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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, …

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 …