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Philbert Ortiz Dy

Philbert Ortiz Dy
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Philbert Ortiz Dy has been reviewing movies since 2007. In 2009, he took part in the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Young Critics Program. His work has been published in a wide range of both local and international publications, and he is currently a writer-at-large at Esquire Philippines. He is the co-curator of the New Filipino Cinema program at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He is a Gemini, not that he thinks it matters. He sees almost every movie that opens in local cinemas, because no one else will.

The War is Personal in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Tuesday April 26, 2016
The War is Personal in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

'Captain America: Civil War' is both entertaining and affecting. It is the height of what a blockbuster superhero movie can be at this point.

Movie Review for Mrs.

'Mrs.' Explores the Fringes of Story

Tuesday April 26, 2016
'Mrs.' Explores the Fringes of Story

There is clearly value to the way Mrs. tells it story. It’s an interesting narrative experiment that in literary terms reflects the unique qualities of its subjects. But it doesn’t quite work out.

Movie Review for Expressway

The Thoroughly Stylish ‘Expressway’ Lacks Substance

Tuesday April 26, 2016
The Thoroughly Stylish ‘Expressway’ Lacks Substance

Expressway is pretty easy to watch. Again, the movie has style to spare, and the visuals go a really long way in making this film watchable. But there isn’t really much more to it than that.

Movie Review for Dyamper

'Dyamper' Depicts Lives on the Fringes of Progress

Tuesday April 26, 2016
'Dyamper' Depicts Lives on the Fringes of Progress

The movie establishes a very different wavelength, and transports the audience to a very different place. It is a new frontier, and these people are slipping through the cracks left in the wake of supposed progress.

Movie Review for T.P.O.

‘TPO’ Internalizes the Violence

Tuesday April 26, 2016
‘TPO’ Internalizes the Violence

The film presents the violence as something beyond the physical, the real abuse taking place inside these people, who are no longer allowed to imagine a life outside the confines of their situation.

Movie Review for CCTV

‘CCTV’ Doesn’t Understand its Own Threat

Thursday April 21, 2016
‘CCTV’ Doesn’t Understand its Own Threat

This is a film that is mainly made up of long stretches of nothing happening, before needlessly turning violent.

Movie Review for High Strung

‘High Strung’ is a New Low for the Dance Genre

Thursday April 21, 2016
‘High Strung’ is a New Low for the Dance Genre

The movie gives this so little weight that it may as well have not been in there.

Movie Review for Bastille Day

‘Bastille Day’ is Dumb and Fun, in that Order

Wednesday April 20, 2016
‘Bastille Day’ is Dumb and Fun, in that Order

In general, the movie struggles with realistic depictions of current technology, the final MacGuffin a completely ridiculously piece of digital contrivance.

Movie Review for Unlucky Plaza

‘Unlucky Plaza’ Reveals a More Compelling Picture of Singapore

Wednesday April 20, 2016
‘Unlucky Plaza’ Reveals a More Compelling Picture of Singapore

In its three characters, it explores a society that puts on a good face while tamping down all the terrible things that lurk just beneath, like racism, marital dissatisfaction, and outright greed.

Movie Review for Midnight Special

‘Midnight Special’ Dances with the Unknown

Wednesday April 20, 2016
‘Midnight Special’ Dances with the Unknown

This is a story of huge, extraordinary implications told on an intimate level, concentrating on the relationships formed around the major, blockbuster-type event.

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