Category Archives: Film & Movie Reviews

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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EXCEPTIONAL ACTING IN THE LATEST LAV DIAZ OPUS

Film Notes EXCEPTIONAL ACTING IN THE LATEST LAV DIAZ OPUS by Pablo A. Tariman Watching a Lav Diaz film will no doubt require moviegoers to go back to the basics of storytelling. The director is at home in black and … Continue reading

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LAV DIAZ AND CHARO SANTOS ACCORDING TO JUANA CHANGE AND NONIE BUENCAMINO

Film Notes LAV DIAZ AND CHARO SANTOS ACCORDING TO JUANA CHANGE AND NONIE BUENCAMINO By Pablo A. Tariman There is a bit of Everyman and the dregs of society in the new cinema of Lav Diaz and character actors Nonie … Continue reading

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URBAN BLIGHT

Film Notes URBAN BLIGHT By Pablo A. Tariman “Pamilya Ordinaryo” is a cold yet gripping contrast to the well-off families showing off good manners and gentile laughter in such places as Club Filipino. The story of this Eduardo Roy, Jr. … Continue reading

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