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  • Whether the Weather is Fine

    ★★★★

  • Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo

    ★★★½

  • Babyteeth

    ★★★

  • Fun Facts

    ★★★½

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  • Corpus Christi

    Corpus Christi

    ★★★★★

    SINEGANG Weekly Pick #17
    Recommended by: Gieselle

    “Doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. All that matters is where you’re going.”

    Corpus Christi deals with an unexpectedly complex subject matter. What if your local priest, who is a celebrated pariah and a self-made cult of personality, is secretly fake? This film dives deep into both the personal lies and struggles and the external obligations and challenges that plague our ex-convict and anti-hero Daniel. Truth be told, I’m extremely impressed with this…

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    The world is a wasteland.

    To describe this movie is to describe the shared feeling of youthful disillusionment. It is the banner around which An Elephant Sitting Still drags its feet around. It's an unapologetically slow and subservient drama about broken families and neglected characters; powerless youth; disillusioned and pessimistic descriptions of the world and of the self. It’s unfortunate that Hu Bo left us too early, but his sole film is essentially one of the greatest cinematic ballads ever…

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  • Whether the Weather is Fine

    Whether the Weather is Fine

    ★★★★

    Carlo Manatad's first feature film certainly carries a lot of the same surrealism that defines his short film canon. Any seasoned viewer of his will be familiar with how he takes something relatively mundane or socially dark and reorients it in a partly whimsical, partly personal understanding of the social experience. The chaotic and twisted approach certainly leaves plenty of choices by design to be subject to debate for both moral and narrative reasons. Whether the Weather is Fine follows…

  • Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo

    Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo

    ★★★½

    Rightfully energetic, paced so well, and just a breath of fresh air in an industry that is surprisingly barren of any light-hearted family flicks like these. Patintero constantly prides itself on a story of exhilaration and non-stop intensity around a culturally significant Filipino pastime, and just runs it to the lengths feasible enough for its budget and story.

    Sure, this film might seem a little too cheeky. The visuals sometimes remind me of these old Milo/Ovaltine commercials previously popular for…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★

    SINEGANG Weekly Pick #28
    Recommended by Denise

    The Cranes Are Flying plays out like a classical Russian piano piece. It is dense with melancholy and tragedy, and each section of the song contributes something to the grand composition of disorder and optimism that resonates in its entirety. Granted, it isn’t all perfect, but the cinematic embodiment of a wartime romance plays out with a lot of punch thanks to its classical influences.

    The influences can be traced right down to…

  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★

    Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Main Film #5

    Sometimes you really just want to get out of your ass, scream like no one's watching, and tear apart the four walls of your classroom with your classmates.

    Cleaners is a collection of vignettes caked in these colorful highlighters that serve multiple functions: they establish a distinct art style for the film, they highlight the main characters of a specific vignette, and they elucidate emotions that would've otherwise been taken for granted.

    The…