Friday, 12 August 2016

Movie Review: Shorts A - Cinemalaya 2016 Film Festival

Arman and Leo, two young boys and best friends living in the province, share a common past-time: writing down any dreams that they have and discussing them together for no reason at all.  On his way to their next meeting, however, Arman realizes that he is being followed by someone who might be haunting the dreams he refuses to reveal.

A simple short film that brings me back to my childhood memories.

My Verdict:  3.5/5

Pektus tells the story of a day in the lives of two men in the city -both proud, indifferent, and bound by the confines of their milieu and their choices in life- and their incidental yet preordained meeting in a one-way alley that would change their lives thereafter. Raising questions of how far people have control over what happens in their lives, the film seeks to explore circumstance versus choice, breaking points, and second chances.

I love the edit, pacing and message of the film

My Verdict:  4/5

Ang Maangas, ang Marikit at ang Makata (The Cool, the Fool, and the Lovely) is a one-act play for film about the characters meeting on an ordinary day.  Alfonso, a warrior from the Other Side goes to town in search of the Captain for a payment that is owed to him.  He arrived at the house seeing Liwliw, the Captain’s daughter practicing her dance.  Complications arise when Delfin, a passionate poet, serenades the young lady.

Intellegently done witty short film with deeper message that would like to unveil.

My Verdict:  4/5

Linda, in her 70s, is a Chinese citizen who has been living in the Philippines since the Japanese occupation of their homeland.  For a while, it was like she was building the perfect Chinese Family raising three children together with her Husband, Felipe, and a business tycoon who worked hard to increase their wealth to millions.  A mysterious phone call from the unknown shaken their home that leads to their bankruptcy.  Tragically, Felipe went in come for 7 years and left Linda devastated.  She tries to keep her family together until a revelation totally broke their home apart.

It's pleasant to watch the veteran actresses in this short film

My Verdict:  3/5

After years of separation and longing; Ramon visits Doroteo, his brother, hoping to make up for the lost time that they could have spent with each other.

A touching and heartwarming shorts about your loved ones.

My Verdict:  3/5


Bugtaw Team

Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata Team

Mansyong Papel Team

Nakauwi Na Team

Pektus Team

The Filmmakers of Shorts A

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