THE DEATH OF STALIN (2017)

Really did not expect the historical accuracy in this one. Thought it’s a silly satirical comedy like Mel Brooks’ movies. It’s not even in the same tone. It’s darker in parts more than the trailer lets on. It was funny as expected, though. But so. very. dark. particularly towards the end.

EIGHTH GRADE (2018)

This movie is so relevant and realistic it makes me not missing my teenhood (specially middle school). The emotional scene between Kayla and her dad having heart-to-heart talk reminds me of Michael Stuhlbarg monolog in Call Me By Your Name. But the difference is, I find the CMBYN monolog too perfectly written. It makes a…

WIDOWS (2018)

Plenty of awesome stuff in WIDOWS. Brilliant camera works, strong performances, intense scoring, and so many social commentary in one film from prejudice, police brutality, political corruption, America’s love for guns, gender bias, to female empowerment. Elizabeth Debicki is such an under-appreciated actress. Daniel Kaluuya can pull off a damn good villain. Just a heads…

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,…