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Mainstream Cinema is Still Dead at the Filipino Film Critics Awards

The mainstream industry is (artistically) dead. That's what the Gawad Urian, the society of the Filipino film critics, made clear once more with their latest awards celebration. This is nothing new, since its been years since the organization nominated the big productions of the Philippines' major studios, despite the presence of good films like Olivia Lamasan's The Mistress. The question is always the same: When is the audience seeing these winners? In fact, most of the films chosen by the critics didn't have their run in the local theatres. A problem, as usual, when we talk about independent cinema in the PhilippinesHere is the complete list of winners:best Supporting Actress: Alessandra de Rossi, "Sta Nina"Best Supporting Actor: Art Acuna, "Posas"Best Documentary: "Harana" by Benito BautistaBEST...

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Review: Olivia Lamasan's The Mistress

The Mistress has a plot that feels taken straight out of one of those cheap trashy novels, the ones with tacky covers promising sleazy escapism with impossible love stories set in unbelievable milieus that enunciate pulpy passions. It is grounded on that very basic story where hapless women are made to choose between two lovers, representing either true love or elusive security. Director Olivia Lamasan and writer Vanessa Valdez overhaul the overused tale, turning the central woman into a mistress of a wealthy businessman, and her other man as that wealthy businessman's rebellious heir. The film contributes a tad more sophistication to the tired genre, with characters struggling with love that is more the conflict rather than the resolution to the story. When Jd...
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