• Night Man

    Night Man

    Right after Distance, I didn't have any plans to work on something new since I wanted to let that little accomplishment sink in first. But last March, motivated by a deeper understanding of myself and the relationships I had, I started work on a draft of a screenplay for a new short film that I was set to make in July; it was significantly more narrative-focused (with voiceover, too) than my earlier outing but packed just enough strokes of abstraction…

  • From What Is Before

    From What Is Before

    ★★★★★

    Hi everyone! Just wanted to publish something that'll compensate for the utter absence of reviews. Nope, I’m not back back just yet but here’s at least something special for you.

    This is taken from an Instagram post I made (I’ll link my account again below) for a film community collab event called Around the World in 31 Days, in which I repped the Philippines, where I’m from. It’s a lengthy read but I’m proud of it and I wanted to…

  • Paint Drying

    Paint Drying

    Hey everyone. So, um, lots of things. About me taking an unannounced break from here, life updates, and many more...but I'm using the all-important multipurpose Paint Drying log to tell you my Instagram's been hacked and you should go block it. If you're following me on there, where I've been very active in these few months I was gone, it's truly unfortunate.

    Apparently the mf who hacked me posted several stories about Bitcoin mining which, if you know me, I've…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    99/100
    A strange, powerful feeling washed over me during a trip from the airport once a few years ago. Slumped in the car’s backseat, hot air sinking in my skin, a slow song playing through my earphones blocking out the rest of the world, I looked out the window like a tired ghost. It was dark outside; it was neither day nor night. The grimy, virtually vacant highways of the metro were only illuminated by the sterile white glow from…

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    99/100
    Always another flight, another destination. But it’s hard to let go. Like disposing of a can of pineapple near its inevitable expiration, moving on is… not easy. There was a love that was grown, that meant something, that you’d want to mean something for the rest of all time. But it comes and goes and it hurts to leave it all behind. The lonesome lovers of Chungking Express are stuck in the past and on a lost cause desperately…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    It all returns to nothing…
    It all comes tumbling down,
    Tumbling down, tumbling down…

    The fate of destruction is also the joy of rebirth. Here we are at the end of all things, at The End of Evangelion, an all-encompassing masterpiece that may well just be the greatest work of psychological science-fiction and animation ever created. After the viewer backlash against the confoundingly anticlimactic original ending to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, Hideaki Anno delivers—no, absolutely fucking smashes it to…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    98/100
    How do you even start talking about Neon Genesis Evangelion, an undertaking so massive and ambitious, incomprehensibly thematically dense, unflinchingly personal, and still so groundbreaking even after a quarter-century after its original airing? Fuck, I don’t know. Maybe you can start with what it’s about on paper: To protect humanity from powerful alien entities called Angels 15 years after the Second Impact, a cataclysmic event that would have planet-altering effects leaving half of the global population dead, a shy…

  • Eureka

    Eureka

    ★★★★½

    93/100
    “I’m not saying that you must live, but I am asking you not to die”. The popular expression the film takes its name from is said when one discovers something, but in Shinji Aoyama’s exploration of trauma, there are hardly any answers to begin with. Inspired by the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attacks, Eureka looks gently at the lives of the violated innocent whose lives have been shaken by an act of senseless violence, at the lives of…

  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    ★★★★

    88/100
    No one captured the dream of adolescence as something so elusive and carefree as Nobuhiko Ôbayashi did. This growing up—the part of our lives defined by the liminal identity of being a child and an adult and the seemingly infinite possibilities that came from that in-between place we stared in the face with childish arrogance only for us to get knocked down and try again with spirits undeterred—was what imbued the films of Ôbayashi with so much contagious vigor…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    100/100
    I-I'll explain later holy fuck

  • Distance

    Distance

    Okay, today’s it. My short film comes out today. Some of you are really excited so this one’s for you, too. I feel simultaneously confident and nervous of what you guys will think of what I’ve made. But first, some context, some insight into the process, and what you should expect. Eh, but honestly you can skip to the YouTube link below and read this later…

    Backstory on one of last year’s personal highlight projects: It’s late May 2021 and…

  • Branded to Kill

    Branded to Kill

    ★★★★

    82/100
    Seijun Suzuki made movies that "made no sense and made no money"—movies that deserve more recognition now than they did back then. He was a counterculture icon, ever rebellious against the norms imposed on cinema, and one of the films that embody Suzuki's subversive spirit is what many people believe to be his masterwork, Branded to Kill., an unorthodox noir action piece set in the underground crime scene dripping with nihilistic cool; sleazy and slick, allegorical with an off-kilter…