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A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red

“Birdshot” tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a Philippine forest reserve. Deep within the reservation, she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically-endangered and protected Philippine Eagle (haribon). As the local authorities begin a manhunt to track down the poacher, their investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery. It stars Mary Joy Apostol as Maya, Arnold Reyes as Domingo, John Arcilla as Mendoza, and Ku Aquino as Diego. Birdshot is the award-winning sophomore feature of Filipino director Mikhail Red which he co-wrote with Rae Red. The film is supported by the Doha Film Institute where they won a production grant. Furthermore, the coming-of-age thriller 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. Yes, you read that last part right! Birdshot is indeed the first Filipino …

Thoughts on GMA Network’s Victor Magtanggol

GMA Network’s newest fantasy TV series, Victor Magtanggol finally aired its pilot episode on Monday night, July 30. Prior to release, the “telefantasya” as we call it in the Philippines sparked some Internet backlash after a teaser was released and then a full trailer. I wanted to share my opinion and list the reasons why GMA Network’s telefantasya elicited such reaction; however, I decided not to because it wasn’t released yet. Despite that, a number of people already shared their frustrations online and started dissecting the given details. Esquire Philippines released the article “Alden Richards is Definitely Not Thor in His Next TV Series” where they said a lot and 8list.ph also pointed out “8 Reasons Why Victor Magtanggol Is Eliciting Epic Eyerolls.” Who can blame them? The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently dominating pop culture. Everyone witnessed how Marvel unfolded their “cinematic universe” from Iron Man (2008) up to the latest one – Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). And even if Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was shown months ago, everyone is still in shock …

Manang Biring: Expect the Unexpected

Manang Biring is a dark comedy-drama about a feisty, terminally ill old lady who has long accepted her imminent passing due to stage-4 breast cancer but then receives unexpected news from an estranged loved one announcing their return for Christmas. Manang Biring is directed and written by Carl Joseph Papa. The film is one of the entries at the 2015 Cinema One Originals Film Fest where they won three awards: Champion Bughaw Award, Best Music, and Best Film. I wasn’t able to catch the film at the said festival but I am glad that Hooq, a video on demand streaming service recently added this in their list. Why you ask? Well, this film wouldn’t be named Best Film for nothing, right? So I grabbed the chance to watch it! From the synopsis you can conclude that this is a story that would certainly touch your heart. I have to agree with you on that; however, that is not the only reason why this is the best entry. Manang Biring is a great film because of three …