Sister Stella L. (Mike De Leon, 1984)

Enlightenment is not a badge, but a wound. Mike De Leon tells of the transformation of a charity worker nun into a politically active front-line soldier. Mike De Leon is next to Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal in the line of master directors of the second golden age of Filipino cinema. Compared to his colleagues, …

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The Beard Factor

About Habilin’s hairy thrillsAside from some minor disparities, Carlo Alvarez’s and Val MacArthy Depro’s story is kind of like Michael Jackson's Thriller music video. There are three reasons why I recall the scenes in Thriller and the now declining genre of the music television in watching Habilin. One, is the shortness of it. It gives …

Sexless Pinoy Cinema

The decline of sex in the genre of indie and short-time Four years ago in my scriptwriting class, one classmate turned in a movie script for a pornographic movie. No, I don’t have a copy of it. But from what I remember the script was all ninety minutes of grunts and grinding that would otherwise …