Let’s make this short and sweet, shall we?
I waited a little too long to write this post, so instead of reminding myself about the ups-and-downs of August I will simply talk about the movies and songs and other thingamajigs that I enjoyed last month.
In August I watched five films: Parasite (2019), Kuya Wes (2018), ‘Tol (2019), Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019), and Someone Great (2019). My favorite was Parasite. It’s not perfect, not at all, but it was equal parts entertaining and relevant and I think more people should give it a watch. Ganda.
On the music front, my favorite song last month was Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Hysteric.” It’s an old song and I already forgot what prompted me to listen to it again but, yeah, the song’s still dope. And then there’s Mojofly’s “Mata”, The Weepies’ “Can’t Go Back Now” and syd hartha’s “Iglap” — good stuff, good stuff.
Last month I also discovered Cinetactic, a YouTube channel that produces video essays on Filipino cinema and TV. The most recent episode is called “Why ‘Ang Probinsyano’ Never Ends: The Pinoy Bayhem” and they also have a video on “Pinays in Film: The Bechdel Test.” None of the episodes have raised a point that I haven’t already encountered, but I still enjoy the fact that Pinoy creators like them are starting to churn more niche YouTube content.
Speaking of, Third World Cinema Club also released a video episode on YouTube last month. It’s a Cinemalaya 2019 special, so if you’re interested in watching four critics (slash friends?) talk about this year’s Cinemalaya films, you should go check them out. TWCC is one the few podcasts that I regularly listen to, by the way, and I think they deserve to have more listeners. Look them up on Spotify na rin!
And there ya go — that’s pretty much all I have for August. I will be very busy for the rest of the year but hopefully I can still find time to write a post every now and then. We’ll see.
Have a happy Monday, everyone!* 🙂
*Except kay Cynthia Villar — mabilaukan sana siyang pangit siya.