Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Verdict For Sinag Maynila Film Festival 2017

Spanning five decades and filmed in three continents, this energetic docudrama showcases the rich, vivid history of an understated fixture of Pinoy culture. Beyond the Block chronicles the evolution of Filipino street dance, from its humble 1970s TV roots to the struggles of today’s international competition aspirants.

A well made documentary film about the history and current state of Philippine street dancing.

My Verdict: 4/5

A man suddenly faces an assortment of personal struggles – ironically, in the midst of a family milestone. In this hard-hitting drama, he will fight to protect his livelihood, maintain his honor as a family man, and, eventually, save his own life. Ultimately, Kristo poses the question: In the game of life, who wins and who loses?

My Verdict: 3/5

Discriminated by employers for being a gay misfit, odd Kaye struggles to make ends meet selling her bewildering home-grown beauty soap when her half-transexual best friend Bonn appears with her son for help. To raise their child, Kaye and Bonn must overcome a society where basic rights and a fair chance is out of reach.

My Verdict: 3/5

“Tu Pug Imatuy” is the indigenous Manobo term for “The Right to Kill”.

The movie is inspired by actual events in Mindanao where indigenous peoples have been subjected to abuse and attacks in the course of the government forces counter-insurgency campaign.

My Verdict: 4/5

Two small-time felons with disparate personas cross paths: One’s a principled tough gay; the other is a scheming, street-smart teenager. Together, they get caught up in a string of petty exploits while managing to forge a stronger bond. Can they survive the ordeal?

My Verdict : 3.5/5

 Best Picture: Tu Pug Imatuy

Best Performance: Martin Escudero - Ladyfish

Best Screenplay: Bhoy Intsik

Short Films

This visually-arresting short film highlights the silence of Manila’s otherwise chaotic red light district. 

My Verdict: 3.5/5

A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because of an unprecedented past. 

My Verdict: 3/5

A man finds his place in the universe through very unlikely conduits. 

My Verdict: 3/5

 Two brothers deal with sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas- Filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that`s why they took to the sky for answer. Could it be aliens? 

My Verdict: 4/5

  In the streets of Manila, the homeless stuggle to live. Some fool other; don’t want to be fooled and some imitate some in order to survive. 

My Verdict: 3.5/5

Martin Escudero & Brenda Mage For Ladyfish

The Cast of Tu Pug Imatuy

The Cast of Bhoy Intsik

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