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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

‘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

Festivals, Reviews

QCinema 2019: ‘Ave Maryam’ – Finding Love in Forbidden Places

There’s something thrilling about illicit love stories; one must think that desire is, but an emotion so often executed to boredom but when given ample cause, it adds more excitement when unleashed in cautious restraint. It strikes deeply and blossoms into full-blown rebellion, and with it comes its own hell.  At first glance, Ertanto Robby… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Ave Maryam’ – Finding Love in Forbidden Places

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: ‘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

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Open’ – Of Love and Re-Discovery

In Andoy Ranay’s Open, we hear our main characters Rome and Ethan (Arci Muñoz and JC Santos) argue and consider trying out for an open relationship. It’s a familiar point of a relationship and it seems we are intruders in the room as we rewind back to what lead us to it. Rome and Ethan… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Open’ – Of Love and Re-Discovery

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Lola Igna’ – The Tolerable Weight of Living

At first glance, Eduardo W. Roy Jr.’s Lola Igna looks like one those feel good family films that gives us insight on what it’s like to be old—a glimpse of the life we’re headed towards. The trailer was inviting and hilarious as Angie Ferro’s Lola Igna ruefully wakes up to a crowd of young spectators… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Lola Igna’ – The Tolerable Weight of Living

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‘Weathering With You’: Finding Love Against Chaotic Weather Systems

One of my favorite things about Makoto Shinkai’s narratives is how it centers our two leads and the way he allows the world to gravitate amongst and against them. In Weathering With You, the world expands and allows us to realize that it is bigger than our two leads. Yet, they persist. They persist in… Continue reading ‘Weathering With You’: Finding Love Against Chaotic Weather Systems