Festivals, Reviews

Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Sila-Sila’ – Putting Your Home Where Your Heart Is

In the 2013 song Strawberry Blond, Mitski sings “I love everybody, because I love you”. There’s a palpable sense of yearning in the subject of her song, and a desire in creating a home out of it. For upon creation, everything else in that small home becomes an extension and it becomes a world in… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Sila-Sila’ – Putting Your Home Where Your Heart Is

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‘Unforgettable’: Decent but Forgettable

My first major issue with Unforgettable is that it does not live up to its title. The film follows a straightforward storyline: a kind young woman named Jasmine (Sarah Geronimo) returns to her home in Baguio hoping to save her sick Lola Olive (Gina Pareño). Along with her is the spotted dog Happy (celebrity dog… Continue reading ‘Unforgettable’: Decent but Forgettable

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Cinema One Originals 2019: O – An incomprehensible mess

[Disclaimer: This review is for the original cut shown during the gala screening.] When the ending credits finally rolled, I braced myself as I confirmed a bad hunch I had throughout the entire screening: this film doesn't have a sound designer. I guess we'll never know whether they simply didn't want their name included in… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: O – An incomprehensible mess

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‘Eli’ really isn’t scary, I’m sorry

Eli first got onto my radar when people kept talking about how scary it was. As someone who basks in horror films and strangely enjoys getting scared, I got excited. Horror movies haven’t really been terrifying as of late as the genre has evolved into a more direct reflection of the human experience. While the… Continue reading ‘Eli’ really isn’t scary, I’m sorry

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‘The Laundromat’: A shell of a movie

With Steven Soderbergh directing and powerhouses like Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas headlining, I genuinely believed that The Laundromat would be a diamond in the rough in the land of Netflix originals. Inspired by the 2017 book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers by Jake Bernstein, The Laundromat supposedly follows the story of… Continue reading ‘The Laundromat’: A shell of a movie

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‘Dolemite Is My Name’: Capturing Rudy Ray Moore in All His Glory

Netflix’s newest original film dives nose-deep into the real life story of Rudy Ray Moore, commonly known as the iconic “Dolemite”, chronicling the journey he paved for himself to see his name in lights. It is a showcase of the 70s black community scene, with Moore in the thick of it and, dare I say,… Continue reading ‘Dolemite Is My Name’: Capturing Rudy Ray Moore in All His Glory

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Submissions to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in QCinema2019: ‘System Crasher,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Homeward,’ and ‘Buoyancy’

QCinema is perhaps the only legitimate international film festival in the country, an obvious standout for having exceptional and extensive curation. Not only does it bring award-winning films that would have never screened in local theaters under normal circumstances, it also gives Filipino audiences a glimpse into cinemas rarely discussed in our film community. This… Continue reading Submissions to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in QCinema2019: ‘System Crasher,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Homeward,’ and ‘Buoyancy’

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QCinema 2019: ‘The Long Walk’ – An Exercise in Grief

Of all human emotions, nothing is as ghastly as grief. It is a ghost that appears and grasps your heart enough to suffocate you, or slowly tangle itself in the veins of it as if it belongs there. In every aspect that involves loss, grief lingers. We all grieve in one way or another, but… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘The Long Walk’ – An Exercise in Grief

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‘Vitalina Varela’: Lessons in Grief

One of the things Pedro Costa says about filmmaking is that “If you don’t respect time, everything in the cinema goes too fast and too quick.” For Costa, there is patience in telling and executing a story, and then there is time. In Vitalina Varela, the long streets of Lisbon are haunted by the migrant… Continue reading ‘Vitalina Varela’: Lessons in Grief