Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’—the Bosnian Genocide through a mother’s eyes

The Yugoslav Wars are familiar to those in the Balkan regions. Outside that, few people can really tell what happened nearly three decades ago. One of the most brutal ethnic cleansings in recent memory happened in Bosnia, specifically in one town called Srebrenica, where 8,372 Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered. Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic’s… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’—the Bosnian Genocide through a mother’s eyes

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Shiva Baby’—Funerals can be entertaining!

Family gatherings can be a pain in the behind. It’s where you see close friends and relatives again after a long time and you get bombarded with personal questions that you either don’t like answering or have no answer to. But of course there is this unsaid etiquette that you have to entertain them and… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Shiva Baby’—Funerals can be entertaining!

Essays

The Screens We Live In: On ‘Searching’ and ‘Unfriended’

General uncertainty brews on the horizon since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions. Even after a few months, I still feel the anxiety of how my life and others’ will pan out during these trying times. In the beginning, my days blurred into each other as I was spending most of my time at home like… Continue reading The Screens We Live In: On ‘Searching’ and ‘Unfriended’

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Holler’—Escaping Small-Town America

A debut feature from director Nicole Riegel, Holler gives us a glance at the bleak landscape of the small South Ohio town that she grew up in. Riegel captures this life in 16mm film from the point of view of the film’s young protagonist, who embodies the grittiness of working-class life in the dying factory… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Holler’—Escaping Small-Town America

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Pieces of a Woman’—A film that navigates grief in an unfamiliar way

There aren’t many stories told about miscarriages and stillbirth; both are still taboos that leave many women suffering in silence. In Pieces of a Woman, a devastating stillbirth is at the core of the story, showing us a shattered mother and the people touched by her anguish. Kornél Mundruczó’s English debut penned by his partner… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Pieces of a Woman’—A film that navigates grief in an unfamiliar way

Reviews

‘The Devil All the Time’: The Southern Vigilante

Revenge is always a complex, rich theme fit for exploration. It has been repeated endlessly through time, but it seems everyone cannot have enough of it. While Antonio Campos’ The Devil All The Time demonstrates a good grasp of it, it doesn’t offer a fresh take. The central storyline follows Arvin Russel (Tom Holland), the… Continue reading ‘The Devil All the Time’: The Southern Vigilante

Reviews

‘First Cow’: The Tenderness of the American Dream

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow opens with a discovery. A woman walking her dog along the woods unearths two skeletons lying side by side, then proceeds to tell us the story of Cookie (John Magaro) and King-Lu (Orion Lee). Cookie is a cook traveling with a pack of fur trappers. He meets King-Lu, a Chinese immigrant,… Continue reading ‘First Cow’: The Tenderness of the American Dream

Reviews

False Promises in ‘Love, Guaranteed’

From the painstaking manner of handwriting love letters, the age-old practice of harana here in the Philippines, the sweetness of courtship, to our modern, digital age where finding and choosing a romantic interest can be as easy as swiping left or right; throughout history, nothing else in the world is sought after more than love.… Continue reading False Promises in ‘Love, Guaranteed’

Reviews

‘The Social Dilemma’: Zooming into the Bigger Picture

After Edward Snowden’s controversial confession back in 2013, it is no longer a secret that global surveillance programs through cameras installed in every device allow some powerful groups to covertly spy on people, raising concerns on national security and individual privacy. However, unbeknownst to the majority, there is an even greater threat that looms in… Continue reading ‘The Social Dilemma’: Zooming into the Bigger Picture

Reviews

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is a Horror Film

**Contains spoilers A girl with no name is on a road trip with Jake (Jesse Plemons), her boyfriend of 6 weeks, to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) in the countryside. There is a snowstorm, and she wants to leave but their trip back to the city is always put off. Suddenly, things… Continue reading ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is a Horror Film