I like the immersive atmosphere of a cool dark cinema, with flickering images set before me. The ruminative nature of film allows me to bear witness to the lives of others and experience little bits and pieces of the world – all in the comfort of my seat. It acquiesces to emotions not probably served by a sheltered life. The experience is a high in itself. But it isn’t all that pleasant; not when cinemas allow child’s play in the form of Fellyx Honeyfield and a caboodle of clueless directors serving cinematic slop. But 2011 had some rewards – and we’ve collated last year’s Ten Best Pictures that made us embrace repeatedly the wonderment and magic of the celluloid.
At the bottom of the list are titles that deserve honorable mentions. We want them in the line-up but we have to draw the line somehow.
Inclusion criteria: All Filipino Films we saw in 2011 – commercial, festival and specially-screened ouvres from the brilliant minds that made my year a little brighter and a lot richer. And I’m honored to share them here with you.
Yam Laranas' The Road - Abuse has sown evil. Director Laranas masterfully and cleverly spins a yarn of utter suspense bristling with pulsating narrative progression and psychological disquiet. It’s the year’s most unexpected triumph too.
Richard Somes, Jerrold Tarog & Chris Martinez's Shake Rattle & Roll 13
Alvin Yapan and Alemberg Ang's Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
Jade Castro's Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington
Mes de Guzman's Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa