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

1991

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Sa Kabila ng Lahat

At the time of director Lino Brocka's death in May, 1991, "Sa Kabila Ng Lahat," one of his last three movies, was drawing capacity crowds to various Metro Manila theaters. (The two other movies, "Kislap Sa Dilim" and "Makiusap Ka Sa Diyos," was to be shown posthumously several weeks later.) By some ironic twist of fate, the tragic real-life incident, played up relentlessly in national media, boosted the box-office suc¬cess of the movie.

The picture itself acknowledges the utmost importance mass media plays in the peopled everyday lives, especially how they are affected by the problems and gangland type of violence that plague the city.

The story concerns the activities in broadcast journalism and the private liaisons of a popular, beautiful and pragmatic, award-winning TV newscaster and producer of public affairs shows, Maia Robles (Dina Bonnevie), whose career is guided by Mephistophelean pacts.Read more

Ipagpatawad Mo

Christopher de Leon and Vilma San¬tos, the box-office love team of more than a dozen dramas, including "Pakawalan Mo Ako," "Paano Ba ang Mangarap," "Relasyon," "Broken Marriage" and "Imortal" are reunited in this Laurice Guillen drama written by Olive M. Lamasan.

They portray a married couple who try to make their marriage work despite the fact that both of them are career-oriented and that there are tensions created by the pres¬ence of their first-born child, Mike Jr., who turns out to he autistic.

At first, their marriage is close to being one made in heaven. Mike Esquivel (Christopher) is a successful lawyer, while Celina (Vilma) is a popular talkshow hostess. Celina gives up her career to devote fall time as mother to Junjun, the autistic child, played well by both Bennett Ignacio (when Junjun is three years old) and Terence Baylon (when the boy is seven years old).

The husband, however, is totally unsympathetic and even considers the child a disgrace.

With the wife spending practically all her waking hours to attend to her "special" child, the marriage expectedly begins to crumble.Read more

Hihintayin Kita sa Langit

After two long years — a period that saw a severe drought of quality films in Philippine movies — we now have "Hihintayin Kita sa Langit." Although it took a while for this type of movie to come by, it has certainly been worth the wait.

The script by Raquel Villavicencio was derived from "Wuthering Heights" (specifically the Laurence Olivier film version).

Carmina (Dawn Zulueta) and adopted kid (Richard Gomez) form an alliance against her nasty natural brother Milo (Michael De Mesa), the unfavored son of the brood's father, Joaquin (Jose Mari Avellana). When Joaquin dies, Milo takes over the household and reduces Gabriel to a mere servant. Although Carmina and Gabriel are very much in love, Carmina finds it beneath her stature to marry a stable boy like Gabriel. Blinded by the vast wealth of Alan (Eric Quizon), she dumps Gabriel to marry the rich boy. After a few years, Gabriel returns — now a rich man who has acquired wealth through dubious means.Read more

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