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...
Chameleon guitarist resurfaces
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Once every several years someone calls on the phone about a new gig or CD or concert, and it can’t be other than the jazz guitarist Johnny Alegre, whose musical acquaintance dates back more than 40 years to...
There are no maps to Biringan, a minority report
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Khavn’s not-a-film Balangiga: Howling Wilderness triggered a firestorm on social media, mainly caused by the failing grade given by the Cinema Evaluation Board to the Urian and Famas winner.
Making young men into old men into young men again
by Juaniyo Arcellana - March 22, 2015 - 12:00am
The old Cubao came out in droves that night, and even the Cinema 21 signage now all dusty and forlorn seemed to glow in the dark, but this wasn’t mere nostalgia that Crosby, Stills and Nash played for almost...
Of heroes & anti-heroes
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 8, 2014 - 12:00am
In Joel Lamangan’s Cinemalaya Directors Showcase entry Hustisya, easily his most restrained film after a long running series of fist-waving dialectics, Nora Aunor plays the moneybags Biring and turns in a performance...
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