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  • Le Bonheur
  • Possession
  • Tampopo
  • Alps

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  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★

  • Scream 4

    ★★★

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★½

  • Contestant #4

    ★★★★½

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  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★★

    Captured the 'Oh, I'll just do fucked up sh*t on the internet and I'll get famous' vibe of the zeitgeist. Think vloggers who fake murders, make assault pranks, and film literal carcasses for "content."

    ^more interesting part than its mindset about reboots.

    (Also, this is me logging films again to convince myself I've got my life in order. Hopefully, I won't fall off the habit at Month 3.)

  • Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa

    Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa

    It’s a bit weird to see a food culture doco in this selection, especially one that’s a bit sales-y and tourism ad-like such as Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-Asa at Panlasa. It’s also worth pointing out that Cinemalaya 17 has an entire section for documentaries, which is the more fitting section for this film. That said, I now know more Ilokano dishes than most, so I can’t say I’m unhappy about that.

    Read my full dispatch: unreelph.com/review/cinemalaya-2021/

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  • Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy

    Especially after the recent barrage of uncompromising, vamp-erotic films, much appreciation is due for "Vampire Academy," a film that liberates from traditional vampire lore. The film's blood suckers do not burn nor sparkle in the sun, but as one character declares later in the film: blood, still, connects [them] all. In this respect, young-adult author Richelle Mead has conceived an upbeat, refreshing look at the slowly deteriorating night creatures, this time making them instrumental to what (unfortunately, little) success the…

  • The Eagleman Stag

    The Eagleman Stag

    ★★★★★

    I am met with an astounding feat that is all at once beautiful and intelligent. There’s power in the muteness of Michael Please’s “The Eagleman Stag” in its sharp storytelling, economical aesthetic and white-against-white cinematography, all sublimely pushing forward the film’s message and themes. Far-reaching in both conceit and aesthetic, the terrific stop-motion short is centered on an elderly taxonomist obsessed with the human perception of time. It is an interesting set-up by Please, essentially pointing out the inevitable diminishing…