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  • Memento

    Memento

    ★★★★★

    The films complexity coupled with the non linear format forced me to take measures I don't normally take while viewing a film! With reckless abandon I took a tattoo needle to my flesh logging every minute detail on every nook and cranny and crevice of my body! Sadly Newton's law of gravity took effect.. the tattoo's are now completely indecipherable! Next time I'll use Post It Notes ;-)

    The first time I viewed the film I detested the grotesque non…

  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★★

    James Cameron's film was the gateway drug that introduced me to my lifelong addiction to adrenaline inducing movies! I had never witnessed or experienced a film that could maintain relentless non-stop action and thrills throughout the entire film, muchless one that could literally affect me physiologically before!

    It had me perched on the edge of my seat, heart pounding like a jackhammer, stuck indefinitely in fight or flight mode ready to pounce at the drop of a hat! I never…

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  • Insiang

    Insiang

    ★★★★★

    Director Lino Brocka's film was filmed during the period of time when the Philippines was under martial law (1972-1981)! I have no doubts whatsoever that this film was a form of protest and spoke volumes against the Marcos by way of symbolism and startling imagery of slums and its impoverished people! The later got the film temporarily banned for it contradicted the image Mrs. Marcos was so desperate to sell!

    At face value the film will wreck you! Deplorable conditions…

  • Manila in the Claws of Light

    Manila in the Claws of Light

    ★★★★★

    Historically significant for its realistic portrayal of a country and its people floundering in a quagmire of poverty and injustice as a result of a dictatorship gone mad with excessive greed and corruption! It became a dog eat dog world that pitted the victimizers in a match (rigged in their favor) against the throngs of powerless victims!

    What nearly brought me to my knees with grief was the fact they were victimized not once but over and over again making…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    It would be easy to write director Dan Gilroy's (directorial debut) neo-noir crime thriller off as just another story about a sociopath when clearly it is about so much more! It is a scathing commentary on a corrupt media where ratings trumps the basic principles of ethics, integrity and morals!

    "If it bleeds it leads" mentality reflects man's primal bloodlust! We've essentially replaced gladiators slaughtering Christians in Roman arena's with the network news!

    And if you take it one step…

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by how clever and entertaining it turned out to be!

    One part Groundhog Day, one part Starship Troopers! Tom Cruise is getting a little long in the tooth but he proved he's still got it!

    Only gripe was the anticlimactic ending!

    Naughty Approved!