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‘All The Bright Places’: Sincere But Too Shallow For Its Own Good

“It’s nice to have a friend again,” Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) says to Theodore Finch (Justice Smith) as they drive over to their next project. Violet, who's recovering from a car accident that took her sister’s life, holds Finch’s hand across the driver’s seat. They smile at each other. Brett Haley’s adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s… Continue reading ‘All The Bright Places’: Sincere But Too Shallow For Its Own Good

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‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’: A Hot Mess You Can’t Get Enough Of

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is an eccentric rush onscreen. She’s mind-boggling, occasionally heartwarming, and down-right fun to see, and when the action pumps up, she turns into a mess akin to a dynamite. But Margot holds down the gravity of her character to a range of volatility; this is a woman who enjoys a disaster… Continue reading ‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’: A Hot Mess You Can’t Get Enough Of

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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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‘Little Women’: A Fresh New Take on an Old Classic

Admittedly, I wasn’t without my own prejudices upon hearing that Little Women was to grace theaters for the fourth time. I’ve never taken to the story itself, even when I read it as a novel in high school, nor have I ever really been attached to its earlier film predecessors. And being one that much… Continue reading ‘Little Women’: A Fresh New Take on an Old Classic

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‘Block Z’ and the Dystopian Present

It is impossible to watch Block Z without being reminded of the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading in various parts of the world. From the film’s opening sequence, the director Mikhail Red makes his statement clear: viral epidemics are as political as they are biological. They are the direct result of the government’s neglect of the… Continue reading ‘Block Z’ and the Dystopian Present

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‘The Kingmaker’ and the Political Film Consumption

There is a popular quote from the book Philippine Society and Revolution: “Mayaman ang Pilipinas pero naghihirap ang sambayanang Pilipino.” (“The Philippines is rich but the Filipino people are poor.”) The Kingmaker, the explosive and controversial new documentary from American filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, establishes this from the film’s first few scenes. Former First Lady Imelda… Continue reading ‘The Kingmaker’ and the Political Film Consumption

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‘Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film’ is required reading for anyone who wants to be a film critic

Filipino cinephiles, no doubt, are already familiar with Richard Bolisay and his blog Lilok Pelikula. For ten years, Lilok Pelikula was Bolisay’s home to talk about movies; becoming indispensable to anyone who loved to read about the craft. The blog has since been closed and missed. Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film… Continue reading ‘Break It to Me Gently: Essays on Filipino Film’ is required reading for anyone who wants to be a film critic

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‘Cats’: A cat-astrophic beast of a film

Tom Hooper returns for his second musical adaptation of Andrew Webber’s stage musical Cats which was also based on T.S. Eliot’s poem Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Cats is a catastrophe. Its direction is aimless, devoid of any magic that I expected from a bunch of cats called jellicles performing and competing for the… Continue reading ‘Cats’: A cat-astrophic beast of a film