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  • Noriko's Dinner Table
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Perfumed Nightmare

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  • Belle de Jour

    ★★★★

  • Visions Cinema: Film in the Philippines - A Report by Tony Rayns

    ★★★

  • The Face of Another

    ★★★★

  • Noriko's Dinner Table

    ★★★★★

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  • The Red Balloon

    The Red Balloon

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers.

    Innocence is a red balloon gliding through the bustling streets of Paris. Everyone in the city has it, but not everyone tries to protect it. It was discovered dangling in a light post by a young boy as he walked alone on his way to school, and out of wonder and a need for company, untied the string off the pole and carried it along. He was a freewheeling juvenile and the balloon went wherever…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    Of the vast collection of horror media I was exposed to as a child, Scott Derrickson’s Sinister was among the most memorable (partly because it served as my introduction to Ethan Hawke) ang genuinely frightening. Ten years after its release, he returned with the same actor and a new vision but a different energy and one that tried to appeal to the mainstream’s preferred aesthetic of the genre more than the aforementioned work which maintained an indie sensibility, or a…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers.

    Imagine The Wolf of Wall Street set in 18th-century England. Everyone is a leech in this magnificently-crafted film, everyone tries to work their way up. There are wars going outside but we particularly focus on the one inside where three major stars in the business deliver their best performances, possibly (As for Colman, it is certain, as she won her Oscar). With the clever script and performances of the highest quality, The Favourite is irrefutably…

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers.

    I have a lot of memories idolizing Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale). I did, and now just putting that in this review feels so wrong because he is a sadistic, misogynistic man. American Psycho was one of my favorites when I was in seventh grade. Not even the powerful and endearing Vito Corleone belittle the slick but toxic attitude of Bateman for me then. I was so into the character.

    But for the wrong reasons. Slasher…