Festivals, Reviews

Vision Unbarred: Cinemalaya 2020 Short Films A&B in Review

I have never been to a Cinemalaya screening. Pampanga is a relatively urban province located near Metro Manila, but even there, Cinemalaya—one of the most celebrated Filipino film festivals— has never been given the promotion that it so rightly deserves. Often overshadowed by western pictures, big budget movies, and given short-lived slots in cinemas, the… Continue reading Vision Unbarred: Cinemalaya 2020 Short Films A&B in Review

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‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’: P.P.S. Do I Still Love This?

Right off the bat, I still think To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is better than P.S. I Still Love You. To All the Boys has the capacity to be re-watched multiple times. It’s one of my go-to feel-good films whenever I’m down. The sequel, however, pales in comparison.  Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) life… Continue reading ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’: P.P.S. Do I Still Love This?

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MMFF 2019: Not Really a Miracle in Cell No. 7

I consider storytelling one of the greatest inventions of mankind. There is no greater pleasure than seeing a story come alive, to be able to lose yourself and be transported to another world, another time, and another reality through magnificently crafted sequences. But for this to happen, a film must have a solid team of… Continue reading MMFF 2019: Not Really a Miracle in Cell No. 7

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‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between

When does love end? We’re taught that one’s ultimate goal in life is to find the one, get married, and live the happily-ever-after described in storybooks. We are taught that love is a sacred entity that exists between two people destined to be together (‘til death do they part). But we are not characters written… Continue reading ‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between

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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

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Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: The Farce and Spectacle of ‘The Panti Sisters’

There is no offer more convincing than 300 million pesos. Queer siblings Gabbi (Paolo Ballesteros), Dane (Martin del Rosario), and Samuel (Christian Bables) glam their way through siring a child to get their inheritance in The Panti Sisters. The Panti Sisters falls under the mainstream comedy flicks filled with cookie cutter banters, overexaggerated jokes, and… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: The Farce and Spectacle of ‘The Panti Sisters’

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The Timeless Charm of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

When life gives you lemons, chop those up, get your secret stash of booze and drink to your heart’s desire. As the film welcomes us to Bridget Jones crying, drinking an ungodly amount of wine, binge-watching Frasier and lip-syncing to Jamie O’Neal’s “All by Myself”, it reminds its audience of memories of their lowest times,… Continue reading The Timeless Charm of ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’

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‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’: Love Should Not Mean Self-Sacrifice

"Let nothing stop you from achieving your dreams." It’s very rare to see a film that does not raise a question. It’s there to build tension, to generate interest and curiosity. In Hello, Love, Goodbye, it is posed to our protagonist Joy (Kathryn Bernardo)—should she choose her career, or should she stay and choose her… Continue reading ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’: Love Should Not Mean Self-Sacrifice