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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

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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

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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

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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

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TIFF 2021: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’—a Playful Take on the Tortured Cat Painter Genius

Cats have been worshipped for centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century, paintings of anthropomorphized large-eyed cats were in circulation. Cats, then still a bit of a mystery, became the mainstream, all thanks to a man named Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch).  The Electrical Life of Louis Wain follows Wain’s journey from being the sole… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’—a Playful Take on the Tortured Cat Painter Genius

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TIFF 2021: ‘Last Night in Soho’—Stylish yet Clumsy

After a successful milieu of comedic films (and an action), director Edgar Wright now dips his toes in psychological horror. Last Night in Soho is Wright’s first try with the subgenre, a film set in the beloved titular London district known for being the center of entertainment. Soho follows Elle (Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Last Night in Soho’—Stylish yet Clumsy

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TIFF 2021: ‘Scarborough’—A Stirring Look in this Diverse Toronto Neighbourhood

The Canadian film scene is a mixed bag full of stories from different walks of life, though most of the recent ones are stories about bourgeois struggle. Then came Scarborough, an adaptation of the 2017 book by Filipino-Canadian author Catherine Hernandez. This captivating book, which received so much praise and prizes, is translated onscreen by… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Scarborough’—A Stirring Look in this Diverse Toronto Neighbourhood

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TIFF 2021: ‘Dune’—A Magnificent Cinematic Introduction to an Upcoming Sequel

After a year of delays, it’s finally here. One of the most anticipated films of this year, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune hits the fall festival circuit. Fans of the book and cinephiles alike have waited for this film to grace the screens as the pandemic delayed its release and controversies about its HBO Max debut boiled… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Dune’—A Magnificent Cinematic Introduction to an Upcoming Sequel

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TIFF 2021: ‘Charlotte’—The Beauty of Life Over the Ugliness of Human Nature

Stories about the Holocaust are told time and time again so that we may never forget what happened during such a dark period in history. In Charlotte, we are introduced to one creative soul that lived through the horrors of being Jewish. Produced by Keira Knightley (voicing Charlotte), Marion Cotillard (who voiced the French version),… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Charlotte’—The Beauty of Life Over the Ugliness of Human Nature

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TIFF 2021: ‘Spencer’—A Stunning Character Study Unlike the Other Dianas

This year would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. Her story is a tragedy known all over: a beautiful woman who fell in love with a prince, the heir to the once-mighty British Empire, who did not love her back. Despite that, she used her status to help others and the world learned to love… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Spencer’—A Stunning Character Study Unlike the Other Dianas