Century of Smoke (2019): Illuminating the Murky World of Opium Addiction

Century of Smoke opens with an image that immediately exposes its subject, and underscores its primary aims ― a man preparing his bowl of opium beside the fire, gently stoking the flames before inhaling the fumes, as the room gets gradually covered by a thick blanket of smoke. Sleeping beside Continue Reading

The Halt (2019) Review – Minimalist Sci-Fi Meets Dark Dystopian Fantasy

The year is 2034 and the Philippines is completely shrouded by darkness. This isn’t any new unfamiliar malady for the country ― metaphorically speaking ― having been subject to nearly 400 years of colonial exploitation, only to be followed by tyrannical regimes of dictators like Ferdinand Marcos ravaging the people Continue Reading