MOVIE REVIEW: WIND RIVER (Taylor Sheridan, 2017)


I’m not averse to the trope, but I still found it odd that the White Saviour was actually dressed in an all-white ensemble.

The chills picked up during its last thirty or so minutes beginning with a superb and incredibly tense Mexican standoff.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 10, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, 2017)


After years of hearing the words Remember Me and immediately thinking/singing “kapag nag-iisa, kapag ika’y nalulungkot, huwag kang mag-alala…”, I was so happy that it had finally been replaced by the lovely theme song of this equally lovely animated film from Disney/Pixar. No more odd memories of Renz Verano, just me sobbing uncontrollably while Miguel crooned to his great-grandmother.

Truth be told, as soon as I saw old great-grandma Coco on her wheelchair, I was already tearing up. I really thought yung bata si Coco talaga. I was not prepared for a lola story because this would always hit close to home. When she started singing along with him, I had to close my eyes or my hagulgol would have probably scared the young kids playing along the aisle.

I obviously enjoyed this heartwarming tale of a young Mexican kid that had to choose between his family and his passion for music. Very much like The Book of Life which was also set during the Day of the Dead, everything onscreen was just bright and festive and completely interesting. And those glorious songs! Note to self: memorize the lyrics of Un Poco Loco.

This was really the kind of film that you need to watch with your entire family. Just not with a baon of chorizo.

(And why was everyone hating on that long Frozen short? I actually liked it. Olaf deserved his own spin-off movie.)

Rating: ★★★★☆

BOOK REVIEW: YUP, I AM THAT GIRL (Maine Mendoza, 2017)


“Twenty years from now, people might not give a shit about me anymore. But still, I want to see if any of what I have written here came to life. I want to see if the things I wanted when I was 22 are still the things I want when I reach 42.”

Refreshingly honest and quirky, like listening to one of your close friends tell some of her funny life stories. I just wish there were more of the personal anecdotes (like the hilarious egg story with the fussy Mexican lady) and less of the Cosmo-like lists and love/life advice and platitudes.

There really wasn’t much here that I haven’t read yet from other magazines. The only difference was that this was written from her perspective so even rehashed information sounded interesting because of her innate humor.

I also liked that this had a lot more content compared to the other celebrity “books” that were mostly photo albums. It was also unfiltered as promised and surprisingly free of the usual gimmicks (not a single chapter was dedicated to Alden, whee!).

It ended on a sour note though with a closing chapter that had most of her sponsors comparing her to their products. Did we really need to know how she’s very much like Rejoice, Zonrox, and Funtastyk Pork Tocino? Eek!

Rating: ★★★☆☆