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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 Black Butler

'Black Butler' is All Talk

Thursday July 24, 2014
'Black Butler' is All Talk

The film just throws in twist after twist, the characters constantly chasing red herrings and then stopping to explain what exactly they got wrong.

Movie Review for Survivor

'Survivor' Can’t Hide Its B-Movie Nature

Thursday July 24, 2014
'Survivor' Can’t Hide Its B-Movie Nature

The movie suffers dearly from poor writing and subpar direction. While a couple of clever VFX shots offer the illusion of a much higher budget, basic filmmaking mistakes give away its B-movie nature.

Movie Review for Alien Abduction

'Alien Abduction' Fails to Capitalize on Its Unique Elements

Thursday July 24, 2014
'Alien Abduction' Fails to Capitalize on Its Unique Elements

The film doesn’t really capitalize on its more unique elements. It instead uses generic horror constructs to strip away everything that distinguishes this story from every other found footage horror movie.

Movie Review for Hercules

'Hercules' Lacks Humanity

Thursday July 24, 2014
'Hercules' Lacks Humanity

The film is plagued that a series of poor choices that strip away the more complex elements of the myth, all in service of turning it into yet another generic blockbuster action movie.

Movie Review for The Innocent

'The Innocent' isn’t Fit for Public Consumption

Thursday July 24, 2014
'The Innocent' isn’t Fit for Public Consumption

Like so many other bad horror films, 'The Innocent' thinks it's enough to have vaguely ghostly beings staring blankly at the protagonists.

Movie Review for The Signal

The Sum is Less Than The Parts in 'The Signal'

Thursday July 24, 2014
The Sum is Less Than The Parts in 'The Signal'

'The Signal' is just a mess of ideas parading as a movie.

Movie Review for Under The Skin

'Under the Skin' is a Triumph of Mood

Thursday July 24, 2014
'Under the Skin' is a Triumph of Mood

'Under the Skin' makes the much bolder choice of stripping the story down to its most basic parts. In doing so, the movie becomes this stunning, often terrifying mood piece that thrillingly studies modern gender dynamics through sci-fi conceits.

Movie Review for Island Dreams

‘Island Dreams’ Doesn’t Put Much In Front of Its Stunning Backdrops

Wednesday July 23, 2014
‘Island Dreams’ Doesn’t Put Much In Front of Its Stunning Backdrops

The movie tells a sleepy little love story about a relationship that just isn’t worth rooting for.

Movie Review for Jersey Boys

'Jersey Boys' is a Confused Adaptation

Monday July 21, 2014
'Jersey Boys' is a Confused Adaptation

This is still a pretty good story, and the music continues to be compelling. But the movie just doesn’t seem interested in adapting to its content.

'3 AM' Features A Severe Shortage of Inspiration

Monday July 21, 2014
'3 AM' Features A Severe Shortage of Inspiration

'3 AM' is a collection of stories that ultimately settle for everything that’s been done before.

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