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  • The Mother of Tears

    The Mother of Tears

    ★★½

    MOTHER OF TEARS (2007), directed by Dario Argento. 
    It is not as bad as I remember it to be. There is definitely a “greatest hits” vibe here, as many moments harken back to past Argento films (such as BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, CAT O NINE TAILS, DEEP RED, OPERA, etc). Also I admire it for trying to broaden the universe of the Three Mothers and having the horror be widespread panic and an epidemic, rather than secluded and claustrophobic…

  • Dracula 3D

    Dracula 3D

    ★★★

    So Dario Argento’s DRACULA... as a horror film it’s pretty lame, but as a B-movie entertainment, it is a surprisingly fun time. Its cheesy nature is part of its charm, and it also makes some creative narrative choices regarding the story itself. And it has a great performance by Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing, with what has to be one of the best lines of dialogue in an Argento climax scene ever. This is not as bad as people say it is, though don’t spend too much money to watch it.  

    Not the greatest Argento film, but it’s a film that seeks to entertain 😃

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  • Clue

    Clue

    ★★★★★

    It is like happiness distilled into 90 minutes of film.  
    Its mission is to entertain and make you smile.  And it succeeds and then some.   It is CLUE.

    CLUE is a mystery thriller and screwball comedy.  And its brilliance is how breathless its pace is with its comic lines, each of which shines like gold and miraculously gets BETTER as the film ages.  
    I love this film with great affection and it never fails to make me laugh and smile and laugh again.  

    And the caliber of the quality of the dialogue is so strong that this should be studied in screenwriting classes.

  • Manila in the Claws of Light

    Manila in the Claws of Light

    ★★★★★

    If this does not blow your mind by the film’s closing seconds, I don’t know what else to say.  Just watch it.  Believe me, it is a masterpiece.  I just watched it for the first time, without much knowledge of the cinema of the Philippines, and I am numb and my senses are fried.  This is a powerful and shocking work, with a killer musical score.