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May 4, 2020
7: 13 AM

Forgotten [2017]: Takes a Piece of You

Forgotten catches you off guard at times and when it does, you’d feel you are watching a different thing altogether. In a strangely twisted story, your emotions as the viewer are allowed to be exaggerated but never apart from a grim realization of how devastatingly humanity can die in the wake of inevitable circumstances. Sometimes, you are just torn between the decisions the characters make; like watching through a tinted glass a rampant duel born out of moral conflicts and not knowing which side to root for. No one is evil; no one is good; only circumstances are. Full…

July 18, 2016
12: 42 AM

Tracks: Poetry through Perseverance

Tracks can monopolize your thoughts after a single viewing. Faraway in the depths of the Australian Outback, an expansive, uncouth terrain filled with dunes and red dust and fuming waterholes and sacred spaces and secluded settlements and solitary ruins and remains of dead animals crackling in the sandy winds like dried leaves, stands a woman – head down, lips parched, skin scalded, body dwindled, feet cracked, holding behind in one hand the rope tacked to her camels, breathing swollen waves of desert heat, holding her life together, gathering up the courage and perseverance to take that one step further into…

August 22, 2015
1: 24 PM

Modern Romance (1981)

Albert Brooks is someone who could talk through an entire scene. Without a pause, he could tire you out with his repeated wallow on self-pity, cynicism and paranoia until you want to move over to the next scene only to realize you crave another edition of the same scene. You inherit the neuroticism from the character and it is the humorous evil hidden in the closet of the scene that cons you into doing it.
My first experience with Albert Brook’s movies is =&0=&, which I chanced upon during one of those late-night movie marathons…

Bound (1996)

As far as crime thrillers go, Bound is a bit too erotic. As far as erotic thrillers go, Bound is a bit too mainstream.  As far as pure cinema goes, Bound is a bit too chic. And as far as entertaining cinema goes, Bound is a bit too top-notch.
The movie begins with scenes of sparkling allure hovering between two women in neighboring apartments. The walls are thin here. They could hear each other, feel more connected. It slowly builds up to a tiny sensuous episode, which makes them open up to each other. As one of them lives…

Flipped (2010)

“A girl like that doesn’t live next door to everyone”, says his grandfather. And that succinctly tells what the movie =&0=&is all about. More than being a story in which Juli and Bryce narrate their viewpoints of the same events, it draws a beautiful portrait of a little girl who is resilient, mature, creative, independent, and who doesn’t mind being totally swept away by those dazzling eyes of a boy living across the street. The movie doesn’t really have big conversations between Juli and Bryce but they do talk…