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  • The Portrait

    The Portrait

    ★★½

    Before heading into this film I was taken aback by how difficult it was to find a nearby cinema that was showing it. Such a predicament seemed funny to me because it became apparent that what was going on in the theatres was a prioritization of commerce over art & culture. This film, Ang Larawan, which won the Best Picture award at the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) was ironically being shunned by theatres in favor of seven other entries…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★

    Walking: The Movie

    The story takes place in a small town and we see it unfold mostly through the eyes of János, a guy who goes around giving greetings to his uncles and aunts because he's a good lad. A circus whose performers consist of only two members; a man called "The Prince" and a dead white whale (is that you, Moby Dick?), then arrives in town and chaos soon ensues.

    How does the chaos ensue? Who is "The Prince"?…

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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…