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BLITZ REVIEW
Kun Maupay Man it Panahon: Parallels of misfortune
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Certainly Kun Maupay is not your regular film fest fare, but MMFF’s latest edition and first in actual theaters since the pandemic although in limited run is irregular as it can get, although a modestly sized...
On QC roof deck, sounds of a conservatory
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 15, 2021 - 12:00am
In this case, one involving a certain roof deck in Quezon City, any first line might have to do with sounds of a conservatory, the UP College of Music, where a walk past it during childhood would bare multiple diverse...
What I learned watching Filipino silent movies
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 5, 2021 - 12:00am
The Filipino complement tries to keep up with the masters if not put out a respectable showing, with mixed results. The best of the program comes in the latter part, and are coincidentally the shortest and have the...
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...
Heber under the bridge, circa 1978
by Juaniyo Y. Arcellana - November 19, 2021 - 12:00am
Do you ever regret becoming musicians? ‘Why should we?’ said Heber Bartolome. ‘Music, like any other art, is honest. We’re glad to give a bit of ourselves to the people. For their well-being....
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.
In praise of cinema verité
by Juaniyo Y. Arcellana - November 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Yet modesty aside, the disassembled Board would like to think that all the mhours we spent in a darkened theater were not for naught, and maybe even helped raise by a notch or two the quality of local movies Filipinos...
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...
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...
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...
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.
On leave from cinema evaluation
by Juaniyo Arcellana - March 11, 2020 - 12:00am
During a dinner at the Manila Polo Club in early March hosted by the board chair, there was talk that the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino may have their films graded by CEB, by which time in September incentives to...
Indecipherable peaks in Ciudad de Victoria
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Lines snaked around the Philippine Arena Wednesday to watch one of the iconic rock bands for the generation that came of age before the turn of the millennium play its first concert in the country in 40 years.
In God’s country
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Of course, by the time you read this, the Irish rock band U2 may be crossing the equator after doing the rounds down under, and into Asia for the next leg of their current Joshua Tree tour with a stop at Philippine...
The secret life of vinyl
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Last Thursday Oct. 4 saw the official launch of Offshore record label at El Calle in Resorts World Manila, with some numbers performed by a couple of its recent signups, the virtuoso guitarist Jun Lopito and intrepid...
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