy sa taas na naging baklang kanal dito.

“Kung mahirap po kayo, bakit po kayo mataba?” sabay focus sa cellphone. Hala grabe siya! Napaisip tuloy ako bigla kaninong side ba ako.

*****

SA GITNA NG LUNGSOD (Ivan Cortez, 2019) – ★★☆☆☆

Nagsusumigaw ang filter ng SERIOUS DRAMA!! Sana lang hindi chaka umarte si kuyang Martial Law victim.

*****

ANG GASGAS NA PLAKA NI LOLO BERT (Janina Gacosta, Cheska Marfori, 2019) – ★★★★☆

Lakas ng tama sa puso ng kwento na ‘to. Napakahusay pa nina Dido dela Paz at Soliman Cruz. Sobrang nagustuhan ko yung ambiguity ng desires and motivations nila habang more bonding sa love for music. Ganda!!

MOVIE REVIEW: O (Kevin Dayrit, 2019)

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More like an F.

Gusto ko na mag-walkout after twenty minutes. Sabi nga ng isang character, “A B C D E F G H I J K wala ako paki!”. Sobrang sloppy pa (as in may times na hindi ko naririnig ang dialogue or complete silence lang for extended periods na di ko alam kung glitch na siya, tapos naglalagay lang ng subtitles kung kelan niya feel).

To be fair, hindi talaga ako fan ng experimental films.

Naawa ako kay Anna Luna. Parang she’ll end up in the worst films of two major local filmfests this year.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

MOVIE REVIEW: SILA-SILA (Giancarlo Abrahan, 2019)

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Ang ganda niya lalo na kapag naka-focus sa accurate af interactions ng mag-ex (and the workings of gay relationships). Kaya lalong nagmukhang fillers lang yung mga eksena with the side characters (lalo na yung mga nakakairita at eksenadorang fag hags).

Galing ni Gio Gahol ha.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

DEBOSYON (Alvin Yapan, 2013)

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Poetry on film (like a Malick) that was just too highbrow for my commercial viewer’s sensibilities.

I will not even pretend that I fully understood Debosyon’s message. I will also not pretend that I fully appreciated that viewing experience.

Its slow pacing reminded me so much of last year’s Kalayaan. Technically great, but left me emotionally detached.

I really appreciated Mara Lopez’s performance here. I missed Palitan but I now have an idea why she won in Cinema One Originals last year.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published August 5, 2013.)