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Category: Review

MOVIE REVIEW: Criminal (2016)

“Criminal” Review Directed by Ariel Vromen Written by Douglas Cook and David Weisber What with the already saturated market for mind-altering/wiping/reading, memory-recovering movies, Criminal gets on the bandwagon to amuse us once again with the premise of making something unfeasible possible. The film is director Ariel Vromen’s first venture into big-budget films after dabbling in a number of music videos, short films, and ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Demolition (2015)

“Demolition” Review Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Written by Bryan Sipe A man who lives in absolute privilege, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) comes to terms with the sudden death of his wife Julia (Heather Lind). While other people normally mourn the death of a loved one, he ends up feeling nothing; in fact, he has never even shed ...

MOVIE REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

It would not be hard to revisit the 2008 found-footage disaster movie Cloverfield just to recall the kind of terror it offers. Back then, with the growing popularity of the subgenre, the world has just consequently become saturated with this technique. Among the lot are the good titles like Afflicted, The Sacrement, and the V/H/S installments. Cloverfield may not be flawless ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Punla (2016, CineFilipino)

“Punla” Review Written and Directed by Kenneth Mandrilla Cinefilipino Film Festival 2016 Bugoy and Mikko are two friends who barely have any similarities between them; Mikko is chubby and clumsy, while Bugoy is slender and agile. Despite their differences, the two friends make things work and make sure to meet in their favorite playground every ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Aki (2016, CineFilipino)

“Aki” Review Written and Directed by Rommel Tolentino Cinefilipino Film Festival 2016 Aki (Japanese for autumn) is gone. Her mourning lover, Haruo, wanders around Japan trying to cope with her loss. And then it all goes black. In the Philippines, a woman named Myla is brutally raped by her own husband. She eventually dies but miraculously ...

MOVIE REVIEW: Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (2016)

“Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) Review Written and directed by Lav Diaz May kung anong hiwaga sa loob ng bagong pelikula ni Lav Diaz na sa unang eksena pa lang ay mararamdaman na. May kung anong pagtagos mula sa halos kwadradong litrato patungo sa pandama ng manonood. Mananatili ito sa ...

MOVIE REVIEW: XXX (2016, CineFilipino)

“XXX” Review Written and Directed by Allison Barretto CineFilipino Film Festival 2016 XXX relays the story of Lucia Versoza, a seamstress from Angeles City, Pampanga. Working her way to the top of the regional beauty pageants, she simultaneously calls attention to her own dress shop by showcasing the gowns she makes for herself. What makes ...

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