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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Déjà Vu
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?
  • Like Someone in Love

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  • Return to Seoul

    ★★★★

  • Elehiya

  • Utama

    ★★★

  • When the Waves are Gone

    ★★★★

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  • Déjà Vu

    Déjà Vu

    ★★★★★

    “The link between man and the world is broken. Henceforth, this link must become an object of belief: it is the impossible which can only be restored within a faith. Belief is no longer addressed to a different or transformed world. Man is in the world as if in a pure optical and sound situation. The reaction of which man has been dispossessed can be replaced only by belief. Only belief in the world can reconnect man to what he…

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★½

    “For him these wounds were the keys to a new sexuality born from a perverse technology. The images of these wounds hung in the gallery of his mind like exhibits in the museum of a slaughterhouse.” 
    -J.G Ballard, Crash

    There isn’t another excerpt from Crash that aged as well as this one did. Sex born from a perverse technology...shit. And reading this in the 21st century is even more impactful given the exponential development of new technologies that looms over the…

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  • Return to Seoul

    Return to Seoul

    ★★★★

    Park Ji-Min is a star. A woman punching the glass. When you have everything, you also have nothing. So what then? (22 words)

  • Elehiya

    Elehiya

    Let’s be honest: we all watched this for Cherie Gil. And I can already imagine the disappointment on all of your faces. I’m with you.

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  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★½

    If you are seeing an unexpected number of 5 stars and generally-positive reception, believe it. Believe the hype. Believe the enjoyment.

    Glenn Barit's Cleaners, one of the most inventive films in recent memory, completely reinvigorates Philippine cinema, and presents a world for these teenagers that is hopeful, in that their youthful vigor and restless optimism is bigger than any dire challenges they might face. Cleaners is much more than its gimmick, these highlighted photocopied stills perfectly capture the essence of…

  • Katips

    Katips

    ★★½

    Let’s be honest: there wasn’t a better time to release this than now. The fact that this was released to combat the foresought historical revisionism of Maid in Malacañang gave Katips the tangible publicity that it wasn’t able to initially garner from its original premiere eight months ago. But don’t let its mythos be mistaken for its quality. As a whole, the film feels fairly amateurish. It barely carries a consistent rhythm, making the viewing experience very awkward at times. The musical…