Religion rape and the family are classic elements. Homosexuality is a recent development. So are self-examination and philosophy.
Thanks for the kind words, Greg, Apu. Sorry I have not monitored this thread more often.
How sad that I only have access to 68 of these films when the other 32 films are not even that old. The Philippine government should start preserving these films before they disappear one by one.
I’ve seen 40% of the films in the list. Personally, I llke Lav Diaz’s West Side, pretty much all of Mike de Leon’s films and Dennis Marasigan’s Sa North Diversion Road.
Noel, I think you could also include Pio de Castro III’s Soltero on the list. It best represented one’s emotional/romantic solitude. Just too sad of a film.
I…used to have problems with that film—found it uncharacteristic of the Filipino character (Loneliness? Really?) But Lav Diaz’s films have changed that for me—possibly Pio’s film is groundbreaking in that respect.