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)”

Book Review: Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys once again successfully shed light on tragedies during World War II that are not talked about when discussing World War II. Usually, when it comes to discussing the WWII, it is usually about Hitler’s regime against the power of Stalin but in Salt to the Sea, the reader is immersed in a story that is devastatingly beautiful and will leave you with a broken heart and an enlightened mind. Continue reading “Book Review: Salt to the Sea”

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”