Jason Tan Liwag

Jason Tan Liwag Pro

Favorite films

  • Arrival
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Cleaners
  • Temptation Island

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  • When Harry Met Sally...

  • A House Named Shahana

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • May December

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  • Whether the Weather Is Fine

    Whether the Weather Is Fine

    ★★★★½

    “The years I was editing, I was unconsciously learning from all my directors.”

    Carlo Francisco Manatad has made a name for himself as one of the most prolific Filipino film editors, with works such as “F#*@bois,” “I’m Drunk I Love You,” “Meet Me In St. Gallen,” and “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” under his artistic belt. But in the last few years, he has successfully made a name for himself locally and internationally as a writer and director. His immediate narrative and…

  • Leonor Will Never Die

    Leonor Will Never Die

    ★★★★★

    When Martika Ramirez Escobar found out her film was going to be part of Sundance, she was on the way to a lock-in shoot for Quark Henares’ new film.

    “Yung initial reaction ko was: Ano ‘to, wrong send? Rejection letter? Joke ba ‘to?”

    (My initial reaction was: What’s this? Was it missent? A rejection letter? Is this a joke?)

    To her, it seemed like a statistical impossibility. As the largest independent film festival in the United States, Sundance was home…

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  • Suzume

    Suzume

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Those expecting Suzume to be anything like Makoto Shikai’s last two films — Your Name and Weathering With You — must be warned: You will be walking into something different. There are no easter eggs that point to a shared cinematic universe nor any Radwimps bangers like Zenzenzense nor any major romances to cling onto. In fact, Suzume feels different from every Shinkai film because it gets straight into fantastical action.

    High school girl Iwato Suzume (Nanoka Hara) chances upon…

  • Where Is the Lie?

    Where Is the Lie?

    ★½

    Not a fan of this. But Maris Racal is a truly fascinating screen presence when given the right material.

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  • Leonor Will Never Die

    Leonor Will Never Die

    ★★★★★

    There is much to love about Martika Ramirez Escobar's debut feature film "Leonor Will Never Die."

    But the thing that strikes me right now is how it introduces non-Filipinos to the specifics of Philippine culture and entertainment: the pirated DVDs being sold cheaply on the streets, the gatherings of strangers around a television screen at hospitals, the near-universal love for action heroes, the perpetual desire to burst out into a karaoke song and dance, and so much more. In many…

  • Shake, Rattle & Roll 8

    Shake, Rattle & Roll 8

    ★★★★½

    This review is for LRT and LRT only.