Tuos: Breaking the line between old and new

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By Engelbert Rafferty Dulay

Traditions are vital for retaining cultural and national identity. This is the reason why we cling onto them despite being archaic and obsolete. In Roderick Cabrido’s Tuos, two women are both entangled in the constricting confinements of their culture. They are in the crossfire between modernity and tradition.

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Mercury is Mine: Road to a long and winding plot

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By Heinrich Domingo

Mercury is Mine challenges the viewers to mock and question their beliefs on American superiority. It is an intellectual critique on the long-held xenocentrism of Filipinos. Sadly, the audience has to suffer a bumpy ride before achieving a clear conclusion. They have to wince at times as some sequences go to a point of absurdity.

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Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata: Of feminism and machismo

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By Heinrich Domingo

In an old barrio, a Filipina dreams of becoming a dancer. But, her brooding chieftain father forbids her to do so. She found hope when a macho gunman visited their place and promised her a new future. This complicates her situation as a poet suitor also wants to pursue her. Beneath the intricate production value of this short film, we see a faint hint of feminist critique on the once-prevailing Western genre.

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Suicide Squad: Messy and Mediocre

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By Justin Rev Ino Tamang

Suicide Squad is a film with a lot riding on its proverbial shoulders. Given how terribly Batman VS Superman fared, DC is in dire need of redemption. Suicide Squad is where everyone has pinned their hopes up for the franchise, but it ends up a disappointment.

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1-2-3 (wan tu tri): Reality check in three, two, one

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By Engelbert Rafferty Dulay

Most of us dream of finding greener pastures and living a peaceful and prosperous life. This dream has been instilled in us, hence the emergence of Filipino diaspora. However, there are instances wherein the means of achieving such dream entail taking or being forced to take drastic measures. This is reality. Carlo G. Obispo’s sophomore feature “1-2-3 (wan tu tri)” shows its viewers that reality is hard, rough, and painful (deadly even).

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