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  • Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

    Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

    ★★★½

    This is not a film. In it, you won't find the Balangiga massacre which saw American soldiers killed by Filipino villagers and the Americans responding back by burning down towns and brutally killing natives. What you will instead find is a representation of a country's fractured psyche, as history becomes a nightmare and is reconstructed and destroyed.

    It is a story of escape; of Kulas, who in his blue and red clothes --as if in representation of the Philippines --…

  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray

    ★★★★

    Delphine, a woman who after breaking up with her long-time engaged partner, makes unfulfilling trips to a trio of resorts in a sentimental journey that captures one's craving for solitude and the loneliness that accompanies it. The Green Ray may, at its surface level, seem like a simple film about a woman finding love while on vacation, but it's much more than that. Delphine, while on her trio of trips, cries. She cries and cries at the devastation of her…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★½

    I've been wanting to watch this for a while now because almost everyone has been raving about it, but now that I've gone and done that, I can't help but feel that this film is overrated. The film's merits lie in the fact that it's a modern manifesto against racism and acts as a quasi-satire about racial politics. The technicalities and comedy (Chris' friend Rod is especially funny) also serve to uplift this film. Beyond that, however, it's not even…

  • The Man Who Sleeps

    The Man Who Sleeps

    ★★★★★

    You don’t need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, simply wait. Don’t even wait. Be quite still and solitary.

    - Franz Kafka

    You'd think that with no plot or character development, or rather; a weak narrative structure and a poorly delineated character; that The Man Who Sleeps wouldn't be such a good film. The original source; the 1967 novel by Georges Perec didn't even cause much of a stir and neither did…