Author: Mr. Brightside

  • ‘Ocean’s 8’ review: Stylish photocopy of ‘Ocean’s 11’ blueprint, with less swagger

    Gary Ross’ Ocean’s 8 has a paint-by-numbers approach that checks all the boxes it needs for your standard Ocean’s heist, more with style but less with tension and swagger. Diamonds and jewels aside, the biggest heist that Ocean’s 8 pulls off in this gender-bender spin-off is to replicate Ocean’s 11’s blueprint and present it with gloss […]

  • ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ review: Hollywood weaponizes dinosaurs

    J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom continues to show more interest in its dinosaurs than its human participants. If taken as a ride, this should come out as thrilling. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom picks up three years after the events of Jurassic World where Isla Nublar’s iconic theme park was once again closed when things went […]

  • ‘Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story)’ review: Dark truths on the economics of love

    Irene Villamor’s Sid & Aya is a cynical yet refreshing take on romantic relationships where economics becomes the ruling philosophy and money becomes the currency of love. Enough of the 500 Days of Summer gimmick; Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story) is a clear-cut love story. It should be pointed out for future films—that would […]

  • ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: Competent prequel, nothing more, nothing less

    For an origin story, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ doesn’t add much insight to its main character but this long-awaited, fun visualization should be enough to keep fans and casual moviegoers at bay. It’s no secret that most of Solo’s weight hangs on Alden Ehrenreich’s performance. Unlike Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens and […]

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool 2 (2018)

    Deadpool 2 revs up more on meta-references, violence and attitude. It simply won’t back down up until the post-credits. If the first Deadpool movie made history by breaking down the fourth-wall in the superhero film genre, this sequel outdoes its predecessor by revving up on everything that fans expect of it: meta-references and gratuitous violence. So […]

  • MOVIE REVIEWS: CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 (Part 1)

    Here’s the first part of our festival report on CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 in which we cover Delia & Sammy, Hitboy, Mata Tapang, and Mga Mister ni Rosario. The 3rd CineFilipino runs from May 9 to 15 at select cinemas in Metro Manila. READ MORE: Guide to CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 DELIA & SAMMY Therese […]

  • Sacrifice is the undercurrent theme in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (Spoiler Review)

    Marvel’s latest gargantuan, Avengers: Infinity War, has already earned a whopping $1 billion within its first 11 days of release (the fastest film ever to do so), surpassing the biggest opening weekend set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (for US release) and The Fate of the Furious (for worldwide). Most impressively, Infinity War has […]

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Love, Simon (2018)

    Love, Simon is a surprisingly, radically-inclusive coming-of-age tale that wins you over with its universal truths. Love, Simon kicks off with its titular character declaring in a voice-over that he’s just a typical teenager (“I’m just like you”) then the film cuts to a montage that highlights his upper-middle class credentials: his beaming family and […]