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‘Lady Bird’ and Finding Truth Within Yourself

Growing up is an experience that everyone goes through at different points of their life, and coming-of-age stories have always been there to document this process. This kind of film comes and goes, but when one creeps up out of nowhere and leaves an impact on me, I hold it in my heart forever. Greta… Continue reading ‘Lady Bird’ and Finding Truth Within Yourself

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‘Da 5 Bloods’: Dealing with the Past and Facing the Future

“After you’ve been in a war, you understand that it never really ends.” This line from the movie Da 5 Bloods perfectly encapsulates the idea that award-winning director Spike Lee wanted to portray in his new film. Never one to shy away from controversial issues and ideas, Lee has brilliantly woven a narrative made from… Continue reading ‘Da 5 Bloods’: Dealing with the Past and Facing the Future

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‘Saving Face:’ On Family Pressures and the Importance of Happy Endings

Scrolling through common lesbian film recommendations, one can notice a glaring similarity: most feature two white women. Sure, there are one or two films with women of color, but most of the time they are forgotten. Recently, there have been efforts to shed light on stories of lesbian women of color in Pariah, The Handmaiden,… Continue reading ‘Saving Face:’ On Family Pressures and the Importance of Happy Endings

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Collective Memories of Film Piracy: The Disregarded Movement Against Cinema Elitism

Our church is on the top floor of a mall in Ortigas. The pastor would often joke about churchgoers who head to the ground floor to where the DVDs were located after the service. I didn’t understand what was wrong about it, but my mom stopped buying DVDs after that. The DVD vendors seemed to… Continue reading Collective Memories of Film Piracy: The Disregarded Movement Against Cinema Elitism

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‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ and Their One Day of Freedom

Baby Ruth Villarama’s Sunday Beauty Queen is set in the urban landscape of Hong Kong, with its high-rise buildings, four-lane roads, and modern walkways. We witness Filipino domestic helpers gather on a Sunday—their usual day-off—for a beauty pageant they organized. With glittery make-up, expensive-looking costumes, and a noisy audience, they seem to be having the… Continue reading ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ and Their One Day of Freedom

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‘A Secret Love’: Seven Decades of Lesbian Romance

Netflix, with its string of endless content, delivers a heartfelt documentary about two women, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, and their secret relationship of nearly seven decades. Directed by Donahue’s great-nephew Chris Bolan, A Secret Love dives into these women’s love story, from how they met around the end of World War II to how… Continue reading ‘A Secret Love’: Seven Decades of Lesbian Romance

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‘The Half of It’: A Love Story in More Ways than One

From the beginning of The Half of It, our protagonist, Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), warns us that this is not a love story. Or at least not the kind where everybody gets what they want.  Ellie Chu, a Chinese immigrant and straight-A student, lives with her father in the small fictional town of Squahamish. In… Continue reading ‘The Half of It’: A Love Story in More Ways than One

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Putting Matters Into Your Own Hands: On Destiny and ‘I Lost My Body’

“I believe that free will leads you to your destiny.” These were the words of Victoria Beckham in her interview with Vogue for their highly popular video series 73 Questions. I believe she simplified an age-old debate about what destiny really is: do we really have control over our own, or do we simply rely… Continue reading Putting Matters Into Your Own Hands: On Destiny and ‘I Lost My Body’

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‘The Silence of the Marsh’: A Hollow Attempt

All crime stories have similar components: questionable characters, secrets kept, and a hero dedicated to stopping it. Establishing these parts look easy enough but watching any bad crime film quickly reveals how hard it is to execute. Such is the case for The Silence of the Marsh. The film focuses on the life of a… Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Marsh’: A Hollow Attempt

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ and the Secret Language of Women

One thing that sets apart stories by men filmmakers from stories by women filmmakers is that female characters from the latter speak their own language, one that transcends the fickleness of words. Those oppressed by the capitalist-patriarchal system are continuously silenced; and because their voice never reaches outside them, they develop a lingua franca unique… Continue reading ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ and the Secret Language of Women