Ferdinand S. Topacio
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Remembering Ricky
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - May 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Most of the most important people in our lives are those we don’t remember meeting: Parents, siblings, childhood friends, people who were suddenly “just there” as far as we knew.
Paradise lost
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - April 15, 2021 - 12:00am
From the land of catchy K-pop songs, from cutesy bands and rosy rom-coms, comes another out-of-the-box movie that shows why South Korean films are quickly gaining global popularity.
Every school girl’s fan-tasy
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - January 8, 2021 - 12:00am
With an ending directly lifted from Emmanuel Borlaza’s 1983 opus Laruan (with a cigarette-smoking Charlie Dizon waiting with determined loathing as approaching police sirens blare in the background, much like...
Don’t miss it
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - January 4, 2021 - 12:00am
An old house with a shadowy past in a bucolic Japanese village.
Nine best non-Hollywood works on Netflix
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - July 21, 2020 - 12:00am
With cinemas closing and movie production grinding to a screeching halt during the lockdown, Filipinos forced to stay at home had to turn to alternatives to satisfy their craving for films.
Pwede na rin
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - March 7, 2020 - 12:00am
In Hindi Tayo Pwede , the redoubtable tandem of Joel Lamangan and Ricky Lee explores the shopworn themes of hurt and healing, of remembrance and recovery, through the instrumentality of a cross-genre film: That of...
Truly mind-bending
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - February 26, 2020 - 12:00am
“Truth is rarely pure and never simple,” so once said playwright Oscar Wilde.
An intoxicating mix
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - February 7, 2020 - 12:00am
When has-been meets never-been, what will they become?
My 10 best films of 2019
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - December 26, 2019 - 12:00am
2019 was a bumper year for Filipino movies.
Not just a movie
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - August 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Just A Stranger is that rare Filipino movie with no real heroes.
History as Cinema
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - November 30, 2018 - 12:00am
Of this genre, the most difficult subclass to execute is the historical film.
A ‘Hows’ of mirrors
by Ferdinand S. Topacio - September 7, 2018 - 12:00am
There is a scene early in this movie where Kathryn Bernardo’s character George looks longingly at his singer boyfriend, Daniel Padilla’s Primo, performing on stage, with George saying internally (and...
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