Root of prostitution and the dangers that lead to HIV/AIDS tackled in advocacy film ‘Sugat sa Dugo’

Poverty. Love isn’t enough, how much we care isn’t enough to put food for our families, to provide a home, to provide safety during these times. It all goes down to money. What makes it worse is if you only have limited resources to have the means to be employed. That’s what the main character …

‘The Influencer’ tells a cautionary tale of fame in the social media generation

Fame can be a rabbit hole once you let it devour your sensibilities. It can change you for the better or for the worse, it can give you more confidence but it can also give you more reason or more people to bring you down. But in the social media generation when fame can be …

‘Fanny: The Right to Rock’ Review: Bittersweet reality

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK (2021) ReviewDirected by Bobbi Jo Hart A heartwarming and heartbreaking journey of individuals who fought for their love of music in a time when women are thought to have better business outside the rock industry, Fanny: The Right to Rock is a bittersweet reality of the unfair world that we …

#Cinemalaya2022 Reviews: ‘Retirada,’ ‘Blue Room,’ ‘The Baseball Player’

‘RETIRADA’ ReviewDirected by Milo Alto-Paz, Cynthia Cruz-Paz It’s a straightforward film carried by the performance of veteran actress Peewee O’Hara. Retirada is a decent debut movie for filmmakers Milto Alto-Paz and Cynthia Cruz-Paz. It’s an interesting and at times interesting look at how the emptiness of a person can go to lengths even neglect the …

#Cinemalaya2022 Reviews: ‘Bakit Di Mo Sabihin?,’ ‘Kargo,’ ‘Bula sa Langit’

‘Bakit Di Mo Sabihin?’ ReviewDirected by Real S. Florido Representation of people with disability in the most popular genre in Philippine cinema, romance. Outstanding performances from Janine Gutierrez and JC de Vera made Bakit Di Mo Sabihin? even more special. Apart from the themes it wants to present, which are the struggles of disabled persons …

‘The Gray Man’ Review: Levelling the star power and the action scenes

THE GRAY MAN (2022) ReviewDirected by Joe and Anthony Russo You have two of the hottest bachelors of Hollywood. Not only they are attractive, but they’re also talented. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in one action movie might be a dream for most Hollywood filmmakers. Their names ring an instant hit movie. It will only …

A true gore fan should see Bobby Bonifacio Jr.’s sexy thriller ‘Tahan’

With all the contents Vivamax and Cloe Barretto has been doing, their newest film Tahan would be more than just a surprise for the streaming service subscribers. It’s not fair to box Tahan to just a sexy drama movie. Even for Pinoy standards for Filipino movies, the genre thriller is a bit of an understatement. …

‘The Black Phone’ Review: Stress-inducing, heart-racing supernatural horror

THE BLACK PHONE (2022) ReviewDirected by Scott Derrickson I’m not the type of person who’s confidently brave about scary stuff. But watching horror movies is exciting for me. It is that one genre, if good enough, that really takes my mind off the tons I’m thinking about. And I’m thankful to have watched The Black …

‘Genius Teens’ director shares difference of sci-fi movie series from superhero movies today

“It was a very nice experience. Working with young talents is already inspiring and Genius Teens have a lot of young talents. We started shooting (the film) few months before the pandemic. That was the biggest problem of the project, we were forced to stop for several months. And to resume a project like this …

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Review: Fun cosmic adventure with surprising emotional punch

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (2022) ReviewDirected by Taika Waititi It’s an understatement calling Thor: Love and Thunder as a movie that offers big adventure and fun entertainment, writer and director Taika Waititi has somehow created this impressive blend of humor and captivating drama that works perfectly for the character of Thor. The first among the …