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True: A love story in 12 minutes

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By Heinrich Domingo

Many of the short films today command popularity due to their ability to surprise the audience. They would begin with an exposition of a narrative and then later on provide a catch or a punch line in the latter part of the film. It is a faint attempt to make the audience go back to the plot, attempt to read it again, and hopefully appreciate the filmmaker’s attempt to make them think. Although such style invokes attention of the crowd, this treatment has been incessantly used that the viewing public no longer sees it effective.

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Pete’s Dragon: A Brilliant Remake

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By Justin Rev Ino Tamang

Film remakes tend to be overshadowed by stigma. And with the slew of mediocre remakes that had hit theaters, such an opinion seems warranted at times. But the case of Pete’s Dragon is different. Disney overhauls the story of the 1977 film and turns it into a genuinely affecting movie. Among the remakes in recent memory, this is certainly one of the best.

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Pamilya Ordinaryo: The anesthetized audience

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By Heinrich Domingo

When you think that Filipinos have been fed up with poverty porn, Pamilya Ordinaryo is willing to challenge you. It entertains the audience with a pang of reality making them realize that cinema is nothing but an extension of actual lives.

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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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