Even ‘Shallow’ Films Are Socially Relevant. We Just Need to Know How to Look.

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In an article in Esquire Philippines, Treb Montreras, the director of Respeto, is quoted, “If anything, I think we were able to prove that there’s a market for films na meron talagang sinasabi….And I think that’s a challenge for us, to change how Filipinos perceive the film industry. Walang masama sa magpatawa, magpaiyak, magpakilig, manakot. Pero ‘wag natin sayangin ‘yung isa o dalawang oras na puwedeng mapaisip o ma-inspire ‘yung manonood.”

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Celebrating and Taming Black Power: ‘Black Panther’ and the Limits of Liberalism

Black Panther 2Photo: Grabbed from the Official Black Panther Facebook page. The liberal politics of the film echoes the benign, less brutal aspect of American foreign policy. And part of its appeal is that it’s aware of the fact. That’s what a good liberal does.

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Dreams of Freedom, Illusions of Autonomy: A Critique of ‘Love You to the Stars and Back’

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Some films and TV shows are highly conducive to a philosophical reading. The Black Mirror, for instance. But it’s not something you’d expect from Filipino romantic comedies, which are more (in)famous — and at times derided — for their kilig factor, feel-good, light-hearted entertainment, and their false ideas about love and romance.  Continue reading