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Cinemalaya 2018 (Aug. 3-12, 2018)

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Full-length Feature Film Category of Cinemalaya 2018!

1) DISTANCE by Perci Intalan


3) KUYA WES by James Mayo

4) LIWAY by Kip Oebanda

5) MAMANG by Denise O'Hara

6) ML by Benedict Mique


8) PAN DE SALAWAL by Che Espiritu

9) SCHOOL SERVICE by Louie Ignacio

10) THE LOOKOUT by Afi Africa


  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭
    The Lookout

    The Lookout provokes giggles and laughter for all the wrong reasons. There is no problem with that, except that this seems to be a film meant to be taken seriously, yet ends up being campy most of the time. The lines are cringe worthy and occasionally repetitive. The plot is all over the place. And then there are WTF scenes that do not make sense. Let’s elaborate on that...

  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭

    How cruel of you, Denise O’Hara, to have us laughing for more than an hour straight only to drop that kidney punch of a revelation in the end. Damn, that was a solid blow. It made me want to cry, and some people in the theater actually did. The twist is hinted rather subtly early on, but dismissed right away to be used as a plot device later. Mission accomplished. It added a lot of emotional depth to the story. Combined with several realizations and the emotional investment you have built on the characters, the intended effect is one of the reasons why we love film as a medium. Because when done right, it makes you feel things. Feelings, that’s the magic of cinema...

  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭
    Kuya Wes

    In any case, this is still one of the people-pleasers of the festival. Laughter abounds from the audience in intervals of five minutes or so. People have been used to Alcasid’s Bubble Gang brand of comedy, a bit slapstick and highly dependent on gimmicks such as playing a character in drag. In Kuya Wes, he digs deep into his comedic repertoire to employ a more deadpan approach that he has already done before but not necessarily famous for. The result is a breath of fresh air for fans and non-fans alike, an honest attack on innocence, a realization that the comedian has what it takes to be a legit actor after all...
    Read More: http://www.ihcahieh.com/2018/08/kuya-wes.html
  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭

    The film’s greatest asset is the pervasive silence that follows each subplot. You can cut the tension with a knife and this keeps you on the edge of your seat because you just don’t know when they are all going to explode. Not everyone is capable of keeping all those pent-up emotions inside. Eventually, a boiling point will be reached. but Distance lingers for a while before it offers its climax. The overall vibe is akin to a gathering storm. Knowing that the potential for devastation is high, you sit back and watch anyway...
    Read More: http://www.ihcahieh.com/2018/08/distance.html
  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭
    Musmos Na Sumibol sa Gubat Ng Digma

    There are also many scenes in which you can hear chanting, basically a prayer of sorts that tells a story. It appears to be a collection of verses from the Koran. It is juxtaposed with the plot unfolding in the main story and through the subtitles you get to realize that there is some sort of parallelism between the two. It feels as though a layer of prophetic mystery is added to the material because of this, like you are listening to a parable being narrated and visually coming to life at the same time...
    Read More: http://www.ihcahieh.com/2018/08/musmos-na-sumibol-sa-gubat-ng-digma_9.html
  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭

    Everyone in the theater went ballistic. It just hits you, that feeling that you need to partake in the celebration. We all know that this narrative is true-to-life, but perhaps not a lot of people expected it to be this personal. When it dawns on you, what this child went through, and then you realize that he is here alive and kicking, the feeling is inexplicable, like a contagious energy that simply inspires. He literally lived to tell the tale, and did so in such a way that not only his mother, but many of us, will be proud of...
    Read More: http://www.ihcahieh.com/2018/08/liway.html
  • ihcahiehihcahieh Polyglot ▪ Skater ▪ Alien ✭✭✭
    Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon

    Aww, old people. Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon often revels in silence, conveying its message through the power of unadulterated subtlety. Forgiveness is the central theme of the narrative, with the theme of moving on being ever so prevalent as the characters deal with their own set of intertwining dilemmas in life. It’s touching when you think about the premise, yet the setup also yields a lot of funny interactions and petty banter that can be so juvenile despite the age of the people involved...
    Read More: http://www.ihcahieh.com/2018/08/kung-paano-hinihintay-ang-dapithapon.html

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