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So good, I wathced it twice: Teatro Komunikado’s DELIRYO #TK15thAnniversay

I don’t know how to give a review without giving out spoilers. Though I the chances for a re-run is quite unsure for me, I’ll still keep my mouth shut.

One of the most exciting things about this play is that no one knows what it’s about. Every time I ask a member, they say the same thing; “Mental illness.” That’s all.

We never overhear them rehearsing, we don’t see them practicing their blocking, we didn’t see a prop lying around int he campus. Everything about this project is a secret until A. the day they released the publicity materials and B. the day of the show.

When I came inside the theater, the set up was simple as hell. So I don’t really know what to expect.

First five minutes and BAM! A lot of “Aaaah!”s can be heard from most of the audience. Little did we know that’s not even the half of it. As the plot thickens and emotions gets hyped, we grip tighter to our seats, rooting for Karlo (protagonist(?)) and his… friends.

I’m not kidding or overreacting when I say this; by the end of the play I literally have said “What the fuck” so many times that the girl beside me must be bothered by it. But she didn’t because she gets me.

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I like the first run better than the second. Though they’re both really good, I just think that some of the actors from the first one was better in portraying their characters. Sepcially, Ofelia, Osang, and Agatha.

The second run was good. Specially the tech (first run had problems witht he mic). And I love how the alternates made their own version of the character. So I didn’t feel like I’m watching a replay of the play, same story, different attack of the actors.

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One touch I really liked was the lights! I loooooove how they incorporated the lights with the characters. And the cue-ing of the changes are flawless. Paired with the music perfectly shifting as the characters enters and exits the stage, they make the vibe of the entire play a character itself that really helped in telling the story.

Hands down to Karlo and Theresa, amazing actors! The best I’ve seen from TK so far. Sad that they’re alumni, I want to see more of them!

All in all, it was one hell of a show and is really worth the hype! 8.5/10

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LOLA by Kevin Ang

It’s Christmas time, and a grandmother spends a quiet afternoon tending to the family chores. But the arrival of an unexpected visitor brings with her some deadly consequences.

While I was scrolling down my Facebook news feed, a picture of an old woman with a gun caught my attention. A thriller short for this Christmas season. Wow. I clicked it and my oh my, did it leave me in awe.

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A  short that tackles with death, human nature, love, revenge, parenting and family ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

At the beginning of the video I thought this was a low-budget film with cheap jump scares and an ending I probably won’t like. However, as soon as I see the inmaginative storyline, man, was I hooked.

There were a few holes and some points that wasn’t justified but those are no biggies. Like how did the family know that Jessica was inside the house and the reason why lola was keeping the parents. But if you’re not an OC viewer such as myself, you wouldn’t mind those things at all.

The lighting and sound mixing is perfect. The special effects are not the best but above average, still believable. As for the cinematography, I appreciate their effort their attempt to make it pretty but they can do better.

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All of the actors were amazing. Especially lola and Maria. They made everything look normal and you can feel in the atmosphere that it is nothing but a “normal” day  *wink*

As I said earlier, the imaginative storyline was executed properly. I just wish that the film was longer because even though a lot has already happened, I CRAVED FOR MORE ACTION. I think it’ll be more jam-packed if the first two dudes wasn’t… huehuehue.

My heart was beating really fast while watching. It. Was. Ama-ziiiing!! The build up is perfect. DAT CAMERA ANGLE AND THE MUSIC OF THE LIVING ROOM SCENE, THO. 😀

Though a little bit predictable, I really loved the ending and it’s perfect for the film. I wanted no ending other the one I got.

All in all, I give this film 4.5 stars!

Almost perfect, but not quite. I hope to see more of Mr. Kevin Ang’s film in the future.

PHILIPPINES!! WE NEED MORE QUALITY CONTENT LIKE THIS!!!!

Watch the film here (x)