Philbert Dy

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

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  • Cleaners
  • Crank
  • The Thing
  • Iskalawags

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  • Dune

    ★★★★½

  • Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection

    ★½

  • Tiger Stripes

    ★★★★

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

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  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour

    ★★★★★

    Spend enough time with people, and you think you know them. This is one of the greatest follies of being human: the arrogance of believing that by observing another person, one can fully understand the entirety of their existence. We make assumptions based on observable routine: she likes her coffee this way, he walks with this gait, they talk in some manner. And from those bits and pieces of visible behavior, from the scraps of half-remembered conversation, we form some…

  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★★

    It's worth talking about the process: Glenn Barit and his team shot an entire movie. Then, they took eight frames out of every second and printed them out. Then they photocopied those printouts in black and white. And they took highlighters and physically colored in certain sections of every frame. And then they scanned those images and assembled them back into a movie.

    What we get feels like a memory. It is easy enough to dismiss it in the abstract…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    Still pretty great. I can already predict that years from now, I might be spending an entire day just watching this, Dune: Part Two, and Dune: Messiah while getting progressively drunk on cocktails, probably ones with cinnamon in them, because the spice must flow.

    I hope that these films are so successful that some empty suit at WB starts asking if there are more Dune books, and we get around to making God Emperor of Dune, and they cast Robert Pattinson to (spoilers) wear a rubber sandworm suit in a story that will eventually have him marrying his sister, who should totally be Kristen Stewart.

  • Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection

    Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection

    ★½

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

    I remember seeing this all the way back when it first came out and being pretty flabbergasted. And it wasn't because I had any particular connection to the series or it's characters, but because its sheer insistence on tragedy bordered on the comical. The idea that Kenshin can't allow himself to live a quiet happy life because of all the killing he did certainly makes sense, and aligns with the themes of the overall narrative. But then the OVA turns…

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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…

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru

    Minions: The Rise of Gru

    ★★

    I do not know how to review this movie. I do not know if I should write about it at all. I can tell you that I saw it, and it defies whatever conventions one might have about what is good and what is bad. There is only Minions, and they are yellow, indestructible and they kind of speak Spanish. At one point in this movie, they are taught kung fu by a character voiced by Michelle Yeoh. At another…