Don't get us wrong, now is an exciting time to make new movies. Blockbusters are back, the indie scene is thriving except that you only get to see what, like, 10 movies a year?
In the 1950s, we averaged 350 movies a year, that's practically a new movie to see every day. So you can just imagine the breadth of work we could have archived had somebody thought of preserving film. Unfortunately, rot has taken over, not only of the celluloid itself, but of a lot of the stories that have been made into movies. Still, we can think of some stellar material that we'd love to see again.
Why? Because they were pop gems! Rot or not...
(1981, Mike De Leon)
Mike De Leon is FHM's favorite Pinoy Filmmaker, his body of work is essential. In Kisapmata, the domineering father (played by Vic Silayan) is scary as shit you feel exactly what Jay Ilagan felt having married his daughter (Charo Santos) but couldn't touch her. We need deep psycho-dramas like this more.
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(1982, Mike De Leon)
Frat violence seen with unflinching eyes. No romanticizing brotherhood here, it's all too real.
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KUNG MANGARAP KA AT MAGISING
(1977, Mike De Leon)
We need a remake of this movie because a) We need to see what Baguio looked like before traffic became the norm there; b) We need a simple romance movie for a change. Not one of us recalls what it's like to talk to a girl on the phone now, sadly...
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MA'AM MAY WE GO OUT?
(1985, Mike Relon Makiling)
What do the bulakbol kids do in school these days? Not be in school for DoTA? Back then, they were still in school, but they gave their teachers headaches. Like what Joey De Leon did in this TVJ classic: When you have not memorized an assignment, you lip sync The Gettysburg Address. Patok!
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(1985, Mike Relon Makiling)
There was a movie called Working Girls a year earlier starring Carmi Martin and Rio Locsin among others and it was good, so Tito Vic and Joey spoofed it, and it was solid. We at FHM have seen this movie so many times we've memorized every scene in the movie. The best one: Vic inside a TV screen, trying to appease a drunk Joaquin "Buwaya" Fajardo, Rio Locsin's damned husband, who "needs to watch TV," "Diego-go-go-go! Sumuko ka na-na-na!"
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ANG PAGBABALIK NI LEON GUERERRO
(1980, Lito Lapid)
Because Lito Lapid can cock guns using nothing but air!
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(1985, Jun Raquiza)
A true Pinoy comic book icon, this guy Zuma. Green, like the Hulk; has a snake around his neck like a male Medusa; kind of misunderstood like Frankenstein; all in all a real anti-hero. He liked virgin women, too. Our kind of movie monster if we had to see one.
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NINJA KIDS / KAMAGONG
(1986, Pablo Santiago; 1986, Carlo J. Caparas)
The Karate Kid was a hit in Manila theaters when it was shown in 1984 we had to have our own take on it. What came out was Ninja Kids, which was even better because it was Bagets with karate. Kamagong, on the other hand, was our take on Michael Dudikoff and Jean Claude Van Damme movies. We have not had martial arts movies in a long time, so let's see one again.
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MAY LAMOK SA LOOB NG KULAMBO
(1984, Danny L. Zialcita)
When was the last time we'd seen a funny, raunchy, smart sex comedy? When was the last time you'd seen a woman with a big ass wear dolphin shorts (Google it)? Oh wow, Lyka Ugarte! This movie is an absolute killer.