Film Review: Bagahe (2017)

After leaving and unwanted baggage in an airplane bathroom, Mercy (Angeli Bayani) now has to answer for her actions. Bagahe follows Mercy’s story as she slowly reveals her reasons for leaving her newborn baby behind. Watching Bagahe was like dragging an excessive baggage for almost two hours. This tackles an important issue in society but the execution is not captivating enough. It feels a bit … Continue reading Film Review: Bagahe (2017)

Film Review: Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig (2017)

Dolores (Mercedes Cabral) was killed on the night of the procession, and no crime in a small town goes unnoticed. The police, church, and townspeople are off to figure out who is involved and what really happened that night. Directed by Iar Lionel Arondaing, Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig deals with an unforgivable crime, and the an examination of forgiveness, faith, and repentance. It … Continue reading Film Review: Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig (2017)

Film Review: The Circle (2017)

Starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillian, and John Boyega, The Circle is about privacy, transparency, ethics, and ultimately technology. Mae Holland (Watson), lands a job in one of the most prestigious companies and this shift causes her life to change in ways she never expected. We are now living in an information-age world where social media and technology run people’s lives. That’s why this story, … Continue reading Film Review: The Circle (2017)

Film Review: 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten (2016)

Felix Salonga (Khalil Ramos) is an outsider in his own school. In his eyes, no one is worth befriending, no one is interesting enough to pay attention to. But this changed when the Snyder brothers, Magnus (Ethan Salvador) and Maxim (Jameson Blake) transferred to their school. The two troublemakers form a relationship with Felix and things started to change. 2 Cool is a mixture of … Continue reading Film Review: 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten (2016)

Film Review: Baka Bukas (2016)

Just letting everyone know that this is not an addition to the recent discourse about the representation of LGBT+ community in Philippines’ mainstream media. For the next few minutes, I am going to talk about Baka Bukas as a film, not as a representation of LGBT+. Although I acknowledge that this film is a way to represent the LGBT+ community, I will not be saying anything about that. I believe that there are much more qualified and eloquent voices out there. This entire write-up will just be about the direction, writing, characterization, cinematography, and other cinematic elements, and not about the intersectionality of its representation nor the queer cinema of the Philippines. Continue reading “Film Review: Baka Bukas (2016)”

Film Review: Arrival (2016)

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival has been getting praise and appreciation from critics and moviegoers alike. And this is not surprising at all. Denis Villeneuve has crafted a masterful work that breaks away from the typical formula of a sci-fi film: Extraterrestrial beings arrive on Earth, war ensues, explosions everywhere, and it usually ends with a hero saving the entire town. Arrival on the other hand, is nothing like this. This film is more than just your typical sci-fi blockbuster film. Arrival, at the end of the day, is just about the importance of communication and connection we have with one another. Continue reading “Film Review: Arrival (2016)”

Film Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls follows Conor O’Malley and his journey with grief, acceptance, life, and inevitably, death. This film shows how hard it is to hang on to something that will eventually fall out of your hands. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson as the Monster, this adaptation is heartfelt and soulful in the simplest way.  Continue reading “Film Review: A Monster Calls”