Top Ten Movies of 2016

Top Ten Movies of 2016

What a year that was! While so many unsettling events may still have you reeling from the effects of 2016, I am now going to focus on what was for me a bright side of last year, its movies.

To qualify for my list, all films had to have been released widely in Filipino cinemas during the year of 2016.

8 Reasons Why You Should Watch Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis

8 Reasons Why You Should Watch Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis

The reactions from friends and family have been universal upon mentioning I watched Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis. “You watched an 8-hour movie. Why?” I admit I might not have been so interested in a John Lloyd/Piolo starrer had it not been for the fact it received an international award from a film festival I very much respect. We rarely get art house in the mall multiplexes, and while I love blockbusters, sometimes I feel like I need a change.

Why Capitalism Sucks [The Big Short Movie Review]

Why Capitalism Sucks [The Big Short Movie Review]

I fully stepped into the world of capitalism this year with my new job. As a previous worker for the church and NGOs, I have found it a surprisingly easy transition. A cushy chair in an office is a lot easier a place to work than a school in the Amazon basin that takes 14 hours to get to by bus on dirt roads. And I like numbers; I am having fun with interest rates, IRRs and ROIs. I like the people I work with, who are all accommodating, and even the banks around me have never been anything other than friendly. However, when I saw The Big Short in Ayala last Wednesday, I was very unsettled. Up came the facts and figures that have made me distrustful of capitalism for a very long time, and I have not been able to shake it off.

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