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The BFG (Steven Spielberg)
Big deal Spielberg has lost something and I'm not quite sure what it is--energy, zest, maybe chutzpah. Whatever it is you can't help but think that's exactly what was needed for his latest,  The BFG --originally a slim Roald Dahl children's book, now a tire...
Big deal Spielberg has lost something and I'm not quite sure what it is--energy, zest, maybe chutzpah. Whatever it is you can't help but think that's exactly what was needed for his latest, The BFG--originally a slim Roal...
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The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Sera)
Superficial It's the s ummer silly season
so what can be sillier and more summery than a shark movie ? The premise is
clever enough--young woman goes to an isolated beach to surf, finds herself a lone and s talked by large predator. Anthony Jaswinski's scri...
Superficial It's the summer silly season so what can be sillier and more summery than a shark movie? The premise is clever enough--young woman goes to an isolated beach to surf, finds herself alone and stalked by large pre...
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Family Meal (Bryan Voltaggio) in Hagerstown MD
Family feast Well now what happened is we all went a little funny in the head ; y ou know, a little funny. And we went and did a silly thing: we went to Bryan Voltaggio's Family Meal in Hagerstown for dinner.  The concept is: upscale diner. Y ou pay for the...
Family feast Well now what happened is we all went a little funny in the head; you know, a little funny. And we went and did a silly thing: we went to Bryan Voltaggio's Family Meal in Hagerstown for dinner. The concept i...
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Super (James Gunn, 2010)
Duper     James Gunn is better known for mixing quirky humor with standard -issue superhero shenanigans in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). The movie (which for the record I liked ) wa s actually watered-down Gunn for the PG crowd , a fairly risky move ( A g...
Duper James Gunn is better known for mixing quirky humor with standard-issue superhero shenanigans in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). The movie (which for the record I liked) was actually watered-down Gunn for the PG crowd...
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Mga Bilanggong Birhen (The Captive Virgins, Mario O'Hara, 1977)
Magnificent obsession Mario O'Hara's follow -up project after his World War 2 epic Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos ( Three Years Without God , 1976) and producer Armida Siguion -Reyna's follow-up production after her Gabriela Silang musical Dung -aw ( Dirge , 19...
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Magnificent obsession Mario O'Hara's follow-up project after his World War 2 epic Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Years Without God, 1976) and producer Armida Siguion-Reyna's follow-up production after her Gabriela Silang m...
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Star Trek Beyond (Justin Lin)
The past and the s purious Trek is dead; long live Trek . Early in th is latest movie Spock (Zachary Quinto playing the emo version) gazes at the picture of his dead alternate-universe self (the more e qu a nimous Leonard Nimoy) and ponders mortality, the p...
The past and the spurious Trek is dead; long live Trek. Early in this latest movie Spock (Zachary Quinto playing the emo version) gazes at the picture of his dead alternate-universe self (the more equanimous Leonard Nimoy) an...
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Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay (Antoinette Jadaone) -- RIP Lilia
  Rest in peace, Lilia (1935 - 2016) Who in the world was Lilia Cuntapay? Possibly the most famous Filipino face you've never heard of, a
minor actress who has appeared in forty films and television series
to date (plus a few that the Internet Movie Databas...
Rest in peace, Lilia (1935 - 2016) Who in the world was Lilia Cuntapay? Possibly the most famous Filipino face you've never heard of, a minor actress who has appeared in forty films and television series to date (plus a few ...
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The Killing Joke (Sam Liu, 2016)
Punchline (WARNING: story and narrative twists discussed in close detail) Alan Moore's The Killing Joke is generally considered the classic Joker comic book , Sam Liu's a nimated adaptation generally considered a desecration of the same ; t he truth as ever...
Punchline (WARNING: story and narrative twists discussed in close detail) Alan Moore's The Killing Joke is generally considered the classic Joker comic book, Sam Liu's animated adaptation generally considered a desecratio...
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Chambersburg Philippine-American Association Picnic
F east of the Happened last Saturday noon at the Chambersburg Memorial Park Pavilion, Filipino families brin ging covered dishes and casseroles .  Not having been back in the old country in...O thirteen years now and counting...it was a rare chance to taste...
Feast of the Happened last Saturday noon at the Chambersburg Memorial Park Pavilion, Filipino families bringing covered dishes and casseroles. Not having been back in the old country in...O thirteen years now and counting...
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Suicide Squad (David Ayer)
The w urst is yet to come David Ayer's Suicide Squad comes with the tagline : ' The W ors t of the W ors t .' Would that that were true . C onsidering that the previous movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized for being too dark (I'd disagree...
The wurst is yet to come David Ayer's Suicide Squad comes with the tagline: 'The Worst of the Worst.' Would that that were true. Considering that the previous movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized for bein...
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Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (You Were Judged and Found Wanting, Lino Brocka, 1974)
Tinimbang judged today Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang ( You Were Weighed and Found Wanting , 1974) was a seminal
work in contemporary Philippine cinema, one of the rare
quality films of the '70s to enjoy commercial success; it also announced
Lino Brocka, previo...
Tinimbang judged today Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (You Were Weighed and Found Wanting, 1974) was a seminal work in contemporary Philippine cinema, one of the rare quality films of the '70s to enjoy commercial success; it also...
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Dung-aw (Lino Brocka, 1975)
Refrains in a song Lino Brocka's Dung-aw ( Dirge , 1976) , his musical adaptati on of the life of Gabriela Silang is one of the less acclaimed and least seen of his films and possibly for a reason: Brocka doesn't quite have a kna ck for the genre. The drama...
Refrains in a song Lino Brocka's Dung-aw (Dirge, 1976), his musical adaptation of the life of Gabriela Silang is one of the less acclaimed and least seen of his films and possibly for a reason: Brocka doesn't quite have a kna...
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From my introduction to Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema:
 
Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous. Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

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