Category Archives: Film & Movie Reviews

THE COMING OF AGE OF KHALIL RAMOS

Film Notes THE COMING OF AGE OF KHALIL RAMOS By Pablo A. Tariman At 21, Khalil Ramos carries a certain sensibility so rare for aspiring young stars his age. He knows he has a lot more to learn and absorb, … Continue reading

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PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG POET IN THE SHADOW OF MT. ARAYAT

Film Notes PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG POET IN THE SHADOW OF MT. ARAYAT By Pablo A. Tariman On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon with a hint of rain, one was not ready to see pure love and young love narrated from … Continue reading

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GERALD ANDERSON ON THE MAKING OF ‘AWOL’

Film Notes GERALD ANDERSON ON THE MAKING OF ‘AWOL’ By Pablo A. Tariman In this noonday encounter, Gerald Anderson is in high spirits and full of high hopes for his latest film, “AWOL” which is an entry in the forthcoming … Continue reading

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THE INNER VOICE OF PRIME CRUZ

Film Notes THE INNER VOICE OF PRIME CRUZ by Pablo A. Tariman “Sleepless” is a highly revealing film from a young director with an inner voice all his own. The film unfolds quietly, the transitions have minimal use for music … Continue reading

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DIRECTOR MAE CRUZ-ALVIAR ON FINDING HER AUDIENCE AND DEALING WITH THE YOUNG AND POPULAR

Film Notes DIRECTOR MAE CRUZ-ALVIAR ON FINDING HER AUDIENCE AND DEALING WITH THE YOUNG AND POPULAR By Pablo A. Tariman Direk Mae Cruz-Alviar is fully aware that she is living in the world of make-believe and that she has to … Continue reading

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DIRECTOR DONDON SANTOS: A FASCINATION WITH NORTHERN LIGHTS

DIRECTOR DONDON SANTOS: A FASCINATION WITH NORTHERN LIGHTS By Pablo A. Tariman The director who megged “Noy” (a Coco Martin starrer) and “Dalaw” (a Kris Aquino horror film) is not one who easily enjoys talking about his project. He has … Continue reading

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LOWER DEPTHS

Film Notes LOWER DEPTHS By Pablo A. Tariman Watching Joel Lamangan’s “Bhoy Intsik” is like looking into a typical DSW social case study report and reliving all the personas involved. It isn’t a gratifying subject because it involved two felons … Continue reading

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WHEN FOOLS RUSH IN

Film Notes WHEN FOOLS RUSH IN By Pablo A. Tariman The variations on love and destiny have long been over explored in cinema to the point of extreme boredom. In one film after another, characters of lead actors look for … Continue reading

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TALE OF POSSESSION IN A HIGH-RISE CONDO

Film Notes TALE OF POSSESSION IN A HIGH-RISE CONDO By Pablo A. Tariman There are many things going for “Ilawod” deftly directed by Dan Villegas. For one, it has a solid story written by award-winning writer Yvette Tan and the … Continue reading

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THREESOME

Film Notes THREESOME by Pablo A. Tariman There is a resurgence of films with gay characters in local cinema and the good news is that they are finely done with no attempt to arouse the moviegoers’ prurient interest. Some are … Continue reading

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