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  • Love Exposure
  • Norte, the End of History
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  • Astigmatism

    ★★½

  • Red Post on Escher Street

    ★★★★★

  • Kapok Tamod Engkanto

    ½

  • Devotion

    ★★★★

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  • Corpus Christi

    Corpus Christi

    ★★★★★

    SINEGANG Weekly Pick #17
    Recommended by: Gieselle

    “Doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. All that matters is where you’re going.”

    Corpus Christi deals with an unexpectedly complex subject matter. What if your local priest, who is a celebrated pariah and a self-made cult of personality, is secretly fake? This film dives deep into both the personal lies and struggles and the external obligations and challenges that plague our ex-convict and anti-hero Daniel. Truth be told, I’m extremely impressed with this…

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    The world is a wasteland.

    To describe this movie is to describe the shared feeling of youthful disillusionment. It is the banner around which An Elephant Sitting Still drags its feet around. It's an unapologetically slow and subservient drama about broken families and neglected characters; powerless youth; disillusioned and pessimistic descriptions of the world and of the self. It’s unfortunate that Hu Bo left us too early, but his sole film is essentially one of the greatest cinematic ballads ever…

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  • Astigmatism

    Astigmatism

    ★★½

    Jon Red's Astigmatism seems more like an exercise in free-handed digital camerawork than a sensible construction of exposition, flow or process. This film was in my purview after Eloisa Hernandez succinctly described its plot in book on Digital Cinema, and after being a witness to the film's overall product, its experimental qualities are really the only thing that make sense in this film.

    This is the type of film you would make someone watch if they were extremely curious about…

  • Red Post on Escher Street

    Red Post on Escher Street

    ★★★★★

    You know what I miss? Getting floored by a Sion Sono movie. Red Post on Escher Street reminded me of what it's like to be handed the full Sion Sono experience: lengthy, loaded, and loud. In what I consider to be his angriest work yet, Sono really cranks up the volume in this love letter-slash-warning-slash-manifesto on the film industry.

    The film wastes no time introducing itself as a meta-film. It is about the inception of a film which an esteemed…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★

    SINEGANG Weekly Pick #28
    Recommended by Denise

    The Cranes Are Flying plays out like a classical Russian piano piece. It is dense with melancholy and tragedy, and each section of the song contributes something to the grand composition of disorder and optimism that resonates in its entirety. Granted, it isn’t all perfect, but the cinematic embodiment of a wartime romance plays out with a lot of punch thanks to its classical influences.

    The influences can be traced right down to…

  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★

    Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Main Film #5

    Sometimes you really just want to get out of your ass, scream like no one's watching, and tear apart the four walls of your classroom with your classmates.

    Cleaners is a collection of vignettes caked in these colorful highlighters that serve multiple functions: they establish a distinct art style for the film, they highlight the main characters of a specific vignette, and they elucidate emotions that would've otherwise been taken for granted.

    The…