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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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  • Knives Out

    ★★★½

  • Supermen of Malegaon

  • Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

  • Supermen of Malegaon

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    Movie nights w/ Oindri #4

  • Supermen of Malegaon

    Supermen of Malegaon

    (essay written for LCS 143: Media and the Public Domain mid-term assignment)

    Pirates of Malegaon: Creative Appropriation on the Margins of Legality

    We don’t have the means to make films, that’s the truth. We don’t have great voices, but we are singing. . . We have no weapons but we’re fighting a war. And winning it.”
    – unidentified weaver from Malegaon

    These words encapsulate the core of the Malegaon phenomenon–the birth of a parallel film industry from within an economically-depressed…

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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…