Friday, 10 August 2018

Movie Review: Shorts B - Cinemalaya 2018 Film Festival

Couple Carlo and Anj seem to have it all, except for one thing - Carlo's erection. Apparently, it is no small thing as it turns one ordinary night into a night filled with emotional landmines that challenge their relationship and force themselves to ask the question - can love really conquer erectile dysfunction? 

Appreciated the unique storytelling in a subject matter that usually not seen on films.

My Verdict: 3/5

In a time before mobile phones, postmodern Erinyes come to Barangay Babylonia to kill a local dictator, a tricky job that causes several fatalities in the process. Strange things occur in this far-off land where roosters and bags of crisps can talk. Good always has lightning bolts on hand, and Evil only needs to intone a couple words to lull anyone within earshot. In order to find the dictator and complete their mission, two women ally themselves with the members of the local opposition.

Political satire as its best with its wazak aesthetic that is wildly entertaining and hilariously funny.

My Verdict: 4/5

The story revolves around Kiko, a blind gay man in his sixties, who makes a living as a laundress in a poor coastal community in Batangas City. He raises his eight-year old adopted son, Ton-Ton, and supports his lover Rex by doing his neighbors' laundry, delivering fresh clean clothes to his neighbors despite being visually impaired. As long as he can take care of both of Ton-ton and Rex, Kiko is happy. But things go awry when Rex figures in a drug mess, is hunted by a local syndicate, and runs away with all the money Kiko has - leaving him with nary a dime and void of dignity and pride. Realizing that there is more than just water in the well, a quick pause is all that Kiko needs to muster enough strength and face a new chapter in his life.

An entertaining drama of gay man in small town province.

My Verdict: 2.5/5


Brothers Yoyong, Darwin and Abet work as child gold miners in Mt. Diwalwal, Compostela Valley, Philippines. Amidst the threat of a riot between opposing group of miners, the three brothers bravely decide to continue working in the mines for them to go to school and save enough money for the government housing project. Will they be able to leave Diwalwal or will their dreams crumble down like the giant boulders their small hands chip every day?

 An eye opening decent summary of hazardous child labor in small-scale gold mining.

My Verdict: 3.5/5


A woman lays on a bed, barely breathing. In between life and death, her soul is surrounded by settings from her past. A familiar face comes to escort her to the afterlife.

 Loved the mood of this short film and the interpretation of the emotion of the film through dance.

My Verdict: 3.5/5


The Cast and Crew of Kiko

Jav Velasco: Filmmaker of You, Me and Mr. Wiggles

Kiko Matos of the short film You, Me and Mr. Wiggles

Rafael Froillan & Mika Fabella: Filmmakers of Yakap

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