‘Lola Igna’ review: Beautiful, heartfelt lessons in life (and death)

Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s Lola Igna brings us a wonderful story of the oldest woman in the world with heartfelt life lessons. Living in a secluded hut in the middle of rice fields, Lola Igna is a foul-mouthed and stubborn woman who is eager to die. However, her neighbors are hung up on her winning theContinue reading “‘Lola Igna’ review: Beautiful, heartfelt lessons in life (and death)”

‘Cuddle Weather’ review: Beyond all that’s steamy and hot

Rod Marmol’s ‘Cuddle Weather’ pushes its bold narrative enough to pull out an entertaining film with a provocative subtext. Through its high-concept, dominantly intelligent writing, and bravado-filled performances, Cuddle Weather manages to shed much light on the struggles of being a sex worker in the country. The narrative is mostly seen through the experiences ofContinue reading “‘Cuddle Weather’ review: Beyond all that’s steamy and hot”

‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ review: Ode to lovers, dreamers

Jade Castro’s LSS sings a harmony of a heartfelt love song that there is between young lovers; it is fun, romantic, and is sometimes a tear-jerker. ‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ is a charming manifest of the exemplary intertwine of music with life’s facets. Starring real-to-reel couple, Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos, it warbles the storyContinue reading “‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ review: Ode to lovers, dreamers”

‘IT Chapter Two’ review: Horrifyingly great reunion

Stephen King didn’t fail to amuse us with It Chapter Two as a fun and horrifying reunion of the Losers Club. Evil resurfaces as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club to return to where it all began in IT Chapter Two, the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years afterContinue reading “‘IT Chapter Two’ review: Horrifyingly great reunion”

‘Still Human’ review: Heartfelt and engaging domestic help dramedy

Still Human beautifully gives us a heartwarming story that will make us cry with its engagingly relatable drama . Still Human is about a paralyzed man and his Filipino domestic worker who learn about each other as they go on their lives in Hong Kong. Former construction worker Leung Cheong-wing (Anthony Wong) who is paralyzedContinue reading “‘Still Human’ review: Heartfelt and engaging domestic help dramedy”

‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ review: Unexpected, undeniable chemistry

Hello, Love, Goodbye exquisitely gives us the pleasure and pain of love from the fresh, heartfelt team-up of Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo. Set in Hong Kong, two OFWs are destined to change each other’s lives forever. Joy (Kathryn Bernardo) is a spunky millennial who works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong. While sheContinue reading “‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ review: Unexpected, undeniable chemistry”

MOVIE REVIEWS: Cinemalaya Film Festival 2019 (Part 1)

Here’s the first part of our festival report on Cinemalaya 2019, in which we cover Belle Douleur, Edward, John Denver Trending, Malamaya, Tabon and Shorts A. The 15th edition of Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 7 to 15, 2019 in select Ayala Malls Cinemas and Vista Cinemas nationwide. BELLE DOULEUR (BEAUTIFUL PAIN) The firstContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEWS: Cinemalaya Film Festival 2019 (Part 1)”

‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ review: Audacious and ridiculous

Part-car-chase-action, part-buddy-comedy, and arguably part-superhero film, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ serviceably assembles the requisites for a popcorn blockbuster. The plot of the Fast & Furious films truly came a long way from illegal street-racing and high speed heists. Its newest spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, ratchets up the stakes by involving a deadly virus that can wipeContinue reading “‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ review: Audacious and ridiculous”

‘Family History’ review: Bitoy’s dramedy triumphs as GMA’s comeback film

Laughs aside, Michael V’s ‘Family History’ is a heartwarming film filled with strong core values on family, life, and marriage. Michael V. (“Bitoy”) outdoes himself as he takes on the job of producing, writing, directing and starring in his own film. In Family History, Bitoy plays Alex Dela Cruz, a happily married family man whoContinue reading “‘Family History’ review: Bitoy’s dramedy triumphs as GMA’s comeback film”

‘Midsommar’ review: Welcome to the sunny side of hell

Helmed by Ari Aster’s fearless direction, ‘Midsommar’ effectively elevates the dread and horror – even if there’s no discernible purpose other than shock value. Note: This review contains mild spoilers, though you might have already deduced some of them in the trailer. An unspeakable tragedy occurs in the opening sequence of Midsommar that should warnContinue reading “‘Midsommar’ review: Welcome to the sunny side of hell”