Smaller and Smaller Circles (Philippines, 2017)

Watching Smaller and Smaller Circles can be fruitful once you get past its formal lapses. Inconsistencies in tone are the first thing one notices from the film. At first, it feels like a dark, edgy […]

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on Jan, 03 · in Reviews

Jesus is Dead (Philippines, 2016) [Reel Asian 2017]

When her former husband, Hesus, dies, Iyay (Jaclyn Jose) assembles her children Jude (Chai Fonacier), Jay (Melde Montanez), and Bert (Paul Vincent Viado) for a trip to their previous home in Dumaguete. The misadventures of […]

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on Nov, 07 · in Reviews

Zigeunerweisen (Japan, 1980) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Seijun Suzuki has been known for his over-the-top stylistic approach to gangster and yakuza films, most famously with his cult classics Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Branded to Kill (1967). His style, developed over the years […]

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on Jul, 22 · in Reviews

Hengyoro (Queer Fish Lane) (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

It is challenging to provide a summary for Queer Fish Lane. It is introduced as a work about travelling “chain-play” performers, Tarugani and Papajo, whose art is a fusion of film and theater. Later, it […]

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on Jul, 15 · in Reviews

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