DUNKIRK (2017)

Eh, I don’t have any problem with Dunkirk unlike a lot of people out there. Loved it, actually. Thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. If you expect offensive, plenty of shootouts, bawl-my-eyes-out war drama, you won’t really see it in Dunkirk. It’s less violent yet full-on suspense, and at the same time surprisingly filled with…

SILENCE (2016)

“I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I’m afraid, the wait of Your silence is terrible. I pray but I’m lost, or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because You’re not there.” SILENCE illustrates the spiritual dilemma and emotional struggle of belief and doubt. How far one could withstand suffering? How…

THE WHITE HELMETS (2016)

“Any human being, no matter who they are or which side they’re on, if they need our help, it’s our duty to save them.” The White Helmets is a group of voluntary rescue workers who put their lives on the line to save civilians between the rubbles of Syria. I guess I understand why this…

LA LA LAND (2016)

A charming romance dedicated to the dreamers fighting to follow their passion while paying nostalgic homage to Hollywood musicals of the Golden Age and the forgotten grace of classic jazz. If you appreciate the beauty of filmmaking, La La Land is worth seeing for its mezmerising display of lights & colors, camera movement, set design,…

ARRIVAL (2016)

I waited so long for this to arrive here only to be let down that it didn’t feel as “profound” as everyone said. At least to my experience. With its own complexity, Arrival is a cerebral science fiction unlike the generic alien encounter stories out there. Sadly, the profoundness is too subtle for me to…

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

Visually gloomy yet artistically pretty. Nocturnal Animals is an enigmatic dark tale of love and revenge with structurally intriguing narrative.

HACKSAW RIDGE [2016]

“In peace, a son buries his father. In war, a father buries his son.” What I admire about war films is it’s never about the war itself. It’s always about the humanity, patriotism, courage — and this time, Mel Gibson’s directorial comeback (it’s been 10 years!) proven to be a solid victory with its portrayal…

THE MAN FROM EARTH [2007]

A young professor claims he’s a Cro-Magnon who survived 14,000 years of living in front of his fellow academics ranging from a biologist, anthropologist, archaeologist, historian, Christian literary scholar, and psychiatrist. Their impromptu farewell party turns into a Q & A of history, philosophy, logic, science, and religion that makes them question his validity and…

INTERSTELLAR (2014)

Never had I thought Interstellar came with a prerequisite. While the gist of the story is pretty much straightforward and simple (yes, it is), the screenplay weighs too heavily on scientific terms and theories. It isn’t providing answers, just evoking more questions (typical Nolan). It is great to have rocket science in a movie, but…

12 ANGRY MEN (1957)

Who would’ve known watching 12 people arguing for hours over a murder would give you a cold sweat. A very well-executed, cleverly written locked room suspense.

BLUE JASMINE (2013)

Blue Jasmine is a strong material for character study. It is rich with personality flaws and strange quirks. A unique and elegant character-driven story neurotic women can easily relate to.

PHILOMENA (2013)

Frears triumphantly blend a touching journey of a mother finding her long lost son with Coogan’s comedy wits into a delicate brew of a heart-stirring tale.