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Ulan: Desire according to the modern fairy tale

Romance movies have long been powerful tools in teaching audiences how to want, and how to desire. With decades full of them, it’s no wonder that they have created an aimless culture of romance-seeking among this generation.

However, romance movies cannot compare to fairy tales in terms of influencing the culture of desire through centuries. With her new movie Ulan, Director Irene Villamor offers a different take on romance in film as she conjures a whimsical fantasy with a touch of magic realism. However, despite its surreal production design and believable chemistry, Ulan is, as fairy tales are, rotten in its core.

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A Question for Maria: Is Machismo a Prerequisite in Action Films?

In a world where feminism is finally finding a collective voice through new media, filmmakers and other media-content producers are continuously called to break traditional gender notions in the name of a more diverse and less prejudiced media.

Maria had great potential to be the introductory note to an entirely new breed of action films – one that shapes female characters fully and breaks decades-long reinforced stereotypes. There is much merit to the film’s technical aspects, but there is also so much more it could have done in terms of its message.

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Alone/Together: Formulaic mainstream offering with untapped radical potential

Fresh from her movie with JaDine, Antoinette Jadaone leads LizQuen to heights the famed love team has yet to reach in their careers. Alone/Together delivers a satisfying take on a romance abrupted and an individual disenchanted. However, as weightful as the movie may be, it was a frustrated piece that easily could’ve been more provocative if only it were braver.

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Killing us softly

The lives of UP students are penetrated by Duterte’s economic policies in almost every aspect, from their daily commute to the food they eat.

In Area 2 where students go for affordable food choices, most establishments also have to grapple with the effects of the current economic situation in ways they know how.

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