I first watched RuPaul’s Drag Race when it first came out in 2009. I watched up to the second season but for some reason, I stopped following the show. Now, the show has become a pop culture phenomenon with the 10th season on the way and three All-Star seasons. I wanted to catch up and the only way I can appreciate the growth of the show was to go back to the start.
In a very ambitious move, Netflix goes the sci-fi route with the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film from the Cloverfield franchise that connects Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). This installment is set in space and is meant to tie the three films together. The result is a thrilling watch that proposes an interesting premise and great storytelling.
1. Deadma Walking (Julius Alfonso, 2017)
In Deadma Walking, gay man John Samson (Joross Gamboa) wonders what people would say about him when he dies after he discovers he has cancer. Because of this, he sets up an elaborate plot with his best friend Mark (Edgar Allan Guzman) to fake his own death and attend the wake. You expect it to be filled with plenty of beki shenanigans and it does not disappoint in that department, but it has a surprising heft (Cabahug’s screenplay won a Palanca in 2014) grounded by Guzman’s campy yet tender performance as the best friend. He totally deserved winning Best Supporting Actor at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017.
For Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next film, the studio tackles the rich history of T’Challa in Black Panther. As the titular superhero, he is the newly-crowned king of the fictional reclusive African nation Wakanda. As T’Challa comes to terms with being the new ruler, someone from the country’s past reappears to challenge the throne and harness its precious resources. It may sound like your typical Marvel film but Black Panther is so much more and comes with a unique and empowering story.
The films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are spaced apart so fans are lucky that the MCU is also developing shows that have the same level of action, storytelling, and quality. One of the shows I’m looking forward to seeing is Jessica Jones and the second season is coming up soon!
There’s intense pressure from locals, surfers, and frequent visitors when a film’s title is Siargao. After all, the tiny island in Surigao del Norte is a renowned surfing spot among Filipinos and foreigners. Just four months ago, Conde Nast Traveler named Siargao’s Cloud Nine one of the world’s best surfing spots. Thankfully, Paul Soriano’s film lives up to the island’s beauty and it has an unusual love story to boot.
Most people turn to streaming to get their entertainment fix and one of the shows that they turn to is Popssss, a digital series featuring sounds, style, snacks, and stuff. It recently finished its third season and it ended with a special number between host Inigo Pascual and his love team partner Maris Racal!
I love film festivals because it allows me and other Filipinos to see how amazing the local film industry is. But the thing is, they’re not widely accessible. Some film festivals only screen in one place. And for someone who lives in the south, supporting a film festival and watching all the entries is something to be planned and strategized in advance.
Thankfully, the Pista ng Pelikulang Pinoy was launched. It’s a film festival hosted by the progressive Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), where almost 800 theaters across the Philippines will be playing 12 selected films from August 16 to 22. For its inaugural run, the council selected an intriguing lineup that has something for everyone.