SAKALING HINDI MAKARATING (Ice Idanan, 2016)

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Although it reminded me of a local version of Eat, Pray, Love, it was still a different kind of “love” story with a very interesting central mystery and top-notch performances from the entire cast led by the wonderful Alessandra de Rossi. The feels! The FEELS!

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)

SINA DINO AT ANG KANILANG SIKRETO (Miller Ursolino, 2016)

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This look into the lives of our local seamen was fascinating (and heartbreaking), but didn’t really break the surface. At times, it felt like an ad to encourage more sea workers and nothing more. I would have wanted to see more of the promised secrets.

(Also, the screening was marred by several sound glitches. Not sure if it was just the copy or part of the actual documentary.)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)

FOREVER BRIDGELESS (Racquel Zaballero-Sanchez, Glenn Ternal, 2016)

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Exceptionally-told documentary on the political and economic concerns surrounding the lack of a proper bridge between Barangay Suba and the main land in Masbate. It doubled as an effective eye opener and a proper call to action. Ang linis! Ang ganda! Ang galing!! 👏👏👏

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)

NED’S PROJECT (Lemuel Lorca, 2016)

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Is there anything that Angeli Bayani can’t do? She was great yet again as an undercut-sporting, pockmarked, flabby, heavily-tattooed butch lesbian seeking love and wanting a baby. I just wish the movie wasn’t as indecisive and confused as its lead character who thought that blue might not actually be the warmest color.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published March 17, 2016.)