Reviews

‘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

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

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Circa’ – 100 Years of Life and Philippine Cinema

Doña Atang (Anita Linda) is turning 100 years old. Her one wish: to celebrate it with the people she worked with in her earlier years of producing films, a task her aspiring filmmaker grandson (Enchong Dee) has taken the liberty of granting. As his quest to find members to populate the party begins, so does… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Circa’ – 100 Years of Life and Philippine Cinema

Festivals, Reviews

Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Iska’ – A Realistic Portrait that Failed to Say Anything Real

We open to a scene that takes its time drawing in breath, holding it in for as long as it can until the inevitable exhale. It is a practiced patience, a testament to the unconditional love this life-beaten grandmother has for the autistic grandson her daughter abandoned. If, like a practiced diver, the film held… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2019: ‘Iska’ – A Realistic Portrait that Failed to Say Anything Real