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Pinned reviews

  • Whether the Weather Is Fine

    Whether the Weather Is Fine

    “The years I was editing, I was unconsciously learning from all my directors.”

    Carlo Francisco Manatad has made a name for himself as one of the most prolific Filipino film editors, with works such as “F#*@bois,” “I’m Drunk I Love You,” “Meet Me In St. Gallen,” and “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” under his artistic belt. But in the last few years, he has successfully made a name for himself locally and internationally as a writer and director. His immediate narrative and…

  • Leonor Will Never Die

    Leonor Will Never Die


    When Martika Ramirez Escobar found out her film was going to be part of Sundance, she was on the way to a lock-in shoot for Quark Henares’ new film.

    “Yung initial reaction ko was: Ano ‘to, wrong send? Rejection letter? Joke ba ‘to?”

    (My initial reaction was: What’s this? Was it missent? A rejection letter? Is this a joke?)

    To her, it seemed like a statistical impossibility. As the largest independent film festival in the United States, Sundance was home…

Recent reviews

  • 11,103



    It is difficult to walk away from 11,103 without being awed by its brazenness.

    The documentary, directed by Jeannette Ifurung (Batas Militar) and Mike Alcazaren (Patay Kung Patay), tracks the lives of a select few who are recognized by Republic Act No. 10368, otherwise known as the “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013,” which was created to acknowledge the violations that occurred during the Martial Law era and to provide reparations to the victims. Yet 50 years…

  • 12 Weeks

    12 Weeks


    It’s been said before by Richard Bolisay, Emil Hofileña, and Philbert Dy that to describe 12 Weeks as an “abortion film” is to do the film a disservice. While its writer-director Anna Isabelle Matutina begins the narrative with an pre-interview for the abortion, 12 Weeks shapes up as a coming-of-age film about Alice (Max Eigenmann), a humanitarian worker in her 40s, who is forced to navigate several crises. By paralleling Alice’s internal struggles with the sociopolitical turmoil in 2017 Marawi,…

Popular reviews

  • Leonor Will Never Die

    Leonor Will Never Die


    There is much to love about Martika Ramirez Escobar's debut feature film "Leonor Will Never Die."

    But the thing that strikes me right now is how it introduces non-Filipinos to the specifics of Philippine culture and entertainment: the pirated DVDs being sold cheaply on the streets, the gatherings of strangers around a television screen at hospitals, the near-universal love for action heroes, the perpetual desire to burst out into a karaoke song and dance, and so much more. In many…

  • Shake Rattle and Roll 8

    Shake Rattle and Roll 8

    This review is for LRT and LRT only.