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
25% 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
84% 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
63% 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
99% 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
53% 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 (2017) 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
82% 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
23% 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
54% Ma (2019) Ma isn't a bad film. It just isn't very convincing. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
30% 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
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home, beyond its veneer of comic book goofiness, bears realities that are worth pondering. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
79% Halloween (2018) Green's Halloween is a prime example of a sequel of a canonical horror film done right. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout is a great action film... where humanity trumps spectacle. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) Clearly, The Meg is a limp monster movie, one that has all the rotten teeth to be so bad, it's terribly good, but doesn't have the will to bite. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
66% Storks (2016) Thankfully, the silliness gives way to many layers that not a lot of other cartoons would dare tread. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
55% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The film's narrative never really matures into something that is worth its hollow attempts at being a potent social commentary. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Sure, it is simple and its twist can be predicted a mile away, but even those criticisms, it gamely acknowledges by plugging the hole with punchlines about them. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
81% BuyBust (2018) It is best seen knowing that there is a grander motive to its savagery. Simply put, the film's discourse is heftier than its very many pleasures. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
62% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) The color, the relentless slapstick and the frenetic pacing will undoubtedly endear the kids. The strangeness of it all, its wit, and its audacity to just let go and be ultimately inane will be what's most charming to the adults. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
7% Billionaire Boys Club (2018) It has all the ingredients but everything is half-baked. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) While it doesn't need to exist simply because the original film doesn't have a narrative that begs for a continuation, it is a welcome addition to whatever obscure lore the Abba musical offers. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) All of these connections, nuances, histories and complex class structures are enveloped within the confines of a charming and very amiable romantic comedy, styled after the uncomplicated screwballs of old Hollywood. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
47% Skyscraper (2018) Clearly, Skyscraper wants to be a rollercoaster ride. The only problem is that this rollercoaster ride only has one trajectory and it gets redundant very quickly. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon is rife with cliché, which isn't exactly a bad thing considering the film uses the clichés to drive a more progressive point. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It is first and foremost a fable of its time. That time is now, and is one where childlike innocence is no longer sacred to the hideous reach of vicious politics. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The attempt to add weight to the otherwise overplayed rollercoaster ride makes Fallen Kingdom a bit of an inelegant adventure. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It plays like a stand-up comic's well-rehearsed sketch, with each joke hinging on a collective cultural obsession... At the same time, it burrows itself deeper within the superhero canon in the hopes of creating a series out of the surprise hit. - Rappler EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018