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  • Love Exposure
  • Norte, the End of History
  • Come and See
  • Red Post on Escher Street

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  • Adrift in Tokyo

    ★★★★

  • 9 Songs

    ★½

  • Another Round

    ★★★★½

  • The Raid

    ★★★★

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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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  • Adrift in Tokyo

    Adrift in Tokyo

    ★★★★

    Adrift in Tokyo settles into this equally quiet airspace of subtlety and creeping personal discoveries that will certainly leave many people divided by its deliberate choice to be underwhelming. In the sense that not all its answers are explicitly outlined, and the ones that are only leave the audience with more questions to solve, the film's seemingly basic premise about two guys off for a candid walk around Tokyo becomes a space to explore feelings of displacement, ennui, and companionship.…

  • 9 Songs

    9 Songs

    ★½

    At least when Michael Winterbottom is trying his hardest to show how self-serving his art is, the film is only an hour long. That still doesn’t excuse this film from having an unnecessarily strange, yet underutilized structure of sex -> music -> sex -> music -> flimsy exposition -> sex -> music at hand. It just seemed so tender, yet always reverting back to its hardcore pornography style of filming.

    I should really tell myself to stop using Cinema, mon amour as the basis for which movies to check out next.

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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…