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.

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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

* More about the film on IMDb and Facebook.
* 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.

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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).

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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.

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