Demon Of Paradise (1987)

CIRIO H. SANTIAGO Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.  Philippines, 1987 .  Concorde-New Horizons, New Horizons Picture.  Screenplay by Frederick Bailey, C.J. Santiago.  Cinematography by Ricardo Remias.  Produced by Rodman Flender, Leonard Hermes, Matt Leipzig, Cirio H. Santiago.  Music by Ding Achacoso.  Production Design by Joe Mari Avellana.  Costume Design by Elvie Santos.  Film Editing…

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Need For Speed (2014)

SCOTT WAUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA/India/United Kingdom/France/Philippines, 2014.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Bandito Brothers.  Story by George Gatins, John Gatins, Screenplay by George Gatins.  Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut.  Produced by John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Sourian.  Music by Nathan Furst.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Paul Rubell, Scott Waugh.  After an illegal race…

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Evolution Of A Filipino Family (2004)

LAV DIAZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino Philippines, 2004.  Sine Olivia, Paul Tañedo Inc., Ebolusyon Productions.  Screenplay by Lav Diaz.  Cinematography by Richard C. De Guzman, Paul Tanedo.  Produced by Lav Diaz, Eric Tanedo, Paul Tanedo.  Production Design by Susie Alcantara, Poi Beltran, Blair Camilo, Maisa Demetillo, Joy Domingo, Patty Eustaquio, Cristina Honrado,…

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Ma’ Rosa (2016)

BRILLANTE MENDOZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Philippines, 2016.  Centerstage Productions.  Screenplay by Troy Espiritu.  Cinematography by Odyssey Flores.  Produced by Larry Castillo.  Music by Teresa Barrozo.  Film Editing by Diego Marx Dobles.   Brillante Mendoza takes on the tropes of Italian neorealism with this tale of a family trying to survive their depressed economic situation and the dubious authority governing their lives….

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The Masseur (2005)

BRILLANTE MENDOZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Masahista Philippines, 2005.  Gee Films International, Centerstage Productions.  Story by Brillante Mendoza, Boots Agbayani Pastor, Screenplay by Boots Agbayani Pastor, based on an original story by Ferdinand Lapuz.  Cinematography by Timmy Jimenez, Monchie Redoble.  Produced by Ihman Esturco.  Music by Jerrold Tarog.  Production Design by Benjamin Padero.  Film Editing by Herbert Navasca.   Brillante Mendoza…

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Captive (2012)

BRILLANTE MENDOZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Philippines/Germany/United Kingdom, 2012.  Swift Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Centerstage Productions, B.A. Produktion, Studio Eight Productions, Films Distribution, Appaloosa Films, Unilimited, Canal+, Arte France.  Screenplay by Brillante Mendoza, Patrick Bancarel, Boots Agbayani Pastor, Arlyn dela Cruz.  Cinematography by Odyssey Flores.  Produced by Brillante Mendoza.  Music by Teresa Barrozo.  Production Design by Simon Legre, Benjamin Padero.  Costume Design by…

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Doubt (2003)

CRISALDO PABLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0 Original title:  Duda Philippines, 2003.  Grupong Sinehan, UP Cineastes’ Studio.  Screenplay by Crisaldo Pablo.   The lives and loves of a group of young gay men in Manila are examined in this painfully amateur, overlong drama. Bad acting, bad lighting, bad writing from beginning to end make for an unbearable experience that…

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Sapi (2013)

BRILLANTE MENDOZA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.  Philippines, 2013.  Centerstage Productions, Solar Entertainment.  Screenplay by Henry Burgos.  Cinematography by Jeffrey Dela Cruz, Brillante Mendoza.  Produced by Larry Castillo.  Music by Gian Gianan.  Production Design by Brillante Mendoza.  Film Editing by Kats Serraon.   Tell me that the filmmakers walked around with a camera randomly shooting events and I would believe it.  I think the…

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Burlesk King (1999)

MEL CHIONGLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Philippines, 1999.  Seiko Films.  Story and Screenplay by Ricardo Lee.  Cinematography by George Tutanes.  Produced by Robbie Tan.  Music by Nonong Buencamino.  Production Design by Edgar Martin Littaua.  Film Editing by Jess Navarro.   Despite being a movie in which both a boy and his girlfriend sell their bodies for money and so does his…

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Midnight Dancers (1994)

MEL CHIONGLO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Sibak Philippines, 1994.  Tangent Films International.   Story and Screenplay by Ricardo Lee.  Cinematography by George Tutanes.  Produced by Ed Instrella.  Music by Nonong Buencamino.  Production Design by Edgar Martin Littaua.  Costume Design by Virgilio Tubino.  Film Editing by Jess Navarro.   Young teenage boys in Manila work in a gay club as exotic dancers and…

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