Festivals, Reviews

IFFR 2021—The Reimagined Academy We Dream: Reflections on ‘Manifesto’

We had rules in school. Rules that don’t make sense. I had to follow them. Having a grade below 85 would remove you from the honors list. I didn’t graduate with honors even after reaching the required grade. It made me sad, I lost my self-esteem; everything went downhill. The worse thing: I’m not the… Continue reading IFFR 2021—The Reimagined Academy We Dream: Reflections on ‘Manifesto’

Essays

How Should Moviegoing Change After the Pandemic?

It has always been an enthusiastic feat for every cine fan of the country to traverse through the year with so many film festivals and projects to look forward to, especially in 2020 when the Philippine entertainment industry looked very promising—at least for the first two months before everything fell apart. All ongoing productions were… Continue reading How Should Moviegoing Change After the Pandemic?

Essays

Exploring the Unconscious with David Lynch

No one in the film industry has created dream scenes the way David Lynch has. He conveys a visceral reaction through his direction similar to how someone experiences an actual dream. His work has inspired iconic television shows such as The Sopranos, The OA, Veronica Mars, and The Fringe, as well as countless young directors… Continue reading Exploring the Unconscious with David Lynch

Essays

‘Malcolm & Marie’ and The Grizzly Business of Inspiration

Contains Spoilers for the Netflix film Malcolm & Marie Malcolm & Marie, the 2021 Netflix film written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, is the kind of movie that could only be a must-see event during a pandemic. It’s a bare-bones, black-and-white, single-location drama with only two actors on screen, and a script that… Continue reading ‘Malcolm & Marie’ and The Grizzly Business of Inspiration

Reviews

The Convoluted Messaging of ‘I Care A Lot’

In media, anti-heroes are usually men, like Don Draper and Walter White. I Care A Lot tries to subvert this by making the anti-hero a woman. While this idea sounds great, the film does not develop its lead beyond being a woman; it does nothing to address the cruelty of the protagonist’s actions, which leaves… Continue reading The Convoluted Messaging of ‘I Care A Lot’

Festivals, Reviews

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: A Powerful Film with the Best Performances of the Year

Judas and the Black Messiah is a film from a rising Black director, starring two of the most talented Black actors in Hollywood, about one of the most prominent figures of the Black Panther Party: Fred Hampton. As someone who isn’t American, I knew very little about the Black Panther Party other than their open… Continue reading ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: A Powerful Film with the Best Performances of the Year

Reviews

‘Herself’: An Empathetic, Cinematic Manual for Self-Builders

After fleeing from her abusive husband Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), a young Irish mother named Sandra (Clare Dunne) reconstructs her life by DIY-building her own house for her two children in Phyllida Lloyd’s (known for Mamma Mia! and Iron Lady) third and recent empowering film Herself.  Dunne, who also wrote the film, gracefully embodied her… Continue reading ‘Herself’: An Empathetic, Cinematic Manual for Self-Builders

Reviews

“Supernova” and Its Little Lesson About Silence

In Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Mia Wallace squarely said that you know you found the one "when you can just shut the fuck up" and never feel the need to fill the silence with empty small talk. Harry Macqueen's Supernova shows Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth derive both pleasure and unease in silence, but mostly… Continue reading “Supernova” and Its Little Lesson About Silence

Essays

On Post Break-Up Films: The Beginnings they Offer After Endings

Breakups in film have always been portrayed as a painful and dramatic experience: the heated exchanges between couples, the tearful parting, and a resolution where they either reconcile or find someone new. Turning to film and seeing these did not provide a lot of comfort and hope when I had to deal with my own… Continue reading On Post Break-Up Films: The Beginnings they Offer After Endings

Reviews

‘The Dig’: An Idealistic Escape

As lockdowns and restrictions persist in most countries, it is no surprise that streaming giants are taking advantage of their accessibility. Renowned directors like Noah Baumbach are having exclusive deals with Netflix; Ryan Coogler just signed a 5-year exclusive deal with Disney. It’s not a far-off prediction that film distribution has changed forever, to the… Continue reading ‘The Dig’: An Idealistic Escape