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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Metamorphosis’ – Arresting but ultimately shallow

Warning: Major spoilers ahead! Jose Enrique Tiglao’s Metamorphosis is the first Filipino film to feature an intersex character. Adam (Gold Azeron) is just a regular 14-year-old trying to navigate his adolescence: homework and projects, being a good son to his religious parents, impressing his new classmate, and defending himself from bullies. Raised as a boy… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Metamorphosis’ – Arresting but ultimately shallow

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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo’ — On Synthetic Romance and Unromantic Synthesis

There is not much to be said about a love story that has neither love nor a story. But maybe it’s deliberate, maybe the point of the film is that our definition now of relationships has been so distorted that you don’t need love to call it one; or that love alone is not enough… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo’ — On Synthetic Romance and Unromantic Synthesis

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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Lucid’ – Coping Through Troubled Times

Warning: spoilers ahead! Things aren’t always what they seem in Victor Villanueva’s Lucid. Ann (Alessandra de Rossi) is a lonely woman living in a routine day to day: wake up, comb her hair, cook breakfast, and give her aunt (Peewee O’Hara) the daily insulin dose. Afterwards she commutes to work, punches in, maneuvers her day… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Lucid’ – Coping Through Troubled Times

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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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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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I saw ‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ Without Seeing the First One

I am not a fan of movies with horror, zombies, blood, and gore in it. I can almost count all the movies in the aforementioned genre that I saw in the 18 years of my existence. Zombieland is not technically a horror movie, but it still has some of its elements, so I mustered up… Continue reading I saw ‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ Without Seeing the First One