In ‘Changing Partners,’ excellent filmmaking overshadows musical’s emotional strength (InterAksyon)

I was so intrigued coming to watch Changing Partners and wondering how it was going to be done through film. I saw the play version (read my review here) and loved it immensely and thought it was Vince De Jesus's strongest work yet. But it has such an unconventional structure and convention that I wanted to see…Read more In ‘Changing Partners,’ excellent filmmaking overshadows musical’s emotional strength (InterAksyon)

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is truly Oscar-worthy (InterAksyon)

I attended the opening of the Cinema One Originals Film Festival yesterday and the opening film was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and it was amazing. As I said in the article, I knew nothing about the film except that Frances McDormand's performance has put her as the frontrunner for the Oscar's Best Actress race with…Read more ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is truly Oscar-worthy (InterAksyon)

Action-packed and full of gags, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ shines with renewed vigor (InterAksyon)

I couldn't stop laughing and cheering on what I was seeing on-screen from the moment the opening narration starts in Thor: Ragnarok until the film ends, even in the bonus scenes that follow after the credits. Thor: Ragnarok might be one of my top three favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe films alongside Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil…Read more Action-packed and full of gags, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ shines with renewed vigor (InterAksyon)

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)

‘The Chanters’ finds its charm through its rawness (InterAksyon)

Yesterday, I saw three films in competition in the QCinema International Film Festival. The three films I saw were all quite strong and well-made. Considering that there are only eight films in competition, that's a good ratio to have. Especially since everyone is raving about another film I have yet to see. It looks really…Read more ‘The Chanters’ finds its charm through its rawness (InterAksyon)

‘Happy Death Day’ charms as much as it scares (InterAksyon)

I knew I wanted to see Happy Death Day when I saw the trailer. It's Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow in the horror-comedy genre. It doesn't take itself too seriously, which elevates the film in a way that makes it endearing. There are no ambitions and it just does what it does well and succeeds. Read my…Read more ‘Happy Death Day’ charms as much as it scares (InterAksyon)