Author Archives: tablestretcher

Triptiko (Miguel Franco Michelena, 2017)

Miguel Franco Michelena proposes, in Swerte, that the division between good and bad is a mere hairsbreadth, flippable in a matter of nanosecond. Jake is from a sexual conquest, witnesses a crime and so is pursued by the murderer, and

Triptiko (Miguel Franco Michelena, 2017)

Miguel Franco Michelena proposes, in Swerte, that the division between good and bad is a mere hairsbreadth, flippable in a matter of nanosecond. Jake is from a sexual conquest, witnesses a crime and so is pursued by the murderer, and

Ari: My Life with a King (Carlo Catu, 2015)

The bulk of Carlo Enciso Catu’s full-length debut, Ari: My Life with a King  – and may be its weighty and telling part – is the first act where he introduces his ambitions, among which is to elevate the language, and

Ari: My Life with a King (Carlo Catu, 2015)

The bulk of Carlo Enciso Catu’s full-length debut, Ari: My Life with a King  – and may be its weighty and telling part – is the first act where he introduces his ambitions, among which is to elevate the language, and

Favorite Films for 2015

A Second Chance by Cathy Garcia-Molina (Write-up to folllow)   Tandem by King Palisoc As soon as the helmets of two men riding a motorcycle are settled over their shoulders, the action begins in King Palisoc’s Tandem. The bike cruises

Favorite Films for 2015

A Second Chance by Cathy Garcia-Molina (Write-up to folllow)   Tandem by King Palisoc As soon as the helmets of two men riding a motorcycle are settled over their shoulders, the action begins in King Palisoc’s Tandem. The bike cruises

Imbisibol (Lawrence Fajardo, 2015)

Imbisibol, the one-act-play, has everything happened one day when Benjie and Manuel chance upon each other at Linda’s house. The banter that ensues between two guests let us peek into their personal lives; until Linda distributes their letters, and we

Imbisibol (Lawrence Fajardo, 2015)

Imbisibol, the one-act-play, has everything happened one day when Benjie and Manuel chance upon each other at Linda’s house. The banter that ensues between two guests let us peek into their personal lives; until Linda distributes their letters, and we

Bambanti (Zig Dulay, 2015)

Zig Dulay’s Bambanti reveals a gold wristwatch is stolen at a rather late second third of the film but before that it takes time on mandatory exposition that shows one family, Belyn’s, struggling to survive. She is deep in debts

Bambanti (Zig Dulay, 2015)

Zig Dulay’s Bambanti reveals a gold wristwatch is stolen at a rather late second third of the film but before that it takes time on mandatory exposition that shows one family, Belyn’s, struggling to survive. She is deep in debts

Dementia (Perci Intalan, 2014)

Nora Aunor’s turn in Dementia is more of a reminder how innately gifted she is as a thespian. This reminder is what fuels her here. See how she conveys myriad of emotions in one scene when she finally remembers the

Dementia (Perci Intalan, 2014)

Nora Aunor’s turn in Dementia is more of a reminder how innately gifted she is as a thespian. This reminder is what fuels her here. See how she conveys myriad of emotions in one scene when she finally remembers the

Sitio (Mes de Guzman, 2013)

Mes de Guzman’s films are deliberately situated and ethnography has become some kind of impetus to his film materials. This is not true for Sitio where topography of the milieu – I assume Nueva Vizcaya – could be just any

Sitio (Mes de Guzman, 2013)

Mes de Guzman’s films are deliberately situated and ethnography has become some kind of impetus to his film materials. This is not true for Sitio where topography of the milieu – I assume Nueva Vizcaya – could be just any

Riddles of My Homecoming (Arnel Mardoquio, 2013)

Winner of Jury Prize, Mardoquio’s Riddles of My Homecoming boasts of striking, pregnant and haunting images that linger with you. This is Mardoquio’s attempt at artsy stuff, his tiptoeing into a new territory has the grandness of an ambitious young

Riddles of My Homecoming (Arnel Mardoquio, 2013)

Winner of Jury Prize, Mardoquio’s Riddles of My Homecoming boasts of striking, pregnant and haunting images that linger with you. This is Mardoquio’s attempt at artsy stuff, his tiptoeing into a new territory has the grandness of an ambitious young

Blue Bustamante (Miko Livelo, 2013)

Skyscrapers in Blu Bustamante’s Japanese TV show Force Five are, sure, crude, mostly made of cardboard materials wrapped up with painted ledge, glass windows, corners, rooftops and whatever. These visual imperfections of practical superhero costumes, robots and props that have

Blue Bustamante (Miko Livelo, 2013)

Skyscrapers in Blu Bustamante’s Japanese TV show Force Five are, sure, crude, mostly made of cardboard materials wrapped up with painted ledge, glass windows, corners, rooftops and whatever. These visual imperfections of practical superhero costumes, robots and props that have

The Philippino Story (Benji Garcia, 2013)

The Philippino in the title suggests something deeper than just Philip’s story but the whole film does not, so the result does not lift the whole thing off from the common humanization of male prostitution.  Mark Gil as Bastian, the

The Philippino Story (Benji Garcia, 2013)

The Philippino in the title suggests something deeper than just Philip’s story but the whole film does not, so the result does not lift the whole thing off from the common humanization of male prostitution.  Mark Gil as Bastian, the