Philbert Dy

Professional film critic, amateur semiotician, chronicler of Filipino Cinema.

Favorite films

  • Crank
  • Guilty of Romance
  • The Thing
  • Iskalawags

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  • Candyman

    ★★★½

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★★

  • Romeo & Juliet

    ★★★★½

  • The Kiyosu Conference

    ★★

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  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    I struggled with how the overall mythology intersects with the life of the main character. I feel it's the extra bit of narrative either needed to flesh out more or remove completely, as it makes for a narrative jumble in the approach to the final act that never quite feels earned. But otherwise, a lot of this worked for me.

    The movie may overexplain things a bit, but it's really reckoning with some pretty complicated stuff. It drills down on…

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★★

    Part of it is exactly what I wanted out of a collaboration between Nicolas Cage and Sion Sono, two of the forces in cinema that have given me the most enjoyment over the last decade of watching movies. It's a weeaboo fever dream that at one point has Cage hopping around in pain, screaming about a testicle that was just blown off, all in a Beyond Thunderdome kind of setting that has public readings of classic literature to go along…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Update: Now in video form

    There is a house on a hill, and there are people in it. And they're nice, but not really. There is a garden, and there they get a lot of sunlight. And it is nice, and they get to sleep there sometimes.

    There is a house underground, and there are people in it. And they're the first to tell you that they're not very nice: they're con-men, grifters, forgers and imposters. They sit among stink…

  • Burrow

    Burrow

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, this is really cute. But also: it latches on to something profoundly human. This is a little cartoon about feeling inadequate, about the anxiety one feels when first striking out on one's own. And it's about how it's usually okay to ask for help. It can be difficult to ask for help sometimes, because that means showing people that you don't know how to do something. But hey, that's okay: we're all just fumbling around in one way or another.

    Just lovely all around.