It is never doubted that a lot of Filipinos do not forget to include watching movies in their list of fun activities to do during leisure time.
Well, KAMI learned that this year is special for the Philippine cinema because not only the mainstream movies have dominated the box office but there were also independent films that touched the interests of the public.
Here are the 10 best films that you should have watch in 2018 (not including the MMFF entries):
10. Signal Rock
Directed by Chito Roño and based on a true story, this movie shows how Intoy (Christian Bables) communicates with his sister Vicky who married a foreigner guy and works in Finland in the hope of solving their problems in life. Since the island is too remote, the way to contact his sibling is never easy as he needs to scramble the strange rock formation just so he can get signals.
The film is selected as the Philippines’ entry to the 91st Academy Awards under the Best Foreign Film category but it failed to get nominations. However, Christian Bables was able to bring home the Best Main Actor award at the 2018 Hanoi International Film Festival.
Set in the Marcos era (particularly in the dictatorship time), this independent film features the happenings in the life of a young imprisoned boy who is a son of an anti-Marcos woman named Commander Liway (Glaiza De Castro). His mother tries her best to wean him from all the trauma brought about by being a political prisoner. When everything did not turn out well and the situation is getting more difficult, Commander Liway needs to weigh the best interests of her son in exchange of not being able to see each other again.
Directed by Kip Oebanda, this movie received a special jury honor and the audience choice award during the 14th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.
8. Miss Granny
Miss Granny is a comedy-drama film that was based on a South Korean movie of the same title. It shows how a widow (Nova Villa) transformed into her younger self (Sarah Geronimo) just after she had a photoshoot with a mysterious photographer. Now back to being young looking, she helped her grandson by becoming the vocalist of his band and eventually changed their genre from heavy metal to romantic.
This film became this year’s second most talked about Filipino film on Twitter and was directed by Joyce Bernal.
7. Never Not Love You
This romantic-drama film topbilled by James Reid and Nadine Lustre was written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone. This features two young lovers who built a life together until career opportunities had to send them to different countries away from each other.
6. The Hows of Us
This movie of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla undoubtedly touched the hearts of many people as it broke the record of being the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, the movie shows how the two lovers fix and answer all the “hows” in their relationship.
5. Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus
The film, directed by Dwein Baltazar, features four lonely men who are in love with a mysterious girl. Each of them has different purposes: widower Lando (Soliman Cruz) wants a whore, provincial boy Caloy (Nicco Manalo) seeks for a wife, Obeng the thief (Anthony Falcon) wants a companion, and college student Alex (Dylan Ray Talon) is searching for a soulmate.
4. Hintayan ng Langit
Hintayan ng Langit is directed by Dan Villegas. It features the character Lisang (Gina Pareño) who died of complications and is already overstaying in the waiting room in purgatory. One day, she knew that she will finally crossover and her room will be leased to a new tenant – her ex-boyfriend Manolo (Eddi Garcia). The two seek for a closure before they depart to heaven.
3. Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral
This film is the sequel of the 2015 breakthrough movie, “Heneral Luna.” It was written, directed, edited, and scored by Jerrold Tarog and it features the heroic and historic act of Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest Generals during the Philippine–American War. The lead role was portrayed by Paulo Avelino.
2. Meet Me In St. Galllen
This high-grossing movie released on February 7, 2018 shows the characters of Carlo Aquino and Bela Padilla who met and had a one-night stand and parted ways right after. However, as time passed by, the two ended up seeing each other again in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
This romantic comedy-drama film was written and directed by Irene Emma Villamor.
Topbilled by award-winning actress Anne Curtis, Buybust is a critically acclaimed movie of 2018 that deserves to be in the top spot of this list. The story centers on a group sent by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to hold a drug buybust operation in Manila but due to the team’s poor execution of the raid, its members were trapped by settlers and they were left with no choice but to fight their way out.
This movie is directed and co-written by Erik Matti.
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