Festivals, Lists

TIFF 2022: A Return to the Pre-Pandemic Festival + Films to Watch Out For

In Schitt’s Creek, Alexis asks Moira, “What is your favorite season?” She takes a deep breath before answering, “Awards.”  It is the most wonderful time of the year for cinephiles and culture vultures, and the fall film festival circuit kicks it off. After two years of taking safety measures due to the pandemic, the Toronto… Continue reading TIFF 2022: A Return to the Pre-Pandemic Festival + Films to Watch Out For

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘Resurrection’—A Frightening Mess of a Movie

After Rebecca Hall’s stunning directorial debut Passing premiered at Sundance last year, she is back at the festival, starring in Andrew Semans’ Resurrection. Hall plays Margaret, a career-driven woman and mollycoddling single mother of teenage Abbie (Grace Kaufman). Behind a seemingly pristine life, Margaret’s façade starts to crack when she sees a man from her… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘Resurrection’—A Frightening Mess of a Movie

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘The Exiles’—A Look Into the Eccentric Christine Choy

In a documentary filmmaking course, my professor always said that documentarians are always obscure compared to their counterparts in narrative filmmaking. Ask a person if they know a director and they will give you familiar names like Scorsese, Tarantino, Nolan, and many others known for their narrative films. Out of the names I’ve mentioned, Scorsese… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘The Exiles’—A Look Into the Eccentric Christine Choy

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘Hatching’—A Beautiful Take on the Body and Creature Horror Genre

After the successful festival run of Julia Ducournau’s Titane—even winning the highly regarded Palme d’Or in a Cannes run by the eccentric Spike Lee—body horror is gaining resurgence within mainstream audiences as it gives insight into our fixation on how far human bodies can endure. Hanna Bergholm’s Hatching, elicited mixed responses as expected in most… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘Hatching’—A Beautiful Take on the Body and Creature Horror Genre

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘After Yang’ – A Solemn Take on the Humanity of the Posthuman

Five years after Kogonada’s debut Columbus, he’s back at Sundance with his sophomore feature fresh from its Cannes premiere last July. In a more ambitious artistic endeavor, Kogonada continues to improve himself with After Yang. After Yang is adapted from Alexander Weinstein’s short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang”, a sci-fi tale set in the future… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘After Yang’ – A Solemn Take on the Humanity of the Posthuman

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘Leonor Will Never Die’ – A Love Letter to Filipino Cinema

In Martika Ramirez Escobar's director statement, she talks about a famous action star without any political background nabbing the most powerful position in the country. She reflects on how this ties to the Filipino people’s love for movies, especially action. Decades later, a macho man that seemed straight out of “bakbakan” (fighting) films became the… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘Leonor Will Never Die’ – A Love Letter to Filipino Cinema

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘When You Finish Saving the World’ – Jesse Eisenberg’s Directorial Debut is a Thin Mother-Son Drama

In an adaptation of his five-hour audio play for Audible, Jesse Eisenberg gives us a look into Evelyn Katz (Julianne Moore), who runs a domestic violence shelter, and her son Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard), a teen preoccupied with internet fame. As Eisenberg introduces his film to an all-virtual Sundance audience, yet again for the second year… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘When You Finish Saving the World’ – Jesse Eisenberg’s Directorial Debut is a Thin Mother-Son Drama

Festivals, Reviews

Sundance 2022: ‘Fresh’ – A Fun and Horrifying Take on the Dangers of Dating

The dating world is now more complex than ever thanks to the emergence of dating apps. You will find creeps, friends with benefits, or someone who you’ll date for maybe a month, but only if you’re lucky.  Such is the case for Noa, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones fresh from her Normal People fame, who is… Continue reading Sundance 2022: ‘Fresh’ – A Fun and Horrifying Take on the Dangers of Dating

Reviews

‘The Power of the Dog’: Desire is a Double-Edged Sword

Desire is vast; it’s also a double-edged sword. Much like love, desire, as Euripedes put it, doesn’t win the game. It changes it. In Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog (adapted from Thomas Savage’s novel of the same name), wealthy brothers Phil and George Burbank (played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons) meet a… Continue reading ‘The Power of the Dog’: Desire is a Double-Edged Sword

Essays

‘The Matrix Resurrections’: Destroying the Illusion of Binaries in Society

In Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections, we find Thomas Anderson, A.K.A. Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), having to choose whether to take the red pill or the blue pill while watching a similar scene from the first Matrix movie projected on the screen of an abandoned theater, with Morpheus (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) showing… Continue reading ‘The Matrix Resurrections’: Destroying the Illusion of Binaries in Society