The society of respected film critics that hands out the annual Gawad Urian in cinematic excellence

Kinatay (2009)

  • strict warning: Non-static method Pagination::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 278.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 278.
  • strict warning: Non-static method Pagination::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 355.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 355.
  • strict warning: Non-static method Pagination::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 313.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 313.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 842.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_many_to_one::init() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::init(&$view, $options) in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 104.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_term_node_tid::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy/views_handler_filter_term_node_tid.inc on line 303.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/manunuri/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 842.

Kinatay: Tungo sa Nakasisindak na Pagkaaba

Ni Benilda S. Santos

Higit sa pelikulang kapit-sa-patalim o pelikula ng krimen at karahasan, ang Kinatay ni Brillante Ma. Mendoza ay tumitistis sa kalagayan ng pagkaaba, ng pagiging mababa pa sa inaasahan ng taong nahulog sa posisyong kahindik-hindik. Bunga nito, lumabo ang kanyang dating pagkakilala sa sarili at sa kapwa. Nahintakutan siya. Nasindak nang gayon na lamang, at kasabay nito, nalusaw rin ang kahulugan, kahalagahan, at katatagan ng buhay.

Hindi na bago ang paksang pagkaaba ng tao sa ating mga pelikula. Sa katotohanan, ito ang kaagapay na tema ng maraming pelikula na naglalayong magsiwalat ng kabiguan at kasawiang dinaranas, madalas, ng uring maralita, at kasabay nito ang damdaming awa o habag na iniuukol sa mga tauhang sawi o api, at suklam at galit para naman sa mga tauhang naging dahilan ng masaklap na kapalaran ng una. Ang klasikal na resolusyong iginagawad sa ganitong salimuot ng banghay ay walang iba kundi ang simpleng pagpapalit o pagbabaligtad ng kalagayan ng magkabilang panig.Read complete review

Kinatay: Sa dambana ng Kinatay
Ni Roland Tolentino

HINDI ko gustong naririnig ang direktor at manunulat na tinatalakay ang kanilang obra. Parating sobra, wala naman ito sa natunghayan pero mala-magic na ipapaliwanag ng artist na ito ang kanyang layon. Sa literatura, sinasabing “the author is dead” sa akto ng pagbabasa. Walang babalingan na awtor bilang sanggunian kung ano ang kanyang intensyon o kung ano ang dapat nitong afekto sa mambabasa.

Pero naiiba ang open forum na kinatampukan ni Brillante “Dante” Mendoza, dahil masalimuot ang daan tungo sa Philippine premiere ng “Kinatay” (2009) sa UP Cine Adarna. Ito ang gabi ng pagpapakita ng mga ulo ng hydrang administrasyon ni Gloria Arroyo. Una ay ang pagpasok ng MTRCB na lahat ng pelikulang ipinapalabas sa Cine Adarna ay dapat dumaan daw sa kanilang pag-aproba. Ikalawa, na sa kaso ng “Kinatay,” magfa-file sila ng TRO (temporary restraining order) kung hindi ito dadaan sa screening ng kanilang opisina. Read complete review

Kinatay: Cry slaughter!
By Lito Zulueta

“KINATAY,” for which Brillante Mendoza won the Best Director Award of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, is one wild nightmare romp though the underbelly of Manila life on the literal level, and a plunge into one of Dante’s Inner circles on the spiritual level. It is the director’s unsentimental Quiapo epic, “Tirador” (2007), recast into something more focused, even harsher, a centripetal drive toward the heart of darkness.

The movie starts off all bright and airy enough. Peping (Coco Martin), a young criminology student, is getting married, and the audience sees him and his fiancée happy and excited as they take their vows and are joined later by kin and kith for a modest reception at a restaurant. Later he goes to a Quiapo school for the day’s classes (perhaps at the Manuel L. Quezon University, which somehow makes references to “Tirador”), and when the audience starts to wonder how he’s going to raise a family now that he’s married but still in school, they see him suddenly pounding the inner-city beat where he does his practicum while earning on the side: he clearly is a runner for the protection racket by the local police. Read complete review