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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.

Movie Review for Jessabelle

'Jessabelle' is Undone by Plot

Thursday November 27, 2014
'Jessabelle' is Undone by Plot

'Jessabelle' is hobbled by its insistence on using the twist structure. Too many horror movies fall into this trap, building overly complex narrative that drive towards some hidden revelation.

Movie Review for You're Not You

Positivity is Forced Into 'You're Not You'

Thursday November 27, 2014
Positivity is Forced Into 'You're Not You'

'You're Not You' feels like it’s afraid of really dealing with the despair that can come with a terminal disease.

Movie Review for Outpost 37

'Outpost 37' Lacks Rigor

Thursday November 27, 2014
'Outpost 37' Lacks Rigor

The documentary conceit doesn't hold up very well. The movie doesn't really seems all top concerned with maintaining the illusion of the form.

Movie Review for Past Tense

'Past Tense' is a Little Icky

Thursday November 27, 2014
'Past Tense' is a Little Icky

'Past Tense' feels like a bunch of stray ideas stuck together. There’s some interesting thinking in there, but it ends up being mostly tossed aside in favor of a basic romcom setup.

Movie Review for Horrible Bosses 2

'Horrible Bosses 2' is a Weak Rehash

Wednesday November 26, 2014
'Horrible Bosses 2' is a Weak Rehash

While the film still gets a lot of mileage from just these three guys riffing, there just seems to be even less of a point to all this now.

Movie Review for Penguins Of Madagascar

The 'Penguins of Madagascar' Feel Uneasy in the Spotlight

Wednesday November 26, 2014
The 'Penguins of Madagascar' Feel Uneasy in the Spotlight

'Penguins of Madagascar' indicates that these characters are best in small bursts. They keep stealing the show in the Madagascar movies because they have no narrative pressure on them.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' is Only a Sliver of the Story, But it Works Anyway

Thursday November 20, 2014
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' is Only a Sliver of the Story, But it Works Anyway

But though we do not get a wholly satisfying narrative experience, 'Mockingjay' delivers admirably on a thematic level.

Festival Report: The 10th Cinema One Originals, Part 3

Monday November 17, 2014
Festival Report: The 10th Cinema One Originals, Part 3

And that’s it for another year of Cinema One. Of the ten films, my personal favorites are Lorna, Violator, Soap Opera and That Thing Called Tadhana. But here’s what the awards jury found noteworthy.

Festival Report: The 10th Cinema One Originals, Part 2

Friday November 14, 2014
Festival Report: The 10th Cinema One Originals, Part 2

With eight of the ten films seen, I feel pretty comfortable with saying that Sigrid Andrea Bernardo's 'Lorna' is my favorite in this year's competition.

Movie Review for God's Not Dead

There is No Debate in 'God's Not Dead'

Thursday November 13, 2014
There is No Debate in 'God's Not Dead'

As much this film is supposedly about debate, it doesn't offer much of a conversation.

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