Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Your Name.
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Pride & Prejudice

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  • Death of Nintendo

    ★★★★

  • Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending

    ★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

  • A Girl and A Guy

    ★★

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  • Death of Nintendo

    Death of Nintendo

    ★★★★

    Between Stranger Things and It (chapter one) and Cobra Kai, I feared that I was already all nostalgia'd out. But Death of Nintendo is pure, unabashed 90s nostalgia and I enjoyed every single moment of it. That's thanks in large part to the direction of the always reliable Raya Martin, whose eye for detail (impressive in Independencia and Smaller and Smaller Circles) lends the film an authentic 90s feel, with 12 Inches of Snow's "Informer" blaring on the radio, Pogs…

  • Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending

    Ikaw at Ako at ang Ending

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Kim Molina is a force in this film. She's fierce and thoroughly engaging as Mylene, a woman who throws caution to the wind and breaks free of her shackles just as the world crumbles around her with the onset of COVID-19. But there are truths that she cannot escape, even with Martin (Jerald Napoles, who valiantly tries but lacks the range to thoroughly convince) alongside her. The ending sequence, a long drive to the northern edge of the Philippines, is…

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  • Gameboys: The Movie

    Gameboys: The Movie

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It has been quite a journey for the Gameboys franchise. What was originally intended to be only a few episodes eventually exploded into a full 13-episode season (14, if one counts the "Alt Gameboys" episode) due to its unexpected popularity among both local and international audiences. Hailed as the pioneer of the boy's love (BL) genre in the Philippines and by various groups as the best of its kind in 2020, an extension of the franchise became inevitable. Soon, a…

  • José Rizal

    José Rizal

    What was the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) thinking when it did not choose to send Jose Rizal as the country's contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1998? It's a biopic on the national hero, who is known all around the world. The film was directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, a key figure in the Second Golden Age of Philippine cinema. That year was the celebration of the centennial of Philippine independence.

    Above all, it is a…