Joker (2019): When The Social Contract Fails

Joker (2019) is one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year, thanks to all the buzz surrounding it. After snatching the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and receiving an eight-minute standing ovation on its premiere, we expect this movie to make history⁠—and it delivered. But this hype proved to be a double-edged sword: as with anything else that tries to be profound these days, there’s a rising worry that the film might attract the wrong crowd.

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is Our History’s Hard-to-Swallow-Pill

Following the events of Heneral Luna and Angelito, Goyo opens with a somber note as the voice of Apolinario Mabini (played by the talented Epy Quizon) drops his revelations. The film no longer concerns itself with the question of historical accuracy, but rather focuses on being a stark reflection of the fatal flaws the Filipino nation still suffers from today: blind idolatry and tribalism.

Decoding the legalese of The Post

Oscar nominee, The Post, is the story of how the media in the 70’s challenged the law, and why it came to be known as more than just a landmark case cited in textbooks and in court. Featuring big names in showbiz such as Merryl Streep playing the first female publisher of The Washington Post, Katharine Graham and her executive editor, Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks, the film delivers a fine mix of drama with escalating tension and intellectual content that’s sure to leave you reflecting on your own principles as the end credits roll.

I, Tonya: Another Version of the Truth

Romanticizing real-life events in order to amp up the drama is a common habit of biopics, but not this one. I, Tonya’s unique take on the life and career of retired figure skater Tonya Harding (now Tonya Price), presents several different perspectives from the side of her former husband, Jeff Gillooly, her abusive mother, LaVona Golden, and her first coach, Diane Rawlinson, without losing track of Tonya’s own telling of her side of “The Incident”.
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