‘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)

year’s end

This month's Mercury in Retrograde really fucked me up badly. Everything started crashing down and it's as if all the bad mojo of this year has been rammed up into a wall, represented by the last day of 2017. I've been saying that this has been a challenging year and, I'm afraid to admit, that…Read more year’s end

it was irresponsible but I needed to get away

I just got back from my friend's lake house in Caliraya. Cat and her family have always been such great hosts and I was so glad that they invited me over just this weekend. I really, really needed a chance to recharge and just relax. I foolishly brought my laptop with me thinking I was…Read more it was irresponsible but I needed to get away

Deceptively aimless, ‘Dormitoryo’ delivers a solid climax (InterAksyon)

I did not know what to make of Dormitoryo when I first saw it. Halfway through the movie, I was getting restless. The movie meanders through its narrative, lacking any real semblance of a plot. It's just the lives of the people living in a dorm, with their own individual stories, but nothing that accounts for a…Read more Deceptively aimless, ‘Dormitoryo’ delivers a solid climax (InterAksyon)

‘Neomanila’ is a powerful film that doesn’t pull its punches (InterAksyon)

I was impressed with Mikhail Red's Rekorder when I saw it at Cinemalaya 2013. It was the first time I saw Manila captured gritty and dirty without it feeling exploitative. In fact, it still looked beautiful despite it being so dangerous and frightening. I missed Birdshot when it came out in the theaters but now I got…Read more ‘Neomanila’ is a powerful film that doesn’t pull its punches (InterAksyon)