Francis Joseph A. Cruz
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­‘Respeto’ — in this age where there isn’t any
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - August 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
‘Respeto’ rightfully won Best Picture at the Cinemalaya for its brave and artful display of the cycles of abuse our society is going through.
A cinematic feast
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - August 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
It’s but a sign of the times.
Thank you for the zombies: A tribute to George A. Romero
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - July 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
In one of their very many sleepless nights, two call center agents, both of them friends exploring the possibility of a romantic relationship, are killing time by talking about random things over instant ramen....
EDITORIAL MMFF: Festival of greatness, or festival of greed?
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - July 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
The usual suspects are back in this year’s festival.
Gil Portes: Loving cinema until the end
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - May 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
Writing about films is never easy.
EDITORIAL: ‘Make war, not love’
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - March 18, 2017 - 12:00am
While exploding heads in superhero movies is considered OK, queer films are being banned around the world. This is a crazy planet.
EDITORIAL: Pornography and democracy
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - January 21, 2017 - 12:22am
There is probably only one way to separate a man from a good slice of grilled beef — and that is sex. Or, as this week showed us, the threat of being deprived of seeing sex.
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - December 24, 2016 - 12:00am
Merry Christmas! After years of complaining about the quality of choices at the Metro Manila Film Festival, we finally have the cinematic showcase we think we deserve. Its survival, however, will depend on us. ...
REVIEW: A tale of two comedies
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - December 10, 2016 - 12:00am
Enteng Kabisote and The Super Parental Guardians were both eased out of the yearly Metro Manila Film Festival that they claimed as their home — except that the festival changed, preferring quality over pr...
EDITORIAL In the beginning, there was Lav
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - September 17, 2016 - 12:00am
The last few years have seen Lav Diaz go from obscurity to national treasure. While the man himself has never changed, his cinema has changed my life.
Of Lilia Cuntapay and other unsung heroes
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - August 27, 2016 - 12:00am
Lola Isang, my family’s loyal nanny and the person responsible for making me and my siblings feel like princes and princesses growing up, would always wear her hair with a cleanly tied bun at the top that would...
SUPREME REVIEW: Cinemalaya and its elusive coming-of-age
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - August 13, 2016 - 12:00am
In the grander scheme of things, Cinemalaya should have already graduated from simply offering alternatives to something else.
SUPREME REVIEW:‘Ma Rosa’ and cinema at the margins
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - July 16, 2016 - 12:00am
‘Ma Rosa’ simply can’t keep up because what it offers is blatantly against everything the mall spiritually exists for, which is the sheer illusion and fantasy of wealth.
A tribute to Eddie Romero
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - June 1, 2013 - 12:00am
He was the oldest in the crowd. Seated among an ambitious batch of wide-eyed graduates of a Mowelfund course was Eddie Romero, the venerated veteran filmmaker of such works as Aguila and Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo...
A tribute to the Kid
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - December 1, 2012 - 12:00am
He was The Kid. At age 21, he directed his first feature entitled Misyong Mapanganib starring Helen Gamboa and first-time star Tito Galla as a debonair spy fashioned after the internationally famous James Bond....
Free speech and cyber-libel
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - September 29, 2012 - 12:00am
Libel has gone a long way.
Of blind items and critics
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - September 15, 2012 - 12:00am
You eventually get used to it  the hate, the fear, the derision, the awkward pleas for niceness, kindness and understanding from producers, directors, and performers prior to watching.
From 'Dobol Trobol' to 'Father Jejemon' (2000-2012): Dolphy's last hurrahs
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - July 14, 2012 - 12:00am
In 2000, Dolphy played Walter Dempster Jr., more popularly known as Walterina Markova, as an old man in Gil Portes’ Markova: Comfort Gay. His sons, Jeffrey and Eric, played Markova in his younger years.
The Great O'Hara
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - June 30, 2012 - 12:00am
Supreme remembers Mario O'Hara (1946-2012), respected writer, inimitable director, and one of the most important figures in Philippine cinema.
Why Dolphy is our National Artist
by Francis Joseph A. Cruz - April 28, 2012 - 12:00am
In 1928, Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. was born in Tondo to a ship mechanic and a tailor.
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