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All posts by Kevin Oliver Tan

"Cogito, ergo sum"

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ review: An analog spy in a digital world

Despite going for more absurd gags this time, David Kerr’s ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ struggles to justify its existence in the modern world. In one scene in Johnny English Strikes Again, the bumbling titular hero (Rowan Atkinson), donned with full medieval armor, trips on the top of a staircase and crashes all the way down ...

‘A Star is Born’ review [1 of 2]: Grit behind the glam

Bradley Cooper recreates a role of a lifetime for him and Lady Gaga in ‘A Star is Born.’ There’s much more to the fourth reiteration of A Star is Born rather than being Bradley Cooper’s passion project. It operates on many levels – an underdog musical, a titillating romance, an existentialist tale, and most of ...

‘Brother of the Year’ review: Sibling rivalry with surprise heartfelt turn

Witthaya Thongyuyong’s ‘Brother of the Year’ gives you more than what you expect for. Thai production studio GDH’s follow up to the smash hit Bad Genius doesn’t bear a high-concept premise but rather a crowd-pleasing subject that will resonate most to Asian viewers. Heavily marketed as a sibling comedy with a dash of romcom, Brother ...

‘Para sa Broken Hearted’ review: Fresh take on ‘hugot’

If ever you seek validation that you’re not alone with the grief your dealing with, Digo Ricio’s ‘Para sa Broken Hearted’ is there to sob with you. Para sa Broken Hearted (For The Broken Hearted) kicks off with a montage of random people coping with the anguish of heartbreak – in its background, After 5’s ...

‘Venom’ review [2 of 2]: Tom Hardy is a fantastic chameleon

Once you realize that Ruben Fleischer’s ‘Venom‘ functions more as a comedy, then good time is bound to follow. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 first introduced ‘Venom’ as an amorphous symbiote latching on Peter Parker’s suit, which causes him to have a radical change in his personality. And with that, we are served with an infamous ...

‘Little Italy’ review: More like cheesecake than pizza

The clichéd poster of Donald Petrie’s ‘Little Italy’ is already an indication of the cheesy tropes that will be served throughout the film. There’s no secret recipe in Little Italy. It’s one of those whimsical romcoms trying to make a comeback in Hollywood using a classic formula. You can easily compare it to the far ...

‘Exes Baggage’ review: Art imitating life

The chemistry of Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino adds volume to an otherwise lightweight conflict in Dan Villegas’ ‘Exes Baggage.’ Antoinette Jadaone’s That Thing Called Tadhana (2014) is another romcom that reminded us of an Angelica Panganiban character carrying excess baggage from a past relationship. As the first local film to find a sweet spot ...

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