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Philbert Ortiz Dy

Phil Dy has leveraged the unique skills he acquired as an MIS graduate into careers that do not involve MIS. He did not use any of his programming skills while writing and producing short films, or working on the set of music videos for Kitchie Nadal and Up Dharma Down. He did not use project management when he contributed articles and photos to Pulp, Youngstar, Meg and 2bu. He failed to apply calculus to writing, editing and taking pictures for a local travel guide. Despite his misguided training, however, Phil won second place in the 1st Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards, and was a finalist in the Cinemanila 2007 Scriptwriting contest. He is a movie buff, and now spends most of his time watching horrible movies so other people don't have to.

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' Strives to be Forgettable

Thursday October 16, 2014
'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' Strives to be Forgettable

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' just doesn’t feel relatable. It all just feels pretty false, the movie unwilling or unable to capture the simple reality of the bad day.

Movie Review for Are You Here

'Are You Here' Has Trouble with the Movie Form

Thursday October 16, 2014
'Are You Here' Has Trouble with the Movie Form

It seems to have trouble with the limits of feature filmmaking, the movie settling for blunter storytelling as it tries to fit its narrative into a palatable runtime.

Movie Review for Dark House

There is No Passion Behind 'Dark House'

Thursday October 16, 2014
There is No Passion Behind 'Dark House'

There just doesn’t seem to be much that specifically drives 'Dark House.' It feels as if the filmmakers just drew a bunch of random horror related words out of a hat and pasted them together to form the script.

Movie Review for The Trial

‘The Trial’ Avoids Its Own Story

Thursday October 16, 2014
‘The Trial’ Avoids Its Own Story

'The Trial' is compelling enough, but it remains an uneasy proposition. It's laudable that it even attempts to tell this kind of story, but it's kind of disappointing that it leaves so much of this premise unexplored.

Movie Review for Kill The Messenger

Jeremy Renner is the Main Attraction in 'Kill the Messenger'

Thursday October 16, 2014
Jeremy Renner is the Main Attraction in 'Kill the Messenger'

The movie sticky at points, but it is always dramatically compelling, thanks in large part of a terrific central performance. 'Kill the Messenger' is mostly worth seeing for Jeremy Renner, who once again shows audiences a frightening capacity for self-destruction.

Movie Review for Awakened

'Awakened' Will Put You to Sleep

Thursday October 16, 2014
'Awakened' Will Put You to Sleep

'Awakened' has so little to offer that everything has to be stretched out to a breaking point.

Movie Review for Whiplash

'Whiplash' Offers a More Potent Form of Inspiration

Thursday October 16, 2014
'Whiplash' Offers a More Potent Form of Inspiration

The film takes a powerful, sobering look at the psychosis involved in the quest to be the greatest.

Movie Review for The Book Of Life

'The Book of Life' is Frantic, Yet Beautiful

Thursday October 16, 2014
'The Book of Life' is Frantic, Yet Beautiful

The movie presents a stunning, one-of-a-kind aesthetic that builds off elements of Mexican myth and legend.

Movie Review for Dracula Untold

'Dracula Untold' is Dracula Defanged

Wednesday October 15, 2014
'Dracula Untold' is Dracula Defanged

The film wrestles with a pretty intriguing idea: the morality of monstrous acts in times of great desperation. Or at least, that’s the idea in theory. In practice, the film just isn’t equipped to explore the complexities of that theme. In its stead, it presents a rather bland, bloodless narrative that turns genocide into an act of heroism.

Movie Review for Tumbang Preso

‘Tumbang Preso’ Settles for the Obvious

Friday October 10, 2014
‘Tumbang Preso’ Settles for the Obvious

The film settles for what’s obvious and what’s righteous. While that makes the movie correct, it doesn't make it compelling.

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