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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Metamorphosis’ – Arresting but ultimately shallow

Warning: Major spoilers ahead! Jose Enrique Tiglao’s Metamorphosis is the first Filipino film to feature an intersex character. Adam (Gold Azeron) is just a regular 14-year-old trying to navigate his adolescence: homework and projects, being a good son to his religious parents, impressing his new classmate, and defending himself from bullies. Raised as a boy… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Metamorphosis’ – Arresting but ultimately shallow

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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo’ — On Synthetic Romance and Unromantic Synthesis

There is not much to be said about a love story that has neither love nor a story. But maybe it’s deliberate, maybe the point of the film is that our definition now of relationships has been so distorted that you don’t need love to call it one; or that love alone is not enough… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo’ — On Synthetic Romance and Unromantic Synthesis

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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Lucid’ – Coping Through Troubled Times

Warning: spoilers ahead! Things aren’t always what they seem in Victor Villanueva’s Lucid. Ann (Alessandra de Rossi) is a lonely woman living in a routine day to day: wake up, comb her hair, cook breakfast, and give her aunt (Peewee O’Hara) the daily insulin dose. Afterwards she commutes to work, punches in, maneuvers her day… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘Lucid’ – Coping Through Troubled Times

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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

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Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘O’ – An incomprehensible mess

[Disclaimer: This review is for the original cut shown during the gala screening.] When the ending credits finally rolled, I braced myself as I confirmed a bad hunch I had throughout the entire screening: this film doesn't have a sound designer. I guess we'll never know whether they simply didn't want their name included in… Continue reading Cinema One Originals 2019: ‘O’ – An incomprehensible mess

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Submissions to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in QCinema2019: ‘System Crasher,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Homeward,’ and ‘Buoyancy’

QCinema is perhaps the only legitimate international film festival in the country, an obvious standout for having exceptional and extensive curation. Not only does it bring award-winning films that would have never screened in local theaters under normal circumstances, it also gives Filipino audiences a glimpse into cinemas rarely discussed in our film community. This… Continue reading Submissions to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in QCinema2019: ‘System Crasher,’ ‘And Then We Danced,’ ‘Homeward,’ and ‘Buoyancy’

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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

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‘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

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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

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QCinema 2019: ‘Kaaway sa Sulod’ – Pelikula ng mga Diyalektiko

Si Arnel Barbarona na marahil ang isa sa mga pinakamatingkad na pangalan sa kasalukuyan tuwing pinag-uusapan ang sineng Mindanao. Patunay ang tagumpay ng pelikula niyang Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill) na nanalo ng Best Picture sa Sinag Maynila 2017 at pinangaralan ng 1st Place Grand Jury Prize sa FAMAS 2018 na may puwang,… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Kaaway sa Sulod’ – Pelikula ng mga Diyalektiko