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All posts by Kevin Oliver Tan

"Cogito, ergo sum"

‘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 ...

‘Peppermint’ review: Jennifer Garner is one fierce, angry momma

After a decade of ‘mom roles’, the former Alias star still has it in her bones in Pierre Morel’s action thriller ‘Peppermint.’ Looking at Jennifer Garner’s IMDB page, it’s apparent that the action heroine has been pinned to a decade of nondescript maternal roles since 2007’s The Kingdom. Fans (including me) are itching to see ...

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ review: Spooky gateway horror film for children

Eli Roth’s ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ comes a little late in the game, but it’s a perfect double feature with Jack Black’s other dark fantasy film, ‘Goosebumps.’ The words ‘family-friendly’ and ‘Eli Roth’ feels jarring to be seen together. You see, filmmaker Roth is one of the propagators of the term “torture ...

‘Searching’ review: Perfectly-executed digital thriller

You’ll walk away of Aneesh Chaganty’s ‘Searching’ with a brand new awareness on social media exposure. Searching hooks you right away with its 5-minute opening sequence. Shot from the point of view of a computer screen, the film builds a backstory of the Kim family through video clips, calendar events, photos, email messages, etc. It’s ...

‘The Predator (2018)’ review: Gratuitously violent and offensive

Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ is a deviation to the horror-action classic and this is not the film’s biggest problem. I understand Shane Black’s decision to take the risk here. The succeeding sequels to the 1987 Predator revamped the franchise by introducing larger predators and moving the story outside Earth. Then there’s the horrendous idea of pitting ...

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