Author: Dennis Buckly

MOVIE REVIEW: 4 Days (2017)

Adolfo Alix Jr.’s LGBT-themed 4 Days may be imperfect, but it’s exactly the reason why it reflects the authenticity of a flawed and complicated relationship between two lovers whose love screams for the need to be freed. Set in the campus of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, 4 Days follows the story of

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MOVIE REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 (2017) perfectly captures the mood and atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian environment — including the fact that dystopia is as tedious, mundane and trepid as the film is. Blade Runner 2049 is a collision of its underwhelming narrative, and its gorgeous production design — perhaps, a practical vision on what

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Ghost Story (2017)

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story shows us a role reversal of grief from the perspective of the dead in a hybrid of metaphysical caricature, proving to be a fine and fresh addition to the world of auteur cinema. More often than not, movies about grief only show the counter-reactions of the physical world of humans.

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LIST: Ranking Darren Aronofsky’s films from best to worst

From the critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream (2000) to the divisive and controversial mother! (2017), it has always been safe to say that Darren Aronofsky’s films indulge to the psychological torments of his protagonists who strive for greatness through the drive for perfection, but tend to crash and burn in a downward spiral of

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MOVIE REVIEW: mother! (2017)

mother! is an amalgamation of Darren Aronofsky’s loud universe of allegory, muddled with a circus of nightmarish events, and a powerful, committed performance by Jennifer Lawrence. To say that the film is thought-provoking is an understatement. mother! is Aronofsky’s artistic cry as to what the true role of a film director is: to start a

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LIST: Top 6 films of Sofia Coppola, ranked

From being the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director in 2003 (Lost in Translation); the first American woman and third American filmmaker to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2010 (Somewhere); up to her most recent milestone, as the first American woman

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Beguiled (2017) [2 of 2]

A re-imagining of Don Siegel’s 1971 classic through the reversal of gender perspective, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled delivers a chilling retelling of the blistering collision of the sexes through the female persona in a period thriller that’s so reserved, so quiet, but so powerfully effective. The Beguiled is set a couple of years into the Civil

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MOVIE REVIEW: It (2017)

  Shot with meticulous craftsmanship, boasting with camp classic 80’s horror scare tactics that never get old, Andrés Muschietti’s It (2017) proves that adaptations and horror films are still in the game for cinematic marvel. Set in the late 1980s, It follows the story of a quiet suburban town haunted by an eerie entity in

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