Notes and Scribbles on Cinema, Literature, Games, Philosophy, Marxism, Memes, Vlogs…: Redux (March 2021)

No Hard Feelings (Faraz Shariat / 2020 / German) March 1: It is so hard to write film criticisms these days when the sign of times necessitates one to fight state violence, fascism, and imperialism with counter-violence. But it is all necessary to write film criticism during the time of crisis. The need to apprehend … Continue reading Notes and Scribbles on Cinema, Literature, Games, Philosophy, Marxism, Memes, Vlogs…: Redux (March 2021)

Notes and Scribbles on Cinema, Literature, Games, Philosophy, Marxism, Memes, Vlogs…: Redux (Feb 2021)

from Nomadland (Chloe Zhao / USA / 2020) Resurrecting the Old As New. I saw an old post in my old film blog Auditoire (RIP?). And I was wondering if I can replicate it again this new year. The things is, the feat was only possible in 2013 because I had so much free time. … Continue reading Notes and Scribbles on Cinema, Literature, Games, Philosophy, Marxism, Memes, Vlogs…: Redux (Feb 2021)

Transforming Film Criticism into a Militant Practice

Bibliographic Entry Mendizabal, Adrian D. “Transforming Film Criticism into a Militant Practice.” Strike II, 15 Dec. 2019, http://strk2.com/2019/12/transforming-film-criticism-into-a-militant-practice/.%5BDownload PDF] Film criticism, and the practice of criticism in art, literature, and humanities in general, has been practiced in the Philippines under the tutelage of the culture industry and the bourgeois institutions of culture. Film criticism, in … Continue reading Transforming Film Criticism into a Militant Practice

My Top Filipino Films of the Decade

MY TOP FILIPINO FILMS OF THE DECADE [Submitted for PinoyRebyuDecade Poll] Alipin ng Sining (Art Slave, Joyce Rochelle Montañano, 2013) Pantomina sa mga anyong ikinubli ng alon (Pantomime for Figures Shrouded by Waves, Jon Lazam, 2013) The Filipino Dream (Jeffrey Deyto, 2016) Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas (The Day Before the End, Lav Diaz, 2016) … Continue reading My Top Filipino Films of the Decade

Book Haul for February 2019 – De Guzman, Badiou, Jameson, Zizek, Althusser, Balibar, Establet, Macherey & Ranciere

I'm glad to wrap up my February with a good news from Donna Miranda that my books I ordered from Verso finally arrived at their doorstep. So here's my book haul for this February: Domingo De Guzmna's Rescued History: Essays on the New History of the Philippine Revolution Vol 1 & 2 Domingo De Guzman's … Continue reading Book Haul for February 2019 – De Guzman, Badiou, Jameson, Zizek, Althusser, Balibar, Establet, Macherey & Ranciere

Reflections on Roland Barthes’ The Photographic Message (1961)

25 January 2014 [Republished from here]   Why even bother about Barthes? I saw the book Image Music Text by Barthes lying on a bookshelf at home sandwiched between two novels by Michael Cunningham. I was drawn to its exterior mold. It has a thinness unusual for a book on critical theory with a cover page exhuming … Continue reading Reflections on Roland Barthes’ The Photographic Message (1961)