• Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    I remember the first time I saw this film and I didn’t really get it; I was sixteen—a naïve young boy who knew little about everything. I never truly understand what emotions really are, coming from a somewhat privileged and sheltered family. The monotonous nature of our household strengthened the already growing ignorance in me. Eat, go to school, study, sleep, repeat; a routine that might seem boring to some, but the comfort in knowing what to do next is…

  • Grand Illusion

    Grand Illusion

    ★★★★★

    The Ultimate Criterion Challenge: (Re)Watching Every Film by Spine Number

    Barbarity and annihilation are the two key features that are never lost in the anti-war genre, as it completely highlights the futility of the war itself; that both sides obliterate each other to death until one side gives up and all that’s left is the aftermath of a tragedy. These films expose and often criticize humanity’s biggest and deadliest conflicts, either by showing it upfront, like Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of…

  • Welcome to the Dollhouse

    Welcome to the Dollhouse

    ★★★½

    Most coming-of-age films remind its audience of their so-called golden years in life. From John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club to Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, this film genre reminisces the good, the bad, and the ugly of the adolescent years in a much better light; that while growing up is difficult, everything will be okay… eventually. But honestly, who are these films fooling? Most, if not all, people would agree that their high school years are the worst moment in their…

  • Tililing

    Tililing

    ½

    Director and filmmaker Darryl Yap is no stranger to criticism. When he dropped the trailer for his new feature-length film ‘Tililing,’ concerns about the film’s portrayal of mental illness from netizens, celebrities, and mental health support groups alike exploded, especially with the way it was marketed in both the trailer and the film poster. To those who don’t know, tililing is a word used to describe people who are not mentally sane. The film’s director has said that he is…

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    ★★★★

    Sleep paralysis is a frightening situation everyone has experienced at least once in their life. The feeling of being conscious yet immobile at the same time is nothing short of fear-inducing, but at least it doesn’t last long–it may persist for a minute or two, but the duration won’t reach beyond an hour. The lack of body control is absolutely terrifying to come across with, let alone imagine, but some people have actually experienced this for days, weeks, months, even…

  • The World of Us

    The World of Us

    ★★★★½

    Let’s just say I would do so much worse sorry not sorry. Also realized just how much of bitch I am when I was a kid HELP.

    full review out next month☺️

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    Whenever I’m feeling off, I always have this tendency to look up into the sky; it doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night—the sight of clouds or stars never failed in making me relaxed. Today, before watching this film, I went outside, looked up, and saw a flock of birds flying past our residence. It’s a sheer coincidence, considering that I was planning to give this film a rewatch after buying apples to eat while watching. At that moment, a…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ½

    still as insufferable and pretentious as my first viewing, but at least I’ve watched it with my friends–it made everything a little bit better☺️

    Note: my real comeback review is coming back tomorrow so yes hello I’m back fr this time.

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★½

    spring break forever… still didn’t like it.
    rated it for you king @ jason huang

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Despite all challenges, a historic moment finally came into fruition exactly one year ago today. Out of the 9 films nominated in the Best Picture category at the 92nd Academy Awards, only 1 was Asian. The odds were generally always stacked against films with characters speaking a language that isn’t English, because not everyone can understand a language beyond that and their native one and the general public isn’t fond of subtitles. I remember rooting for this film while I…

  • Paint Drying

    Paint Drying

    Didn’t really watch but I kinda want to rant something. 

    I created this account last April just to log films I’ve watched and keep track of everything I’ve seen (that is on Letterboxd, that is) and since then, I’ve tried my very best to write a substantial review to the best of my ability. For the past ten months or so, I’ve watched over a hundred or so feature-length films, and to say that it made my perspective a little…

  • Days of Thunder

    Days of Thunder

    ★★½

    I don’t get the obsession of my boyfriend with cars and racing I’ve had enough of it today good night