Category Archives: Film & Movie Reviews

DIRECTOR ANTOINETTE JADAONE: ONCE UPON A CAMPUS LIFE

Film Notes DIRECTOR ANTOINETTE JADAONE: ONCE UPON A CAMPUS LIFE By Pablo A. Tariman Direk Antoinette Jadaone’s latest romance film — Alone/Together – has a campus setting with the trailer showing the lead stars seated on a bench overlooking what … Continue reading

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THE DARING BARBS OF MARTIN DEL ROSARIO

Film Notes THE DARING BARBS OF MARTIN DEL ROSARIO By Pablo A. Tariman In the Lino Brocka film in the early 70s, gay love and sex was between a married businessman (Eddie Garcia) and his pickup boy-turned-driver (Mario O’Hara). In … Continue reading

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GRAND VISION AND UNEVEN EXECUTION

Film Notes: “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” GRAND VISION AND UNEVEN EXECUTION By Pablo A. Tariman Everything about Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is grand from the cinematography of Ping Ignacio to the production design of Roy Lachica. Every frame of the … Continue reading

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LOVE AND THE STOCKBROKER

Film Notes LOVE AND THE STOCKBROKER By Pablo A. Tariman Nothing prepares you for the spontaneous unpredictability of Irene Villamor’s Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story) starring Dingdong Dantes as Sid and Anne Curtis as Aya. The story is … Continue reading

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COCO MARTIN ON DIRECTING ‘ANG PANDAY’: I GAVE IT EVERYTHING I HAVE’

Film Notes COCO MARTIN ON DIRECTING ‘ANG PANDAY’: I GAVE IT EVERYTHING I HAVE’ By Pablo A. Tariman A cheering applause greeted the showing of the trailer of Coco Martin’s directorial debut, “Ang Panday” which is based on the Carlo … Continue reading

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THE COMING OF AGE OF KHALIL RAMOS

Film Notes THE COMING OF AGE OF KHALIL RAMOS By Pablo A. Tariman At 21, Khalil Ramos carries a certain sensibility so rare for aspiring young stars his age. He knows he has a lot more to learn and absorb, … Continue reading

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG POET IN THE SHADOW OF MT. ARAYAT

Film Notes PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG POET IN THE SHADOW OF MT. ARAYAT By Pablo A. Tariman On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon with a hint of rain, one was not ready to see pure love and young love narrated from … Continue reading

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GERALD ANDERSON ON THE MAKING OF ‘AWOL’

Film Notes GERALD ANDERSON ON THE MAKING OF ‘AWOL’ By Pablo A. Tariman In this noonday encounter, Gerald Anderson is in high spirits and full of high hopes for his latest film, “AWOL” which is an entry in the forthcoming … Continue reading

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THE INNER VOICE OF PRIME CRUZ

Film Notes THE INNER VOICE OF PRIME CRUZ by Pablo A. Tariman “Sleepless” is a highly revealing film from a young director with an inner voice all his own. The film unfolds quietly, the transitions have minimal use for music … Continue reading

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DIRECTOR MAE CRUZ-ALVIAR ON FINDING HER AUDIENCE AND DEALING WITH THE YOUNG AND POPULAR

Film Notes DIRECTOR MAE CRUZ-ALVIAR ON FINDING HER AUDIENCE AND DEALING WITH THE YOUNG AND POPULAR By Pablo A. Tariman Direk Mae Cruz-Alviar is fully aware that she is living in the world of make-believe and that she has to … Continue reading

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