• Death of Nintendo

    Death of Nintendo

    Having followed Raya's work since he was in college, I fully expected some crazy shit to go down here, even if it felt like a mainstream coming-of-age film in the beginning. Maybe one of the classmates would secretly be a manananggal. Maybe Paolo would suddenly grow wings and fly away. Maybe Timmy Harn and his gang of miscreants would ravage the town and torture the poor children.

    Raya pulls the biggest twist of his life by revealing what this movie…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★½

    I hate these goddamn dementia movies.

    I mean, I don't hate them hate them. But to me, movies like Amour and now The Father[1] feed on my greatest fear: to grow old, to lose one's mind, to be a burden to your family. This one was especially harrowing: more of a mindfuck than I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and more of a horror than Relic [2]. I do appreciate how first-time director Florian Zeller doesn't take advantage of this by…

  • Q: Into the Storm

    Q: Into the Storm

    ★★★★

    Loved it! Definitely on my top ten TV shows of the year. At first I was kind of annoyed at Cullen Hoback because he features himself A LOT MORE than any other documentarist usually does, but by the end I couldn't help but be in awe at how dedicated he was to this insanity. I find it both astounding and disturbing how he was able to draw a line from Anonymous to Gamergate to Pizzagate to QAnon to the attack…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

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

    One of my favorite things in the world is coming into a movie, not knowing anything about it, and coming out with your best film of the year. It's a rare occurrence, something that only happened twice in the last decade. Whiplash was one of those experiences.

    Bianca had been wanting to see the film because it was about music though I wasn't sure it would be her cup of tea. It was quite dark, after all, with a shit…

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★

    A shameful confession, if you will: my ulterior motive for starting weekly movie night with Scarlet was so that I could finally watch E.T.

    I mean, I've seen E.T., when I was two. Or that's what I tell myself, at least. Maybe I was four? Or five? Don't really know. Maybe that's a lie I tell myself because I can't bear to accept the fact that I am a lover of cinema who grew up on 80s movies who has…

  • The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity

    The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity

    ★★½

    Geez Qingming and Boya can you just fuck already

  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio

    ★★★½

    My first Peter Strickland film, and definitely not my last. In fact, I'm quite ashamed that I haven't seen one until now. This guy is definitely in my wheelhouse, and is deserving of my most reserved adjective when describing a film: Lynchian (ooh I should make this a tag).

    I've been holding off watching this because it seemed super scary. Let me allay those fears now by saying that it's not. It's actually pretty funny, even. Strickland has a very…

  • Blade

    Blade

    ★★★½

    Me: I wanna show you one of my favorites. Would you rather watch Ghost World or Goodfellas?"

    Bianca: I wanna watch Blade!

    Me: Not exactly in the same league, but OK.

    I do have fond memories of Blade, though. In fact, in my mind it was the best of the trilogy. Not so sure about that now.

    The effects are terrible. Blade is neither interesting nor someone you'd empathize with (at one point he allows a kid to get thrown…

  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    ★★★★

    Ramon told me to watch this and not read or research anything about this, so I will do the same to you.

    But this is great. It is truly touching and affecting. Ewan ko na lang kung di kayo iiyak. I highly recommend it.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    So apparently this franchise does have a name, and it's THE MONSTERVERSE. A franchise consisting of pretty much two main monsters! What has the world come to.

    I recently watched and reviewed 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla, citing how this film seems to have brought Godzilla to new levels of stupid. Adam Wingard does something similar here for THE MONSTERVERSE. Whereas the last three films ( Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of The Monsters) had a stronger basis…

  • King Kong vs. Godzilla

    King Kong vs. Godzilla

    ★★★

    The first Godzilla was a thinkpiece -- a contemplation of life in the Nuclear Age with the specter of Hiroshima hanging over it. It was bleak, cynical and somewhat depressing, and yet it captured the fancy of audiences all over the world.

    It's kind of weird, then, to see its original director Ishiro Honda return to the world of Gojira with something sillier that takes the franchise to new heights of stupid. And that's what King Kong vs. Godzilla offers…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★

    WHAT THE FUCK THIS MOVIE IS SO MAGICAL AND DELIGHTFUL AND SWEET I thought the world stopped making movies like this! Saw the first one a few weeks ago but this is some yearend list shit. Apologies, Mission Impossible: Fallout, you're officially out of the Top 20 of 2018.

    It's really so genuine and touching that Bianca and I were just crying and holding each other the whole time. And the craft! A part of me wants Paul King's career…