We're getting a proper upgrade.
Logan Marshall-Green in "Upgrade" (2018)

We’re getting a proper upgrade.

Improvements under the hood, new content, and more!

It’s been almost a year since we started Unreel. To the furthest extent of our ability (and schedule), we’ve been punching out content around Philippine cinema. Our website—unreel.ph—is the home base of that content, and though we like how it previously looked, we’ve been itching for an upgrade. And today we’re rolling it out.

There are two main reasons for this: 1.) the site looked an awful lot like Film Police Reviews, another film website I’ve created, and 2.) we wanted a better user experience overall. That means cleaner typography, layout, and web design.

So now we’re here.

We're getting a proper upgrade.
The new Unreel homepage.

The new design, which we’ve sourced from our previous developer, offers a slicker look.

There’s quite some ground to cover, but the first thing you’ll notice is the fancier typography. For this, we used three different typefaces: Tenor Sans for headings, Sorts Mill Goudy for paragraphs and the main text, and Montserrat-Bold for some elements.

All three web-fonts are hosted by Google—a conscious decision in our part to make the site load a wee bit faster.

Onto the homepage. We kept the same mindset rebuilding the homepage, the approach even more straightforward. First, you’ll see a prominent banner of our most recent posts; then, a big grid of our recent reviews; then a showcase of our most recent features; and finally, the rest of our content.

But where our “upgrade” can be truly felt are with new stuff we’ve baked into the user experience. The most important, at least to me, is the movie info box in review posts. I’ve personally made sure that our readers will be able to see key information about the movie we’re reviewing at a glance.

Here’s what it looks like.

We’re working to add a Letterboxd/IMDb integration as well.

Then, there’s the newsletter. We’ve setup a simple weekly newsletter you can subscribe to. If you click the “Subscribe” link at the top of the page (or key in your email address in the subscription form below our posts), you’ll receive weekly email alerts of all our content, every Monday, 11:00 AM, Standard Eastern Time.

Aside from a new web design, we’re working hard on building our “Originals” library—multimedia content produced between our small team. These come in the form of video essays, podcasts, and more.

I can’t spill plenty of details, but what we’ll let out are the cover art for two upcoming shows we have in the pipeline: 1.) “Pervision”, a bi-weekly discussion about anything and everything in Philippine cinema co-hosted by Geoff and myself, and 2.) “Genre Nutters”, is a bi-weekly show that dives into topics about genre cinema.

We’ve recorded test episodes for both shows, and we’re working hard to build a bank of episodes to be able to publish more consistently.

This has been a very exciting year, at least to me personally. I would like to take this chance to thank everyone who’ve jumped in on our site early.

Rest assured we’re constantly testing our new formats and content to serve you and Philippine cinema better. Mabuhay!

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