Philbert Dy

Professional film critic, amateur semiotician, chronicler of Filipino Cinema.

Favorite films

  • Crank
  • Guilty of Romance
  • The Thing
  • Iskalawags

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  • The Legend of the White Serpent

    ★★★

  • Miracle in Kasama

    ★★

  • On the Job 2: The Missing 8

    ★★★★½

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    ★½

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  • The Legend of the White Serpent

    The Legend of the White Serpent

    ★★★

    Cool little curiosity. A Japanese film adapting a Chinese story shot in Shaw's Hong Kong sets. I kind of enjoyed looking up the backstory more than watching the movie itself, which was kind of fun but mostly pretty clunky. The life of the lead actress, Shirley Yamaguchi, would probably make a great movie. She was a Japanese who pretended to be Chinese in the years leading up to World War II, and was later sentenced to death in China for…

  • Miracle in Kasama

    Miracle in Kasama

    ★★

    Turns out Japan makes Hallmark movies, too.

    There was a moment that I thought was kind of interesting. I've heard that the latest research indicates that the best way to deal with people suffering from dementia is to not correct them; to just play along until their mind catches up with what's actually happening. And there's a part in here where the main does just that, going as far as pretending to be someone else in order to ease the…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Update: Now in video form

    There is a house on a hill, and there are people in it. And they're nice, but not really. There is a garden, and there they get a lot of sunlight. And it is nice, and they get to sleep there sometimes.

    There is a house underground, and there are people in it. And they're the first to tell you that they're not very nice: they're con-men, grifters, forgers and imposters. They sit among stink…

  • Burrow

    Burrow

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, this is really cute. But also: it latches on to something profoundly human. This is a little cartoon about feeling inadequate, about the anxiety one feels when first striking out on one's own. And it's about how it's usually okay to ask for help. It can be difficult to ask for help sometimes, because that means showing people that you don't know how to do something. But hey, that's okay: we're all just fumbling around in one way or another.

    Just lovely all around.