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Some 19 years ago: an old article about a remarkably deft erotic thriller from Tikoy Aguiluz, freshly banned by the MTRCB (the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board--basically the Philippines' once and still powerful censorship authority) Th...
Some 19 years ago: an old article about a remarkably deft erotic thriller from Tikoy Aguiluz, freshly banned by the MTRCB (the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board--basically the Philippines' once and still powerful censorship authority). The Dirtiest Movie of The Year ...
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Maligno (Malignant, Celso Ad. Castillo, 1977)
Supped full with horrors Celso Ad. Castillo's Maligno (1977), his horror genre follow - up to the hugely popular Patayin s a Sindak si Barbara ( Let's Frighten Barbar a to Death , 1974) uses many of the previous films' cast (Susan Roces, Dante Rivero, Mary ...
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Supped full with horrors. Celso Ad. Castillo's Maligno (1977), his horror genre follow-up to the hugely popular Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (Let's Frighten Barbara to Death, 1974) uses many of the previous films' cast (Susan Roces, Dante Rivero, Mary Walter) but ups the ante considerably by ...
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Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947)
Belat edly for St. Patricks ' and just in time for Good F riday! (WARNING: story and p lot twists of both The Third Man and Odd Man Out discussed in detail !) Shuffling to Golgotha Carol Reed 's Odd Man Out (from the novel by F.L. Green) was released two ye...
Belatedly for St. Patricks' and just in time for Good Friday! (WARNING: story and plot twists of both The Third Man and Odd Man Out discussed in detail!) Shuffling to Golgotha Carol Reed's Odd Man Out (from the novel by F.L. Green) was released two years before his best-known work (The Third Man ...
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The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, Isao Takahata, 2013)
Little girl lost Call him Hayao Miyazaki's dark elder. Where Miyazaki has earned a small but enduring popularity -- not to mention a gold-plated doorstop --in the West, long time collaborator Isao Takahata was content to toil in relative obscurity (if anyth...
Little girl lost. Call him Hayao Miyazaki's dark elder. Where Miyazaki has earned a small but enduring popularity--not to mention a gold-plated doorstop--in the West, longtime collaborator Isao Takahata was content to toil in relative obscurity (if anything Takahata has earned the respect of a ...
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The Theory of Everything (James Marsh, 2014)
T i me enough for love Biopics are funny creatures -- strange because they're familiar, and bei ng fam iliar are often subject to feelings of disaffection, even contempt.  You might say the bar for the genre was set absurdly high alm ost from the start : in...
Time enough for love. Biopics are funny creatures--strange because they're familiar, and being familiar are often subject to feelings of disaffection, even contempt. You might say the bar for the genre was set absurdly high almost from the start: in his 1927 epic Napoleon, Abel Gance inserted ...
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The Winner of the Academy Award for Outstanding Picture
The wild blue In time for Oscar Weekend , my own little piece about the Academy Award winner for Outstanding Picture-- William Wellman's 1927 epic Wings won in 1929, the Academy of Mot ion Picture Arts and Science's very first awarding ceremony, and you c a...
The wild blue. In time for Oscar Weekend, my own little piece about the Academy Award winner for Outstanding Picture-- William Wellman's 1927 epic Wings won in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's very first awarding ceremony, and you can see the thinking behind the choice: ...
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Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2014)
Stagestruck ( Warning: Inarritu's latest discussed in detail, with plot twists and surprises mentioned and perhaps picked apart. In other words, if you haven't seen the film--watch it first! )  In an interview I did of the late filmmaker Mario O'Hara I aske...
Stagestruck (Warning: Inarritu's latest discussed in detail, with plot twists and surprises mentioned and perhaps picked apart. In other words, if you haven't seen the film--watch it first!) In an interview I did of the late filmmaker Mario O'Hara I asked what foreign films he's seen, ...
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Sponge Out of Water; Mr. Turner; Kingsman; Jupiter Ascending
Call it my intertext --uncommissioned notes on movies I saw and have no immediate intention of turning into articles   The good sponge Someone challenged me to articulate my fondness for this bizarre animated creature , not just the two full-length animated...
The good sponge. Someone challenged me to articulate my fondness for this bizarre animated creature, not just the two full-length animated pictures (the latest out only this year) or the longrunning series but the character himself, which with his bright lemon hue, gigantic freckles, ...
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Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko (The Magical World of Pedro Penduko, Celso Ad. Castillo, 1973)
Some notes on Celso Ad. Castillo's Ang Mahiwagang Daig dig ni Pedro Penduko ( The Ma gical World of Pedro Penduko , 1973 ) Watching Cel so Ad. Castillo's fantasy epic you can't help but think the whole thing was basically thrown together, the film morphing ...
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Some notes on Celso Ad. Castillo's Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko (The Magical World of Pedro Penduko, 1973) Watching Celso Ad. Castillo's fantasy epic you can't help but think the whole thing was basically thrown together, the film morphing like a doped-up lycanthrope from musical to ...
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Selma (Ava DuVernay); American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)
It's just a fantasy M anaged to catch two biopics, both problema tic . Turned them over in my head-- which one's historically accurate, whi ch mostly invented ? Which succeeds a nd which fails , as cinema and as genre piece? Which is the better work ? Spike...
It's just a fantasy. Managed to catch two biopics, both problematic. Turned them over in my head--which one's historically accurate, which mostly invented? Which succeeds and which fails, as cinema and as genre piece? Which is the better work? Spike Lee spent years and a major Hollywood budget ...
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Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis,1993)
Rinse; repeat   ( Warning : film's plot and twists and ending all discussed in close detail! ) Funny how Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day (1993) opened to respecta ble but not spectacular reviews --Roger E bert sensed that it was " basically a comedy, but there'...
Rinse; repeat (Warning: film's plot and twists and ending all discussed in close detail!) Funny how Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day (1993) opened to respectable but not spectacular reviews--Roger Ebert sensed that it was "basically a comedy, but there's an underlying dynamic that is a little more ...
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The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
Shoot the moon ( Warning: plot , surprise twists, and finale discussed in detail ) Elain e May's The Heartbreak Kid (1972) , about Jewish up-and-comer Lenny Cantrow (Charles Grodin) and his schemes to put aside newly wed wife Lila Kolod ny ( Jea nnie Berlin...
(Warning: plot, surprise twists, and finale discussed in detail) Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid (1972), about Jewish up-and-comer Lenny Cantrow (Charles Grodin) and his schemes to put aside newlywed wife Lila Kolodny (Jeannie Berlin, the director's daughter) in favor of WASP coed Kelly Corcoran ...
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From my introduction to Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema:
 
Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous. Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

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10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s
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In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyp