Happy Easter, everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed your Holy Week vacation, whether you spent it out of town/country or at home like what I did. And since I’ve been a homebody for the past three days, what I did was my favorite past time: Dvd marathon! I made it a point to rent loads of dvd’s last Tuesday night for the long weekend, two of which are Pinoy indie films. I have always loved independent films. My friends find it boring, but I don’t. I’ve seen a lot of great ones like Kubrador, Donsol, Ploning, Dinig Sana Kita, among many others. Anyway, here are two I was able to watch last Holy Week:
JAY. A critically acclaimed film released 2008, I believe. This is where Baron Geisler received an acting award, and upon watching it I have to say that he really deserve it. He did not do a grand or extravagant kind of acting here, but I think its simplicity and profoundness did the trick.
The story line is a bit typical for me, but the approach was excellent. It was well-written. Me, my brothers and friends enjoyed watching it. It was funny, too, but with a touch of reality. The writer and the director did a pretty good job. Oh did I mention they’re the same person?
All in all, 4/5 stars.
MANGATYANAN. The title alone enticed me. Mangatyanan is a tribe’s after-harvest ritual they only perform every ten years. Its story revolved around Laya, a 27-year old girl who never had a complete dream since she was 12. Something about that dream haunts her each night, for years, making her relationship with her parents a burden. Until she got assigned to shoot in Isabela for the Mangatyanan, where she confronts that idyllic dream that has been haunting her.
The fact that most characters were played by non-famous artists (I am only familiar with Irma Adlawan and Neil Ryan Sese) made this film believable. It didn’t actually felt like watching a movie, but seeing normal people living their normal lives, only a bit complicated with its twists and turns and all that. The film’s depth would really make you think and would probably compel yourself to let it all out.
3/5 stars for me.
So, there. I hope to watch more indie films this year. Will be in the lookout for it. Anyway, it’s nice to spend the Holy Week catching up with movies. I guess I miss being a couch potato. But now it’s back to our normal, regular (boring) lives haha! Until next review!🙂