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A Festival in Review: Cinemalaya 2021’s Dokyu Program A

I remember reading once this quote about cinema: “The cinema is truth 24 frames per second.” It felt, to me, like it came from the early Soviet filmmakers, perhaps the person who did Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis. (The quote comes from Godard, which makes more sense than my first assumption.) Even in a world… Continue reading A Festival in Review: Cinemalaya 2021’s Dokyu Program A

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Cinemalaya 2021: Main Competition Shorts B — Extending the Short Form to Wider Lengths

With the ongoing pandemic still restricting the film industry, there is a stronger need to give an accessible platform for filmmakers to showcase not only their work but also realities that most people may not easily witness today. Films play a much more vital role during these times; as many of us are still confined… Continue reading Cinemalaya 2021: Main Competition Shorts B — Extending the Short Form to Wider Lengths

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‘The Green Knight’: The Unforgettable Coming-of-Age Journey of Camelot’s Bravest Knight

The Dev Patel train is not slowing down any time soon, and The Green Knight certainly establishes his range. The actor stars as the best of King Arthur’s knights, Sir Gawain, in this medieval fantasy film based on the Arthurian poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Originally slated for the South by Southwest 2020… Continue reading ‘The Green Knight’: The Unforgettable Coming-of-Age Journey of Camelot’s Bravest Knight

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Rise of the Short Films: Cinemalaya 2021 Main Competition Set A

Since the lockdown was mandated, it has been difficult for filmmakers to come up with new films. Producing full-length films became more expensive due to COVID-19 safety protocols. This has allowed us to reimagine the landscape of Philippine cinema; with short films previously seen as inferior to full-lengths, the short form has taken over. QCinema,… Continue reading Rise of the Short Films: Cinemalaya 2021 Main Competition Set A

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‘The Commitment’: Queer Love as Failure

The Commitment (Kasal) takes us immediately at the height of the incident. Paolo (Oliver Aquino) gets caught cheating by his partner, Sherwin (Arnold Reyes) and we are left to pick up the pieces alongside them. Throughout the film, we see them working towards rekindling their relationship and moving past this setback. However, following these events… Continue reading ‘The Commitment’: Queer Love as Failure

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‘Trese’: Dealing With the Lies of the Past

Spoilers ahead. There’s a point in Trese that I find really interesting; something that pops out even outside the messy plot and the extremely convoluted double-twist ending. It’s when Datu Talagbusao (voiced by Steve Blum in the English dub) tells Trese that what she has been defending, the Accords—an agreement between the engkanto and the… Continue reading ‘Trese’: Dealing With the Lies of the Past

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Bo Burnham’s ’Inside’: Zooming in A Digital Caveman’s Painfully Hilarious Quarantine Diary

Spoilers ahead. Last seen Kanye-ranting about the small diameter of a Pringles can and Chipotle’s messy burritos in Make Happy, Bo Burnham bounces back five years later with Inside, a brilliant comedy-meets-meta Netflix special that is sure to stay with you for days, or even months.   Directed, written, filmed, edited, scored, and starred in by… Continue reading Bo Burnham’s ’Inside’: Zooming in A Digital Caveman’s Painfully Hilarious Quarantine Diary

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‘Four Sisters Before the Wedding’: A Spitting Image of the Original

Spoilers ahead Some stories are better left untold. By itself, Four Sisters and a Wedding had been established as a staple in the Philippine entertainment industry, from the meme-worthy lines, the sisters themselves, and the familiar theme of family ties. Regardless of its formulaic and predictable premise, the film managed to balance light-hearted humor with… Continue reading ‘Four Sisters Before the Wedding’: A Spitting Image of the Original

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IFFR 2021: ‘The Witches of the Orients’—Champions Defined by Their History

It is the personal that tells the specific moments lived through by an individual. It is the individual that comprises the society. It is the society that dictates one’s history. It is the history that births an individual. It is the individual that tells the personal. It is the personal that is political. It was… Continue reading IFFR 2021: ‘The Witches of the Orients’—Champions Defined by Their History

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‘The Father’: A Devastating Study on Losing Oneself

Florian Zeller’s The Father is more than just your typical family drama. Family drama isn’t even an apt description for it.  Anne (Olivia Colman) visits her 80-year-old father, Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), who’s living in an apartment alone in London. He had just chased off the recent carer she’s hired for him after accusing her of… Continue reading ‘The Father’: A Devastating Study on Losing Oneself