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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2017: AWOL is a Humdrum Actioner with a Rotten Core

TL;DR: AWOL filters Duterte’s Drug War into a tale of state-sponsored vigilantism that’s not only morally irresponsible, but boring.

Lt. Abel Ibarra (Gerald Anderson) is the leader of an elite sniper squad, highly respected & easily befriended by his peers.

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Manila in the Claws of Light (1975, Lino Brocka)

‘We may be poor but we manage to eat.’ You know it’s a Filipino film when food is the first port of call upon greeting a guest to your home. 336 more words

"What Home Feels Like" is Close to the Heart of First Time Director Joseph Abello

An OFW story is not new to Philippine cinema, but there’ll always be something in it that the Filipino audience will come to see. Joseph Abello’s first film… 375 more words


Lino Brocka’s - MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT/INSIANG - released as dual format set.

Manila in the Claws of Light is a fascinating portrait of life in the Filipino capital’s teeming urban jungle, and tells the story of 21 year-old fisherman Julio, who has arrived in the city looking for his girlfriend. 219 more words

Bembol Roco

Maynila, sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Light, 1975)

A young man comes to the big city to track down his girlfriend, gets sucked in, spat out: the classic narrative. I can’t really speak to the subtext here: presumably there is some level of allegory about the Marcos regime at work (Mrs Cruz, abducting village girls into prostitution rings, looks a bit like Imelda). 148 more words

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Manila in the Claws of Light - Review


I have to admit something rather embarrassing on my end being Filipino by roots: I haven’t seen much Filipino cinema, and even more embarrassing is that I’ve only rushed out for Lav Diaz films. 934 more words

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Critically Acclaimed " Toto " Sid Lucero Indie Film at Philippine Cinemas

Critically acclaimed indie film ” Toto ” will make another run in 10 Philippine cinemas starting November 23, 2016 .

Celebrity Sid Lucero, Thou Reyes, Blake Boyd, Mara Lopez, Neil Ryan Sese, Bembol Roco, Bibeth Orteza, Liza Dino, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Jelson Bay, Che Ramos, Marnie Lapus, Raul Montesa, Carlo Cruz, David Christopher, Lorenz Martinez, and Sheila Valderrama. 343 more words