Saturday, December 29, 2012

Chikkaness Avenue's 10 Best Indie Movies of 2012

2012 has been a very good year for the Philippine film industry as it boasts with a number of quality independently-produced films that were both recognized here and abroad. Compiling the best 10 of these films has been a daunting task and I decided to narrowed down the list based on its entertainment value, cast performance, and it's story/screenplay.

BWAKAW
Starring: Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Soxie Topacio, Joey Paras
Directed by: Jun Robles Lana
Synopsis: A drama-comedy about an old closet gay journey to his anticipated death with his dog bestfriend, Bwakaw
Entertainment Value: 9/10
Actors' Performance: 10/10
Story/Screenplay: 9/10 
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THY WOMB

Starring: Nora Aunor, Lovi Poe, Bembol Roco, Mercedes Cabral
Directed by: Brillante Ma Mendoza
Synopsis: A powerful and riveting piece of drama about about a Bajau midwife who cannot bear a child and her journey in finding a new partner for her husband. 
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Actors' Performance:10/10
Story/Screenplay: 9/10
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MGA MUMUNTING LIHIM

Starring:Judy Ann Santos, Janice de Belen, Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro
Directed by: Jose Javier Reyes
Synopsis: A drama about the death of a friend that affected the lives of her three closest friends as slowly little secrets have been revealed.
Entertainment Value:9/10
Actors' Performance:9/10
Story/Screenplay: 9/10
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APARISYON

Starring: Jodi Sta. Maria, Mylene Dizon, Racquel Villavicencio, Fides Cuyugan
Directed by: Vincent Sandoval
Synopsis: A drama about four nuns who were hunted by their own demons when the newest nun faced a tragedy.
Entertainment Value:8/10
Actors' Performance:9/10
Story/Screenplay: 8/10
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MELODRAMA NEGRA

Starring:Gee Canlas, Gerald Napoles, Bong Cabrera, Mara Lopez, Rita Garcia
Directed by:Ma. Isabel Legarda
Synopsis:A black comedy about three wandering ghosts as they went back to the people who affected their fate.
Entertainment Value:9/10
Actors' Performance:8/10
Story/Screenplay: 9/10
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ALAGWA

Starring:Jericho Rosales,Bugoy Cariño, Leo Martinez, Carmen Soo, Leo Martinez
Directed by:Ian Loreños
Synopsis: A drama film about a father's search for his child who became a victim of child trafficking.
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Actors' Performance: 9/10
Story/Screenplay: 8/10
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IN NOMINE MATRIS

Starring: Liza Diño, Biboy Ramirez, Al Gatmaitan, Tami Monsod, Clara Ramona
Directed by: Will Fredo
Synopsis:A melodrama set in the world of Manila flamenco and cultural dance, about a young dance protégé who wished to be the principal dancer of a dance company but was soon immersed on a dilemma of the sacrifices she needs to make to achieve her dreams.
Entertainment Value:9/10
Actors' Performance:8/10
Story/Screenplay: 8/10 
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#MADALINGARAWMAHABANGGABI

Starring:Angelica Panganiban, Glaiza de Castro, Rocco Nacino, Kean Cipriano
Directed by: Dante Nico Garcia
Synopsis: A drama comedy of unconventional take on love and sacrifice of more than a dozen individuals as they accepted a dare from the unassuming Angelica Panganiban (who plays the bar owner’s daughter) that’s set during the “pangunguluwa” (the local version of the Halloween trick or treat ritual during Nov 1st).
Entertainment Value:8/10
Actors' Performance:8/10
Story/Screenplay:8/10
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THE GRAVE BANDITS

Starring: Martin Sandino San Juan, Ronald Pacifico, Jill Palencia, Robert Nunes
Directed by: Tyrone Acierto
Synopsis: A horror comedy about two wanted grave thieves that were trapped in an island swarm with virus-infected men that turned into flesh- and Zombie-eaters.
Entertainment Value:9/10
Actors' Performance: 8/10
Story/Screenplay: 8/10
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BAYBAYIN

Starring:Alessandra de Rossi, Assunta de Rossi, Adrian Sebastian
Directed by:
Synopsis: A drama that tells a grand story of two sisters who fell in love to the same deaf/mute man with “Baybayin” (an ancient Palawan script) as its means of communication. 
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Actors' Performance: 8/10
Story/Screenplay: 9/10 
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Did your favorite make it on the list? What other indie films should be considered the best of its league for 2012?
 

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4 comments:

  1. Ang Mga Kidnapper ni Ronnie Lazaro!

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  2. Graceland, Sta.Nina, Requieme, Ang Nawawala, The Animals,Pascalina, Slumber Party,Palitan, Mater Dolorosa

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