Juaniyo Arcellana
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Let’s hear it for silent
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Once in a while it might be necessary to go back to one’s roots, which in the case of cinema is the silent film, most recent instance of which is the International Silent Film Festival Manila, under the auspices...
Where goes Marvel in the multiverse Blitz review
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Word has it that a new Marvel movie is heading our way, The Eternals, representing a fine cross-section of superheroes never before seen on the big or little screen, with accent on inclusiveness.
Don’t shoot the piano player, visit the “Pharmasika”
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Alwin Reamillo’s “Pharmasika 633@Calle Heneral Luna” until Oct. 31.
The jukebox of lost memory
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 24, 2021 - 12:00am
First time I met the late guitarist Noli Aurillo, who died of COVID this month, age 62, was sometime in the early 2000s, in ‘70s Bistro along Anonas Extension in Quezon City, while doing an interview for a...
Ha who? Who Ha!
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Lav Diaz’s latest film Ang Historiya ni Ha premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 12, before which the director sent a link to Vimeo for an advance screener. He was currently in the boondocks location...
Floods of childhood
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Who knows when I first heard Wally Gonzalez’s guitar whose blues were like no other, must have been in high school when playing a guitar was sort of a status symbol during the martial law years, a peace w...
Shorts from the Central Plains
by Juaniyo Arcellana - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
The online Cinecabalen Festival that streamed online last month courtesy of the Film Development Council came and went like a wayward summer wind, but not without its small revelations of short films that ran the...
A word on Cleaners (and other sleepers)
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Smoke hasn’t yet cleared from Cleaners being the big winner in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 4 , when along comes this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, thankfully also online so there isn’t...
2020: The year everything changed
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 1, 2021 - 12:00am
The year that was supposed to herald perfect vision turned out to be one of the worst in a century as the entire world was gripped by a pandemic for the first time since 1918.
PPP4 reverts cinema backto the personal
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 17, 2020 - 12:00am
The fourth edition of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino went virtual this year as with most other events set back by the pandemic, and offered a veritable feast of films online over three weeks from Nov. 20 to Dec....
So long to Filmbox Arthouse
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Netflix may be all the rage, especially when all the movie houses and multiplexes are closed in the time of pandemic, but sometimes you just have to rely on a good old special cable channel for your regular fix when...
One fine morning at Cinemalaya
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 24, 2020 - 12:00am
A good fine morning to Manila, and we’re here to look at a few takeaways from the recent Cinemalaya 16 independent film festival held this August, no longer at the CCP by the bay, but mostly online via Vi...
Cinemalaya16, series of dreams
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The spotlight on shorts this year is like an inadvertent return to roots, the festival having shared a CCP home with the Gawad Alternatibo ng Pelikula at Video, which in turn took off from the Experimental Cinema...
In lieu of an effigy, burn this
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Burn this instead, and let the flames and smoke say a prayer of thanks to the departed.
Letter to out-of-school youth of blended learning
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Before K to 12, there was blended learning. Now that school as we know it, traditional face-to-face is indefinitely out until someone comes up with a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, there may be no other way to...
Independence streaming: Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 19, 2020 - 12:00am
One of these days, edited versions of Lav Diaz’s slow cinema epics will be shown in multiplex movie theaters, thereby reducing the chances of catching COVID-19 by at least 50 percent.
The mysterious gadget
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 1, 2020 - 12:00am
With a size no bigger than the palm of one’s hand, it was a combination flashlight, compass, magnet, and conversion table.
Waiting for teleradyo
by Juaniyo Arcellana - May 13, 2020 - 12:00am
My bad, sorry: for a confused while there, thought dzMM teleradyo would be broadcasting late into the night of May 5, shortly after its parent company ABS-CBN signed off most likely temporarily until the franchise...
Lost frames: Found art at a standstill
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Stumbled upon lost frames on social media, random screenings of independent shorts by local filmmakers, including Roxlee’s Juan Gulay (Johnny Veggie) from the early 2000s, about an itinerant farmer in the backwoods...
Letter from Sonny San Juan
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The writer and critic Epifanio San Juan Jr. must be in his 80s by now, and from out of the blue comes a letter from him originally addressed to the paper’s online edition in BGC and subsequently relayed to...
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