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Emerging Aswangs in the Urban Landscape: Intentional Horror in Realism and the Conscious Visual Language of ‘Aswang’ (2019)

They never happened in the avenues; they always happen in the alleys. My childhood friend lost her father because of Rodrigo Duterte’s Oplan Tokhang. I was 15 when the killings started. I saw the picture on the Facebook page of The Philippine Star. It feels different when the victim is very close to you; I… Continue reading Emerging Aswangs in the Urban Landscape: Intentional Horror in Realism and the Conscious Visual Language of ‘Aswang’ (2019)

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‘Lady Bird’ and Finding Truth Within Yourself

Growing up is an experience that everyone goes through at different points of their life, and coming-of-age stories have always been there to document this process. This kind of film comes and goes, but when one creeps up out of nowhere and leaves an impact on me, I hold it in my heart forever. Greta… Continue reading ‘Lady Bird’ and Finding Truth Within Yourself

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‘Saving Face:’ On Family Pressures and the Importance of Happy Endings

Scrolling through common lesbian film recommendations, one can notice a glaring similarity: most feature two white women. Sure, there are one or two films with women of color, but most of the time they are forgotten. Recently, there have been efforts to shed light on stories of lesbian women of color in Pariah, The Handmaiden,… Continue reading ‘Saving Face:’ On Family Pressures and the Importance of Happy Endings

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Collective Memories of Film Piracy: The Disregarded Movement Against Cinema Elitism

Our church is on the top floor of a mall in Ortigas. The pastor would often joke about churchgoers who head to the ground floor to where the DVDs were located after the service. I didn’t understand what was wrong about it, but my mom stopped buying DVDs after that. The DVD vendors seemed to… Continue reading Collective Memories of Film Piracy: The Disregarded Movement Against Cinema Elitism

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Putting Matters Into Your Own Hands: On Destiny and ‘I Lost My Body’

“I believe that free will leads you to your destiny.” These were the words of Victoria Beckham in her interview with Vogue for their highly popular video series 73 Questions. I believe she simplified an age-old debate about what destiny really is: do we really have control over our own, or do we simply rely… Continue reading Putting Matters Into Your Own Hands: On Destiny and ‘I Lost My Body’

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‘Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus’: Aileen, a shapeshifter

Four men went crazy over her. You do not know her name. She is someone who just passes you by in the streets of Avenida. She can be anyone you want. She is Aileen. She can give you anything–love, lust, obsession, and companionship. But she will leave you. You will long for her. Forever. Aileen… Continue reading ‘Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus’: Aileen, a shapeshifter

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: On Resisting the Impulse of Doom and Embracing Life

It was the week I turned 24; like all birthdays, I was a bit miserable, anxious, and burnt out from life and my disdain for my own words were eating me alive. 2018 was a year-long healing process from a failed decision I went through back in late 2017. I told myself that I needed… Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: On Resisting the Impulse of Doom and Embracing Life

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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