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  • Uncle Peckerhead

    Uncle Peckerhead

    ★★

    It’s one of those so-bad-it’s-actually-almost good movie. The two stars here are actually a compliment.

  • The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    ★★★★½

    The Last Laugh (1924)

    The Last Laugh was one of my most exciting discoveries of last year. The world of silent movie classic, as I knew it, was filled with juggernaut-sized epics; stories of men fighting against machine, immortal vampires, or Biblical allegories. The Last Laugh was my introduction to a world of silent film that is much more intimate in scale, with emphasis on the humanity of the characters, and the universal struggle of the common people, one that…

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  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★★

    Nobody Knows chronicles the story of abandoned children, loosely based on the real life Sugamo child abandonment case in burgeoning 1980s Tokyo. Left by their mother in a cramped 2nd-floor Tokyo apartment, the four children, led by their eldest Akira, who was only 12 at the time, have to do all they can to ensure their short term survival. However, this is where the movie diverges from the typical melodrama that it could’ve become. Instead of focusing on survival, writer/director/producer/editor…

  • 27 Steps of May

    27 Steps of May

    ★★★★

    I wasn't sure about how to start this review. Am still stirred with emotions that I'm not sure how to summarize the experience into just a few words. But there are two things I know for certain:

    27 Steps of May is the best movie I've seen all year.

    27 Steps of May is the first Indonesian masterpiece I've seen in a long time, if ever.

    The second point is important because, as an Indonesian filmmaker myself, I am all…