Lists

30 Essential Films of the 2010s

The 2010s has been defined by crisis and conflict but also hope and solidarity. The decade saw a rise in blockbusters and superhero films. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the rise of Netflix and other streaming sites have greatly affected the way we consume media. Outside of corporate and capitalist media, films saw… Continue reading 30 Essential Films of the 2010s

Reviews

‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between

When does love end? We’re taught that one’s ultimate goal in life is to find the one, get married, and live the happily-ever-after described in storybooks. We are taught that love is a sacred entity that exists between two people destined to be together (‘til death do they part). But we are not characters written… Continue reading ‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between

Essays

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: On Resisting the Impulse of Doom and Embracing Life

It was the week I turned 24; like all birthdays, I was a bit miserable, anxious, and burnt out from life and my disdain for my own words were eating me alive. 2018 was a year-long healing process from a failed decision I went through back in late 2017. I told myself that I needed… Continue reading ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: On Resisting the Impulse of Doom and Embracing Life

Reviews

‘Dead Kids’: Being Neon-Lit Does Not Make a Movie Good

Movies should be judged on its own merits, but sometimes discourse around it seeps into the film well before one’s first viewing. As I pressed play on Dead Kids a week after its release, I was already (painfully) aware of its stellar social media reception and, subsequently, the arguments being made on the state of… Continue reading ‘Dead Kids’: Being Neon-Lit Does Not Make a Movie Good

Reviews

Sublimated Love, or the Emancipation of Xavier Dolan in ‘Matthias et Maxime’

I revere Xavier Dolan’s work as much as I absolutely abhor admitting that I revere Xavier Dolan’s work. I guess creating a multi-awarded screenplay at 16 warrants him some degree of cockiness; the pretentiousness of his cinema is what draws me in as an equally pretentious audience member, after all. That said, he is a… Continue reading Sublimated Love, or the Emancipation of Xavier Dolan in ‘Matthias et Maxime’

Reviews

‘The Lighthouse’: The Inherent Desire for Control

Robert Eggers’ sophomore film The Lighthouse is a hysterical horror film with an atmospheric narrative that explores power dynamics, sexual desire, repression, and isolation. Set in the late 19th century, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) are sent to an island coast in New England to man a lighthouse for four weeks.… Continue reading ‘The Lighthouse’: The Inherent Desire for Control

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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