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Thoughts on A Second (2012), Short Film by Aaron Palabyab and Pong Ignacio

This is a classic case of me falling in love with a film even though it only ran for 5 minutes. Yes, as mentioned in my previous film review, short length film have the power to convey their message faster and stronger. In Aaron Palabyab and Pong Ignacio’s film “A Second” (2012), it gave me more than that. But first, let’s talk about the film.

Thoughts on Mikhail Red’s Dead Kids

Ever since I saw the coming-of-age thriller “Birdshot” by Mikhail Red, I’ve been conscious of his works. There are three, in particular, I’m very excited to see – Dead Kids (2019), Block Z (2020), Magic Temple (TBA). On December 1st last year, Netflix finally premiered Dead Kids. What are my thoughts? Based on the details Netflix post on their site, I can say that this movie is indeed dark and suspenseful!

Thoughts on Mikhail Red’s Eerie (2019)

Are you familiar with Mikhail Red’s works? He is the director of the award-winning film Birdshot (2016) which he co-wrote with Rae Red. The coming-of-age thriller is his sophomore feature and won awards such as the CJ Entertainment Award at the Asian Project Market Awards during the 20th Busan International Film Festival as well as the Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. It’s also worth mentioning that Birdshot is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix.

Filipino Films You Can Stream on NETFLIX Right Now

Yes, you read that right. Once upon a time, there were only two Filipino films on NETFLIX – “Birdshot” and “Metro Manila”. If you’ve read my “Birdshot” review by filmmaker Mikhail Red, you know that this is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix. Birdshot (2016) Diego, a rural caretaker, shows his 14-year-old daughter Maya how to shoot a gun to learn self-sufficiency. She ends up killing an endangered Philippine eagle, bringing unforeseen and frightening consequences into their quiet life. Initial release: October 2016 (Japan) Director: Mikhail Red My thoughts: A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red Metro Manila (2013) Oscar flees from a life of poverty and moves with his family to Manila. They fall victim to the hardened locals until Oscar finds work with an armoured car company. Release date: 9 October 2013 (Philippines) Director: Sean Ellis I honestly think (and probably you do, too) that there are numerous Filipino films that deserve to be seen worldwide. If NETFLIX is one of the gateways, then why not? If you have an …

Erik Matti Continues to Push Cinematic Boundaries

You’ve probably read various reviews of director Erik Matti’s first full-on action thriller, BuyBust. Let me tell you now that I truly enjoyed his latest film. Not only did it bravely tackle the controversial national issue of the war on drugs, but it also gave us a well-crafted in between story that’s more than just a buy-bust gone wrong. Now that may or may not be the real story but it does give the audience a view of the present state of humanity and moral decay. Come on! We all know the world isn’t perfect and we’re at fault… but I digress. In this post, I want to focus on how Erik Matti pushes the boundaries of local cinema. If you check my reviews, there are only a few about mainstream Filipino films and more on independent films and foreign box office hits. Don’t get me wrong. I love Filipino films and all the genres but I won’t pay to watch a film in cinemas if it’s something that can be enjoyed at home. And, …