Rose Garcia of PEP.ph reports that actress Bianca King has lashed out against Click the City movie critic Philbert Dy, who panned Ang Katiwala, which features King’s boyfriend, Dennis Trillo, in the title role. The film, which is written and directed by Aloy Adlawan is a Cinemalaya entry.
PEP.ph quoted the gist of Dy’s review, which reads: "Aloy Adlawan's Ang Katiwala is the only film in the festival that I actively don't like. It's a confused, overwrought and overlong mess that seems intent on talking down to the audience. Carpenter Ruben (Dennis Trillo) gets a job as a caretaker for a property in Quezon City. He soon discovers that the property was once home to President Manuel Quezon. As Ruben spends time in the house, he takes inspiration from the president, and tries to model himself after him. The core of the film seems but simple, but the final product is decidedly not. It's a mess of misplaced politics, unearned sentiment and loose plot points poorly held together by mismatched treatments. Somehow, this movie makes room for both animated interpretations of Quezon's life and slow-motion gunfire. To be fair, this might be one of the better performances of Dennis Trillo. But it's not nearly enough to salvage this mess of a movie." Then, in his closing statement, Dy wrote: "And the only film I think people should actively avoid is Ang Katiwala."
King expressed her opinion on Twitter, where she posted a series of messages, which we have consolidated: "Dear Philbert Dy. It is not right for you as a Filipino film ’critic’ to tell your countrymen to actively avoid watching a Cinemalaya film. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, especially in movies. Kanya-kanyang taste lang yan. But to tell Filipinos to actively avoid a Cinemalaya film is downright crass and insulting to the festival that carefully selects films to bring something new & revive the industry."
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