Ivan Mark Balmaceda

Escapism: a glorified tragedy

Favorite films

  • Roma
  • Autumn
  • Outer Space
  • Boro in the Box

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  • The Scarecrow

    ★★★½

  • Condolences

    ★★★★★

  • The Bread and Alley

    ★★★½

  • Whether the Weather is Fine

    ★★★★

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  • Whether the Weather is Fine

    Whether the Weather is Fine

    ★★★★

    A HAUNTING FAIRYTAIL TO THE LOSS OF EQUANAMITY.

    Kun Maupay it Panahon (Whether the weather is fine) starts not as an absurdist and surrealist ode to the topic that it discusses: the Yolanda Tragedy, but rather a contrapuntal experience with its imagery and sound design imposing two different tones sarcastically, almost hauntingly.  

     The film then proceeds on superseding narrative exposition to a point of contextualizing metaphors through its characters and allegorizes societal trauma. Its elaborate set design played well…

  • The Woman Who Left

    The Woman Who Left

    ★★★★★

    I FEEL LIKE PWEDE NA AKONG MAMATAY AFTER BEING ABLE TO FINISH THIS FILM! :)

    Coming in this film, i thought lav’s cinematography with his films would be breathtaking since he’s known for long takes and static shots; but his appalling yet invigorating framing in a world that’s devoid of color, and music approaches a revelation of truth and reality. 

    Ang galing din kasi hindi ako nabagot,, medyo ineexpect ko na makakatulog or aantukin ako pero there’s something about his…

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  • The Child

    The Child

    ★★★★★

    FIRST OF ALL, ANDAMI KONG THOUGHTS PERO ETO SILA IN BULLETED FORM📍

    📍 why do i feel like halos lahat ng narrative ng STAR cinema dito mag stem out 😭 like yung mga back stories ng bawat characters sobrang ganda and sobrang pwedeng maging stand alone film 😭 Parang dito kumuha ng maraming film references in terms of writing ganon hahahaha Feel ko lang naman pero di ko rin sure 😆

    📍 VILMA SANTOS IS GOLD, nakakaloka parang gusto ko…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    This film disregards premeditated notions of editing and script analysis. It’s super raw and the emotions are just so amazingly well put out 😭 The casts are super great which brought the film into a whole new level 😭 kathniel who? Hahaha