Nostalgia (2018)

There’s a good chance you’ll be anxious to get to a clearly salient point or bothered by jumps between story lines. Waxing poetic about life and death, love and loss may seem embarrassingly awkward or achingly tedious, at best. But that’s exactly where the tension lies in every conversation following tragedy: you’re either fumbling for […]

Nightcrawler (2014)

Not everything that lurks in the shadows stalking its prey is a wild animal or an insect. Whether the Paparazzi are journalists or opportunists (maybe a little of both) they’re still bottom feeders. And like every other creature they need air, food and shelter to survive. There’s hardly room to criticize when their job is […]

Gemini (2017)

The color, the composition… Where to begin describing such a masterfully-crafted piece of cinematography? And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The mystery… no explanatory monologues or contrived conversations… The movie let’s the story unfold naturally to develop its tone; the pacing is spot on. A traditional Noir set in a modern era, the lack of clever dialogue isn’t due to poor screenwriting. Rather, it’s to the story’s advantage—the Devil is in the details, e.g. what isn’t said. Somehow the striking visuals don’t distract from the intriguing dynamics between characters. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to say which is more impressive: that out of the plethora of stars, none of them chews the gorgeous scenery or any of the aforementioned qualities that make this movie to mesmerizing.

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid’s passion for social media both reflects and fuels deep-seated insecurities. Following an epic meltdown that ruins a friendship, Ingrid indulges her obsession with a popular blogger, who seems to be and to have everything she wants by moving across the country to stalk her. The skill with which the writers handle so many complex issues is impressive. Given the extreme responses of the general public, who expects to be told how to think, it comes as little surprise many people hoped the movie would take an extreme stance about social media. The beauty of the script is how multifaceted the characters are and how the story is crafted so as to give them breathing room. It shows us a hilarious yet painfully accurate portrayal of ourselves. Like any other machine or tool, social media can equally heal and hurt depending on how it’s used.