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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    Preceding my screening was an introduction from Cáel Keegan, the author of Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender. You can watch the introduction right here.

    In spite of wearing its own influences on its sleeve and many countless imitators that have followed, the Wachowskis’ The Matrix is truly a film of its own kind - one that has went on to define its own era and not without good reason. Blending the cyberpunk aesthetic with Hong Kong-inspired action set pieces,…

  • Umberto D.

    Umberto D.

    ★★★★★

    One of my grandmothers turned 90 years old in January. We took her on a trip to the Philippines for Christmas so that she can celebrate her family back on her homeland, and although it almost seemed nice to see her happy to be back home for probably one last time, a thought of sadness hit me as I came to remember something she once told me. I've lived inside of a pessimistic shadow and the thought that she might…

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  • Police Story

    Police Story

    ★★★★★

    There’s no one who quite matches a modern day equivalent of Buster Keaton the same way that Jackie Chan does. Like Keaton, Chan has also directed himself as he performs many of his own stunts, no matter how dangerous they may be, but there’s no denying that the spectacle of what was to come by is something out of the ordinary. But he also manages to perfectly mix the excitement with a touch of comedy too, and there’s no film…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★½

    M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is a film that seems to feel like in its own sort of league from the many other superhero films that also come out over the years, and that’s one among a few things that I find to be most welcoming about it. Nearly twenty years after the release of Unbreakable came out and offered a refreshing perspective on the superhero genre, with its deconstruction of the general structure, Shyamalan’s many ideas continued flowing with the…

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Before I begin, I would like to say that this is not going to be a proper review and I want you to keep the one person behind it in mind.

    My name is Jaime Rebanal, and I am a hopeless individual who has suffered through depression and extreme anxiety. I think saying that can already get a load off my chest for the time being.

    But why say this in front of an entry about Ikiru, you say? I…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's ode to the classical era of Hollywood's musicals in La La Land takes his viewers on a nostalgic trip for a good two hours - and while it runs, the pleasantness can be felt all the way through as if there were anything much more to ask. Where it needs to succeed, La La Land certainly manages to achieve its goal for Damien Chazelle's aspiration to bring his own viewers back to such an era for Hollywood comes…