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All posts by Kevin Oliver Tan

"Cogito, ergo sum"

‘Cold Pursuit’ review: Eccentric examination on revenge cycle

Taking cues from Fargo series and a Quentin Tarantino-inspired direction, ‘Cold Pursuit‘ might be the strangest action film in Liam Neeson’s repertoire. Debuting ten years ago is the vigilante action flick Taken, arguably the first film to discover Liam Neeson’s ‘particular set of skills’ to be the next badass hero. Since then, the actor has ...

‘Green Book’ review: A roadmap to overcoming racial prejudice

Helmed by a thoughtful direction and supported by masterful performances, ‘Green Book’ is an immensely likable buddy film about self-discovery and enlightenment. It’s quite surprising that one of the high caliber films competing this Oscar season comes from Peter Farelly, a director known for low-brow comedies such as Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About ...

‘Instant Family’ review: Foster parenting on training wheels

‘Instant Family’ shows an up-close and personal depiction of the American foster care system with big laughs and a humongous heart. This film deserves the credit alone for taking a sensitive subject matter without turning it into something offensive, problematic or excessively sentimental. While most films tend to over-simplify the adoption process, director/co-writer Sean Anders ...

‘Born Beautiful’ review: Humor is a weapon

Scrappy as it may seem, ‘Born Beautiful’ takes a subversive path to laughs and profundity, making it a light contrast to its predecessor ‘Die Beautiful.’ There’s a broad and raunchy type of humor in Born Beautiful that can be enjoyed on two levels. From a slapstick level, those coming in for an outrageous ‘laugh-out-loud’ time ...

‘Glass’ review: Bold antithesis to superhero genre

Glass subverts your expectations enough to make it a bold antithesis to the superhero genre. Nobody foresaw the “Eastrail 177 trilogy” coming into life until the closing credits of the psychological horror thriller Split, which revealed itself to be a standalone sequel to the 2000 superhero-thriller Unbreakable. It’s a brilliant move for M. Night Shyamalan’s ...

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ review: A sweet blast from the past

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ follows the same beats of its classic predecessor but that shouldn’t hinder different generations from being swept away by its pure joy and exhilaration. There’s something enthralling about Mary Poppins: a charismatic, no-nonsense nanny who has her unique way of managing daily errands through magic and musical numbers. When viewed through a ...

MOVIE REVIEWS: Cinema One Originals Festival 2018 (Part 2)

Here’s the second part of our festival report on Cinema One Originals 2018, in which we cover A Short History of a Few Bad Things, Asuang, Bagyong Bheverlynn, and Hospicio. The 14th edition of Cinema One Originals Film Festival runs from October 12 to 21, 2018 in select cinemas in Metro Manila. READ MORE: Part 1 of ...

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