X:Men: Days of Future Past – On Fear, Hope, and Destiny

written May 28th, 2014 I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past the other day. It's refreshing to watch a comic book movie with a clever enough narrative that, at any moment, could collapse because of it's ambition. But it held itself together, even managed to pull some heartstrings without being sentimental. Unlike other superhero films, you … Continue reading X:Men: Days of Future Past – On Fear, Hope, and Destiny

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Birdshot: Philippine contender to the Oscar foreign-language film category feels like an American Western

The film opens during sunrise, and we are presented with the Philippine country side, landscape upon landscape of green earth, god-lights peaking between clouds, and mountain silhouettes so majestic they look like paintings. The sound too felt regal, just the chirping of birds or rustle of wind passing through leaves and tall grass. It's the … Continue reading Birdshot: Philippine contender to the Oscar foreign-language film category feels like an American Western

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