Mary Poppins Returns
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The mood of scrambling desperation can be exhausting, but the filmmaking is never less than exhilarating.
It's all in good voyeuristic fun, even if Tirador's economic (and political/religious) critique plays a tad crudely.
One can maintain the energy and patience for donnybrooks and general insanity only so long before craving a grounding through line.
With Mendoza averaging two features a year, if you don't like what you see now, just wait a few months.
But Tirador's panorama of depravity is inevitably tinged with sensationalism, and somehow [director Brillante] Mendoza does not seem especially upset about the debased state of the world.
If you'd like to get a load of what life is like in the slums of the Philippines, then you ought to check out this intimate peek at the intractable state of Third World poverty.
Hats off to Mendoza for delivering this intimate peek at the intractable state of Third World poverty.
A brilliant study of slum life in Manila that is close in spirit, if not artistic accomplishment, with Bunuel's "Los Olvidados".
Mendoza's means of pricking the conscience of society is to show how the sacred and the profane intermingle rather than how they diverge.
With its gritty but gorgeous visual style, Slingshot confirms Mendoza's status as a provocateur with talent and ambition to burn.
A visceral portrait of the urban poor and the political hypocrisy in the Philippines, told through a series of vignettes masterfully shot by Brillante Mendoza. The second half is very slow compared to the fast-paced, and comic-natured first. Brocka inspirations scattered throughout, including the musical score.
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