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,… Continue reading Sister Stella L. (Mike De Leon, 1984)

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… Continue reading The Beard Factor

Kung Mangarap ka’t magising revisited

Thirty five years after the movie was made Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (Moments in a Stolen Dream). 1977. Philippines. Directed by Mike De Leon. Screenplay by De Leon, Rey Santayana. With Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel, Laurice Guillen. DCP. Courtesy ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula. In Filipino; English subtitles. 112 min. Photo: MOMA/Cesar Hernando Revisiting Mike De… Continue reading Kung Mangarap ka’t magising revisited