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  • The Great McGinty
  • Ball of Fire
  • Gentleman Jim
  • I Walked with a Zombie

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  • The Goodbye Girl

    ★★★

  • The Plot Against Harry

    ★★★★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★★★

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★½

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  • Vengeance Is Mine

    Vengeance Is Mine

    ★★★★★

    A lost film of uncanny comic touch and cerebral drama. The restored 35mm print I watched is so far my 2023 film viewing highlight. An unmissable, unclassifiable film. Trish van Devere was singular. A

  • Leonor Will Never Die

    Leonor Will Never Die

    ★★★★½

    The Blacklist as a film. A capsule of playfulness in retro-stylized meta-memories. There is a strong Ishmael Bernal-esque reverence to its behind-the-scenes and Leonor as a woman and as a creative has spun colorful vignettes of what she is to her family. What no one clocked yet is how Ang Pagbabalik ng Kwago is a recreation of Lino Brocka's Jaguar. And what a fantastic feat overall. It takes genius to insert artistic abstraction without failing a studio gambit. A-

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  • Respeto

    Respeto

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

    Monteras II had great mise en scène. But I was angered by its treatment of a fairly problematic appropriation on the conventions of the hip-hop scene that in itself is anti-gay and anti-women. You have an anti-hero at its center whose determination skewed schematic moments of character development (i.e. his idea of cypher would be to vilify a woman about her weight; he let a woman be raped and in his introspection, just cried! ("i can't do anything," he wailed,…

  • Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

    Balangiga: Howling Wilderness

    ★★★★★

    George Orwell stated it well, that the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. This is destructive cinema. This is reconstruction. This is colonialism. This is Philippine cinema under this president. This is not a film by Khavn. A