‘Respeto’ and the power of a well-defined setting (InterAksyon)

I had to see the critically acclaimed, well-loved Cinemalaya film of 2017 Respeto. Everyone was saying how good it was and I had to see it for myself. And hand's down, it's as good as everyone says it is. I was so impressed. Read my review here: 'Respeto' and the power of a well-defined setting (InterAksyon). The…Read more ‘Respeto’ and the power of a well-defined setting (InterAksyon)

Short and simple ‘Kiko Boksingero’ packs a wallop (Interaksyon)

As much as I didn't enjoy Requited,  I enjoyed Kiko Boksingero a whole lot and I wasn't expecting to. There's a whole lot of talk about Manny Pacquiao than I cared for but it was appropriate to the script and to the story. But otherwise I had no real qualms about it. I really, really enjoyed it.…Read more Short and simple ‘Kiko Boksingero’ packs a wallop (Interaksyon)

Cycling drama ‘Requited’ freewheels towards vagueness (Interaksyon)

The first film I saw for Cinemalaya, unfortunately, was quite disappointing. Lots of potential, though, but disappointing still. Requited has a good premise, beautiful music, and two very good actors -- Jake Cuenca and Anna Luna -- that were not utilized to their strengths. Read my review here: Cycling drama 'Requited' freewheels towards vagueness (Interaksyon). I would…Read more Cycling drama ‘Requited’ freewheels towards vagueness (Interaksyon)

‘Kita Kita’ is an eye-opener for the romantic comedy genre (Interaksyon)

I'm so happy for Viva Films. They've been putting out some really good films lately and it's a great rebranding for the movie studio. I still can't get over how good Camp Sawi was and I heard that Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend was also a surprisingly good film. I was going to watch Kita Kita anyway…Read more ‘Kita Kita’ is an eye-opener for the romantic comedy genre (Interaksyon)

review of Inside Out and a conversation with foreign directors

Last week was a pretty good work week, I think, and I was able to meet a few deadlines and got some articles sent to my editors. I loved Inside Out and was happy to be able to review it for Juice. Then I was able to interview three foreign directors who were screening their…Read more review of Inside Out and a conversation with foreign directors

Mariquina: Takes its Time but Delivers the Goods

I got to see Mariquina last night and I posted my review of it and it's now out on Juice. I'm really, really excited about the three movies I've seen in the Cinemalaya this year. There is a tendency to move away from the over-dramatic now and to do understated work and it's really such…Read more Mariquina: Takes its Time but Delivers the Goods