In an article in Esquire Philippines, Treb Montreras, the director of Respeto, is quoted, “If anything, I think we were able to prove that there’s a market for films na meron talagang sinasabi….And I think that’s a challenge for us, to change how Filipinos perceive the film industry. Walang masama sa magpatawa, magpaiyak, magpakilig, manakot. Pero ‘wag natin sayangin ‘yung isa o dalawang oras na puwedeng mapaisip o ma-inspire ‘yung manonood.”
Photo: Grabbed from the Official Black Panther Facebook page. The liberal politics of the film echoes the benign, less brutal aspect of American foreign policy. And part of its appeal is that it’s aware of the fact. That’s what a good liberal does.
Photo grabbed from Star Cinema website
Some films and TV shows are highly conducive to a philosophical reading. The Black Mirror, for instance. But it’s not something you’d expect from Filipino romantic comedies, which are more (in)famous — and at times derided — for their kilig factor, feel-good, light-hearted entertainment, and their false ideas about love and romance. Continue reading
Seven Sundays comes at a time when traditional family ties have been changed, disrupted, eroded, or weakened amidst recent changes in Philippine society.
The most important scene in Beauty and the Beast is not when our eponymous protagonists reunite, but when Beast decides to let Belle go. The scene offers valuable lessons on the intimate links between love, freedom, and equality. Continue reading