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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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‘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

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‘In The Same Breath’: Unmasking the Real Virus

Known for her award-winning documentary One Child Nation, the fearless Nanfu Wang returns to the screens with one of the century’s most relevant documentaries In the Same Breath. Releasing it a year after the onset of the COVID-19 virus, In the Same Breath vividly relives everything—from our last taste of normalcy to our first sip… Continue reading ‘In The Same Breath’: Unmasking the Real Virus

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‘Benedetta’ and How Power Structures Validate The Beliefs We Have

Spoilers ahead. Paul Verhoeven might be one of the greatest modern-day iconoclasts in film history. A satirist and provocateur who never lets good taste get in the way of his moral statement, he has made some of the most subversive critiques of Western society while making them fun and accessible to a general audience.  His… Continue reading ‘Benedetta’ and How Power Structures Validate The Beliefs We Have

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‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’: An Ode to Life’s Urgency to Create

Much can be said about Jonathan Larson’s short-lived life. He’s best known for the musical Rent, which success he tragically failed to see after a sudden death. A gifted playwright, Larson spent his 35 years of life dedicated to writing and composing musicals about grief, love, and a bucket load of questions: Fear or love?… Continue reading ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’: An Ode to Life’s Urgency to Create

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‘Mothering Sunday’: On Grief and Love of the Unloved

Starring Josh O’Connor, Olivia Colman, and Colin Firth, Eva Husson’s film Mothering Sunday already promises a beloved British period drama from the cast alone. That said, the film cannot be saved by their great performances.  Mothering Sunday is based on a book about the aftereffects of World War I on the lives of tight-knit British… Continue reading ‘Mothering Sunday’: On Grief and Love of the Unloved

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TIFF 2021: ‘The Worst Person in the World’—Understanding Millennial Angst Under Societal Pressure

The ironic titling of Joachim Trier’s film is the perfect way to capture how some of us describe ourselves at one point in our lives. Whatever our reasoning may be, however major or minor, we think of ourselves as “the worst person in the world” over it. In the final film of his “Oslo trilogy”… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘The Worst Person in the World’—Understanding Millennial Angst Under Societal Pressure