For list of announcements in preceding years (also in reverse chronological order), please click here for: 2016; 2015; and 2014. This page serves as the home (or front) page of the blog; if you’re using a smartphone or accessing this on an app, you can jump to the other major sections by choosing them from the Menu option above. The search box, copyright notice, and Creative Commons Attribution will also appear at the bottom of every page on the website version of Amauteurish! In general, when an entry’s permanent listing in this blog is unspecified, it will be found in its appropriate year in the Extras section.
June 19 – In what is turning into a tradition of its own, the scheduled June release of SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema has been moved once more to (at the very latest) early September.
May 16 – I delivered a paper titled “Rusty Arms and Itchy Fingers: A Cultural Perspective on President Duterte’s War on Drugs,” at the 5th International Conference on State Violence and Trauma, sponsored by the Gwangju Trauma Center in Gwangju Metropolitan City, South Jeolla Province, Korea. The conference was part of the 2017 Gwangju Asia Forum and is observed in commemoration of the May 18, 1980, uprising of the people of what was then Gwangju City against militarization and tyranny. A copy of my paper, translated as “녹슨 팔과 가려운 손가락; 두테르테 대통령의 마약과의 전쟁에 대한 문화적 시각,” appears in the proceedings.
April 3a – The Digital Object Identifiers that are available in my list of Journal Publications have now been included as links to their respective publications. Articles whose DOIs lead to a paywall will still have alternate links to PDF transcriptions.
April 3b – One further delay, for editorial and production reasons, has resulted in a June target date for SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema. Apologies to everyone who saw March come and go without any trace of the publication.
March 23 – Old material I kept forgetting to upload: the (originally restricted) 1981 UNESCO Technical Report, prepared by Christopher Roads for the Marcos government, on “The Manila National Film Centre,” which provides insights on the origins of the building that would become the Manila Film Center, as well as the agency that would eventually be called the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. This will be lodged in the Extras section of Amauteurish!
March 22 – My article, titled “Remembering the Forgotten War: Origins of the Korean War Film and Its Development during Hallyu,” has come out in the February 2017 issue of Kritika Kultura as part of the “Hallyu in and for Asia” forum.
March 8 – I just found out that Amazon has announced on its website my forthcoming book with Arsenal Pulp Press’s Queer Film Classics series, a monograph on Ishmael Bernal’s 1980 release, Manila by Night. The announcement also specifies November 14, 2017, as the book’s date of availability. The Arsenal series is edited by Thomas Waugh and Matthew Hays. The title is also announced on my Amazon book page.
March 1 – Sidebar feature: “These Blogs” provides a background and rationale for the list of websites that appear at the bottom of the Amauteurish! sidebar. It may be accessed at the sidebar itself, by clicking on the “These Blogs (for Me)” list title.
February 5 – Over five years in the making, the canon project of Summit Media is still on track with its March 2017 release. (I was on board as consultant and author of each entry’s mini-review.) Its title, however, has been modified with a plus sign: SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema.
January 28 – I have uploaded a transcription of my book review of Rolando B. Tolentino’s Contestable Nation-Space: Cinema, Cultural Politics, and Transnationalism in the Marcos-Brocka Philippines, published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Asian Studies. Please see the Journal Articles section for a note on citing and referencing PDF transcriptions on this blog.
January 27a – I noticed that my How to Use Amauteurish! blog page had a portion that has become increasingly useful as a stand-alone statement, so I spun it off as a Review & Recommendation Policies announcement.
January 27b – I finally managed to upload my information (as former Fulbright Student Program scholar) at the International Exchange Alumni directory of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fellow grantees who’re registered with the IEA website may find my profile by logging in and then clicking on this link.
January 22 – The website appearance of Amauteurish! has been modified to include a Suggested Features sidebar.
January 13 – My review of Matthew Abaya’s Vampariah, out on The FilAm, is titled “Vampariah as Subversive Aswang Film.”
January 11 – Summit Media’s much-awaited SINÉ: The YES! List of 100 Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema (wherein I wrote the mini-review for each entry and participated as consultant) will be available in March 2017. Also, an announcement I had missed out on, which came out in the October 2016 issue of YES! magazine, titled “Hurray!”
January 10 – “Distinguishing the Film Critic from the Reviewer,” an interview article by Vanessa B. Ira, published in March 1991 in the Times Journal and originally arranged by Anvil Publishing to publicize my first book, The National Pastime. This will be listed as a 1991 entry in the Extras section.
January 7 – I added a timeline of events in Philippine history and cinema to the “Annual Filipino Film Production Chart,” originally uploaded about a year ago.
January 3 – Mauro Feria Tumbocon’s summary of Philippine cinema circa 2016, titled “2016: Amazing Year for Filipino Cinema, New Grounds Broken,” published in GMA News Online. Vital for taking a global perspective, Mau being the founder and director of the San Francisco-based FACINE, which holds the longest running Fil-Am film festival.