CineSensual

Formalism on two short films on longing – as if nothing happened (2020) and The Man Who Isn’t There (2019)

Cinema Rehiyon showcased films from regional filmmakers categorized under various programs based on themes. One program is called “Longing, Forgotten Memories.” And it contains seven short films. I will be looking at two from the seven as an exercise in seeing how form is explored in the two films and how it evokes longing. JTContinue reading “Formalism on two short films on longing – as if nothing happened (2020) and The Man Who Isn’t There (2019)”

Buy Bust review: Solid flick, dodgy commentary

*This article was originally published on Tinig ng Plaridel in July, 2018. Erik Matti’s technical expertise rivals, if not surpasses, those of Hollywood filmmakers. It comes as no surprise that many Filipino moviegoers have hailed Matti as a modern master of Filipino Cinema.   Matti delivered teeth-grinding action in On The Job, well-paced emotional dramaContinue reading “Buy Bust review: Solid flick, dodgy commentary”

Kalel, 15 and John Denver Trending – Advisories can’t save the (people) characters you already killed.

In one way, both Kalel, 15 and John Denver Trending work similarly. One aspect seen in the films’ endings assumes their intent – to be advocacies on the pressing concerns of HIV (in the former) and cyberbullying/mental health casualties (in the latter). This aspect in question is the advisories – the block of text toContinue reading “Kalel, 15 and John Denver Trending – Advisories can’t save the (people) characters you already killed.”

I Care A Lot – Don’t get your satire and social critiques on Netflix.

When Netflix is not occupied in dishing out inconsequential nostalgia drivel that revel in the delusion of its originating country’s glorious past (most popular examples include Stranger Things, Riverdale, and The Queen’s Gambit), it gives us pieces that claim to contain social critiques. Some are serious like documentaries (The Social Dilemma and other true-crime series),Continue reading “I Care A Lot – Don’t get your satire and social critiques on Netflix.”

IFFR 2021 – Covering an (online) international film festival for the first time

When I got accepted as an accredited press for the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, my plan originally entailed writing a conventional review each for all the films I would be watching in two feature categories. Plans changed when I still haven’t got a groove on what I would write about aContinue reading “IFFR 2021 – Covering an (online) international film festival for the first time”

CineSensual’s Best Filipino Film of 2020

The other contenders  The newly-formed Society of Filipino Film Reviewers, in which CineSensual is a part of, held its first Pinoy Rebyu Awards to commemorate Pinoy Rebyu’s 10th year of film reviewer aggregation. 5 films are nominated for the top prize of Best Feature Film: Aswang, Fan Girl, Lahi, Hayop, Midnight in A Perfect World,Continue reading “CineSensual’s Best Filipino Film of 2020”

Two documentary styles – Jewel Maranan’s Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang and Kristoffer Brugada’s Elehiya sa Paglimot

Two documentary styles – Jewel Maranan’s Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang and Kristoffer Brugada’s Elehiya sa Paglimot Jewel Maranan’s Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (2017) is a documentary focusing on four separate families living in the port district of Tondo. In Palad, Maranan follows the families for years as she records their struggles trying toContinue reading “Two documentary styles – Jewel Maranan’s Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang and Kristoffer Brugada’s Elehiya sa Paglimot”

Rainbow’s Sunset and the state of the festering MMFF

*This article was originally published on Tinig ng Plaridel in January, 2019. The 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival has been plagued by controversies even before it had begun. Apart from the criticism towards its predictable film line-up – a Vic Sotto and a Coco Martin crossover action-comedy, a Vice Ganda fantasy-slapstick comedy, two horror films,Continue reading “Rainbow’s Sunset and the state of the festering MMFF”

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