Tuhog (Larger Than Life)

The '90s brought us Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Eraserheads, Rivermaya, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, AND---Carlo J. Caparas movies. The last on that list is an embarrassment of riches: great acting, rape, murder, massacre, drug addicts, and Kris Aquino---all based on "true to life" stories. Couple that with sensationalist TV programs masquerading as public service, and you… Continue reading Tuhog (Larger Than Life)

Themesongs (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2008)

Themesongs isn't really as great, much less original, as all those millennial kids who raved about it before would have you believe. Musically, it's mostly just second-hand twee. But the songs are playful, quirky, they'd make you wanna jump, dance or chase around your hun and give him/her your tweest embrace when you catch him/her.… Continue reading Themesongs (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2008)

Tama Na Ang Drama (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2012)

Now this, is Album Of The Year material. Probably the most exciting local indie-rock record from the 2010's. This sophomore effort is said to be more collegial, mature and sophisticated than the debut. The band, easily averting the proverbial sophomore slump---if there is still such a thing. All this, according to the fans, critics, and… Continue reading Tama Na Ang Drama (Ang Bandang Shirley, 2012)

The Killer 2: The Last Bullet

A gun for hire (Ace Vergel) accidentally injured a bar singer (Aiko Melendez) during his last hit---gun powder blast to the eyes left her blind. A cop expert in taekwondo (Monsour del Rosario) and his buddy (Ruel Vernal) are in pursuit of the hitman, because he could lead them to the gun syndicate who ordered… Continue reading The Killer 2: The Last Bullet

Cristine Reyes goes for some good, old-fashioned revenge in ‘Maria’

Seven years after that one final job, Maria (Cristine Reyes) now lives a quiet domestic life in an unnamed province. A nice big house, a loving husband, their cute little daughter, Cristine Reyes plays an ex-cartel assassin turned wife and mother, from killing people to cooking dinner. But not for long. Her idyllic domestic milieu… Continue reading Cristine Reyes goes for some good, old-fashioned revenge in ‘Maria’

10 Filipino Horror Films To Watch Before the Sigbin Gets You

Better late than never. Listed in no particular order. Yanggaw / Director: Richard Somes / Year: 2008   Punerarya (part of Shake Rattle & Roll 12) / Director: Jerrold Tarog / Year: 2010   Parola (part of Shake Rattle & Roll 13) / Director: Jerrold Tarog / Year: 2011   Dugo Ng Birhen: El Kapitan… Continue reading 10 Filipino Horror Films To Watch Before the Sigbin Gets You

Kita Kita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2017)

Kita Kita (I See You) could be a distant relative of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise; only it isn't presented in real-time, it's set in Japan instead of France, and the male lead (Empoy Marquez) hardly resembles Ethan Hawke. And KZ Tandingan's version of Air Supply's "Two Less Lonely People" frequently plays in the background. Okay, the two… Continue reading Kita Kita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2017)