Tag: philippines

Notes on Streaming: Filipino Revenge Thriller MARIA Gets Bloody, Nasty

Cristine Reyes stars in a dark, often-kinetic action flick.

Review: Philippine Horror EERIE is Paved with Good Intentions

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I am reminded of these lines when thinking of a throughline for the Mikhail Red-directed horror film Eerie. Storywise, the film delivers commentary on how our institutions and internalized preconceptions can...

DEAD KIDS: Exclusive First Teaser for Mikhail Red's Teen Kidnap Thriller

There’s no stopping Mikhail Red right now. Just days after we shared the first images for the Filipino filmmaker’s upcoming zombie shocker Block Z, we now get an exclusive first look at the teaser trailer for his teen abduction thriller,...

Review: SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES, Filipino True Crime Drama Pushes Boundaries

Impeccable form and deep-seated social commentary make up for the plot trappings of Raya Martin's adaptation of the Philippines' "first crime novel."

Watch The Haunting Trailer For Yam Laranas' AURORA

It would appear that Anne Curtis is having herself a year. Still fresh from her leading role in Erik Matti's high octane action picture Buybust, the Filipino star will next appear on the big screen in Yam Laranas' ghost story...

VIOLATOR Director Dodo Dayao Launches Production On As-Yet-Untitled Sophomore Feature

Filipino writer-director Dodo Dayao arrived in the public consciousness back in 2014 when his debut feature, Violator, won that year's Cinema One Originals festival Best Film before moving on to selections in Karlovy Vary, Mumbai and other high profile festivals...

Bradley Liew's Demon-Bed Horror MOTEL ACACIA Announces International Cast

Yep, you read that headline correctly. Acclaimed Malaysian-born, Philippines-based director Bradley Liew (Singing In Graveyards) is gearing up his sophomore feature, Motel Acacia, and it involves a bed with a taste for blood. cue an assortment of bad night sleep...

Busan 2018 Review: ALPHA, THE RIGHT TO KILL Declaws Duterte's War on Drugs

Arriving hot on the heels of Eric Matti’s similarly plotted but decidedly more entertaining BuyBust, Brillante Mendoza’s Alpha, the Right to Kill is a down and dirty frontline take on Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. Seen from...

Review: EXES BAGGAGE, A Man and a Woman Walk into a Bar...

Warning: Full spoilers follow. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. A man and a woman walk into a bar. They loved each other once. Each had baggage they couldn’t get over. Like a cigarette half-smoked and a song...

Far East Film Festival 20 to Open with STEEL RAIN, CROSSROADS: ONE TWO JAGA

The Far East Film Festival launches its 20th edition on 20 April with Netflix’s South Korean spy thriller Steel Rain, playing for the very first time on the big screen. The world premiere of Namron’s Malaysian drama Crossroads: One Two...

SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES: Watch The Gripping Trailer For Busan Selected Thriller

A Jesuit priest may not seem like the most obvious leader of a criminal investigation but that is exactly where Raya Martin turns with his Filipino thriller Smaller And Smaller Circles. About to have its world premiere in Busan, Screen...

NEOMANILA: Check Out The First Teaser For Mikhail Red's Explosive New Thriller

Hot on the heels of an award-winning festival run for his last film Birdshot, Filipino director Mikhail Red is already hard at work on his third feature, Neomanila. Set in the deadly world of the drug war raging through contemporary...

NANG: The Best Film Magazine You're Not Reading

The printed word is dead. That’s what we have been told. It’s too expensive, cumbersome and environmentally unfriendly, especially when we have the internet, with its limitless word counts and instantaneous editing functions. Film criticism is dead too. Nobody wants...

SECLUSION Trailer: No Escaping Evil In Erik Matti's Satanic Thriller

Although known for his flashier action-thrillers such as On The Job and The Aswang Chronicles, Filipino director Erik Matti is no stranger to the insufferably atmospheric. In his deft hands, Nine-Day Novena (Pa-Siyam) proved to be an unflinching ghost story about a...

Sports, Romance And Corruption In Filipino Drama TISAY

Filipino director Borgy Torre made the move from commercial and music video work in fine style a few years back with his award winning thriller Kabisera (The Patriarch) which starred Joel Torre as a man plunged deeper and deeper into...

Prime Cruz Transforms Filipino Legend In ANG MANANANGGAL SA UNIT 23B

There's something haunting in the visuals for Prime Cruz's upcoming Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B, an attention to art direction and lighting that makes it clear Wong Kar Wai's cinema of repressed desire is a major influence here. There is,...

Tokyo 2016: Teaser Trailer for Jun Lana's DIE BEAUTIFUL Is Electric Fun

Jun Lana's new dramedy Die Beautiful has dropped a new teaser-trailer just in time for its world premiere at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival. There's enough spectacle here to make up for 2013's harrowing Barber's Tales and color to make up for...

Pedring Lopez's Award-Winning Action Horror, NILALANG (THE ENTITY), Haunts With A New International Trailer

Film festivalgoers still have an opportunity in the coming months to attend screenings of writer and director Pedring Lopez's new action horror, Nilalang (The Entity). The film hit an unfortunate snag late last year upon its release following its ceremonial...

Watch the trailer for Lav Diaz's four-hour oeuvre 'The Woman Who Left'

A shift in the cinema of Filipino auteur Lav Diaz is manifest. This is, depending on who's talking, seems to have brought on by his 2013 Crime and Punishment-inspired epic Norte: The End Of History, which strikes a different chord from...

Five Flavours 2015 Review: CROCODILE Drifts Through Arresting Yet Ponderous Poverty

Fable and reality mingle in Francis Xavier Pasion's Crocodile, a film riddled with beautiful imagery and terrible poverty. Based on real events and bookended by documentary footage of the story's real protagonists, the unique, swampy landscape of the Agusan Marsh...