MAYNILA SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG (Lino Brocka, 1975)

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A tragic tale of one man’s loss of innocence. Social realism at its finest.

I think Insiang is the best Filipino film of all time. After rewatching Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, I might have to reconsider.

What I love most about it is that it has all the qualities of poverty porn but it feels natural and never exploitative.

It’s sad that Bembol Roco has been relegated to character actor roles now. He’s just too good in this movie. It must be the Brocka touch.

The young Hilda Koronel is inarguably the most beautiful face ever to grace Philippine cinema. Bar none.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published August 12, 2013.)

KUNG MANGARAP KA’T MAGISING (Mike De Leon, 1977)

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Taob ang tambalang Baguio nina Bujoy at Ned dito kina Ana at Joey.

Ang ganda ganda ganda ni Hilda Koronel. Ang sikip sikip sikip ng pantalon ni Christopher de Leon (as in bellbottoms na balls-hugging/splitting sa itaas tapos mega flared sa legs). Ang husay ng supporting cast. Pinakapaborito ko sina Laurice Guillen as Dimples Romana and Bibeth Orteza as Nikki Valdez.

Ang linis ng love story. Meron silang ibang mga problema sa buhay pero pinakita lang sa ilang eksena. Naka-focus talaga ang kwento sa bawal nilang pag-iibigan.

Usapan habang nanonood:

“Ay, andyan pala ang APO Hiking Society. Pero bakit wala si Jim Paredes?”

“Malamang kasi dilawan siya.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

MAYNILA: SA MGA KUKO NG LIWANAG (Lino Brocka, 1975)

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A tragic tale of one man’s loss of innocence. Social realism at its finest.

I think Insiang is the best Filipino film of all time. After rewatching Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, I might have to reconsider.

What I love most about it is that it has all the qualities of poverty porn but it feels natural and never exploitative.

It’s sad that Bembol Roco has been relegated to character actor roles now. He’s just too good in this movie. It must be the Brocka touch.

The young Hilda Koronel is inarguably the most beautiful face ever to grace Philippine cinema. Bar none.

Rating: 5/5