Colma: The Musical Reviews

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August 25, 2007
Colma: the Musical makes up in heart what it lacks in glitz and real, singable songs.
August 23, 2007
Colma works because the filmmakers believe it can and aren't listening to anyone who tells them otherwise.Take a visit to Colma, you won't regret it.
July 18, 2007
H.P. Mendoza's clever melodies and pointedly constructed rhymes rescue the movie from the detriments of its tired plot and unfocused pace.
July 9, 2007
There hasn't been a movie that lays out the confusion and heartbreak of the first tentative steps into adulthood this mercilessly since Ghost World.
July 9, 2007
Director Richard Wong is alert to every nuance, cleverly framing the heavily satirical situations with appropriate deadpan affection and deft use of split-screen.
July 7, 2007
compare this with other films about being a teen (even the good ones), and few match this level of happy, resourceful creativity and unforced diversity.
July 6, 2007
Mendoza's 13 original numbers...provide the slender story with structure, and overall the songs are surprisingly catchy despite the bare-bones music production and the fact that of the leads, only Renigen has a standout voice.
July 5, 2007
This is a potentially brilliant scenario, so it's unfortunate that Colma pays so little attention to Colma; it may as well be set anywhere.
July 3, 2007
Wonderfully staged numbers -- a raucous song in a tavern, a lovely ballad sung in a cemetery with couples dancing through the tombstones -- that give this little indie a big heart.
June 26, 2007
breezy and irreverent in idiom, yet it examines with sometimes wry, but always unflinching, even brutal, honesty, the impact and consequences of emotional betrayal. And it does so without missing a beat, or a combination step.
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