• Great Freedom

    Great Freedom

    After 659 days, we're finally back in cinemaaas!

    Third act dragged and almost ruined the whole thing, but the great opening and closing sequences perfectly encapsulates its thesis, which, obviously, is also the name of the film.

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021, Gateway Mall]

    < Ang Ranking: Best International Feature Film submissions to the 94th Academy Awards >

  • City of Flowers

    City of Flowers

    Literal and metaphorical blood sacrifices, both unnecessary and avoidable.

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021]

  • Skylab

    Skylab

    Sana nalaglag na lang talaga 'yung Skylab para namatay na tayong lahat.

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021]

  • MIGHTY ROBO V

    MIGHTY ROBO V

    Razor-sharp satire and commentary on woke culture and our current local zeitgeist; definitely something only Miko Livelo and Mihk Vergara, makers of cults hits Blue Bustamante and Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo, respectively, would unleash.

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021]

  • Henry

    Henry

    Workers' rights through the eyes of a quiet, queer kid; a poignant and tender coming-of-age film. And is that a Abbas Kiarostami reference???

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021]

  • It's Raining Frogs Outside

    It's Raining Frogs Outside

    Loneliness and isolation through surrealistic imagery; avoids the lazy, elementary route most pandemic-themed outputs take.

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021]

  • i get so sad sometimes

    i get so sad sometimes

    i get so sad every time.

    They say write about what you know, but if it's the only thing you can write about... Technically well-made, but we have seen this sadboi way too many times before.

    [QCinema International Film Festival 2021]

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    Okay, listen, to use immersive as an adjective for the experience of seeing and hearing Joe's first foray outside his native language is such an otherworldly understatement. And to describe it further, would be a cruel, cruel spoiler.

    Was always hesitant towards his filmography, and slow cinema in general, but I dunno, meditative and relatable, I kinda like this one. Baffling, I know. Is this the most accessible Apichatpong Weerasethakul or is it just the cosmic screen presence of Auntie…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    "They're pulling my wings and my legs off, one by one, making notes on how I react."

    Kristen Stewart, Jacqueline Durran, Claire Mathon, and Jonny Greenwood desperately tries to clean up and cover up Steven Knight's bare-bones screenplay, and much like how The Firm deals with dirt and skeletons, the quartet did it elegantly, exquisitely, and with extreme precision.

  • Sarap Mong Patayin

    Sarap Mong Patayin

    Sarap Mong Patayin, Darryl Yap. (69 + 1)

    Y'all overanalyzing the hell out of these disgusting pieces of shit shat out by that disgusting piece of shit makes him want to churn out more of this diarrhea. I just wish I could forever eLOUde these bowel movements you call hot takes.

  • Rabid

    Rabid

    A home-invasion horror with eat-the-rich themes, a sentimental love story set in a post-apocalyptic underground bunker, a hospital horror-comedy, and a deal-with-the-devil-Putin episode -- Erik Matti and Michiko Yamamoto definitely understood the assignment.

    Unlike the barrage of pandemic-themed outputs we've seen in the past two years, the couple actually captured the zeitgeist in a fun, outrageous, and... you guessed it, Rabid way -- giving us all the metaphors and commentaries without being on-the-nose, never making us feel more depressed than we already are by our current predicament.

  • Mang Jose

    Mang Jose

    A by-the-numbers-predictable throwback to '90s Filipino action-comedies that's never dull, largely in part to Janno Gibbs' comedic expertise, albeit being '90s-dad-humor-y at times. Gibbs and Mikoy Morales' chemistry as father and son is palpable; could've capitalize more on the deliberate casting of Manilyn Reynes and Bing Loyzaga tho.

    Also, big props to whoever thought of masking and gay-lingo-dubbing Gab Lagman, be it for his acting prowess, or lack thereof, or for creative reasons. Choke me with your red scarf, why don't you.