Oggs Cruz

Oggs Cruz
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Oggs Cruz is a corporate and maritime lawyer by profession. He has contributed articles and reviews to print publications such as Businessworld, The Philippine Star, Rogue Magazine, and the Philippine Free Press. He is currently reviewing films for Rappler. He has also written articles for various film books, including The Philippine New Wave. He was selected to take part in the Berlinale Talent Press and was part of several selection committees of various film festivals in the Philippines, including Cinemalaya, Cinema One, and Quezon City Film Festival. He has also served as part of the jury for the Jogjakarta International Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival, and Bangkok Short and Video Festival.
Publications: Rappler

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% Yellow Rose (2020) Thankfully, the film hits all the right notes, cleverly avoiding the pitfalls of the American Idol-style rags-to-riches trope by venturing into more serious territories. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
86% Lingua Franca (2020) It's also an empathic portrait of a man whose bid at redemption hinges on going against everything that Trump-era America stands for. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
No Score Yet Fan Girl (2020) It is relevant and necessary, especially in this day and age where questionable idols do not just mouth quotable quotes to earn kisses from their leading women; they also govern. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
No Score Yet You Animal! (2020) Hayop Ka! is mostly bark, and barely any bites. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
88% Onward (2020) Sure, it is brimming with mirth and overflowing with so much positivity. However, it also feels a tad mechanical, in a sense that this is exactly what is to be expected from Pixar. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) It is a brilliant appropriation of the pains and aches of war for the purpose of creating something that is pure cinema. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The property is better off as a videogame where if the character gets too bothersome with its antics, one can simply put a stop with the push of a button. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) It's not a masterpiece, but it's far from being just a distraction or worse, a complete waste of time. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
21% The Grudge (2020) The film badly needs an edge, one that isn't borrowed from a film from more than a decade ago. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is lovely from start to finish. It is unflinching in its allegiance to joy and mirth, no matter how depraved and depressing human beings and their actions tend to be. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
19% Cats (2019) Clearly, Hooper's film, while riddled with glaringly awful mistakes, is not bad at all. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) All in all, The Rise of Skywalker is more like the fall of the saga and everything it once stood for. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story is a tremendous achievement. It balances the requirements of a stirring relationship drama and its bold statements on the corrupting system that preys on the misfortunes of failed lovers. It is brave and poignant. It is undeniably precious. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels will undoubtedly be more memorable for its clever subversions than its sparse pleasures. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) While the film doesn't really absolve the franchise from its many greed-fueled entries, it at least allows the franchise a bid at some redemption. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's undeniable that Double Tap is still amusing, but now that the gimmick has lost its novelty, all the fun feels slight like punchlines you've heard a long time ago but can't really remember. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Like the appendix and the male areola, Joachim Ronning's Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil is an unnecessary creation. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man mistakes somberness with seriousness. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker indeed flourishes in abject vileness. It fetishizes the full extent of human savagery and rationalizes hate in a society that has become too crowded for its own good. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet Dark is the Night (Madilim ang Gabi) (2017) Madilim ang Gabi is the most expansive of Alix's very many films, and in a way, it is this sprawling and almost meandering quality that makes it coercive in its motives. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) At the hands of first time feature film director Petersen Vargas, Laxamana's screenplay blossoms into a work of gorgeous sentimentality. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) It isn't a film that you admire from afar, since its effect and affect are universal. It reaches for the stars only to arrive at the very hopeful point that even the dangers of the universe cannot disrupt or distort our imperfect but invaluable humanity. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two is comparably a lot less focused and vastly more distracted effort, with Muschietti clearly having difficulties in cohering all of his film's scary parts to tackle his daring take on trauma. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) The film is an unadulterated ode that only Tarantino can make, one that blends cynicism with reverence to form a portrait where beautiful faces are never at odds with grime, alcohol and giddy murder. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
No Score Yet Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) Nevertheless, Hello, Love, Goodbye is still fine entertainment, one that doesn't dumb down the issues it puts forward for the sake of a standard happy ending. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The journey from the first scene to the end is perhaps the most intricate, most scathing, and surprisingly most accessible portrayal of class struggle put into film. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw will inevitably be forgotten once the next and more outrageous Fast & Furious entry comes along. Its wit and charms are temporary, and as light and generic as buttered popcorn. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) It disquiets and disarms. It bursts with bizarre beauty, blending it with the odd and the absurd, enunciating that the world and the humans that inhabit it are more mysterious and complex, and that is scary. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
52% The Lion King (2019) In a market full of unnecessarily expensive things like Supreme-branded red bricks and Jesus-shaped Cheetos, Jon Favreau's The Lion King is king. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
No Score Yet Aurora (2018) Aurora had promise. Sadly, it ends up dead in the water. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) It is celebratory of the simple pleasures that remind us that in a world of inequality, there will always be that one day of the week when ordinary people can be queens. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
No Score Yet Respeto (2018) It is all exquisite bleakness, a portrait of words falling and failing resulting again in an act of violence that is both warranted but empty. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
No Score Yet Apocalypse Child (2017) It is deliriously beautiful film, deliberately paced so that its idyllic vistas of small town familiarity can breed acute emotionality. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
89% Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014) What Diaz has done is to distill centuries of the country's sorrows and agonies into a fascinatingly fractured narrative that will never ever leave you. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
No Score Yet A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) Diaz's 8-hour opus could be a meditation on love, on its permutations and defining role in the eventual formation of the nation. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
80% The Woman Who Left (Ang babaeng humayo) (2017) Ang Babaeng Humayo is a bleak and blistering portrait of the human condition. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2018) This is a film that can only leave you in awe of how it manages to be stunningly beautiful without betraying the hard truths and ironies it ingeniously cultivates. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% Neomanila (2017) There are times when the film becomes overindulgent, but still, Red always goes back to his commitment to the humanity that has been made obscure by all the vulgarity and violence that has become woefully prevalent. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
83% Ma' Rosa (2016) The horror of Ma' Rosa lies in its ability to unflinchingly portray a shocking universe. It tops the cruelties already dealt with by a society forced to accept economic inequity. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
67% Alpha, The Right to Kill (2018) Sadly, Alpha, despite all the advances in Mendoza's craft, feels old. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% Season of the Devil (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw) (2018) Diaz may be using the Martial Law as a metaphor for the country in a state of strife, but it is as obvious as day that his call to arms is for the present. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Honor Thy Father (Conman) (2015) As it is, it is a marvelously engineered film, one that is carefully paced to give way to an ending that is as emotionally wrenching as it is oddly elegant. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
75% Heneral Luna (2015) What is most fascinating about Tarog's Heneral Luna is that it does not place its intent ahead of its craft. The film is beautiful to gaze at. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet Goyo: The Boy General (2018) Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is rich and elegant work - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
22% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix ends a franchise's fairly successful run in an exasperating note. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black International is a film that won't have people begging for a continuation. It just pales in comparison to its livelier and more ingenious predecessors. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is not the film that will send the genre into orbit. Its pleasures, however, are enough to give its audience a long-enough high. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) In a world where bonds, roles and stereotypes are being broken, the film's fervent preoccupation with characters realizing that there is more beyond what they originally perceived as their purpose of being feels timely and relevant. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
56% Ma (2019) Ma isn't a bad film. It just isn't very convincing. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
25% Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) It is all set-up and no follow-through. While there is action, it is too late, too few, and too unremarkable to make any dent. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019