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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.

A Bizarre Choice in Localization Renders ‘Scorpions: Forever and a Day’ Pointless

Thursday July 2, 2015
A Bizarre Choice in Localization Renders ‘Scorpions: Forever and a Day’ Pointless

It is another concert film/documentary in the vein of the recent films of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez, the film looking into the history of the artist while sharing footage of their exploits as they perform around d the world.

Movie Review for Boychoir

‘Boychoir’ Overdoes It with the Sympathy

Thursday July 2, 2015
‘Boychoir’ Overdoes It with the Sympathy

Even if all the extenuating tragic circumstances were excised, we’d still have a story of a shy kid that discovers that he has a talent, and then goes through the pressure cooker that is one of the most prestigious boychoir academies in the world.

Movie Review for Terminator: Genisys

‘Terminator Genisys’ is a Pale Imitation At Best

Thursday July 2, 2015
‘Terminator Genisys’ is a Pale Imitation At Best

The Terminator franchise already has one of the most convoluted timelines in all of cinema, and Genisys only makes things murkier.

Movie Review for The Breakup Playlist

‘The Breakup Playlist’ Hits When It Counts

Thursday July 2, 2015
‘The Breakup Playlist’ Hits When It Counts

Music is always an easy way to convey feeling in cinema, and there is rarely anything more inherently romantic than two people staring at each other while they sing a heartfelt song.

Movie Review for The Thieves

‘The Thieves’ is an Older Film That’s Still Worth a Look

Thursday July 2, 2015
‘The Thieves’ is an Older Film That’s Still Worth a Look

Still, the three-year-old movie maintains much of its original appeal, and if one has yet to experience the high-tension fun of this movie, this dubbed version will do.

Festival Report: Filipino New Cinema at the World Premieres Film Festival 2015 - Part 1

Wednesday July 1, 2015
Festival Report: Filipino New Cinema at the World Premieres Film Festival 2015 - Part 1

The Film Development Council of the Philippines has put together a second edition of their fledgling festival, the World Premieres Film Festival. And this year, aside from its slate of international premieres, the festival has a side program called 'Filipino New Cinema,' which features eight all-new films made either in the Philippines or by local filmmakers.

Movie Review for Max

‘Max’ Foregoes Emotion and Become Ridiculous

Thursday June 25, 2015
‘Max’ Foregoes Emotion and Become Ridiculous

Because it turns out that Max fancies itself as an action flick, getting its young hero and his new canine companion caught up in a plot that involves a dangerous Mexican drug cartel.

Movie Review for Waves

'Waves' is a Well-Assembled Trifle

Thursday June 25, 2015
'Waves' is a Well-Assembled Trifle

It only offers a trace of a narrative, dealing instead in a suggested past between two people who are always staring longingly at each other.

Movie Review for Kruel

'Kruel' Has Bizarre Priorities

Thursday June 25, 2015
'Kruel' Has Bizarre Priorities

This is a terrible film that doesn't seem to understand what's important in its own story.

Movie Review for After The Ball

‘After the Ball’ is Too Lazy to Have an Original Thought

Thursday June 25, 2015
‘After the Ball’ is Too Lazy to Have an Original Thought

Here is a very easy way to tell if a female-led movie isn’t very good: is the main character a klutz? If she is, then more often than not this is a product of abject laziness in screenwriting.

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