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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.

Movie Review for The Love Punch

Age Pandering

Saturday April 19, 2014
Age Pandering

While driven by charismatic performances from the terrific leads, 'The Love Punch' often resorts to the laziest approximations of old people humor.

Movie Review for The Grand Budapest Hotel

An Argument for Artifice

Wednesday April 16, 2014
An Argument for Artifice

It is likely impossible to watch 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' without grinning the whole way through. Even if you don’t connect to its themes or enjoy its story, the world that it lays out for the viewer is so full of life and humor that the smile becomes inevitable.

Movie Review for Long Weekend

Committing to a Form

Friday April 11, 2014
Committing to a Form

'Long Weekend' feels like the work of a filmmaker with no real investment in the genre. It feels like the production was given a series of pegs, and instead of choosing one, they decided to use all of them at once.

Movie Review for Haunt

A Gentle Startle

Friday April 11, 2014
A Gentle Startle

'Haunt' hails from that particular brand of horror movie that ignores good sense as it pursues an established formula. It is terribly uninteresting, the film simply unwilling to follow its story down its more logical avenues.

Movie Review for Dota: Nakakabaliw

A Lot of Questions

Friday April 11, 2014
A Lot of Questions

'DOTA: Nakakabaliw' is so bad that it feels like a scam.

Movie Review for Bang Bang Alley

Shaking Things Up

Friday April 11, 2014
Shaking Things Up

As a whole, 'Bang Bang Alley' is more than worth a look.

Movie Review for Rio 2

Obligatory Joy

Thursday April 10, 2014
Obligatory Joy

'Rio 2' doesn’t seem to expect much out of its audience, and settles for being a delivery system for bright colors and radio friendly tunes.

Movie Review for Diary Ng Panget

New Dog, Old Tricks

Thursday April 3, 2014
New Dog, Old Tricks

What little distinction or energy 'Diary ng Panget' might have is lost in translation, the lackluster direction failing to serve the material.

Movie Review for Saga: Curse Of The Shadow

Blockbuster Wannabe

Thursday April 3, 2014
Blockbuster Wannabe

'Saga: Curse of the Shadow' mainly ends up being pretty boring.

Movie Review for Son Of God

The Wrong Medium

Thursday April 3, 2014
The Wrong Medium

'Son of God,' can't justify its own existence. The material isn't all that good to begin with, but it is certainly better viewed within its original context.

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