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  • Melodrama/Random/Melbourne!



    Review appeared first on Unreel.

    How does one make an incisive discussion about Filipino diaspora? By busting out the good ol’ Karaoke machine, that’s how. Or at least in Matthew Victor Pastor’s beholding  “Melodrama / Random / Melbourne!”, in Cine-O-Ke!, a series of songs played over vignettes of people, lost and losing it in Australia. There’s one for each facet of life, it seems---sex, connection, and finally, family. They’re set to falsely whimsical alt-rock tunes and against the backdrop of…

  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Maze Runner: The Death Cure


    “The Death Cure” is my first contact with the “Maze Runner” properties. I doubt if I’d commit to another trip to a world where millennials fail to face the morality of their rebellion. In the “Maze Runner” universe, it seems, the youth wants to take down a baddie corpo called WCKD, which sounds more like an indie-electro band than it is a legitimate institute of bioscience, even if it clearly only wants to help preserve humanity (or what’s left of…

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