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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

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QCinema 2019: ‘Babae at Baril’ – Assertion of power

In 1927, during an emergency meeting at the start of the Chinese Civil War, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong uttered the now-famous words: “the political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” In a way, Rae Red’s first solo directorial debut is a modern take on this phrase, examining how a gun can affect… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘Babae at Baril’ – Assertion of power

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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

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QCinema 2019: ‘No Data Plan’ – Migration, fugitivism, and the Filipino diaspora

According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are approximately 1.6 million Filipinos living as immigrant workers in the United States, comprising roughly 4 percent of the country’s entire OFW population. Lack of employment opportunities and as the government’s labor export policy are among the primary reasons some Filipinos opt to leave the country in search… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘No Data Plan’ – Migration, fugitivism, and the Filipino diaspora

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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

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QCinema 2019: ‘For My Alien Friend’ – An ode to existence and companionship

Cinema in its purest form, they say, is just an artistic arrangement of sights and sounds. The filmmaker manipulates every aspect of the film: color, saturation, hue, framing, score, and sound effects–to create a symphony of images in perfect harmony with its auditory elements. But a good film relishes not only in its technical merits… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘For My Alien Friend’ – An ode to existence and companionship

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QCinema 2019: ‘UnTrue’ – Lies, guilt, and romance

The film opens with a shot of a small statue of a woman holding a bowl of grapes on one hand and a sword on the other. We later learn that it is a miniature version of the Kartlis Deda, a huge monument in Georgia's capital city of Tbilisi that greets visitors upon their arrival,… Continue reading QCinema 2019: ‘UnTrue’ – Lies, guilt, and romance