Philbert Dy

Professional film critic, amateur semiotician, chronicler of Filipino Cinema.

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  • Enola Holmes

    Enola Holmes

    ★★★

    Fun enough. I imagine that if I were much younger, I would adore this. Enola is a pretty good heroine with a strongly defined personality, and Millie Bobby Brown proves to be a compelling lead. The mystery isn't much of a mystery, but I don't really like mysteries anyway. I'd have liked Cavill to show a little more as Sherlock. Despite the fact that he is a large man who looks the way he does, he barely registers in this…

  • The Nightcrawlers

    The Nightcrawlers

    ★★★★½

    There is white sand on the shores of Manila Bay, crushed dolomite shipped at great cost from the South. And we've been told by the government that this expensive adornment is necessary for the mental health of Manileños, the glittering sand meant to soothe our tired psyches as we go about our days in this dark, sad city.

    And we do need help. You can see it in this documentary; the existential struggle of living under the Duterte administration. We…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

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

    Update: Now in video form

    There is a house on a hill, and there are people in it. And they're nice, but not really. There is a garden, and there they get a lot of sunlight. And it is nice, and they get to sleep there sometimes.

    There is a house underground, and there are people in it. And they're the first to tell you that they're not very nice: they're con-men, grifters, forgers and imposters. They sit among stink…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    I realized while watching this that maybe I was just done with stories about people defending an emperor. Even if the execution was really good, and I don't think it is, this whole empowerment narrative is really undermined by the fact that our heroine is fighting to preserve an authoritarian power.

    It's just icky. It gets ickier as you start thinking about how much of this might have been specifically designed for the Chinese market. Fun fact: the Chinese government…