Graceland

Graceland Director: Ron Morales Written: Ron Morales Country: The Philippines Year: 2012 Review by Agne Ser The director Ron Morales takes the social problems of the Philippines strips them down and shows them bare naked in his gritty, dark film … Continue reading

Service

Service (Serbis) Director: Brillante Mendoza Written: Armando Lao, Boots Agbayani Pastor Country: The Philippines Year: 2008 Review by Agne Ser Brilliante (Dante) Mendoza came into the film industry later in his life – at the age of 45, and started … Continue reading

The Top 5 Bolo Yeung Movies

The Top 5 Bolo Yeung Movies Review by Henry Croft Thanks to his scene-stealing performances in Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport, Bolo Yeung has become one of the most iconic cult move villains of all time, up there with the … Continue reading

Oro, plata, mata

Oro, plata, mata Director: Peque Gallaga Written: Jose Javier Reyes, Peque Gallaga Country: The Philippines Year: 1982 Review by Agne Ser Peque Gallaga – a talented Filipino director has a lot of films in his filmography. However, he is mostly … Continue reading

Himala

 Himala Director: Ishmael Bernal Written: Ricardo Lee Country: The Philippines Year: 1982 Review by Agne Ser A true classic from a master of Golden Age of Filipino cinema Ishmael Bernal stands the test of time and is just as relevant … Continue reading

Filipino film history: from Noli Me Tangere to Machete Maidens Unleashed

By Agne Ser Filipino film history is marked by continuous tension between local Filipino movies and imported Hollywood ones. Though Hollywood production had always been, and still is the biggest competitor to almost every local film market, for the Philippines … Continue reading

The Story of Qiu Ju

The Story of Qiu Ju (秋菊打官司) Director: Zhang Yimou Country: China Year: 1992 Review by Agne Ser After seeing such visually elegant films from the director Zhang Yimou like “Ju Dou” and “Raise the Red Lantern”, “The Story of Qiu … Continue reading

Three Times

Three Times (最好的時光) Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien Written: Chu Tien-wen, Hou Hsiao-hsien Country: Taiwan Year: 2005 Review by Agne Ser “A man meets a woman…” – countless stories written in fiction, filmed on celluloid and lived in life can have the … Continue reading

The Art Cinema of Takeshi Kitano and Park Chan-wook

By Mohamed Sultan In 1954, French filmmaker and film critic Francois Truffaut presented the possibility of giving film an artistic status by introducing the idea of film authorship, or auteurism. This shined the light at many filmmakers at that time … Continue reading