Slingshot (Tirador) (2010)

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One of the most prolific and acclaimed directors of the Philippine New Wave, Brillante Mendoza has created another virtuoso exploration of the volatile Manila slums. The camerawork in this verité portrait of petty thieves and hustlers is fluid, sweeping, and seemingly untethered, as frantic as the overcrowded shacks and ditches it captures. Mendoza (2009 Cannes Winner, Best Director for "Kinatay") uses this hybrid fiction essay not to judge the questionable acts of his fringe-dwelling characters, but to subtly implicate political and religious institutions as a source of their problems.-- (C) Ignatius Films

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The mood of scrambling desperation can be exhausting, but the filmmaking is never less than exhilarating.

Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: 5/5

It's all in good voyeuristic fun, even if Tirador's economic (and political/religious) critique plays a tad crudely.

Jul 20, 2010 | Full Review…

One can maintain the energy and patience for donnybrooks and general insanity only so long before craving a grounding through line.

Oct 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/6

With Mendoza averaging two features a year, if you don't like what you see now, just wait a few months.

Oct 22, 2008 | Full Review…

But Tirador's panorama of depravity is inevitably tinged with sensationalism, and somehow [director Brillante] Mendoza does not seem especially upset about the debased state of the world.

Oct 12, 2018 | Full Review…

If you'd like to get a load of what life is like in the slums of the Philippines, then you ought to check out this intimate peek at the intractable state of Third World poverty.

Jul 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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A visceral portrait of the urban poor and the political hypocrisy in the Philippines, told through a series of vignettes masterfully shot by Brillante Mendoza. The second half is very slow compared to the fast-paced, and comic-natured first. Brocka inspirations scattered throughout, including the musical score.

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