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  • Islands

    Islands

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

    The deceptively simple logline of Islands may prevent many viewers from watching it, but the core of the film is a surprisingly emotionally effective and endearing story about coming-of-age later in life.

    Joshua, a former Philippine dentist-turned-university janitor in Ontario, lives an increasingly lonely life under the roof of his parents’ household. The monotony is suddenly shattered by a string of losses: his mother dies after a laundry slip-up, forcing him to abandon his job to take care of his…

  • Yuni

    Yuni

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

    There is a moment in Yuni that will stay with me forever. Faced with the choice between a marriage that will secure her future or her seemingly impossible dreams of higher education, the film’s titular character pleads with her mother, asking her for guidance and affirmation. As her mother assures her that whatever decision she makes is supported, there is a power outage. Submerged in darkness, the silence between the two, no matter how brief, speaks into existence an unnamable…

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  • Shake Rattle and Roll 8

    Shake Rattle and Roll 8

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    This review is for LRT and LRT only.

  • i get so sad sometimes

    i get so sad sometimes

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

    The film begins where it ends: with Jake (JC Santiago) staring at an image of Tokyo Tower amidst a wall of Japanese posters. Between these moments, a void is formed: he is blocked by his anonymous lover, returns fruitlessly from an attempt to meet him, and refuses to go to prom with his bestfriend/boyfriend Marco (Karl Louie Caminade). Realizing that he is unknown by those close to him and known only by a stranger who wants nothing to do with…