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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 As Above, So Below

'As Above, So Below' Trips Over Its Own Obstacles

Thursday October 23, 2014
'As Above, So Below' Trips Over Its Own Obstacles

'As Above, So Below' keeps putting obstacles in front of itself, keeping it from taking advantage of the natural creepiness of its environment.

Movie Review for Viy: Spirit Of Evil

'Viy: Spirit of Evil' is Maddeningly Incoherent

Thursday October 23, 2014
'Viy: Spirit of Evil' is Maddeningly Incoherent

'Viy: Spirit of Evil' lost a lot of its identity on the way to the screen. At one point, this was probably a loving tribute to Gogol and the strangeness of his stories. But as the movie spent years working within the financial machine, it just started becoming something else.

Movie Review for Kristy

'Kristy' Falls Apart in the Details

Thursday October 23, 2014
'Kristy' Falls Apart in the Details

'Kristy' has the makings of a tight little horror picture, but the script ultimately fails to just put it together.

Movie Review for The Best Of Me

'The Best of Me' is a Movie You’ve Seen Before

Thursday October 23, 2014
'The Best of Me' is a Movie You’ve Seen Before

This story feels like it was cobbled together from stuff that was cut from earlier manuscripts. In spite of a charming cast of talented actors, 'The Best of Me' is just an exercise in tedium.

Movie Review for Fury

'Fury' is Brutal, but Thin

Thursday October 23, 2014
'Fury' is Brutal, but Thin

'Fury' is still a pretty captivating movie at points. If nothing else, the movie gives us one of the best depictions of a tank battle ever committed to screen. That alone might make it worth it.

Movie Review for Dilim

'Dilim' Isn't a Horror Story at All

Thursday October 23, 2014
'Dilim' Isn't a Horror Story at All

It all feels hastily assembled, a project just thrown together just so there could be something sold as a horror movie sometime around Halloween. That’s just not the way to do it.

Movie Review for The Pirates

'The Pirates' Steals an Identity

Thursday October 23, 2014
'The Pirates' Steals an Identity

'The Pirates' does offer the occasional bit of fun when it isn’t trying to be something else. But that rarely happens.

Movie Review for The Judge

'The Judge' Doesn’t Rise to the Occasion

Wednesday October 22, 2014
'The Judge' Doesn’t Rise to the Occasion

There are still plenty of pleasures to be mined from simply watching Duvall and Downey on screen, but it is disappointing that the film fails to rise to the occasion.

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' Strives to be Forgettable

Thursday October 16, 2014
'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' Strives to be Forgettable

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' just doesn’t feel relatable. It all just feels pretty false, the movie unwilling or unable to capture the simple reality of the bad day.

Movie Review for Are You Here

'Are You Here' Has Trouble with the Movie Form

Thursday October 16, 2014
'Are You Here' Has Trouble with the Movie Form

It seems to have trouble with the limits of feature filmmaking, the movie settling for blunter storytelling as it tries to fit its narrative into a palatable runtime.

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