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Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015) and the arguably greatest film ever made
Hell hath no Furi   In the beginn ing was the word. A nd the word was Max.  And Max's creator -- George Miller, MD -- cut his first feature film on a k itchen table.  And the film was a hit, all frantic action and blaring trumpets and bug -eyed skulls h urt...
Hell hath no Furi In the beginning was the word. And the word was Max. And Max's creator--George Miller, MD--cut his first feature film on a kitchen table. And the film was a hit, all frantic action and blaring trumpets and bug-eyed skulls hurtling at the big screen.
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Unfriended (Leo Gabriadze, 2015)
  Unimpressed TC: OMG! Did u c Un friended ? NV: Yes TC: OMG! Wasnt it scary? LOL! NV: It was all right TC: WTF?!!! I near crpped in my
pants! NV: It was all right TC: CMON! U DINT LIKE IT?  NV: I didn't not like it, just liked it okay TC: So wats wrong wid...
Unimpressed TC: OMG! Did u c Unfriended? NV: Yes TC: OMG! Wasnt it scary? LOL! NV: It was all right. TC: WTF?!!! I near crpped in my pants! NV: It was all right. TC: CMON! U DINT LIKE IT? NV: I didn't not like it, just liked it okay. TC: So wats wrong wid it?
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Bagong Bayani (Unsung Heroine, Tikoy Aguiluz, 1995)
In the li ght of recent events, this film sadly seems as re levant as ever Proxy mother   Tikoy Aguiluz's Bagong Bayani was made
in two months on a shoestring budget, has been plagued by
unaccountable production delays (due to pressure from Viva Studios,
pe...
Tikoy Aguiluz's Bagong Bayani was made in two months on a shoestring budget, has been plagued by unaccountable production delays (due to pressure from Viva Studios, perhaps?); so far no theater has agreed to release it, so the closest you might get is this article.
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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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Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015)
Frankenstein upgrade Call me seduc ed by expensive co rporate product, but I liked Joss Whedon 's Avengers: Age of Ultron . Forget that it costs an estimated quarter of a billion (all that money and not even a glimpse of decent shawarma!) ; forget that it t...
Frankenstein upgrade. Call me seduced by expensive corporate product, but I liked Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Forget that it costs an estimated quarter of a billion (all that money and not even a glimpse of decent shawarma!); forget that it ties up and partly resolves the plotlines of ...
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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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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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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