Emil Hofileña

Emil Hofileña

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Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Cleaners
  • One Cut of the Dead
  • Once

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  • The Gossips of Cicadidae

    ★★★★½

  • Dikit

  • Miracle

    ★½

  • Filipiñana

    ★★★★

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  • Miracle

    Miracle

    ★½

    There always seems to be that one film in a festival lineup that has nothing on its mind but the cruelty of man (mostly towards women), the aestheticization of sexual violence, and the rejection of even just the slightest bit of hope that forces of goodness could exist. This kind of bitter cynicism is boring and unimaginative every. single. time. This year, however, this film also inexplicably won the Grand Prix at the 2021 Warsaw Film Festival, and that completely…

  • Dikit

    Dikit

    GABY THIS IS SO COOOOOOL!! Abel Gance split screen realness!!! But also just a really clever way of allowing the subject to dictate form, and in ways that aren't obvious or predictable! You know when to let the two frames interact and when to let them go off on their own—only to have them wander back and collide into each other's orbit. Wasn't distracted in the slightest! In fact, the act of viewing this, of trying to keep track of…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    I think it's only natural to feel a little bit of resistance towards a film like Nomadland, especially after hearing so much high praise thrown its way throughout most of last year. And I did have several moments while watching it where I found myself wondering if it would live up to the hype, or if it could sustain its quality till the very end. Immediately after each of those moments, though, Chloe Zhao would launch into these breathtaking shots…

  • Fan Girl

    Fan Girl

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    EDIT 6/19/21:
    I still think Fan Girl is incredibly well-crafted. But it's also very hard to defend now, especially when the film's anti-Duterte stance clashes so much with how several of the filmmakers advocated for jailing film pirates during a pandemic. It's disheartening to think about how extreme their reactions were to piracy, when they knew how Fan Girl was only accessible through a paid online platform that many Filipinos aren't able to access. Putting it up on Netflix doesn't…