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  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • At the First Breath of Wind
  • Horse Money

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  • Midnight Mass

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

  • Dhulo - The Scapegoat

  • Shiva Baby

    ★★★

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  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    Beautiful. Perhaps not fair comparing with Hill House or Bly Manor, considering both of them were adaptations and likely made on a much greater budget, but that's pretty much the only frame of reference I have. So this didn't feel as grand and epic-sized as the layered mythos in HH and BM, with the narrative playing out far more straightforward. But still, nevertheless, it is classic Mike Flanagan delving deep into the profoundest theological and ontological questions through a horror-narrative,…

  • Dhulo - The Scapegoat

    Dhulo - The Scapegoat

    Watching a film after 3 months and that too a film such as this... I'm speechless, to be honest. And yet, the speechless me will now proceed to put together a string of words. Knowing Tathagata da personally (well, as personal as one can get within the virtual realm), the things that make him angry as well as that which keeps him going, and being acquainted with his previous works, I obviously was going into his latest with the highest…

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    100/100

    A Brighter Summer Day was the first Taiwanese film I had ever seen and it had left me floored, back at a time when I was wholly ignorant of its history and culture. As I watched more and more Taiwanese cinema, this one film kept echoing and reverberating through my memory, somehow only growing in stature.

    About six months later, I decided to finally put my thoughts in writing, and come to terms with how I feel about this…

  • Evolution of a Filipino Family

    Evolution of a Filipino Family

    ★★★★★

    98/100

    Filmed over a span of 10 years, running over a period of 10 hours, illuminating the unseen face of a nation spread across its past, present and projected future, this is Evolution of a Filipino Family. This is Lav Diaz. This is cinema at its most potent, mined to its extremes and exploited like never before, fixing a hard gaze on the neglected and abused―the lowest strata of civilized society―like nothing has ever dared to.

    Even if the film…