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Do gay movies always end up tragic?
by Mario A. Hernando - November 10, 2016 - 12:00am
When traditional movies deal with serious, offbeat relationships especially same sex, one of the gay characters dies or is usually killed in the end, or they part, in any case sending the lovers to perdition for...
#14 Leandro Road: A macabre stage drama
by Mario A. Hernando - November 3, 2016 - 12:00am
The horror genre is not a very popular theater entertainment here or anywhere.
It’s raining men, hallelujah! Men?
by Mario A. Hernando - October 19, 2016 - 12:00am
It is a sign of the times that two of the active major movie outfits are releasing one after the other comedies that deal with the growing presence of the gay community.
Molière PMS offers Theater 101
by Mario A. Hernando - October 7, 2016 - 12:00am
How do you make Molière, a satirist-playwright who lived less than four centuries ago, fresh and exciting? In the current Molière PMS, George de Jesus III has worked on three of the French artist’s...
30 iconic Filipino films
by Mario A. Hernando - July 28, 2016 - 12:00am
There are iconic stars and there are iconic roles.
Review: Mabining Mandirigma, History as ‘steampunk’ entertainment
by Mario A. Hernando - July 26, 2015 - 10:00am
The first impression one gets upon seeing the title and poster of the musical play Mabining Mandirigma at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is that here is a show about a gay noble warrior (“mabini”...
Fighting the good fight
by Mario A. Hernando - March 17, 2015 - 12:00am
When martial law reigns, government deals with insurgency swiftly, ruthlessly.
Three great movies at Cinema One Originals 2013 Festival
by Mario A. Hernando - November 18, 2013 - 12:00am
When Cinema One Originals 2013 Festival opened the week-long indie event at Glorietta, Trinoma and Robinsons Galleria theaters with a screening of the restored copy of National Artist Eddie Romero’s epic 1976...
Musicals enliven current theater scene
by Mario A. Hernando - September 13, 2012 - 12:00am
Like the independent film scene, Philippine theater is infused with vigor and creativity, with a spate of productions both recent and current, and original and revivals, wooing local theater lovers.
The Top 26 Films (July 2011-July 2012)
by Mario A. Hernando - July 29, 2012 - 12:00am
Filipino film scholars and cineastes identify their favorite decade — or golden age — of Philippine cinema by the prodigious quantity and quality of films released in a given year.
Narrow margins mark Urian voting
by Mario A. Hernando - June 19, 2012 - 12:00am
Choosing the recipients of the 35th Gawad Urian, the local film award for excellence and creativity, was a tough one for the film critics group the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).
Partytime in Boracay: Cinema One's film show, Callalily gig please beachcombers
by Mario A. Hernando - April 23, 2012 - 12:00am
Walking barefoot on the sand for miles.
Of hunger for games, reality TV, Big Brother
by Mario A. Hernando - March 24, 2012 - 12:00am
George Orwell began it all with 1984, the classic novel about the dystopian future ruled by Big Brother and the police state.
Shakespeare in black & white
by Mario A. Hernando - February 5, 2012 - 12:00am
Local audiences have been getting a dose of the Bard Titus Andronicus at UP and William at PETA Theater Center last year, among other shows, and even from Hollywood, such as the recent Coriolanus directed by and...
A Wife, a HouseHusband & a Busybody
by Mario A. Hernando - December 28, 2011 - 12:00am
It has happened before in two earlier Metro Manila Film Festivals, and it may happen again in the current one; that is, a “mere light romantic-domestic comedy”would generate buzz, reap the major festival...
Stunning horror drama set in martial law years
by Mario A. Hernando - November 15, 2011 - 12:00am
By now, the dreary subject of martial law atrocities and the arrest of dissenters has begun to diminish in interest to many viewers as prison dramas, both local and foreign, serious and exploitative, have become...
Six characters in search of closure
by Mario A. Hernando - October 20, 2011 - 12:00am
An important, ground-breaking musical theatrical production has just ended its repeat run the past weekend (first staged last March) with the mounting by Atlantis Productions of the acclaimed Broadway rock musical...
Why Peter Pan is timeless entertainment
by Mario A. Hernando - October 16, 2011 - 12:00am
Local followers of Peter Pan remember fondly Disney’s 1953 full-length animated feature.
Eugene's showy, splashy rise & fall
by Mario A. Hernando - August 4, 2011 - 12:00am
The indie film is going mainstream.
25 Most Memorable Films
by Mario A. Hernando - July 27, 2011 - 12:00am
This is not a list of the best Filipino films ever made, though it could well be.
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