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Tayo – Philippines Short Movie [Review]

Tayo is a simple movie about life, love, and friendship that is relatable to the situations most of us find ourselves. It’s an honest story of our day to day struggles as human beings who seek a tinge of happiness in this cruel world. Directed by young Filipino filmmaker, Armyr Encarnacion, Tayo is more than just a short movie created for festival purposes. It’s an attempt to educate viewers about mental health, a gentle reminder that talking about our hardships is necessary to help us become a better person.

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Chinese Reviews 0

Beloved Enemy (决对争锋) Episodes 13 – 15 [Review]

Revenge and hatred are quite strong emotions. Coupled with the need to punish the one you loved dearly, these emotions might very well take you on the path to destruction. When you have a self-destructive attitude like Yuan Yang, the consequences can be even more tragic. As Gu Qing Pei struggles to balance his personal life and work, Yuan Yang’s return from America and his subsequent actions lead to irreversible damage. With his misguided notions, he sets up a trap that ends up putting both his father and Gu Qing Pei on the warpath. However, the real question is, will Qing Pei forgive him yet again? Or will his actions break their fragile relationship beyond limits?

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Profilers 0

Kokoy de Santos – Looks, Personality, and Talent – He’s Got It All

In a country facing a major “Boys Love” revolution, Ronald Marquez de Santos Jr., better known as Kokoy de Santos, is a name that resonates in the popular circles as a style icon of the LGBTQ+ community. He has a chameleonic presence and molds himself to completely inhabit the roles he portrays. Such a perfect combination of mind and mastery surely calls for exploration, and your answer to this mystery is our Profiler.

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Filipino Reviews 2

Gameboys The Series – Episode 8 [Review]

At the end of Episode 7, Cai gets the call from his mother about his father’s passing. Cai breaks down, but it is not just his tears that made the viewers cry but also the silent tears of total empathy from Gav, who wants to be with Cai at this moment but Cai logs out without a word.

You lived your life fully happily – for yourself and the people you cared for – and we take comfort & pride in that

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Movie Reviews 4

Special Feature: No Regret 후회하지 않아 (2006) | The First Korean Gay Themed Movie

In as early as 2002, the production of South Korea LGBTQ+ themed movies began with “Road Trip,” a love triangle story that involves bisexual characters. Only in 2006 did the first ‘real’ Korean gay feature gets introduced to the public. Following the story of an orphan boy who moves to Seoul to look for a better future, “No Regret,” the directorial debut of Lee Song Hee-Il, astonished viewers with the powerful portrayal of the brutal realities of gay relationships in the conservative society. And 14 years after its premiere, the poignant love story of Su-min and Jae-min still resonates well with the life of many LGBTQ+ couples who are still struggling to express themselves freely. That fact actually makes me wonder about the world that we’re living; are we really moving towards a better world?

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Thai Reviews 5

Together with Me (อกหักมารักกับผม) Episode 1 [Review]

In an age where Thai BL was steadily searching for its roots, one delicious couple skyrocketed the genre’s popularity to unprecedented levels. That couple, of course, is Max Nattapol and Tul Pakorn, most popularly known by their common moniker “MaxTul,” and the drama series is “Together with Me.” There is something about watching two gay Adonises fighting for supremacy in bed that leaves you breathless and demanding more. Their sensual chemistry burns the sheets and sets our screens on fire. But what made the show a global phenomenon is the carefully structured storyline including very effective supporting characters.

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Filipino Reviews 2

Hook Up the Series – Episodes 1 – 2 [Review]

Following the release of Truly Very Yours two months ago, J.ACE TV is back with its newest digital BL series, Hook Up the Series, which aims to give a fun and entertaining show to viewers during the quarantine. The still homemade series tells stories of Lee and Henry, two young boys who wish to ease their loneliness amid the pandemics by finding friends (or maybe potential lovers) through an online dating application. As their budding relationship grows closer in each episode of the series, viewers are invited to take a closer look at the online dating world that has become a new trend in this modern era, but on the other hand, also arouses the suspicion of many people. Through Lee and Henry’s love journey, viewers hope to get the answer to a question that has been bugging them forever: Can we really find love through the digital platform?

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Movie Reviews 5

Tick Tick Again မင်းပေးတဲ့နာရီ [Review]

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself – Harvey Fierstein

It takes a certain amount of guts to produce a reincarnation saga based on homosexual relationships in a country like Myanmar, where LGBTQ+ individuals are subject to official persecution and discrimination, along with legal and social challenges not experienced by the straight community. When I’m talking about courage, it’s not just the Directors and Producers or the crew but also the lead actors that carry the burden of bringing to life the “Gay Characters.”

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Movie Reviews 5

Sei no Gekiyaku – 性の劇薬 (2020) [Review]

That survival instinct. That will to live. That need to get back to life again is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It’s such a powerful force – Danny Boyle

Human tendency to feel regret for past decisions and learn from them is indeed a lesson in survival. But what if you fail to give yourself that chance to regret and repent? What if your decisions end up changing your destiny and inevitably damage someone you love? Translated to English as Sex and Dangerous Drugs, Sei no Gekiyaku – 性の劇薬 is a fast-paced psychological thriller that is equal parts horrifying as well as innately humane. The film’s cathartic attempts to instill “Survival Instincts” into a suicidal character aren’t exactly orthodox.

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Profilers 0

Feature: Elijah Canlas – The Young Chameleon [Profiler]

Born on 16th August 2000 in Bacolod City, The Philippines, Elijah Luiz Canlas is a talented Filipino actor who has become the talk of the town after winning his first Best Actor award in the 17th Asian Film Festival held in Rome, Italy, for his role in the movie “Kalel, 15” earlier this August. At the age of 20, Elijah, who portrays Cairo Lazaro in the popular BL series, Gameboys, has set the bar high for not only himself but other young actors and actresses in the Philippines entertainment industry.

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Reviews 2

Roommate the Series รูมเมทเดอะซีรีส์ | Episode 4 & Special [Review]

On August 16th, when the trailer for Episode 4 was released on Twitter, the Roommate series team also shared a message to the fans because a lot of us were surprised and upset to see that this series had only four episodes. Thankfully, we got a special episode for this series this week, which in my opinion, was just “Episode 5” because it was the proper closure to this sweet story. But what’s in a name! I am sure most of the viewers are pleased with this show and the way it ended.

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Thai Reviews

Still 2Gether – เพราะเราคู่กัน (2020) Episode 2 [Review]

Everyone who knows me on twitter is aware of my love for 2gether the Series [yeah, even the high-five did not make me like #SarawatTine any less], so when Still 2gether was announced with a different director, I was very excited. The trailer and the first episode totally lived up to my expectations (and then some). The first episodes ended on a really high note with a lot of humor, love, and quite organic conflicts with a resolution for all of them.

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Opinion 20

Should the “Dark” Parts be Omitted From the Original Narrative? [Opinion]

We live in an age where people can pick and choose what to enjoy from the broadest selection of reading material or television in Human history. We have virtually limitless options of which book to read or show to watch. However, what happens when you adore a TV series based on a reading source, like a novel? You’re curious, so you look on the Internet for and find the novel available to you in its native language or even translated for you, usually with that same level of excitement. In this case, your well-loved show is motivating you to pay tons more cash just so you can read the book itself. Oh the book is always better than the adaptation. Or using a really enlightened approach, you learn a new language just to be able to read the story in its native language.

What happens when in that same book, you read about subjects that are far darker such as violence, sexual assault or even incest that were somehow left out of the TV version? It can be a bit of a shock to the system so to speak. Do you feel the same way about your favorite TV show now? Are you able to separate the newer, coarser, emotions you feel because of reading the book from the positive feelings you experience when watching the show? Here’s my opinion, what’s yours? Leave a comment, and we can talk about it. 

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Filipino Reviews 0

In Between (Sa Pagitan ng Kamusta at Paalam) – Episode 2 [Review]

The second episode of In Between the Series brings us closer to Tau and Tep’s love story as they’re trying to mend their broken relationship. Tau is the one who is eager to win back Tep’s heart, while the latter seems not too interested in the invitation. With the ‘help’ of their friends, the two ex-lovers gradually open up their hearts, revealing the truth that has been buried for a long time.

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Filipino Reviews 2

GagaOOlala: Unlocked – Episode 2 [Review]

Calvin and Drake

With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, the lockdown restriction has become stricter than before, putting many couples into an ultimate test of love as they’re forced to spend all of their time together at home. For those who are comfortable in each other’s embrace as well as able to build healthy communication with their partner, staying together seems like paradise that will only make their relationship stronger. However, for couples who are dealing with a crumbling relationship, every second that they spend together feels like a nightmare that they wish would disappear right after opening their eyes in the next morning. And when it happens for days, all they can do is wait for a chance to break away.

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