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  • Di Maghilom ang Sugat

    ★★★★½

  • Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie

    ★★★★

  • Miguelito

    ★★★★½

  • Hellfire

    ★★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I'm a huge fan of the book, and I am quite happy with what Villeneuve focused on. It's up to his alley: cold and picturesque and characters that are dimensional despite sci-fi origins, and with context. It's not as fanatical as Jodorowsky's vision, nor is it as weird as Lynch's, but I loved its shadows and silhouettes, its attempts to make its spectacle muted and resembling reality. My concerns with it are the following— a. splitting the story, its expansive…

  • Flee

    Flee

    ★★★★★

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

    It must be said: Flee is one of 2021's great films. A heartbreaking, sublime document of displacement, migration, trauma; framing its narrative from the perspective of childhood recollection of earlier wistful Afghanistan. Plenty to appreciate in its animation, and the more we learn about the overbearing cultural, filial guilt from Amin, the more we understood his formative journey towards his identity.

    And spoiler alert, it contains the most humane, warmest coming-out scene. And that Joyride scenes— chef's kiss. A

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  • Respeto

    Respeto

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

    Monteras II had great mise en scène. But I was angered by its treatment of a fairly problematic appropriation on the conventions of the hip-hop scene that in itself is anti-gay and anti-women. You have an anti-hero at its center whose determination skewed schematic moments of character development (i.e. his idea of cypher would be to vilify a woman about her weight; he let a woman be raped and in his introspection, just cried! ("i can't do anything," he wailed,…

  • Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

    Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

    ★★★★★

    George Orwell stated it well, that the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. This is destructive cinema. This is reconstruction. This is colonialism. This is Philippine cinema under this president. This is not a film by Khavn. A