By Sanriel Chris Ajero

We are more than a quarter off of 2010 and my film viewing log has been cut to half as compared to last year. For personal satisfaction and to put myself under pressure, I will start doing a list of the best films I’ve seen per month. This first installment, however, is an exception. The first two months of the year was spent mostly to watch more films for the Best of 2009 that I did. So this list I’m doing now is basically for March and April viewing. Mind that I personally declared March to be a Filipino films month so expect more of those in the following entries.

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by Sanriel Chris Ajero

Kûki ningyô
Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Doona Bae, Arata, Itsuji Itao
125 mins
Japan

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By Sanriel Chris Ajero

As my weekdays have been gradually jam-packed with work, and no time has been allotted for the slightest bit of rest, my typical film marathon-bound weekends were replaced by few glimpses of short films. Here are my short thoughts on the recent short films I’ve seen.

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By Sanriel Chris Ajero

It’s that time of the year again, when the most prestigious of all film awards will hand out its prizes. With a few changes for this year’s now-shorter telecast, we get to see how they accommodate all ten of the Best Picture nominees, we see how they do the Best Original Song category without actual song performances, and we see how they give chances for the second speech opportunities. But more than anything, it’s the awards that matter. I may not have been that much of a fan of the selected nominees, but the film enthusiast in me can’t resist the urge to do this annual prediction of the Oscars for yet another year. Here’s my take on the awards to be handed out tomorrow morning (Manila time).

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by Sanriel Chris Ajero

Simply put, 2009 has not been regarded, both by film enthusiasts and a majority of film critics, as a strong year for film. I, for one, personally disagree. I say these people must be watching all the wrong films. Under that realization I required myself to be of aid. For the past few weeks, I’ve been troubling myself trying to fit (not fill) all the films I enjoyed into a top 30 recommendation list like I did last year. I failed. So for this year, I’m giving 40 of the best films I’ve seen in all of 2009 instead. Rest assured that these are films I truly and genuinely enjoyed. But then I failed again. As I’ll also present 5 more films I tremendously like but I believe many have not even heard of.

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By Sanriel Chris Ajero

After last year’s Oscar feature called Something Just Clicked, Vanity Fair returns with this year’s special Oscars treat. Here are some of 2009’s best Hollywood liaisons:

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By Sanriel Chris Ajero

In a few hours, history will be rewritten as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally unveils its 2010 Academy Award nominees. This will be the first time that TEN films will be shortlisted for the Best Picture race. Here are some short notes on the possible nominees for the major categories in my opinion.

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By: Sanriel Chris Ajero

2009 has been a generous year for the Philippine film industry. Most of the Filipinos, however, hardly even notice. It is the year when boundaries were crossed, walls were crushed, and hurdles were conquered – but nobody seemed to care. As the whole world delightfully discovers the immense array of talents our country has to offer, we were busy uncovering the latest disgrace concerning our dearly-loved wedded showbiz personalities. As the most prestigious of all film festivals, Cannes Film Fest, took its hat off to Filipino directors, we were busy marveling the outlandish skill of a doctor-turned-director in his breakthrough filmmaking career. As our small films gather thunderous uproar (whether good or bad) in the global film stadium, we were busy, glued to the screens, eagerly awaiting for the latest in the seemingly infinite collaborations of Mother Lily and Joel Lamangan. It is a sad reality, a bitter pill we, film buffs and film critics alike, have to swallow – that the majority of Filipinos are not yet ready. Be it for the giant leap in film appreciation we all want injected to each and every one, or simply for any sort of change. This is a maddeningly long process, but we are lucky to have some films keeping us company – and keeping us sane.

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Instead of the usual welcome-this-is-my-blog blah-blahs, I’d rather link my old blog posts from its former home so as to serve as an inaguaration for this new one. Enjoy reading!

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