1. Ishmael (Richard Somes) - Tarantino-esque tale of "alienation" and the extreme boundary of people's faith, this film effectively banks on its narrative's sense of paranoia, though at times, it seemed technically "unfinished".
2. Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirschbaum (Remton Siega Zuasola) - Spectacularly shot in a single take, the whole film is a tremendous almost-theatrical exploration of a girl's odyssey in behalf of her family's quest for better lives and "greener pastures".
3. Noy (Dondon Santos) - A film making crew follows a winning Presidential candidate's campaign trail, while domestic events unravel in the life of its slum-dwelling protagonist. One of those fastly-becoming-trite poverty porns, but is nevertheless a decent piece that ingeniously weaves a confounding story within its quasi-documentary form.
4. Here Comes The Bride (Chris Martinez) - Eclipse plays its hilarious hand in a body-switching phenomenon that's causing havoc at a blushing bride's wedding!
5. The Red Shoes (Raul Jorolan) - A stolen pair of shoes figures prominently in the lives of Lucas, his girlfriend Bettina, his mother Chat and an Imelda Marcos-loving psychic named Madame Vange.
6. Bakal Boys (Ralston Jover) - Utoy, a 10 year old scavenger aimlessly searches for his friend who disappeared one day while scavenging for metal scraps in the dingy waters of Manila Bay. Not the easiest film to watch, but patience pays off in introspective ways.
7. Last Supper No. 3 (Veronica B. Velasco) - A production assistant religiously attends to the tedious court proceedings that concern the loss of a tapestry used for a commercial.
8. Two Funerals (Gil Portes) - A road movie that plies the eventful roads from Tuguegarao to Bicol during the Holy Week to recover the corpse of a daughter. Vacillating between humorous and perplexing, the film is littered with social commentaries as a mother and a grieving boyfriend try to recover a loved one's body - with the help of a closeted gay man!
9. RPG Metanoia (Luis C. Suarez) - The country's first ever 3D animated feature boasts of striking visuals and a story of a child who rediscovers life beyond online gaming. The scene where traditional Pinoy games were being played (while the APO jubilantly sings "Bawa't Bata") is already worth the ticket price!
10. Rosario (Alberto Martinez) - Ambitiously lavish, both in narrative exposition and execution, albeit with a convoluted story, but earnestly tells the story of a head strong woman who followed no rules at a time when moral and cultural restrictions were the norm. Largely berated and scorned for its bottomless pit of resources than its perceived mediocrity. Grandeur of cinema on display!
My pick for the year's best: Veronica Velasco's "Last Supper No. 3"
Up next: 2010's Best and Worst Performances
A List of all Tagalog films that made it in commercial theaters in 2010 (from January 1 to December 31, 2010: (Do holler if I've missed a title)
East of Paradise
Shake, Rattle & Roll 12
Ang Tanging Ina Mo…Last Na To
Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote
Super Inday and the Magic Bibe
My Amnesia Girl
Third World Happy
Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirschbaum
Ang Babae sa Sementeryo
I’ll Be There
Ian Loreno’s The Leaving
Till My Heartaches End
Cris Pablo’s Mga Pinakamahabang One Night Stand
Topel Lee’s White House
Adolf Alix’s Muli
Sa Yo Lamang
Celso Ad. Castillo’s 666
In Your Eyes
Halik Sa Tubig
You To Me Are Everything
Here Comes The Bride
Working Girls (2010)
Paano Ko Sasabihin
Babe I Love You
The Red Shoes
Ben and Sam
Last Supper No. 3
Miss You Like Crazy
Standing Room Only
Paano Na Kaya