XXI Short Film Festival 2015: International Shorts – Variety

logoInternational Shorts – Variety segment is one of the must-attend segment on my list. Not only because Academy Awards-winning The Phone Call is on the list, but also because they are the best of short film in the global scale within the last year or so.  Continue reading

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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“You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant…
Oh, fuck it!”
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Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

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Lauded as the landmark of German expressionism as well as the very genesis of film noir genre, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has been in my to-watch list for ages. Originating from almost a century ago, the film will be restored and screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Since i could not attend Berlinale (yet, fingers crossed!) i choose the film as the first of my 2014 BLINDSPOT series.
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Wadjda (2012)

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“Here, i made you a mix tape, because we are friends now. But don’t sell my bike to anyone”

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The Bling Ring (2013)

In today’s culture, fame is more important than success, luxury brands are the currency, consumerism is a lifestyle, and celebrities are the role models. This phenomenon not only applies to youth, in some countries the women who works as a normal office lady with minimum salaries believe that owning a Louis Vuitton are more important than having an apartment because it will give them a higher social stature. Media force fed you images that encourage you to buy that 6-inch stiletto heels you can’t even walk in or a bag that cost more than a Prius. Fabrication and cultivation of image become everything.

If you can’t be famous, be infamous.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

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Young adults book adaptation seems like an on-going trend in Hollywood, a phenomenon happening from the success of Harry Potter and (ew) Twilight franchise.This year alone we already got Beautiful Creatures, The Host, the sequel of Percy Jackson. Soon we can add Catching Fire (sequel of The Hunger Games) and the much awaited Ender’s Game. The trend won’t let up soon, it seems, because there’s already 60 upcoming YA adaptations projects currently in various stages of planning and development. God save us all. Now, another YA adaptation coming from a series of fiction by former fanfiction writer Cassandra Clare, a hugely successful series, but if i learned anything from GoodReads rating: do not judge a book by its rating. SPOILER ALERT read at your own risk. Continue reading