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  • The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

    ★★★½

  • The Celebration

    ★★★★

  • City of Flowers

    ★★½

  • Skylab

    ★½

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  • Corpus Christi

    Corpus Christi

    ★★★★★

    SINEGANG Weekly Pick #17
    Recommended by: Gieselle

    “Doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. All that matters is where you’re going.”

    Corpus Christi deals with an unexpectedly complex subject matter. What if your local priest, who is a celebrated pariah and a self-made cult of personality, is secretly fake? This film dives deep into both the personal lies and struggles and the external obligations and challenges that plague our ex-convict and anti-hero Daniel. Truth be told, I’m extremely impressed with this…

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    The world is a wasteland.

    To describe this movie is to describe the shared feeling of youthful disillusionment. It is the banner around which An Elephant Sitting Still drags its feet around. It's an unapologetically slow and subservient drama about broken families and neglected characters; powerless youth; disillusioned and pessimistic descriptions of the world and of the self. It’s unfortunate that Hu Bo left us too early, but his sole film is essentially one of the greatest cinematic ballads ever…

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  • The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

    The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

    ★★★½

    Much like the process of baking a simple tray of pandesal, Pan de Salawal takes an excruciatingly long and arduous time before its fruits are reaped. This film is one of those rare cases where the painfully long and stretched-out world-building is justified by a film whose pockets of absurdity and strange delight define its ends.

    Anyway, I'm not interested in diving too much into the details of this film. I was watching this on a Sunday afternoon. I fell…

  • The Celebration

    The Celebration

    ★★★★

    Dogme 95 certainly started with a bang. The Celebration settles itself with a caustic family whose "collapse" is expressed on-screen by a shaky plethora of chaos and high-intensity camerawork that would proceed to define an iconic European cinematic movement.

    I like to think of this movie as the more coked-up, bourgeois cousin of Shiva Baby, what with all the hijinx and unfathomable insanity that allures its audience through the cavalcade of forlorn characters and hysterical situations parlayed on screen. It…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★

    SINEGANG Weekly Pick #28
    Recommended by Denise

    The Cranes Are Flying plays out like a classical Russian piano piece. It is dense with melancholy and tragedy, and each section of the song contributes something to the grand composition of disorder and optimism that resonates in its entirety. Granted, it isn’t all perfect, but the cinematic embodiment of a wartime romance plays out with a lot of punch thanks to its classical influences.

    The influences can be traced right down to…

  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★

    Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Main Film #5

    Sometimes you really just want to get out of your ass, scream like no one's watching, and tear apart the four walls of your classroom with your classmates.

    Cleaners is a collection of vignettes caked in these colorful highlighters that serve multiple functions: they establish a distinct art style for the film, they highlight the main characters of a specific vignette, and they elucidate emotions that would've otherwise been taken for granted.

    The…