Sunday, October 17, 2010


From Manila (2009) - director Raya Martin and Rosana Roces

Adrian here.

he first of the monthly series
, Cinematon 1 is finally here with the topic MANILA. As we all know, Manila has been explored as a piquant filmic space ever since Philippine cinema started. From its appearances in Western recordings available in the Library of Congress as in Escolta, Manila (1903) to its post mortem dissection in Adolf Alix and Raya Martin's Manila (2009), it became a diachronic space for inspiration for the works of filmmakers, artists, and writers from different generations. Works like Ishmael Bernal's Manila by Night (1980) and Lino Brocka's Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975), both highly studied masterpieces, are still compared with its depiction of Manila. Other films like Once Upon a Time in Manila (1994) and Manila Boy (1993) still lacks discussions and analysis.

Cinematon! Cinematon! dedicates its first monthly series, which will run from October 18 to 23, to elucidate, problematize, and dissect the almost 107 years depiction of Manila in film using various approaches and styles in criticisms.


ay 1 (October 18)

Adrian's Introductory Poem and Video

Day 2 (October 19)

Si Manila Boy at ang Pelikula ng Masang Pinoy para sa masang si Epoy

Day 3 (October 20)

A review of Manila Skies (Himpapawid) by Fidan

Day 4 (October 21)

Manila by Night: Internal and External Aesthetics by Adrian

Day 5 (October 29)

Photoreview: Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag by Sani


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cinematon! Cinematon!

Adrian here:

elcome to Cinematon! Cinematon!

In response to the growing trend of blogathons in the film blogosphere, four Filipino cinephiles, Sani, Adrian, Fidan and Epoy merge to create a series of blogathons to analyze, 'problematize', laud, incarcerate, resurrect and demystify both the lost and growing trends in Philippine cinema and world cinema at large. On a group discussion over a cup of coffee last Septembet 17, 2010 at Cine Europa 13, the group felt the need to go against the traditional trend in film criticism. After forging their ideas and unwrapping several approaches and attacks to the problem, Cinematon! Cinematon! was born.

Hence, my dearest readers, this blog is created not under film criticism standards. Cinematon! Cinematon! values the school of eclecticism and pluralism: a way to attack cinema at various points of views using different approaches rendered under different mediums to create an approximate picture of the whole. From poem review to Neoformalism to photo review to interviews and podcasts to painting, sculpture and random link rolls in English, Filipino, Latin , Russian or French, Cinematon! Cinematon! commits to be a different venue for cinema: an alternative, revolutionary and comprehensive site for everyone to love and hate, to criticize and applaud, to denounce and recognize.

After all, cinema is revolution.