Reviews

‘Whether the Weather is Fine’: Absurdity in Disaster

Whether the Weather is Fine, the debut feature from director Carlo Francisco Manatad, tells the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 through the eyes of Miguel (Daniel Padilla), his mother Norma (Charo Santos-Concio), and his girlfriend Andrea (Rans Rifol). Amidst the rumor of another incoming storm, the three leads must decide whether to stay in… Continue reading ‘Whether the Weather is Fine’: Absurdity in Disaster

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2021: ‘Titane’—Both Horrifying and Uplifting

Seeing this promotional photo for Titane would immediately make one conclude that this film has some sort of Fast and Furious vibe, filled with cars and sexy women; but it’s more than that. Maybe even different than that. Julia Ducournau’s second feature film is an absolute thrill ride from start to finish. The film follows… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Titane’—Both Horrifying and Uplifting

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Reviews

‘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