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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★

    Quiet, calm conversations. Beautiful cinematography.

  • Ulam: Main Dish

    Ulam: Main Dish

    ★★★★

    Watched as part of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. A great film tackling the multi faceted answer to the question I've always wondered, "why isn't Filipino food as prevalent as other Asian cuisines in the US?" The doc brings up great conversations about Filipino-American identity, colonialism, authenticity, and craft. I loved seeing fellow Fil-Ams rising up and defining their own voices in the culinary world. These chefs and restaurateurs, of course, are the lucky ones -- who by the…

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  • The Villainess

    The Villainess

    ★★★★

    +: Captivating, riveting, sanity-testing action sequences. I've never seen anything like them. The camera/editing choreography alone sets this above so many action movies. Cannot count the amount of times I exclaimed, "how is that even possible to film?" Huge props to the production team for conceptualizing and executing these works of art.

    delta: While also what I loved about it, fight edits were sometimes confusing with a flurry of millisecond cuts that switch between perspectives. Also, keeping track of who…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    Watched this film again about a year later after my first viewing. Now that I'm in medical school, the themes and struggles that the characters face ring far more true and cut deeper into my psyche. I think more and more about how I can obtain even the closest approximation of a patient's full story. How do I make sure my sense of 'helping' is aligned with what folks really need? How do I make sure that humans are not…