Philbert Dy

Professional film critic, amateur semiotician, chronicler of Filipino Cinema.

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  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★★

    I think the most effective bit is how all the conversations feel awkward, like these people have forgotten how to talk to other people in close proximity. That in itself is a strange kind of horror, one that certainly feels relevant in a world that has been locked down for ages. The casts plays all this perfectly, playing it for surprising bursts of comedy, and taking advantage of the tension that it naturally builds.

    Like most Wheatleys, the film isn't…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    Behold! Cinema!

    Handing Lord and Miller the reins to an animation studio has been a blessing for the world at large.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Update: Now in video form

    There is a house on a hill, and there are people in it. And they're nice, but not really. There is a garden, and there they get a lot of sunlight. And it is nice, and they get to sleep there sometimes.

    There is a house underground, and there are people in it. And they're the first to tell you that they're not very nice: they're con-men, grifters, forgers and imposters. They sit among stink…

  • Burrow

    Burrow

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, this is really cute. But also: it latches on to something profoundly human. This is a little cartoon about feeling inadequate, about the anxiety one feels when first striking out on one's own. And it's about how it's usually okay to ask for help. It can be difficult to ask for help sometimes, because that means showing people that you don't know how to do something. But hey, that's okay: we're all just fumbling around in one way or another.

    Just lovely all around.