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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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  • Mangrove

  • Coded Bias

  • The Card Counter

  • The Conjuring

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  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    It's been a while since watching something made my blood boil for 2 hours straight.

  • Examined Life

    Examined Life

    Eight philosophers - Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Zizek and Judith Butler - ruminate upon the ethics of consumption, identity issues vis-à-vis cosmopolitanism, revolution, democracy, ecology, bodily difference, music and the underlying teleological impulse that unites all these varying avenues of inquiry within the life of the mind.

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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…