January – February

1. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent (It was cohesive. But not scary. And I just keep remembering how Buffy’s Der Kindestod was scarier.)
2. Yoo-na’s Street – Kim Woon-kyung, Im Tae-woo, Kim Jae-hong (Another proof why South Korea owns television show awesomeness.)
3. Midori no Hibi – Kazurou Inoue, Tsuneo Kobayashi (Owns some of anime’s trademark weirdness but nothing more than that.)
4. The End of Evangelion – Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno (I read somewhere that Hideaki Anno was depressed at the time he was making this so this happened. I also read somewhere that he wanted kids to learn.. or be prepared of the real fucked-up world so this happened. I don’t know, man. Opening a scene where the teenage guy masturbates on an unconscious hospitalized teenage girl? Ever heard of putting violence in proper context? I think he was really just depressed.)
5. Attack the Block – Joe Cornish (Boyega <3)
6. Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon – Edgar Calabia Samar
7. The Four Fingers of Death – Rick Moody (It was… long.)
8. Fifty Shades of Grey – Sam Taylor-Johnson (I wrote a long status message on my Facebook defending the film. I still stand by it. But I forgot the details. LOL.)
9. Mad Men Season 1, 2, 3 – Matthew Weiner (Serialized short stories through television medium. Wonderful.)
10. You’re Under Arrest – OVA – Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Heartwarming. :) )
11. Parks and Recreation Season 7 – Greg Daniels and Michael Schur (Last American comedy that’s worth it so far.)

March – April

1. Moral – Marilou Diaz-Abaya (My takeaway from the relationship between two gay men and one woman was different from the scriptwriter, Ricky Lee. Haha. I actually thought it was empowering for the woman and a normalization of polygamous relationships.)
2. Norte – Lav Diaz (No. No. No. Too long. I don’t care why it’s too long. No. It’s unnecessary. But okay, somebody’s unnecessary might be their pleasure, or point, but the plot and characterization are no, no, no. What is this film for exactly?)
3. Orapronobis – Lino Brocka (Still a powerful relevant film which is actually a sad thing?)
4. You’re Under Arrest: The Movie – Junji Nishimura (It was surprisingly good, considering how much movie you can make out of traffic enforcers.)
5. You’re Under Arrest – TV – Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Slice of Life genre at its finest. :) )
6. Mad Men Season 4 and 5 – Matthew Weiner
7. You’re Under Arrest – Mini Special – Junji Nishimura (I had a feeling it was catering to its North American sexist audience. The boobs in this specials… Sigh.)
8. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (Like a Nickelodeon show but with adults.)
9. The Devil’s Backbone – Guillermo del Toro
10. Magic Mike – Steven Soderbergh
11. Jurassic Park – Steven Spielberg (One of my closest friends is obsessed with this movie so she made us watch it. She tried not to speak the actors’s lines.)
12. Hansel and Gretel – Tommy Wirkola (B-movie for bus rides.)
13. The Purge – James DeMonaco (Ethan Hawke actually picks good films to star in.)
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series) Season 2 – Joshua Sternin and J. R. Ventimilia (Raph and Mikey <3 )
15. Silicon Valley Season 1 – Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky (This is a really bad comedy, like Big Bang Theory except for a more pretentious audience. Regardless of its sexism, it’s just really boring.)
16. How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 – Peter Nowalk (So a Shonda Rhimes is how a Ryan Murphy would be if he is actually good and on a different genre. With better politics.)
17. La India, or Island of the Disappeared – Rosario Cruz-Lucero (More people should read her creative works and literary criticism. Best historical fanfiction yet. :P)

May – June

1. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
2. Pitch Perfect 2 – Elizabeth Banks (The first one is good, what happened?)
3. Imagine Me & You – Ol Parker (Boring but… lesbians so..?)
4. Mad Men Season 6 & 7 – Matthew Weiner
5. Diwalwal – Edgardo M. Reyes (I made a 5-page paper on how much this novel sucks. I loathe that this is what’s supposed to be Filipino literature canon. God. Again, regardless of its misogyny (that it’ll probably say only reflects reality which is a stupid defense because you can write a misogynist reality without being misogynistic yourself), it’s just terrible TERRIBLE writing.)
6. Big Hero 6 – Chris Williams and Don Hall
7. That Thing Called Tadhana – Antoinette Jadaone (It was not bad contrary to what other intellectuals or academics said. Hahahaha. Also, please stop dissing emotions and the female gaze.)
8. Jane the Virgin Season 1 – Jennie Snyder (Telenovela-meta wise, it is good. But let’s be honest, we’re all just watching this for #BrogelioOurRogelio.)
9. Ang Makina ni Mang Turing – Ramon Guillermo

July – August

1. Minions – Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
2. You’re Under Arrest: Fast & Furious – Shōgo Kawamoto (It was a bit of a chore finishing this season.)
3. You’re Under Arrest – No mercy – Shōgo Kawamoto (Okay, now this one I’m sure was made to cater to North American sexist types of audience.)
4. Ayashi no Ceres – Hajime Kamegaki (I’m currently reading the manga in between breaks and it’s better than the anime. Ten thousand fold better. The characters are believable in the manga and Aya is very less damsel-in-distress-y.)
5. Attack on Titan – Shinji Higuchi (LOL. This is so sad. I’m so sad for the creator.)
6. Inside Out – Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen (This Pixar film is not Up but it’s still important.)
7. Pride – Matthew Warchus (Feel-good movie that didn’t actually lay out how the workers and the LGBT community activists managed to form solidarity.)
8. The Vengeance Trilogy – Park Chan-wook (Usually known for Old Boy but I think Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the best among the three, Lady Vengeance the second best.)

September – October

1. Heneral Luna – Jerrold Tarog (My close friend and I had a very fruitful discussion about this type of hero movie for a country that is visibly lacking nationalism. Or a concept of what kind of a nation it is. Well, it was fruitful for me, maybe not for him. LOL. I learned a lot from his stand. Which loathes the movie. At first, I disagreed strongly. But now, I’m more neutral about the whole thing. I still believe it’s a necessary film in such a barren mainstream industry, and in terms of form, it’s really quite well-made. I promised him I’d read the negative reviews he linked, and I promised myself I still have to write a review of this movie. I’m just super duper late with my promises. >_<v)
2. Hana and Alice – Shunji Iwai (A very pretty film. The kind I like watching on a cold afternoon.)
3. African Stories – Dorris Lessing
4. You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle – Koichi Ohata (The opening episode was fantastic and characteristic of the prominent anime of its period. The following episodes were fun to watch as it captured what the first season was all about. I also loved that it focused more on Miyuki, and she wasn’t a crybaby in this season, contrary to the second one which destroyed her character as they wanted a stupid dichotomous characterization of the women protagonists. Plus, in this season, Miyuki and Natsumi’s deep friendship was explored properly, warmly.)
5. Revolutionary Girl Utena – Kunihiko Ikuhara (I am currently thinking that this is the best anime. Of all time. THE BLACK ROSE ARC IS FUCKIN A.)
6. Adolescence of Utena – Kunihiko Ikuhara (Surreal trippy festival.)

November – December

1. The Orphan – Jaume Collet-Serra (It was engaging. So sad that the ending was stupid.)
2. Chances Are – Emile Ardolino (Reincarnation, comedy, and rich people. Very 80’s.)
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – J.J. Abrams (I don’t understand Star Wars fans who strongly don’t like it. I have read their explanations and I still don’t understand them. Also, what’s wrong with nostalgia being one of the gauge for a good sequel? Denying nostalgia is like denying reality and history.)
4. Hannibal Season 3 – Bryan Fuller (No queer-baiting here which is awesome.)
5. A Second Chance – Cathy Garcia-Molina (Why do you have to defend your abusive behavior, Direk? I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! How dare you! Learn something from this! Hahahahuhuhu.)


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