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Erik Matti Continues to Push Cinematic Boundaries

You’ve probably read various reviews of director Erik Matti’s first full-on action thriller, BuyBust. Let me tell you now that I truly enjoyed his latest film. Not only did it bravely tackle the controversial national issue of the war on drugs, but it also gave us a well-crafted in between story that’s more than just a buy-bust gone wrong. Now that may or may not be the real story but it does give the audience a view of the present state of humanity and moral decay. Come on! We all know the world isn’t perfect and we’re at fault… but I digress. In this post, I want to focus on how Erik Matti pushes the boundaries of local cinema. If you check my reviews, there are only a few about mainstream Filipino films and more on independent films and foreign box office hits. Don’t get me wrong. I love Filipino films and all the genres but I won’t pay to watch a film in cinemas if it’s something that can be enjoyed at home. And, …

Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

When her secret love letter somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. If you’re not familiar with “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” besides it being on Netflix, this is actually based on Jenny Han’s 2014 young adult novel of the same title. The author based the story on her love for writing long letters to boys she had crushes during her teenage years. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is followed by two sequels – P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. For now, let’s talk about Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. If you check review aggregation websites, TATBILB has generally favorable reviews. It currently holds an approval rating of 96% based on 46 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10 on Rotten Tomato. On Metacritic, it holds an average score of 64 out of 100, based on reviews from 12 critics and a 7.4/10 rating on IMDb. Those are really good …

Thoughts on Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) is the sixth installment of the American action spy film based on the television series of the same name. Fallout is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is McQuarrie’s second film in the franchise following Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. As Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin reprise their roles, they are also joined by Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett. The first Mission: Impossible I watched was the second installment released in 2000. Since then, I watched every film …

A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red

“Birdshot” tells the story of a young farm girl who wanders off into a Philippine forest reserve. Deep within the reservation, she mistakenly shoots and kills a critically-endangered and protected Philippine Eagle (haribon). As the local authorities begin a manhunt to track down the poacher, their investigation leads them to an even more horrific discovery. It stars Mary Joy Apostol as Maya, Arnold Reyes as Domingo, John Arcilla as Mendoza, and Ku Aquino as Diego. Birdshot is the award-winning sophomore feature of Filipino director Mikhail Red which he co-wrote with Rae Red. The film is supported by the Doha Film Institute where they won a production grant. Furthermore, the coming-of-age thriller won awards such as the CJ Entertainment Award at the Asian Project Market Awards during the 20th Busan International Film Festival as well as the Best Asian Future Film Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. It’s also worth-mentioning that Birdshot is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix. Yes, you read that last part right! Birdshot is indeed the first Filipino …

Thoughts on GMA Network’s Victor Magtanggol

GMA Network’s newest fantasy TV series, Victor Magtanggol finally aired its pilot episode on Monday night, July 30. Prior to release, the “telefantasya” as we call it in the Philippines sparked some Internet backlash after a teaser was released and then a full trailer. I wanted to share my opinion and list the reasons why GMA Network’s telefantasya elicited such reaction; however, I decided not to because it wasn’t released yet. Despite that, a number of people already shared their frustrations online and started dissecting the given details. Esquire Philippines released the article “Alden Richards is Definitely Not Thor in His Next TV Series” where they said a lot and 8list.ph also pointed out “8 Reasons Why Victor Magtanggol Is Eliciting Epic Eyerolls.” Who can blame them? The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently dominating pop culture. Everyone witnessed how Marvel unfolded their “cinematic universe” from Iron Man (2008) up to the latest one – Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). And even if Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was shown months ago, everyone is still in shock …