Oggs Cruz

Review: Emerson Reyes' MNL 143

Emerson Reyes' MNL 143 is not a film one would consider ambitious in the ordinary sense of the term. It does not feature a sprawling story that is set in places that promise pomp and wonderment. At first glance, it... More »
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Review: Joyce Bernal's KIMMY DORA AND THE TEMPLE OF KIYEME

Joyce Bernal's Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme misses the entire point. It is just one humongous mistake that sadly betrays whatever hope the success of Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme (2009) created for the Philippine film industry. Perhaps... More »
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Review: Brillante Mendoza's CAPTIVE

Captive is Brillante's most political to date, interpreting the kidnapping of several vacationers by Abu Sayyaf members from their resort in Palawan and their months-long hostage deep within the jungles of Basilan. Mendoza has always used the Philippines' ills as... More »
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Review: Jay Abello's PUREZA: THE STORY OF NEGROS SUGAR

Jay Abello's Pureza: The Story of Negros Sugar astounds with its scope. In its attempt to answer the thesis question of what the real price of sugar is, the documentary explores and investigates the magnitude of what is ailing the... More »
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Review: Jerome Pobocan's BORN TO LOVE YOU

Jerome Pobocan's Born to Love You is hardly anything special. A weepy romance with bits of comedy sprinkled sparingly all throughout, the film aspires nothing but mediocrity. It is plotted awkwardly. The story, about an angst-ridden photographer (Coco Martin) who... More »
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Review: May Czarina Cruz's EVERY BREATH U TAKE

One fateful Valentine's night, virginal Majoy (Angelica Panganiban), whose time-bound ovaries are severely in need of a suitable sperm donor lest they never be used again, meets Leo (Piolo Pascual), a bigshot real estate broker whose skill in wooing women... More »
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JEONJU 2012 Review: Raya Martin's THE GREAT CINEMA PARTY

Raya Martin's The Great Cinema Party, the final third of the 2012 edition of the Jeonju Digital Project which includes new works by China's Ying Liang and Sri Lanka's Vimukthi Jayasundara, is uncharacteristically joyous. Despite starting with several minutes of... More »
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Review: Richard Somes' CORAZON: ANG UNANG ASWANG

In Ang Lihim ng San Joaquin (The Secret of San Joaquin), Richard Somes' episode in Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 (Uro dela Cruz, Rico Maria Ilarde, Somes, 2005), he makes use of popular aswang lore in telling the story of... More »
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Review: Cathy Garcia-Molina's UNOFFICIALLY YOURS

Perhaps the primary motivation for Cathy Garcia-Molina's Unofficially Yours is to craft a love story that has graduated from the conservative romances that the Catholic Church would give their blessings to. Not all love stories happily end with the first... More »
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Review: Enrico Santos' MY CACTUS HEART

The biggest problem of Enrico Santos' My Cactus Heart is that its protagonist, Sandy (Maja Salvador), the owner of the titular so-called cactus heart, is nothing more than a standard-issue rom-com dame, afflicted with issues brought about by familial troubles.... More »
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ANG PANDAY 2 Review

The malady caused by the proliferation of loud but predominantly empty Hollywood blockbusters in Philippine shores is most evident in Mac Alejandre's Ang Panday 2. The bombardment of special effects has never been this harmful to the eyes and to... More »
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YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW Review

Its prologue, which briefly introduces its bouquet of characters and their curious relationships and situations, is divided into three parts, all of which are introduced by the three words of its generic title followed by sayings that would do... More »
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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL 13 Review

In Chris Martinez's Rain, Rain, Go Away, the final episode of Shake, Rattle and Roll 13 which was touted by its producing studio as the last and the best of the horror franchise, water, more than the predictable ghosts that... More »
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CinemaOne 2011: AT THE CORNER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH Review

Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa (At the Corner of Heaven and Earth), Mes de Guzman's elegy to childhood innocence, is relaxed in its pace and elegant in its imagery. Set in De Guzman's native Nueva Vizcaya where continuous fields... More »
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THE ROAD Review

The first of the three episodes of Yam Laranas' The Road is the most reminiscent of the atmospheric thrills of Sigaw (The Echo, 2004). One night in 2008, three teenagers (Barbie Forteza, Lexi Fernandez and Derrick Monasterio) find an abandoned... More »
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WON'T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU Review

A romantic comedy that seeks to reinforce the love team between singer-turned-actress Sarah Geronimo and Big Brother housemate-turned-matinee idol Gerald Anderson, Raz de la Torre's Won't Last a Day Without You does not stray far from the established story map... More »
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CinemaOne 2011: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION FROM LILIA CUNTAPAY Review

Most famous for the several short films which displayed a very casual understanding of the idiosyncrasies of Filipino life without relying heavily on cheap charms, Antoinette Jadaone has been regarded by the late Alexis Tioseco as the person that is... More »
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CinemaOne 2011: BIG BOY Review

We live in the present, for the future. The past only becomes part of the present through memories, which are but figments of the imagination, collections of reality as perceived, designed and fashioned by the creative mind. Memories are never... More »
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Cinemanila 2011: BOUNDARY Review

Confined mostly within the very small spaces provided for by the cabs, taxi drivers live lives that are well-suited for cinema. Although they are forced to interact with people of various personalities, needs and intentions, this human interaction is limited... More »
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NO OTHER WOMAN Review

Ruel Bayani's No Other Woman has supposedly earned for itself the distinction of being the highest grossing Filipino movie of all time, for now. It's essentially about marital infidelity, tackling the sordid turns in a married couple's life when another... More »
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