For theater buffs like me, Endo offers the added kick of seeing familiar stage thespians Angeli Bayani, Bong Cabrera and Mailes Kanapi do small but solid supporting turns. You have to watch Mailes silently mouth "puta" in a crucial scene in the movie. Small gesture perfectly played.
...Robinson's Galleria, where Joselito Altarejos' gay indie film Ang Lihim ni Antonio is also on its last day. A well-made and well-acted coming-of-age story, though it treads rather well-worn paths, and, personally, I'd have preferred a less tragic ending. Aargh, I'm so tired of gay movies that drown in angst and so self-consciously take ourselves so seriously. It's the post-Ma Vie En Rose/Maximo Oliveros era, people. Let's lighten up.
Which is not to say that Altarejos' movie isn't worth watching. It is--principally for its clean, confident storytelling, the interesting way it creates and shapes locale (the film showcases Marikina not just as a vibrant city, but as an essential part of its main character's life and emotional journey), and the capable acting by newbie Kenji Garcia. Capable, however, is too puny a word to describe the performance of Shamaine Centenera Buencamino as Garcia's sturdy but lonely mother. She is, as usual, grade-A.
...Gateway ulit, because Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is showing there exclusively. (Boo to the distributor!) Three words: Daniel Day-Lewis. Plus an epic unlike anything you've seen before (awesome's the word for the soundtrack alone). The meandering last third of this audacious movie is open to carping, but everything before it is stunning. Go catch it before it's gone.