‘Ang Panday’ and the failure of the single savior plot (InterAksyon)

I can't believe the last movie I will see in the cinema was Ang Panday. The movie had everything in it and it melted my brain. It melted my brain for being so extra. It's such a sad thing, in my opinion, that this would be the last film I saw in the cinema in 2017,…Read more ‘Ang Panday’ and the failure of the single savior plot (InterAksyon)

‘The Crown’ continues to shine on its second season (InterAksyon)

The second season of The Crown is as thrilling as the first season. It's as elegant and superbly-written and wonderfully acted. It's filled with such humanity but, at the same time, it is wrought with context of history and world politics. It's enlightening as much as it is artful. It's one of my favorite shows, really.…Read more ‘The Crown’ continues to shine on its second season (InterAksyon)

‘Bright’ tackles too much and comes out underdeveloped (InterAksyon)

So I was invited to the cinema premiere of Bright a week ago and I was so scared that I wasn't going to enjoy it because I heard so many bad things about it online. I do find the premise interesting and it reminded me of Alien Nation, and I really loved that film. So I went to…Read more ‘Bright’ tackles too much and comes out underdeveloped (InterAksyon)

‘Deadma Walking’ plays with a tricky premise and delivers a fun and funny ride (InterAksyon)

Got to see another MMFF entry during the press previews before the actual festival starts on the 25th. This time I saw Deadma Walking, which was a mixed bag for me. Great handling of a very tricky premise with a good sense of irony at the finale but I felt that the emotional weight of the…Read more ‘Deadma Walking’ plays with a tricky premise and delivers a fun and funny ride (InterAksyon)

‘Ang Larawan’ is enjoyable and relevant despite its limiting structure (InterAksyon)

I was actually scared to see Ang Larawan. The trailer scared me. It looked so old-fashion and I'm not the biggest fan of Ryan Cayabyab's musical work. He's a great composer and his pop songs are amazing but I saw an opera of his about Juan Luna, Spolarium, I think, and I didn't like it. But I…Read more ‘Ang Larawan’ is enjoyable and relevant despite its limiting structure (InterAksyon)

Words and moving pictures (Panorama)

So I wrote something for Panorama in their book issue last November and I only got to see it recently on the online edition. I had almost forgotten I had written it. It's a long piece about how reading books on Scriptwriting, to teach in class, made me realize things about myself as a Scriptwriter.…Read more Words and moving pictures (Panorama)