Rappler

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Rating Title/Year Author
Joker (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Madilim ang Gabi (2017) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) Oggs Cruz At the hands of first time feature film director Petersen Vargas, Laxamana's screenplay blossoms into a work of gorgeous sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Parasite (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
Aurora (2018) Oggs Cruz Aurora had promise. Sadly, it ends up dead in the water. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Sunday Beauty Queen (2016) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Respeto (2017) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Apocalypse Child (2015) Oggs Cruz It is deliriously beautiful film, deliberately paced so that its idyllic vistas of small town familiarity can breed acute emotionality. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
From What Is Before (2014) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) Oggs Cruz Diaz's 8-hour opus could be a meditation on love, on its permutations and defining role in the eventual formation of the nation. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Ang babaeng humayo (2016) Oggs Cruz Ang Babaeng Humayo is a bleak and blistering portrait of the human condition. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Neomanila (2017) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Ma' Rosa (2016) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Alpha: The Right to Kill (2018) Oggs Cruz Sadly, Alpha, despite all the advances in Mendoza's craft, feels old. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Season of the Devil (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw) (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Honor Thy Father (2015) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Heneral Luna (2015) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (2018) Oggs Cruz Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is rich and elegant work EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Oggs Cruz Dark Phoenix ends a franchise's fairly successful run in an exasperating note. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Ma (2019) Oggs Cruz Ma isn't a bad film. It just isn't very convincing. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Oggs Cruz Far From Home, beyond its veneer of comic book goofiness, bears realities that are worth pondering. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Halloween (2018) Oggs Cruz Green's Halloween is a prime example of a sequel of a canonical horror film done right. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Oggs Cruz Fallout is a great action film... where humanity trumps spectacle. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Meg (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Storks (2016) Oggs Cruz Thankfully, the silliness gives way to many layers that not a lot of other cartoons would dare tread. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Purge: Election Year (2016) Oggs Cruz The film's narrative never really matures into something that is worth its hollow attempts at being a potent social commentary. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
BuyBust (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Billionaire Boys Club (2018) Oggs Cruz It has all the ingredients but everything is half-baked. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Skyscraper (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Love, Simon (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Oggs Cruz The attempt to add weight to the otherwise overplayed rollercoaster ride makes Fallen Kingdom a bit of an inelegant adventure. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Oggs Cruz 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
Blockers (2018) Oggs Cruz In a way, it works because it is unafraid to comedically depict the adult characters as both immature and misinformed, deserving of being schooled by their children when it comes to living their lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018