Saaho (2019) Review – When Twists Turn Into Contortions

Indian mainstream cinema has become synonymous with  escapism, to the point that we never go in to the theaters expecting the egress to a subjectively more intellectual art form. While musical numbers and over the top action sequences rarely detract the intelligence of the Indian audience, their misuse and abuse Continue Reading

Krabi, 2562 (2019) Review – A Heartfelt Spiritual Snapshot of a Community

Made by the collaborative duo of experimental slow cinema auteur Ben Rivers and noted Thai indie director Anocha Suwichakornpong, the mellow and meditative Krabi, 2562 provides a geographical and spiritual snapshot of its eponymous coastal town. Krabi has become a major tourist attraction in recent years, partly due to its Continue Reading

The Halt (2019) Review – Minimalist Sci-Fi Meets Dark Dystopian Fantasy

The year is 2034 and the Philippines is completely shrouded by darkness. This isn’t any new unfamiliar malady for the country ― metaphorically speaking ― having been subject to nearly 400 years of colonial exploitation, only to be followed by tyrannical regimes of dictators like Ferdinand Marcos ravaging the people Continue Reading

Synonyms (2019) Review – An Idiosyncratic Portrayal of Identity Crisis

As engrossing as it is chaotic, as devastatingly tragic as it is hilariously witty, Nadav Lapid’s latest film Synonyms is a sharp and incisive portrayal of a man shedding his former skin and trying to don another from a foreign land of his fantasy, one that he struggles to comfortably Continue Reading