Anticipated In 2014: The Films We Most Want To See

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With 2014 now fully upon us the ScreenAnarchy team gathers to take a look at the films we most want to take a look at in the coming year. Is this some sort of scientific poll? Heck no, more just a group of geeky friends tossing tiles around and there are some obvious quirks and omissions in the result - after a series of email with many of the contributors jokingly asking if everyone was naming The Raid 2 nobody actually did with everyone assuming someone else would, for one - but we hope it'll serve as a useful conversation starter.

Check out the selections below, listed in alphabetical order. And please note that to keep things on a manageable scale (or, at least, no more unruly than the beast currently is) I've had to institute a rule that if we've already reviewed it it won't be included here. Which, sadly, eliminated Snowpiercer (which was named by multiple contributors), R100, Under The Skin etc.

Todd Brown, Oggs Cruz, Patryk Czekaj, Joshua Chaplinsky, Kurt Halfyard, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Peter Martin, Ard Vijn, Jason Gorber, Christopher Bourne, Andrew Mack and Patrick Holzapfel contributed to this story.

Above The Clouds by Pepe Diokno
Anticipated by Oggs Cruz

In 2009, Pepe Diokno, only in his early twenties, won two awards from the Venice International Film Festival for Engkwentro (Clash), a film that tackles the proliferation of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines from the perspective of siblings on the verge of redemption. From then on, Diokno became the figurehead for independent filmmaking in the country. Above the Clouds, which Diokno has been working on for years, has finally finished production in 2013 and will hopefully be released within 2014. Starring Pepe Smith, a Filipino rock and roll icon, as a grandfather living in the mountains who attempts to befriend his grandson from the city who was orphaned by a recent typhoon, the film promises to showcase Diokno's capability to tell very human stories within localized circumstances.

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  • Lightning

    Black Butler??????

  • robertee

    Is Oggs Cruz on drugs? Is he taking the same shit Pierre Hombrebueno is on? When on earth did Pepe Diokno become THE FIGUREHEAD for Philippine independent film? Is he even on that map? One film, one win -- that's it. The only reason his second film Above The Clouds (very creative title that) is even worth anticipating is to prove someone just got lucky the first time around. Richard Bolisay and Dodo Dayao give better assessment of talent.

  • Oggs Cruz

    Dear Robertee, I suggest you read the definition of "figurehead." Pepe Diokno is a figurehead because from his win in Venice up to the present, he has been very vocal about his thoughts on Philippine independent cinema in all forms of media. For your ease, here's a link to Also, anticipation does not mean I already think it's good. That's left to be seen with the actual release of the film outside all the expectations being built around it. So yes, I am with you that part of the anticipation is bone from whether or not he got lucky the first tie around, although I am sincerely hoping that he proves all his critics wrong. I am probably also with you on your opinion that Richard Bolisay and Dodo Dayao are better assessors of talent. They're good friends and I don't write to compete.

  • Vanja

    Am i missing an important movement in the Philippines? What movement is Diokno leading? Impossible if the art house group of lav diaz, brillante mendoza, khavn, raya martin, et all no?

  • Tres Kiss

    senora oggs, one doesn't become a figurehead just by winning an award and being "vocal in all forms of media". really, he sings and dances about phil independent cinema? or maybe you're referring to this definition of figurehead: a carved figure on the prow of a ship. pls carve me one too. maybe twitch should hire the better assessing friends then.

  • Oswald de Moor

    Aux Yeux des Vivants anyone? A new flick from the makers of Inside is always something to look forward to.

  • Bos

    I checked now the plot for Aux Yeux des Vivants: "...Three kids...", man, I hate kids in horror movies. Just can't watch them

  • Bos

    Did you see "Livide" in 2011? Same director, pretty decent flick (not as good as Inside but nice).

  • Oswald de Moor

    I did, I'm a big fan of this directing duo :)

  • J Hurtado

    I totally should have thrown down on some Indian titles. Dammit.

  • Ben Umstead

    Makes me regret not participating, but also reminds me I needed a reminder of what was coming in 2014 as I am still trying to catch up with 2013.

  • So many here I would have added to my own list, especially The Lobster by Lanthimos.

  • That is hilarious that we all skipped it...OK, well, um, I'm also looking forward to RAID 2. Hell, I'm going to Sundance, in part just to see it.

    Gareth, it better not suck.

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