Lists

15 Horror Movie Recommendations for Horror Newbies

The way horror as a genre has evolved over the last century has been so interesting to observe. It’s a never-ending rollercoaster ride of good years and bad years and good movies and bad movies and everything that could fit in between. The beautiful thing about the genre is that it’s so diverse and so… Continue reading 15 Horror Movie Recommendations for Horror Newbies

Essays

How film lovers are using Letterboxd to diversify film criticism

Being a film fan in this day and age, you likely have your Letterboxd URL linked to your social media bios or exchanging usernames instead of phone numbers with fellow film enthusiasts. This is thanks to a social network site that has successfully positioned itself at the epicenter of contemporary film discourse in the most… Continue reading How film lovers are using Letterboxd to diversify film criticism

Reviews

‘Isa Pa with Feelings’: Tone deaf, eye candy

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Once again Black Sheep delivers a romance film that stars a strong tandem: Ulan’s Carlo Aquino and AlDub’s Maine Mendoza, mixed in with all the right ingredients to make a top-grossing hit: fairy lights, shots of the cityscape, movie/TV references (from Pangako Sa’Yo to (500) Days of Summer!), and songs from Juan… Continue reading ‘Isa Pa with Feelings’: Tone deaf, eye candy

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘Babae at Baril’ – Assertion of power

In 1927, during an emergency meeting at the start of the Chinese Civil War, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong uttered the now-famous words: “the political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” In a way, Rae Red’s first solo directorial debut is a modern take on this phrase, examining how a gun can affect… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Babae at Baril’ – Assertion of power

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘Cleaners’ – Of Beginnings and Teenage Rage

Glenn Barit’s Cleaners opens with the last day of school, where 8 students—the assigned cleaners of the day—idly work all over the room. There’s a sense of boredom to the task, the short attention span of the teenage mind wandering over to the window, then to the nothingness of the ceilings and floors and each… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Cleaners’ – Of Beginnings and Teenage Rage

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘No Data Plan’ – Migration, fugitivism, and the Filipino diaspora

According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are approximately 1.6 million Filipinos living as immigrant workers in the United States, comprising roughly 4 percent of the country’s entire OFW population. Lack of employment opportunities and as the government’s labor export policy are among the primary reasons some Filipinos opt to leave the country in search… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘No Data Plan’ – Migration, fugitivism, and the Filipino diaspora

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘Spring by the Sea’ – A Heartwarming Seat in the Family Table

The cliché quote of "home is where the heart is" often circulates my head when I skim loglines of films about families. Most of the time stories of families revolve around conflict and power dynamics so it’s sometimes refreshing to be reminded that it is what it is supposed to be: a healthy, supportive place… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Spring by the Sea’ – A Heartwarming Seat in the Family Table

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘For My Alien Friend’ – An ode to existence and companionship

Cinema in its purest form, they say, is just an artistic arrangement of sights and sounds. The filmmaker manipulates every aspect of the film: color, saturation, hue, framing, score, and sound effects–to create a symphony of images in perfect harmony with its auditory elements. But a good film relishes not only in its technical merits… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘For My Alien Friend’ – An ode to existence and companionship

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘UnTrue’ – Lies, guilt, and romance

The film opens with a shot of a small statue of a woman holding a bowl of grapes on one hand and a sword on the other. We later learn that it is a miniature version of the Kartlis Deda, a huge monument in Georgia's capital city of Tbilisi that greets visitors upon their arrival,… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘UnTrue’ – Lies, guilt, and romance

Festivals, Lists

Must-See Films at QCinema International Film Festival 2019

QCinema is back, now on its 7th year! With the theme “A Rising Wave,” QCinema presents the strides Asian filmmakers have been making worldwide. There are many female directors in the documentary and short film categories, representing a rise of female voices in the Asian film festival circuit. And as part of the centennial celebration of Philippine… Continue reading Must-See Films at QCinema International Film Festival 2019