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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.

Festival Report: The MMFF New Wave 2014

Friday December 19, 2014
Festival Report: The MMFF New Wave 2014

The independent film side section of the Metro Manila Film Fest is currently having its run in Glorietta and Megamall. Over the last few years of its existence, this side section has featured quite a few intriguing features that have largely flown under the radar. Here's a look at what the section is giving us this year.

Movie Review for Still 2

'Still 2' is Nothing New

Thursday December 18, 2014
'Still 2' is Nothing New

'Still 2' is mainly intent on giving audiences more of the same, with each story hobbled by the need to follow the Asian horror template.

Movie Review for Laggies

'Laggies' Oversells its Main Point

Thursday December 18, 2014
'Laggies' Oversells its Main Point

'Laggies' just goes a little too far in rebelling against social norms. It just feels a little too harsh on the characters that chose to grow up, the ones that found some satisfaction in doing the things that adults are expected to do.

Movie Review for Wolves

Twists and Turns Soften the Conflict in 'Wolves'

Thursday December 18, 2014
Twists and Turns Soften the Conflict in 'Wolves'

'Wolves' doesn't want to do the work of building substantive drama for its characters, and instead tosses in a multitude of reversals to stand in for any real narrative development.

Movie Review for Gangster Lolo

'Gangster Lolo' Never Gets Better Than Its Title

Thursday December 18, 2014
'Gangster Lolo' Never Gets Better Than Its Title

'Gangster Lolo' is barely a random collection of disconnected scenes.

Movie Review for Playing It Cool

'Playing it Cool' Only Thinks That It’s Clever

Thursday December 18, 2014
'Playing it Cool' Only Thinks That It’s Clever

'Playing it Cool' toys with the elements of the romcom and does nothing particularly interesting in the process.

Movie Review for The Homesman

The West is Cruel in 'The Homesman'

Thursday December 18, 2014
The West is Cruel in 'The Homesman'

'The Homesman' is a little puzzling, but in a good way. It seems resolved to deny the audience the typical pleasures of cinema, to buck convention in its construction of its portrait of frontier life.

Movie Review for This Is Where I Leave You

'This is Where I Leave You' Tries to Unmess the Mess of Real Life

Wednesday December 17, 2014
'This is Where I Leave You' Tries to Unmess the Mess of Real Life

'This is Where I Leave You' is merely tolerable, and that’s mostly because of the Herculean efforts of the cast to raise up the material, which seems to wallow in generic family dysfunction.

'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' is an Exhausting Spectacle

Friday December 12, 2014
'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' is an Exhausting Spectacle

'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' is part of an overlong whole, a trilogy that might have been better served with just two parts. Still, the movie can be awe-inspiring at points, and that might be enough to properly bring this story to a close.

Movie Review for Paranormal Island

'Paranormal Island' is Dead in the Water

Thursday December 11, 2014
'Paranormal Island' is Dead in the Water

After all that nonsense, 'Paranormal Island' concludes with a frustratingly obtuse epilogue that doesn't really address anything that happened to the characters.

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