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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 Fantastic Four

‘Fantastic Four’ Obsesses Over Origins

Wednesday August 5, 2015
‘Fantastic Four’ Obsesses Over Origins

But this version is all about the origin, the movie spending most of its time in laboratories talking pseudo-science as the characters build the machine that will eventually give them powers.

Spectacle Fuels ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

Thursday July 30, 2015
Spectacle Fuels ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

This edition creates an opposing organization to the Impossible Mission Force, theoretically putting the heroes up against a force equally capable of insane feats of derring-do.

Movie Review for Ghost House

‘Ghost House’ Doesn’t Deserve to be Screened

Thursday July 30, 2015
‘Ghost House’ Doesn’t Deserve to be Screened

This is another case of a movie getting a new, more generic title for the local release, presumably so that people can immediately recognize it as a horror movie.

‘Sunflowers of Inferno’ is Pretty Silly, Even for ‘Detective Conan’

Thursday July 30, 2015
‘Sunflowers of Inferno’ is Pretty Silly, Even for ‘Detective Conan’

There is some educational value in this film, which touches on the history of Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings, and occasionally constructs sequences that explain the effects of differential air and water pressure.

Movie Review for The Good Lie

‘The Good Lie’ is a Good Story That Makes a Poor Compromise

Thursday July 30, 2015
‘The Good Lie’ is a Good Story That Makes a Poor Compromise

The story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan is a terrific one, and The Good Lie does a fairly good job of depicting the terrors that these young men faced.

Movie Review for The Beckoning

‘The Beckoning’ is Just More Bad Found Footage Horror

Thursday July 30, 2015
‘The Beckoning’ is Just More Bad Found Footage Horror

The film doesn’t really do much to go beyond the basic set up of young people doing stupidly dangerous things in a remote location.

Movie Review for Chain Mail

Commerce Trumps Story in ‘Chain Mail’

Monday July 27, 2015
Commerce Trumps Story in ‘Chain Mail’

To its credit, Chain Mail at least manages to look fairly okay. This isn't Albert Banzon's best work by far, but his cinematography will always be a pleasure regardless of context. But that's the best one can really say about this movie. It isn't scary. It isn't affecting. It doesn't even make any sense.

Movie Review for American Heist

Crime is a Paint-by-numbers Affair in ‘American Heist’

Thursday July 23, 2015
Crime is a Paint-by-numbers Affair in ‘American Heist’

It often feels as though the film is just running through a set of genre obligations, filling out a checklist of all the required elements of the crime picture.

Movie Review for Ted 2

‘Ted 2’ is a Step Backwards from the Original

Thursday July 23, 2015
‘Ted 2’ is a Step Backwards from the Original

This sequel sidelines Wahlberg's character and sticks him with a romantic plotline with a new character that doesn't really seem much of a person, and is instead a collection of lame girlfriend fantasies.

Movie Review for Sex Ed

‘Sex Ed’ isn’t Mature Enough for the Conversation It Wants to Have

Thursday July 23, 2015
‘Sex Ed’ isn’t Mature Enough for the Conversation It Wants to Have

It actually paints a pretty interesting portrait of the problem, with a generation of kids growing up in an increasingly sexualized society with little proper guidance or direction.

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