K’na, The Dreamweaver (2014)

K'na the Dreamweaver

K’na the Dreamweaver is like a glossy, expensive travel magazine full of outstanding images and scenes that are truly impressive. The contrasting colors of their woven clothes, the rich color of nature and its earthly hues and tones were very commendable. Long live the cinematographers and the colorists for doing an excellent job!

The story line was simple. It tells the story of Kana (Mara Lopez), a T’boli woman, confronted with two difficult conflicting choices: choose love or choose peace. To save her clan from the bloody tribal war, she chose peace and marry the son of the enemy’s tribe leader (Alex Medina) and gave up her one true love (RK Bagatsing).

The film, in its entirety is good. My only concern about was the delivery of some of the characters of the native language. Having been written entirely in T’boli language, most of the casts have consistently portrayed the emotion embedded on the spoken language, while some, seemed to fail to attribute the correct emotion that goes with their lines.

Other than that, it’s all good. 🙂 I love the ending. Classic tragedy. It’s worth watching.

Festival: Cinemalaya 2014

Rating: 3/5

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Asintado (2014)

asintado

The slingshot arrows of “Asintado” (Between the Eyes) that were aimed right at its audience may have landed on familiar solid ground but didn’t feel like it hit the very core of the audiences’ sensitivities.

For starters, there’s the casting. While Julia (Aiko Melendrez) have delivered an excellent performance as a mother of two adolescent boys, Tonio (Jake Vargas) who may have shown a different kind of acting, far different from what we’ve seen from him from his previous movies and tv soaps, didn’t feel natural at all. He appeared to have been out-shined by one of the films supporting cast, Etok (Miggs Cuaderno).

Next is the characters’ accent, which didn’t seem to help them in establishing their strong characters, it seemed to confuse the audience on the real setting of the film. The film also appeared to be very predictable. When Etok shot the pig with a slingshot, it foreshadowed the villain’s fate.

Yet despite of all these failed attempts to hit the target, the film was able to strike coherent storylines and sharp cinematic images that will be stamped in the history Cinemalaya more specifically the depiction of “Pagsa-San Juan”. It was flawless and it was panoramic. The single tight shot on Julia as she delivers her prayers  towards the end of the film was excellently executed, some may say it can cleanse all the minor faults of Asintado.

Festival: Cinemalaya 2014

Rating: 3/5

1st Ko si 3rd (2014)

1st Ko si 3rd

A sweet tale of a 65-year old woman, reunited with her first love, 50 years after they were separated.

It’s a feel-good movie filled with generous serving of funny, easily relatable scenes, that demand its audiences some honest laughs throughout the film.

The chemistry of the main characters, Cory (Nova Villa) and Third (Freddie Webb) was a spot on. It clicked right away and it was loved by everyone. Seeing Cory discover Facebook for the first time was one of the most entertaining parts of the film. Her reminising moments while reading Third’s love letters, their first encounter, their supposed first date at the prom night, the comedic sequences at the local parlor and at the park in contrast with its dramatic sequences at their Mercedez Benz; this film may have been the best romantic-comedy film Cinemalaya has produced in 10 years.

Film Festival: Cinemalaya 2014

Rating: 4/5

Documented (2014)

Documented A moving narrative about a man and his search for his true identity and the epic quest that challenges the American society to answer the most basic question: Define American. Brave and provocative.

Film Festival: Cinemalaya 2014

Rating: 5/5