Essays

How film lovers are using Letterboxd to diversify film criticism

Being a film fan in this day and age, you likely have your Letterboxd URL linked to your social media bios or exchanging usernames instead of phone numbers with fellow film enthusiasts. This is thanks to a social network site that has successfully positioned itself at the epicenter of contemporary film discourse in the most… Continue reading How film lovers are using Letterboxd to diversify film criticism

Reviews

‘Isa Pa with Feelings’: Tone deaf, eye candy

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Once again Black Sheep delivers a romance film that stars a strong tandem: Ulan’s Carlo Aquino and AlDub’s Maine Mendoza, mixed in with all the right ingredients to make a top-grossing hit: fairy lights, shots of the cityscape, movie/TV references (from Pangako Sa’Yo to (500) Days of Summer!), and songs from Juan… Continue reading ‘Isa Pa with Feelings’: Tone deaf, eye candy

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Lists

Must-See Films at QCinema International Film Festival 2019

QCinema is back, now on its 7th year! With the theme “A Rising Wave,” QCinema presents the strides Asian filmmakers have been making worldwide. There are many female directors in the documentary and short film categories, representing a rise of female voices in the Asian film festival circuit. And as part of the centennial celebration of Philippine… Continue reading Must-See Films at QCinema International Film Festival 2019

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: The Farce and Spectacle of ‘The Panti Sisters’

There is no offer more convincing than 300 million pesos. Queer siblings Gabbi (Paolo Ballesteros), Dane (Martin del Rosario), and Samuel (Christian Bables) glam their way through siring a child to get their inheritance in The Panti Sisters. The Panti Sisters falls under the mainstream comedy flicks filled with cookie cutter banters, overexaggerated jokes, and… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: The Farce and Spectacle of ‘The Panti Sisters’

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Open’ – Of Love and Re-Discovery

In Andoy Ranay’s Open, we hear our main characters Rome and Ethan (Arci Muñoz and JC Santos) argue and consider trying out for an open relationship. It’s a familiar point of a relationship and it seems we are intruders in the room as we rewind back to what lead us to it. Rome and Ethan… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Open’ – Of Love and Re-Discovery

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Lola Igna’ – The Tolerable Weight of Living

At first glance, Eduardo W. Roy Jr.’s Lola Igna looks like one those feel good family films that gives us insight on what it’s like to be old—a glimpse of the life we’re headed towards. The trailer was inviting and hilarious as Angie Ferro’s Lola Igna ruefully wakes up to a crowd of young spectators… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘Lola Igna’ – The Tolerable Weight of Living

Festivals, Reviews

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘LSS’ – Love? In This Economy?

Maybe I just have too much faith in hugot culture, but I thought LSS would be a blockbuster hit. It has become almost a rite of passage for young Filipinos to cry to at least one Ben&Ben song (I’ve personally bawled at two), so having a feature film to commemorate our collective catharsis, scored by… Continue reading Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019: ‘LSS’ – Love? In This Economy?