Here is the list of the entries, from worst (which is a misnomer since all were watchable) to best, which I watched in this year’s Cinemalaya.
9. Teoriya. A wayward son searching for his father’s final resting place. Inconcistencies abound. I wish they fixed the script before they commenced shooting the movie.
8. Cuchera. A movie about drug mules. Reminds me of the Oscar-nominated film Maria Full of Grace. The film is sometimes excruciating to watch.
7. Bahay-Bata. A glimpse on the state of reproductive health in the country. I could not take my eyes off the screen.
6. Ligo na U, Lapit na Me. A romantic-comedy crowd-pleaser about friends with benefits or as my generation coined it – fubu (fuck buddies). I enjoyed the movie, laughed-out-loud on some scenes, but I’m not a fan.
5. iLibings. Glaiza de Castro is a revelation as a funeral videography intern. I wish it ended on the eulogy scene. Mas may dating sana.
4. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank. Eugene Domingo was one of the main reasons (the other is Chris Martinez, who wrote the screenplay) why I included this in my must-watch list. She does not disappoint. And that last scene is a classic. I might watch this again on its commercial run starting August 3.
3. Amok. It’s amazing how the director was able to pull off making a movie set on the streets of Pasay Rotonda. There is a bunch of colorful characters who meet their fate before the credits roll.
3. Bisperas. This was a bit of a disappointment. I expected Jeffrey Jeturian to floor me with his latest movie after Kubrador but it was not to be. Julia Clarete shines.
2. Isda. Cherrie Pie Picache make us believe her unconditional love for his son – a fish. The middle part is pretty good but I wished it had ended differently.
1. Busong. A movie about the mysticism of Palawan. It is gorgeously shot too.