The Handmaid’s Tail is more horrid and relevant in 2017 than it’s first publication three decades ago

 It's more than a faithful adaptation, it expands the original source creating a dystopian future that is eerily relevant to our times. It's not just joining the gender conversation, it's demanding to be heard. Just three episodes down and Hulu inserts itself as a contender to Netflix and Amazon in producing the future of television … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tail is more horrid and relevant in 2017 than it’s first publication three decades ago

Desire (1928) by Paz Latorena: Her body’s a wonderland

Re-reading the 50 Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century - Story #2: It's written by another woman who's a student of Benitez, but this time she writes about a woman who's issue is also the issue of every other woman: her body. But while most women are concerned with their bodies' lack of perfection, this … Continue reading Desire (1928) by Paz Latorena: Her body’s a wonderland

Dead Stars (1925) by Paz Marquez-Benitez: an affair to remember

  Re-reading the 50 Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century - Story #1: The first time we read it, we didn't pay much heed because it was a school requirement, thus, robbing us the enjoyment of simply reading it. Half a decade later, we visited it again, and to our surprise, it gave us the … Continue reading Dead Stars (1925) by Paz Marquez-Benitez: an affair to remember

Mula Sa Buwan: it knows how to charm and break your heart

Character driven story revolving around the ugly but quick-witted childhood/bestfriend, dense girl-friend, and debonair airhead. It makes the audience wait for two things to happen: the war, and Roxane learning the truth about Cyrano and Christian. Roxane deserves neither of them. Script is witty, especially between Christian and Cyrano. The songs are solid and memorable … Continue reading Mula Sa Buwan: it knows how to charm and break your heart

Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (The Story Of Us That Never Was) – Slow and quiet and understandably so

Contemplative cinema is not for everyone. The extended takes and minimal dialogue can be tedious. Without the proper skill, this technique can test the viewers patience. And that's how I felt on the first half of this film. The script delivered but also has it's misses, like when they're walking from LRT 2 to LRT … Continue reading Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (The Story Of Us That Never Was) – Slow and quiet and understandably so