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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 Da Possessed

Striving for Cheapness

Monday April 21, 2014
Striving for Cheapness

At times, it feels like 'Da Possessed' is just making it up as it goes along, painfully stretching out random inanity and calling it a plot. It grows pretty tedious, and it upends what little appeal it has by going for cheap jokes.

Impenetrable

Monday April 21, 2014
Impenetrable

To its credit, 'Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission' ups the action quota significantly. Unfortunately, it is also harder to follow just what is going on. Clunky subtitling combines with a story that feels almost improvised at times to offer an experience that will be impenetrable to all but the most devoted fans of the series.

Movie Review for Heaven Is For Real

Hollow Affirmation

Monday April 21, 2014
Hollow Affirmation

'Heaven Is For Real' doesn’t allow for any real ambiguity in its narrative, and that makes it difficult to tell any kind of real story. All it really offers is hollow affirmation for believers who might not be satisfied with faith alone.

Movie Review for A Haunted House 2

An Absence of Satire

Monday April 21, 2014
An Absence of Satire

'A Haunted House 2' falls back on everything it already did in the first movie, which was already pretty boring and lazy back then.

Movie Review for Transcendence

Reactionary Nonsense

Monday April 21, 2014
Reactionary Nonsense

If 'Transcendence' was meant to terrify the populace, then it’s certainly failed.

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.

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