Shealea reacts to: Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) – 101 thoughts while watching

After reading about the negative criticism and social media backlash against the movie recently released in Netflix, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018), I had absolutely no intention of watching it. I mean, I have seen glowing remarks from a few blogger friends, but my reservations about supporting a film with allegedly offensive material regarding the LGBTQ+ community and allegedly problematic plus-size representation outweighed my curiosity.

However, in the long weekend that I spent back in the province (and miles away from the dreadful noise and abundant pollution of Metro Manila – thank the universe), my little sister invited me to watch Sierra Burgess Is a Loser with her. It turned out that the little pirate had illegally downloaded* a copy, which made me feel less horrible about indirectly supporting the film.

* I’m staunchly against pirating entertainment material, but I am also honest enough to admit that I have very little qualms about unpaid downloads of harmful and/or problematic material. Consider it a small act of rebellion and protest.

I’ve decided against writing a full review of this film because (1) I think there are enough critical, profound commentaries on Sierra Burgess Is a Loser that can more eloquently discuss the issues in the film than I ever could; (2) I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands; and (3) I’m too lazy to write a detailed review.

Instead, I’ve decided to share 101 of my thoughts as I watched Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, which, I believe, nicely and sufficiently represent my opinion on its content. I tried my best not to delve too much into the big spoilers of the film, but proceed with caution* anyway! Things are about to get really angry and occasionally yell-y.



Shealea reacts to: Baka Bukas (2016) – a film review

Title: Baka Bukas
Director: Samantha Lee
Writer: Samantha Lee
Cast: Jasmine Curtis-Smith (Alex), Louise de los Reyes (Jess)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year of release: 2016

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* Watch the official movie trailer.

Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) is a 2016 Cinema One Originals film* that tells about, in the words of its queer female director Samantha Lee, “what happens when you fall in love with your best friend”. Its main character is a 23-year-old lesbian named Alex, who is based in Manila and is every bit of a millennial as any individual can be. In the film, Alex is in love with her best friend Jess whom she initially did not reveal her sexuality to (while everyone else has been aware for quite some time). Due to a trick of circumstances, Jess uncovers Alex’s secret and from there, their relationship begins to evolve.


Shealea reacts to: I’m Drunk I Love You (2017) – a film review

Title: I’m Drunk I Love You
Director: Jamie Habac Jr.
Writer: Giancarlo Abrahan, Jamie Habac Jr.
Cast: Maja Salvador (Carson), Paulo Avelino (Dio), Dominic Roco (Jason Ty)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Year of release: 2017

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* Watch the official movie trailer.

Having studied together in the University of the Philippines Diliman for seven years (segue: HUHUHU JUST TYPING THIS MAKES ME SO FRAGILE), best friends Carson and Dio decide to go on a road trip to a music festival in La Union just days before their graduation. Carson, having been secretly in love with Dio since their freshman year in college, is wary about the spontaneous venture but drags along Jason Ty who, in turn, challenges her to finally confess her feelings. However, I’m Drunk I Love You (IDILY) is not quite a love story, but is instead an off-beat romantic comedy that explores unrequited affection and celebrates the fleetingness and fragility of youth.


Shealea reacts to: The Guerilla Is a Poet (2013) – a film review

Title: The Guerilla Is a Poet
Director: Sari Dalena, Kiri Dalena
Writer: Ericson Acosta, Kiri Dalena
Cast: Karl Medina (young Jose Maria Sison), Angeli Bayani (young Julieta de Lima)
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Year of release: 2013

* More about the film on IMDb and Facebook.
* Watch the official movie trailer.

Directed by sisters Sari and Kiri Dalena, The Guerilla Is a Poet is an unconventional documentary with a distinct and apparent socio-political theme as its narrative revolves around the life of an exiled political leader, Jose Maria Sison, who is responsible for reviving the Communist Party of the Philippines (in 1968) and founding the New People’s Army (in 1969).


Shealea reacts to: 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) – a film review

Title: 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
Director: Petersen Vargas
Writer: Jaxon Paul Laxamana
Cast: Khalil Ramos (Felix), Ethan Salvador (Magnus), Jameson Blake (Maxim)
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Year of release: 2016

* More about the film on IMDb and Facebook.
* Watch the official movie trailer.

2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten, a 2016 Cinema One Originals film* directed by Petersen Vargas, is a coming-of-age drama following the life of a friendless high school sophomore named Felix. In the beginning, Felix is first introduced as a rather arrogant overachiever who believes his self to be a cut above the rest of his schoolmates. Later on, however, the narrative shifts its focus towards his fascination with the newly transferred Filipino-American Snyder brothers, and consequently, the unlikely friendship that develops among the three of them.


Shealea reacts to: Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

Title: Pillow Thoughts
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Genre: Poetry
Copy: Digital

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* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon or The Book Depository. No, don’t even bother.

Official synopsis:

Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most. Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.


Before anything else, a full disclosure: I was supposed to participate in a promotional blog tour for this book, which is why I received a copy of it. However, as evidenced by my star rating, I most certainly did not enjoy reading it, and as such, I decided to forfeit my slot in the tour. Still, many thanks to my friend, Rafael from The Royal Polar Bear Reads, for providing a review copy.

All right, give me some much needed space to rant about how awful this collection is. Seriously, how this book was able to receive numerous positively glowing reviews is beyond the capacity of my comprehension.