Unreel editors Geoff and Armand gather bi-weekly to discuss Filipino movies, pop culture, and more.
It's a special 3WCC x Pervision crossover! John Tawasil, the co-host of the Filipino film podcast, Third World Cinema Club, joins Armand and Tristan to chat about what moviegoing might look like in what appears to be the tail-end of COVID-19.About our GuestsJohn Tawasil is from the film podcast, Third World Cinema Club, a show he-costs with our friends at Film Police Reviews. He also runs the film blog, Present Confusion. Tristan Zinampan is Rappler's resident film geek. He heads the brand integration, of which — fun fact! — I'm also a part. Translation: he's my boss.About today's showPer the IATF, Filipino moviegoers are finally allowed to watch movies in theaters again. That, however, is only true for you provided that you follow safety guidelines and have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.All three of us have reservations, especially with how the theater owners will implement and enforce the new safety guidelines.Links mentioned in the episode Third World Cinema Club on Spotify Laffler Talk on Spotify Rappler.com John on Twitter @present_confusn Tristan on Twitter @tristanzinampan Armand on Twitter @armanddc Armand on Insta @armanddc Show Unreel some 💕-in' Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube TikTok Website 👈 new look and domain name @ unreelph.com! Usapang Pelikula 👈 our free Facebook group The Unreel Discord 👈 our Discord server
34 min 30 sec
This week, we're debuting our first-ever pod segment, 'Five Films,' a series of episodes where we bring on guests and ask them their top five recommendations on a certain film category. In this episode, we've brought on Chris Costello (from the Dead Air podcast) to share his #FiveFilms for Philippine horror movies.About our guestChris Costello is a co-host of the horror podcast, Dead Air. He also co-pilots the Facebook community of the same name. Chris' #FiveFilms — Filipino Horror Itim (1976, dir. Mike De Leon) Yanggaw (2008, dir. Richard Somes) Violator (2014, dir. Dodo Dayao) Seklusyon (2016, dir. Erik Matti) Sunod (2019, dir. Carlo Ledesma) Armand's #FiveFilms — Filipino Horror (I typically won't share my own, but being a horror hound myself I couldn't help it) Itim (1976, dir. Mike De Leon) Karnal (1983, dir. Marilou Diaz-Abaya) Pa-Siyam (2004, dir. Erik Matti) Violator (2014, dir. Dodo Dayao) Salvage (2015, dir. Sherad Sanchez) Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Dead Air podcast Dead Air's Facebook community Tristan's Salvage article Armand, Oggs, and Nicol in Ang Pinaka talking about Yanggaw Pervision #18: 'OTJ: The Missing 8' (ft. Tristan & Jason) Follow Armand and our guests Armand on Twitter @armanddc Jason on Twitter @jaseybel Tristan on Twitter @tristanzinampan Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube TikTok Website 👈 new look and domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
1 hr 9 min
This week, we're talking about Netflix's currently most-watched title, South Korea's Squid Game. The new Netflix Original South Korean series, Squid Game, took the world by storm. It's a story about capitalism, spectatorship, and the illusion of choice. In today's discussion, we are joined with two friends of the pod, Tristan and Jason. 📢 NEW EPISODES EVERY OTHER SUNDAY @ 9 p.m., PST 📢 About today's guestsTristan Zinampan is a writer, editor, podcaster, and Rappler's resident film geek. He leads the website's youth culture section, Hustle.Jason Tan Liwag is an openly gay scientist, actor, and writer. He is one of six emerging international film critics part of the Young Film Critics Programme of the 50th IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam).This week's seriesSquid Game follows hundreds of cash-strapped players who accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting survival game awaits with a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake. Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 'Squid Game' on Netflix Rappler Tristan's 'Play Of The Week' video Pervision #14: 'Trese' (ft. Tristan & Emil) Follow Armand and our guests Armand on Twitter @armanddc Jason on Twitter @jaseybel Tristan on Twitter @tristanzinampan Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube TikTok Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
52 min 15 sec
This week, we're taking on Erik Matti's On The Job: The Missing 8 and Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass. Erik Matti's long-gestating On The Job: The Missing 8 wrapped its first season at HBO GO today; and Netflix has dropped one of its best shows of this year, Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass. Armand sits down with Tristran Zinampan and Jason Tan Liwag to discuss! About today's guestsTristan Zinampan is a writer, editor, podcaster, and Rappler's resident film geek. He leads the website's youth culture section, Hustle.Jason Tan Liwag is an openly gay scientist, actor, and writer. He is one of six emerging international film critics part of the Young Film Critics Programme of the 50th IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam).This week's filmsOn The Job: The Missing 8 is the follow-up to Erik Matti's 2013 modern classic, On The Job. Inspired by true events, the film chronicles the story of Sisoy Salas, a corrupt journalist seeking justice for his colleagues, and convict Roman Rubio, a hired gun who is regularly brought out of prison to perform assassinations.Midnight Mass is the latest from Netflix's resident Stephen King fanboy, Mike Flanagan. In it, an isolated island community experiences miraculous events - and frightening omens - after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Rappler (your friendly neighborhood scream queer is officially part of the team!) The Laffler Talk podcast Jason's review of On The Job: The Missing 8 Jason on Twitter @jaseybel Tristan on Twitter @tristanzinampan Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube TikTok Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
1 hr 12 min
A film fest about Filipino values? What novel idea!Sine Halaga had a successful inaugural run a couple of weeks ago. Film critic Emil Hofileña joins Armand to discuss their favorite short films from the fest, many of which feature aswangs and tikbalangs.About today's guestEmil Hofileña is a film critic whose work has been published in Rogue, Young STAR, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Out of Print, among other publications. He served as a juror for FAMAS from 2018 to 2019.About Sine HalagaFrom their page: Sine Halaga (The NCCA Filipino Values Film Festival) gives a platform to all filmmakers to tell beautiful stories depicting Filipino values in contemporary films.Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Dispatch notes from Sine Halaga 2021 Sine Halaga's Facebook Page Armand on Twitter @armanddc Emil on Twitter @emilhofilena Emil Reviews Things Cinemil Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
51 min 51 sec
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION ✨3WCC and Film Police Reviews' Princess Kinoc drops by to chat about My Amanda, a new Netflix Filipino-language original written and directed by Alessandra De Rossi. The film follows two unusually close friends (played by Piolo Pascual and De Rossi herself) as they navigate life.About today's guestPrincess Kinoc is the co-host of the Third World Cinema Club and editor of Film Police Reviews. Probably the most congenial cinephile you'll know, we fondly think of Cess as the one true Supreme of Filipino film appreciation.Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Stream My Amanda on Netflix Armand on Twitter @armanddc Deep Cuts (my horror newsletter!) Princess on Twitter @cesskinoc Third World Cinema Club (3WCC) on Spotify Film Police Reviews Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
38 min 4 sec
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 Episode 15! Armand (@armanddc), Emil (@emilhofilena), and Tristan (@tristanzinampan) tackle Erik Matti's new film, A Girl and A Guy, a sleazy romantic dramedy about twentysomethings navigating their lives. It's also the very first original title from newcomer streaming platform, Upstream. The new film stars Alexa Miro and Rob Gomez. Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Stream A Girl and a Guy on Upstream Inside the Industry Laffler Talk Podcast Cinemil Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
1 hr 4 min
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 Episode 14! Tristan, Emil, and Armand talk Trese, Netflix's first Filipino-language anime. Based on the same-name comic series from Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, the new series follows a police consultant with an unusual ability to uncover supernatural crimes.Amidst debates over accents and casting choices, today's episode forgoes equally important questions about Choc-Nuts and easily the series' yummiest snacks (Crispin and Basilio, duh!) to highlight the fact that Trese is living in a world where the po-po aren't on a routine schedule of getting high on power and inadvertently killing civilians. Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Stream Trese on Netflix Rappler's Hustle Laffler Talk Podcast Cinemil Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 We're back! On our first episode in 2021, we're doing something different...we're doing a drunk pod! And what better films to do it on than those made by Khavn Dela Cruz?! And as if stars have aligned, Khavn has mounted Cinerado, an online film event where you can stream most of Khavn's films for FREE on YouTube (link below!)Join us in our 13th episode as we fumble our way in a discussion about two Khavn films, "Mondomanila" and "Aswang ng QC". Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Cinerado on YouTube Balangiga: Howling Wilderness on Netflix Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
56 min 2 sec
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 That’s right, you’re getting 2 new Pervision episodes this week. Hooray!In this episode, we sat down with our friends, Miko & JC, to discuss Antoinette Jadaone’s latest, Fan Girl. It swept the awards at the recently wrapped MMFF, among which is a rightful win for Charlie Dizon. This episode also debuts The Spoiler Zone, a new segment in the pod where we go in-depth about the film. This time, we partake in very important discussions, including our country’s culture of idolatry and fanaticism, as well as Paulo Avelino’s you-know-what. Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Pervision #11 — Kisapmata MMFF on Upstream PH Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Follow our lovely guests: Miko’s Twitter JC’s Twitter Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
1 hr 20 min
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 In today's episode, we celebrate the restoration of Mike De Leon's seminal classic, Kisapmata, a truth-based psychological thriller, unlike nothing we've ever seen before. We dive deep into the themes of the film and draw parallels in what it meant in its original release (during the Marcos regime) and now, about four decades later. Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 L'Immagine Ritrovata Mike De Leon's Vimeo Page Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
51 min 8 sec
;;'; YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 In today's episode, we tackle Lav Diaz's Genus, Pan, one of his shorter works running at 2 hours and 30 minutes. It follows a group of minors who, in an effort to get past "bwayas", traverse through the woods of an island believed to be cursed. We also share our take on Dodo Dayao's Midnight in a Perfect World, in which a financially thriving Manila is frequented by unwanted visitors every midnight. Four friends regrettably set out to find out what really happens when the clock strikes at 12AM. Timestamps (jump per section) ⏳ 00:04:15 — Review: Genus, Pan (2020) 00:27:10 — Review: Midnight in a Perfect World (2020)00:49:10 — QCinema 2020 favorites00:51:44 — What we're watching at MMFF 2020 Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Pervision #08: A Conversation With Dodo Dayao Buy/Rent Violator on iTunes QCinema International Film Festival Metro Manila International Film Festival Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Show Unreel some 💕-in Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
56 min 15 sec
YAY FOR A BRAND-NEW PERVISION 📢 Today’s episode talks about Isabel Sandoval’s searing new film, Lingua Franca, an important story about an immigrant Filipina transwoman in Brooklyn. It has been acquired by TBA Studios, which means it should have its Philippine premiere soon. It’s also currently available on Netflix US! We also take on Sputnik, a supremely watchable Russian sci-fi thriller by first-time feature filmmaker Egor Abremenko. We think it’s worth your while! Timestamps, links, and resources after the bump. Timestamps (jump per section) ⏳ 00:02:28 — An important announcement! 00:03:22 — Review: Lingua Franca (2019)00:22:41 — Review: Sputnik (2019) Links mentioned in the episode 🔗 Watch Lingua Franca on Netflix Watch Sputnik on Hulu Our favorite VPN service 👈 use the coupon code UNREEL 🎫 Show Unreel some 💕-in' Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website 👈 new domain name @ unreelph.com! The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
37 min 28 sec
Listen to Pervision on the Unreel website.We're back 🙌 and it's fitting we kick things off again with the difficult topic of dealing with COVID-19, including the horror and uncertainty that come with it. For this episode, Armand sits down with a filmmaker no stranger to that stomach-churning, Armageddon-like anxiety, Dodo Dayao, director of 2014's "Violator" and more recently, the writer of the new iWant series called "The Tapes".Dodo also helped curate the widely successful Lockdown Cinema Club, an initiative by filmmakers that helps no-work-no-pay film workers who need aid during the stay-at-home order. This is a long sit-down discussion with Dodo (about two hours!), but if you stick around you'll learn a ton about his writing process, the influences he borrowed from in making "Violator", and much more.Timestamps00:04:22 - Quarantine check-in 00:06:12 - About Lockdown Cinema Club00:13:20 - What keeps Dodo busy during the lockdown00:24:24 - Making "Violator" and writing screenplays for other filmmakers ("Ma", "Lukas the Strange", etc.)00:57:36 - How being a cinephile helped inform his filmmaking01:11:43 - Casting direk Joel Lamangan as the lead for "Violator"01:13:46 - Working as a horror filmmaker today01:27:21 - Making "The Tapes" and working with the serial format01:44:11 - Writing a book on Philippine cinema Links Lockdown Cinema Club Buy/Rent "Violator" on iTunes Watch "The Tapes" on iWant "The Peripheral" by William Gibson Check out Dodo's blog Show Unreel some 💕-in' Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Website The Movie Club 👈 our free Facebook group
1 hr 53 min
Listen to Pervision on the Unreel website.BONUS EPISODE!!! ✨ Bet'cha didn't expect to hear from us merely days from the previous episode, did you?But hey, we're here. And this week, we are talking about the recent FDCP changes as well as the existence of a troubling film called "KontrAdiksyon". We're also catching you up with what we've been watching recently.Ready? Strap in for a very long discussion with 'ya boiiis Armand and Geoffrey in this week's episode of the Pervision Podcast.FDCP ChangesOn June 25th, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced some changes with regards to film programming and cinemagoing in the country. Geoff and Armand break down these changes in detail, including the move from Wednesday to Friday for movie premieres, and the vaguely outlined "fullscreen" schedules.Pervision is open to dialogue with FDCP about these changes.What have we been watchingWe've missed out on a lot of reviews, so we're dumping everything here, including recent releases, like "Annabelle Comes Home", "Child's Play", and "Rocketman".We also brush on "The Invitation" and "Coherence", two speculative thrillers set at innocuous dinner parties."KontrAdiksyon" and why we deliberately skipped itAs you all may have heard of, the new film "KontrAdiksyon" has been making news recently. A big part of it is because of President Rodrigo Duterte's outspoken endorsement of the movie, going as far as attending the movie's premiere.Though admittedly one of us had the urge to watch it, we didn't watch the movie because we don't agree with its politics.On this part of the pod, we open a discussion about the politics of cinema and how our administration might be weaponizing the arts.Timestamps00:03:51 - FDCP Changes00:33:21 - "Coherence" / "The Invitation"00:36:03 - "Child's Play"00:44:23 - "Annabelle Comes Home"00:54:15 - "Rocketman"01:02:13 - Why we didn't watch "KontrAdiksyon"Links FDCP Changes breakdown Pervision Podcast #1 Pervision Podcast #6 Phil On Films Our official subreddit: r/pelikula The Unreel website The Unreel YouTube channel Geoff's Twitter: @geoffreview Armand's Twitter: @armanddc Support for this Episode: NordVPN Support for this podcast is thanks to our friends at NordVPN, an incredible VPN solution that lets you bypass geo-restrictions of your favorite US-only streaming sites, including Hulu, Shudder, and Criterion Channel.Listeners of the Pervision podcast get a whopping 75% off on their 3-year plan when they use the coupon code "unreel" at signup. Go to nordvpn.org/unreel to grab this sweet deal! Random TakeawayWe need Glaiza De Castro in this podcast, goddammit!
1 hr 14 min
Listen via the Unreel podcast siteEpisode Six is up, you guys! This week, we’re shaking up things a little bit by adding a Hollywood movie to the mix. We’re also trying out what we’ll call Quick Takes, shorter reviews that will let us get through even more movies in the pod. Each week we’ll also have a Featured Review, which is a lengthier and a more in-depth talk around a specific movie.This week, we’re discussing three new Filipino movies—all three are interestingly based on or inspired by real-life events. JA Tadena’s “Banal” and Matthew Rosen’s “Quezon’s Game” are both parts of this week’s Quick Takes. Derick Cabrido’s “Clarita”, meanwhile, is our Featured Review.Featured ReviewThis week, we discuss Derick Cabrido’s new movie, “Clarita”. The new movie stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Aaron Villaflor, and Ricky Davao. The film tells the real-life story of Clarita Villanueva, a young Filipina whose demonic possession became infamous in the late 50’s.Quick TakesThis week’s Quick Takes include JA Tadena’s supernatural thriller “Banal”, Matthew Rosen’s historical drama “Quezon’s Game”, and Josh Cooley’s four-quel “Toy Story 4”.Timestamps00:02:20 - About the new format00:04:35 - "Banal"00:16:01 - "Quezon's Game"00:29:03 - "Toy Story 4"00:43:46 - Featured Review: "Clarita"00:59:42 - Spolier DiscussionLinks Taskade (get 50% off, code: ARMAND) Pervision Podcast #5 Armand’s Twitter Geoffrey’s Twitter Unreel.ph website Unreel.ph YouTube Channel Support for this Episode: TaskadeSupport for this podcast is thanks to our friends at Taskade, an awesome productivity software that lets you easily collaborate with your team using notes, tasks, and video conferencing.Use it to create film festival itineraries or if you're a filmmaker, use Taskade to keep you and your production team in check.Listeners of the Pervision Podcast get 50% off their membership. Just use the coupon code "ARMAND" at checkout.Random TakeawayGeoff’s weakness is phonetically similar words. Listen to Armand annoy him ad absurdum.
1 hr 12 min
A very special episode Pervision is here. This week, we go out the confines of our home studio to speak with Tristan Zinampan—Rappler producer, UPD film student, and pop culture extraordinaire.Because this episode is recorded out in the wild, the audio quality of our actual conversation is a bit janky. But you're here for the content, aren't 'ya? And this week, we dove deep into Erik Matti's new film, "Kuwaresma", a horror-thriller that puts together some of the best acting and filmmaking talents we have. It also marks Sharon Cuneta's first horror movie.Timestamps00:02:23 - Keeping up with le Zinampan00:04:50 - What we have been watching lately?00:11:50 - Featured review: "Kuwaresma"00:31:21 - Spoiler discussionLinks Pervision Podcast #4 Armand's review of Kuwaresma Tristan @ Rappler Tristan's Twitter Film Police Reviews Third World Cinema Club podcast Armand’s Twitter Geoffrey’s Twitter Unreel.ph website Unreel.ph YouTube Channel
55 min 58 sec
On this episode, we discover how Geoff doesn’t melt away easily when it comes to romance stories. Of course, he's not completely impervious to it, and there are obvious exceptions, including one of today's featured movies.This week, Geoff and Armand discuss two movies: Mark Meily’s “Maledicto”, a new exorcism horror out of the FOX Philippines and Cignal Entertainment’s stable, starring Tom Rodriguez and Jasmine Curtis; and Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Between Maybes”, a new romance movie from Black Sheep, starring Julia Barretto and Gerald Anderson.Timestamps 00:30:00 - Updates00:03:51 - "Maledicto" review00:24:13 - "Between Maybes" review00:53:06 - Music recommendation: "Pagtingin" by Ben&BenLinks Dan Ariely's “Predictably Irrational” Geoffrey’s Twitter Armand’s Twitter Unreel.ph website Geoffreview.com Unreel.ph YouTube Channel Third World Cinema Club podcast Music recommendation: "Pagtingin" by Ben&BenListen on Spotify
56 min 54 sec
On this episode of the Pervision Podcast, Geoff measures if the new LizQuen movie is "UP" enough.
47 min 42 sec
Geoff and Armand talk about Perci Intalan's "Born Beautiful", JP Habac's "Sakaling Maging Tayo", and Brillante Mendoza's "Alpha: The Right to Kill". Armand also reveals how Mendoza ruined his favorite film for him.//*TIMESTAMPS*//00:01:55 - "Born Beautiful"00:14:16 - "Sakaling Maging Tayo"00:23:20 - "Alpha: The Right to Kill"00:39:10 - This week's music recommendation//*LINKS*//Armand's Twitter:https://twitter.com/armanddcGeoff's Twitter:htttps://twitter.com/geoffreview/The Unreel website:https://unreel.ph/The Unreel movie club:https://facebook.com/unreelmovieclub/Random takeaway: It's hard to edit podcast episodes -_-Music recommendation: "Anino" by Up Dharma Downhttps://open.spotify.com/track/4KmkG7fVe8bNBUpCbKCdJQ?si=B-elaw3VSkKC8a2ixUG_HQ
44 min 12 sec
Geoff and Armand scramble through the show's pilot as they discuss Kenneth Dagatan's "Ma", Mikhail Red's "Eerie", and Marius Talampas' "Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap."//*TIMESTAMPS*//00:01:22 - What is Pervision?00:06:48 - "Ma"00:24:22 - "Eerie"00:41:15 - "Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap"//*LINKS*//Armand's TwitterGeoff's TwitterThe Unreel websiteThe Unreel movie clubRandom takeaway: it's hard to Google something in the middle of a recording.