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  • Five Times Two

    Five Times Two

    ★★½

    The movie was painful to watch, especially at a time when agency and representation of women in pop culture are getting more serious attention. I wonder how this movie would've fared if it was made today, but I will not go into the complexities of retrospective criticism.

    Still, I do think that this film paints an evocative picture of an ailing marriage. The reverse chronology wasn’t a gimmick — or it maybe it was, but it did add value to the narrative. Most stories, after all, begin with an ending, and our musings on failures and regret often only happen in retrospect.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★½

    Cookie-cutter biopic with a solid soundtrack (c/o Queen, duh) and brilliant performances (c/o Rami Malek and company). Enjoyable but not groundbreaking. Watching Queen clips on YouTube is a cheaper alternative and is also just as entertaining.

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  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★½

    Bumblebee just doesn't work for me, man.

    The plot is too generic it reminds me of Kokey but with a huge-ass robot instead of a Boy Abunda kalokalike alien. The movie deserves props for having a multi-layered protagonist but the story drags on and on and on trying to set-up her being a diver, her being a handy-person, her having a broken relationship with her step-family, etc. It’s just too long, man, plus the 80’s references can feel a tad alienating for the wrong demographic.

    Tsk, oh well. The film obviously pleased a lot of people so, ultimately, maybe I’m just not its intended viewer.

  • The Possession of Hannah Grace

    The Possession of Hannah Grace

    I watched this movie in a near-empty theatre and all it got out of me was a slight flinch and 10 dozen eye rolls. There are no haunting images that will stay with you for days and the musical score can only do so much to thicken the needle-thin tension.

    But the film deserves a full star, I think, because it does have the potential of being a good laugh-out-loud comedy of the So Bad It’s Good genre. That’s pretty rare these days, huh?