Why is Eerie overrated?

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The genre of horror has always been looked down on in the international film scene. Critics look at horror films as crass and informal, not worthy of ‘serious’ analysis and examination. Often, they are categorized as either niche films or B movies. But for a third world country like the Philippines, where cultural workers serve as social critiques too, horror films are successful in the box office and with the critical audience. In fact, the longest-running film franchise in the country, is Shake Rattle and Roll, a horror film with 15 installments as of 2014. In this video essay, we examine a Filipino horror film that made rounds in the international film scene through its Netflix release – the 2018 film Eerie directed by Mikhail Red. We discuss how Eerie failed to fulfill two known categories in the horror genre.

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Jowable and the Nature of Feature-Length Films

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Jowable, like much of the films of Darryl Yap and the Vincentiments team, is undeniably problematic. It needs a closer look and examination in order to understand why it remains popular with their audience. Aside from issues of political correctness and awkward visual story-telling, Yap’s films have supported questionable politicians and ideologies. In this video essay, we identify how watching the full-length film adaptation of the short film Jowable has become more unbearable to watch. In this discussion, we touch on the nature of feature-length movies and how they may be different from online short films. You may find this discussion relevant to the current debate of the definition of cinema (ahem, Scorsese vs. Marvel).

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Hello, Love, Goodbye and the Philippine Popular Cinema

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As Hello, Love, Goodbye becomes the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time, it is essential to examine the elements of its success. In so doing, we have to look at the trends in the popular cinema in the Philippines. In this video essay, we argue that #HelloLoveGoodbye is a pastiche – an imitation of various film styles, techniques, and narratives which worked in the past.

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