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  • Paris Is Burning
  • Some Like It Hot
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  • Scanners

    ★★★½

  • Cosmopolis

    ★★★★½

  • Wild Child

    ★★½

  • Big Night!

    ★★★½

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  • Leonor Will Never Die

    Leonor Will Never Die

    ★★★★

    Martika Escobar has made a name for herself as one of our local scene’s most imaginative filmmakers; and with her 2014 short film Pusong Bato, an unwavering Philippine cinema romantic. It’s clear that Leonor Will Never Die was made with the sort of similar reverence, more specifically to the off-the-wall action films of the past half-century that filled the CRT-television sets of our past. It has all what you expect from what you are already hearing. But what made this movie truly special for…

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★

    Its metaphors go a long way, and there’s chock-full of them in a simple yet deeply philosophical story. (I won’t go into detail to avoid spoilers in this review, but the tree one really resonated with me.) After Yang is that type of movie. Kogonada took what now feels like a spiritually indistinct source material and made it his own. Kogonada’s idiosyncrasies allow his frames to be filled with warmth in the most liminal of places, which is really fitting for a…

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  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★★½

    Imagine being a kid in 1981, seeing the first 15 minutes of this film, and then having your mind blown (no pun intended) by what just happened. You get excited to see the next Cronenberg flick, and then you experience fucking Videodrome. Holy shit.

  • Cosmopolis

    Cosmopolis

    ★★★★½

    where robert pattinson plays a proto-bruce wayne as he observes and learns about the world around him, making it my new favorite batman movie. cronenberg is just on another level when it comes to adaptations.

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  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★½

    If you are seeing an unexpected number of 5 stars and generally-positive reception, believe it. Believe the hype. Believe the enjoyment.

    Glenn Barit's Cleaners, one of the most inventive films in recent memory, completely reinvigorates Philippine cinema, and presents a world for these teenagers that is hopeful, in that their youthful vigor and restless optimism is bigger than any dire challenges they might face. Cleaners is much more than its gimmick, these highlighted photocopied stills perfectly capture the essence of…

  • Dreaming of a whole life

    Dreaming of a whole life

    tfw you just watched a whole short film in 1 tiktok you saw on your for you page