STATE OF GRACE
After 17 years of respite from the big screen, Charo Santos-Concio surprised everyone—maybe even herself—with a remarkable return via Ang Babaeng Humayo which clinched this year’s plum in Venice. Speaking to screenwriter Ricky Lee, the media titan talks about Lav Diaz’s “rock and roll” style of movie-making, the highs and lows of a 40-year journey in pictures, and her complicated relationship with the spotlight.
SUCKER PUNCH DRUNK
Now it can be told: the highly-publicized feud between actors Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos really was orchestrated. PAOLO ENRICO MELENDEZ goes on location with director Manuel Mesina III and writer Mixkaela Villalon to uncover the full story behind Beast Mode, a problematic but exceptional project about entertainment, media manipulation, and omnipresent but spectral state violence.
Seven years after the murder of film critics Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc, the exact details of their death remain shrouded in mystery. In this exclusive excerpt from her upcoming book The First Impulse, Laurel Fantauzzo retraces the days before and after the tragedy, and paints a portrait, through the story of the first suspect, of the disheartening police investigation that has offered neither closure nor glimmer of hope.
In front of the lens or calling the shots behind it, this new breed of women-in-film is steering local cinema to bold new directions. Here, they talk about carving a path in the ever-shifting motion picture landscape.
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
Amado Lacuesta’s first produced screenplay, Working Girls, was about seven women finding their place in the lacquered boardrooms and bedrooms of Ayala Avenue. But it was also an uploading of his entire life in the banking industry, a world he struggled to get out of in the crazy financial climate of 1984. As another ode to the film makes its way to cinemas this month, Jerome Gomez talks to the actors and makers of the original, and finds out why 32 years after it first hit theaters, it still clicks.
THE FORCE AWAKENS
In its hysterical sendup of the indie film community’s quirks and quibbles, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank earned international acclaim and became a box-office success. Could its sequel, a parody of the rom-com genre, give its predecessor a run for its money? Chris Martinez gives Rogue a taste of love Septic-style.
LINES DRAWN ON WATER
When it comes to a lopsided fight over jurisdiction, a small symbolic gesture can lead to the grandest concrete gain. Criselda Yabes recalls her time on a Philippine Navy flagship just off the Batanes island of Mavulis as the challenge to our territorial waters played out on a new frontier.