2017

January – February

1. Oro – Alvin Yapan (Controversy aside, it was a very moving quiet film that got its point through—-probably with controversy included. It is a rare serious socially aware film that engaged me and did not, even for a second, make me want to conk out in the theater.)
2. Yes Please – Amy Poehler (Some very good advice, some very liberal advice. Overall, though, an earnest and authentic memoir. I love the parts that brag about being middle-aged. It’s not as rare as before, but it’s still hard to find people you like articulating your hopes and placating your fears in going to the next stage of your life.)
3. The Disposessed – Ursula K. Le Guin (I will always wonder who I’d be if I read Le Guin earlier. I have blabbered enough tributes and wailed her death in various social media accounts. Anyway, this is the book that started it all for me. Her sober articulation of the revolution made me feel less lonely in history’s grand narrative.)
4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Yasuhiro Irie (Though it did not harvest the emotionally invested fangirl in me—-yet?—-intellectually speaking, FMA Brotherhood really deserves the spot of being one of the best anime of all time. It has everything from character to plot, from form to content. I have some feminist criticisms, yes, but for an anime of its time, all the women are very strong and fully developed characters.)
5. The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook (Would have been okay, and even feminist, if only the movie dropped the male gaze ending and the stupidest lesbian sex scene I’ve ever watched. Since we’re at this point, I recommend fan fiction for wonderful, respectful, and believable lesbian smut. Positive point for the movie: it’s a lesbian film with a happy ending.)

March – April

1. Beauty and the Beast – Bill Condon (I rant here: https://burgerfriestapsilogsiopao.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/and-when-we-touched-she-didnt-shudder-at-my-paw/)
2. Sister Stella L – Mike De Leon (Classic activist martial law film. Well-structured. With its psychological, philosophical, and political debates, it’s definitely better than the movies we’re currently churning out regardless of social advocacy. I love how women are protagonists, of course.)
3. Smosh Live! – Martin Pasetta (Saturday Night Live of YouTube. Smosh cast did an excellent job.)
4. Power Rangers – Dean Israelite (This could have been good. But it wasn’t.)
5. Legion – Noah Hawley (The show that got me obsessed with Dan Stevens for some time. The first parts were super engaging. The latter parts, as superhero shows tend to fall into, just got cheesy and all over the place.)

May – June

1. Steven Universe Season 4 – Rebecca Sugar (Still one of the sweetest, pure hearted, refreshing, and intelligent shows I’m glad exists.)
2. People of Earth Season 1 – David Jenkins (Cute enough, but not enough to make me exert effort to access season 2.)
3. Bliss – Jerrold Tarog (I rant here: https://burgerfriestapsilogsiopao.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/bliss-or-just-another-male-gaze-horror-film/)
4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1 – Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna (Cute enough, but not enough to make me exert effort to access season 2.)
5. Seventeen’s One Fine Day in Japan – MBC (My sons being boys. Hoshi gets mad here and being hot though.)
6. Yuri!!! on Ice – Sayo Yamamoto (As of writing these mini-reviews, I think it’s okay to say now, with its immense popularity and enough lgbtq support, that… the story is not good!!! Haha. I always get so excited when I meet a queer person who doesn’t like it and say “Well, the animation is good…” LOL! I ranted a lot on my private Twitter about how I cannot fall in love AT ALL with white haired guy—I can’t even remember his name!!—because he is such a blank canvass with nothing much going for him other than the lead’s obsession with him. This is like a common disease in hetero stories though. But, like, we’re better than them, right? Hahaha. Anyway, again, I recommend fan fiction for good gay stuff. Like fan fiction is the best for any stuff actually. It’s high time people stop using them as punchlines because great fan fiction writers are better than your faves.)
7. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins (I think it’s a consensus that it was great up to the part where she goes up with her shield and bullets fly towards her. Anyway, I wonder why the harassment allegations against Gal Gadot did not catch traction. :/ )

July – August

1. The Found and The Lost – Ursula K. Le Guin (My introduction to Le Guin as a super wise sage soft strong all-knowing feminist.)
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jon Watts (I sort of have given up on superhero movies dropping its need to be taken seriously. I’m glad this one made superheroes just fun again.)
3. Kinky Boots – Bobby Garcia (Nyoy Volante is amazing and I’m glad we all found this side to him.)
4. Twin Peaks Season 1 and 2 – Mark Frost and David Lynch (Very pleasant and fun to intellectually masturbate to surreal puzzles. Season 2 does suck though.)
5. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – David Lynch (Male gaze but I loved the show so I had to go through it.)
6. Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces – David Lynch (Same.)
7. Alice Grove – Jeph Jacques (I’m happy that Jacques took the time to make this and I wish he makes more long sci-fi comics.)
8. Sing Street – John Carney (So… how old is the lead girl really?)
9. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan (Solid and fun enough.)
10. Pauwi Na – Paolo Villaluna (Very liberal pov. I feel as if this was a film written by middle class, if not rich, kids and how they think poor people are.)
11. Patay na si Hesus – Victor Villanueva (Enjoyable family road trip movie with feminist politics. I don’t think it’s as funny as everyone claims it to be, but it’s silly and lovely and amusing and has heart.)
12. BC – CK

September – October

1. Goblin – Lee Eung-Bok (NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR SWORD, GOBLIN. GAHD. We all know we’re just here for Reaper because his problems actually make sense.)
2. Twin Peaks: The Return – Mark Frost and David Lynch (Not the first season Twin Peaks we loved but we still love it.)
3. The London West End Production of The Sound of Music (The stiffest play I’ve ever watched in my entire life. Ivory towers and mass production really suck, huh?)
4. BoJack Horseman Season 1, 2, 3, 4 – Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Do you ever wonder how a show like this would be received if it was led by a woman character? Anyway, as much as we all have enough male assholes for protagonists, the best thing about this cartoon is the way it rooted depression to history. It doesn’t just blame the parents. It even forgives parents. It’s a bit exhausting to watch every character fail or have the world fail them, but it’s a bit comforting too. To inaccurately quote High School Musical, we’re just all in this shitty place together.)
5. Master of None Season 1 and 2 – Master of None – Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang (Again: it’s not as rare as before, but it’s still hard to find people you like articulating your hopes and placating your fears in going to the next stage of your life. I’m happy this was made. I’m happy I watched it. A lot has already been said about the Aziz issue, so I’m keeping my mouth shut about it as of the moment.)
6. Stranger Things Season 2 – The Duffer Brothers (Me laughing at all the Steve Season 1 haters.)
7. Ender’s Game – Gavid Hood (Well, it was a movie.)
8. Gerald’s Game – Mike Flanagan (Too noisy. Just read the wonderful book.)

November – December

1. The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin – Ursula K. Le Guin
2. Sense8 – Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski (It’s everything they say and it claims to be, nothing more and nothing less. I’m glad that the Wachowskis are making landmarks in pop-culture again.)
3. Bob’s Burgers Season 1, 2, and 3 – Loren Bouchard (Fantasy family we all want to be in. Or you should want to anyway.)
4. Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang – Lino Brocka (The zooming in shot to the crazy woman’s crotch was so stupidly cringey. A for effort though—no sarcasm intended. You can feel a lot of effort go into making a film with a point down to the very framing of each scene.)
5. Ang Larawan – Loy Arcenas (My tweets about it here: https://twitter.com/atonalfeline/status/947113608604925952 https://twitter.com/atonalfeline/status/947326581608820738 https://twitter.com/atonalfeline/status/947332332180070400

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