Reviews

‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’: A Hot Mess You Can’t Get Enough Of

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is an eccentric rush onscreen. She’s mind-boggling, occasionally heartwarming, and down-right fun to see, and when the action pumps up, she turns into a mess akin to a dynamite. But Margot holds down the gravity of her character to a range of volatility; this is a woman who enjoys a disaster… Continue reading ‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’: A Hot Mess You Can’t Get Enough Of

Reviews

‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’: P.P.S. Do I Still Love This?

Right off the bat, I still think To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is better than P.S. I Still Love You. To All the Boys has the capacity to be re-watched multiple times. It’s one of my go-to feel-good films whenever I’m down. The sequel, however, pales in comparison.  Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) life… Continue reading ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’: P.P.S. Do I Still Love This?

Reviews

‘Block Z’ and the Dystopian Present

It is impossible to watch Block Z without being reminded of the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading in various parts of the world. From the film’s opening sequence, the director Mikhail Red makes his statement clear: viral epidemics are as political as they are biological. They are the direct result of the government’s neglect of the… Continue reading ‘Block Z’ and the Dystopian Present

Reviews

‘Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film’ is required reading for anyone who wants to be a film critic

Filipino cinephiles, no doubt, are already familiar with Richard Bolisay and his blog Lilok Pelikula. For ten years, Lilok Pelikula was Bolisay’s home to talk about movies; becoming indispensable to anyone who loved to read about the craft. The blog has since been closed and missed. Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film… Continue reading ‘Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film’ is required reading for anyone who wants to be a film critic

Lists

Essential Filipino Films of 2019

2019 has been a year of celebration for Philippine cinema. The industry had marked its 100th anniversary that started with Jose Nepomuceno’s 1919 film Dalagang Bukid. Cinemalaya and Cinema One Originals, some of the pioneering film festivals of the digital era, have both held their 15th edition. QCinema went full-on international, allowing international titles to… Continue reading Essential Filipino Films of 2019

Reviews

‘Cats’: A cat-astrophic beast of a film

Tom Hooper returns for his second musical adaptation of Andrew Webber’s stage musical Cats which was also based on T.S. Eliot’s poem Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Cats is a catastrophe. Its direction is aimless, devoid of any magic that I expected from a bunch of cats called jellicles performing and competing for the… Continue reading ‘Cats’: A cat-astrophic beast of a film

Reviews

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: An Empty and Disappointing Closure

Of all the releases of 2019, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the one I was most excited to see. Star Wars is a major part of my life and I have made lasting friendships because of it. I was eager and anxious to see how J.J. Abrams would end not only the sequel… Continue reading ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: An Empty and Disappointing Closure

Festivals, Reviews

MMFF 2019: ‘Write About Love’—On Failed Romance and Other Prerequisites for Growth

Between this movie and all the recent local rom-coms that have fallen into my lap (latest recommendations from friends include I’m Drunk, I Love You and That Thing Called Tadhana, coincidentally both referenced in Write About Love), it’s hard not to feel like there’s some otherworldly, omnipotent force (maybe love itself?) pushing me to rethink… Continue reading MMFF 2019: ‘Write About Love’—On Failed Romance and Other Prerequisites for Growth

Festivals, Reviews

MMFF 2019: Not Really a Miracle in Cell No. 7

I consider storytelling one of the greatest inventions of mankind. There is no greater pleasure than seeing a story come alive, to be able to lose yourself and be transported to another world, another time, and another reality through magnificently crafted sequences. But for this to happen, a film must have a solid team of… Continue reading MMFF 2019: Not Really a Miracle in Cell No. 7