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Tayo – Philippines Short Movie [Review]

Tayo is a simple movie about life, love, and friendship that is relatable to the situations most of us find ourselves. It’s an honest story of our day to day struggles as human beings who seek a tinge of happiness in this cruel world. Directed by young Filipino filmmaker, Armyr Encarnacion, Tayo is more than just a short movie created for festival purposes. It’s an attempt to educate viewers about mental health, a gentle reminder that talking about our hardships is necessary to help us become a better person.

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Special Feature: No Regret 후회하지 않아 (2006) | The First Korean Gay Themed Movie

In as early as 2002, the production of South Korea LGBTQ+ themed movies began with “Road Trip,” a love triangle story that involves bisexual characters. Only in 2006 did the first ‘real’ Korean gay feature gets introduced to the public. Following the story of an orphan boy who moves to Seoul to look for a better future, “No Regret,” the directorial debut of Lee Song Hee-Il, astonished viewers with the powerful portrayal of the brutal realities of gay relationships in the conservative society. And 14 years after its premiere, the poignant love story of Su-min and Jae-min still resonates well with the life of many LGBTQ+ couples who are still struggling to express themselves freely. That fact actually makes me wonder about the world that we’re living; are we really moving towards a better world?

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Tick Tick Again မင်းပေးတဲ့နာရီ [Review]

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself – Harvey Fierstein

It takes a certain amount of guts to produce a reincarnation saga based on homosexual relationships in a country like Myanmar, where LGBTQ+ individuals are subject to official persecution and discrimination, along with legal and social challenges not experienced by the straight community. When I’m talking about courage, it’s not just the Directors and Producers or the crew but also the lead actors that carry the burden of bringing to life the “Gay Characters.”

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Sei no Gekiyaku – 性の劇薬 (2020) [Review]

That survival instinct. That will to live. That need to get back to life again is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It’s such a powerful force – Danny Boyle

Human tendency to feel regret for past decisions and learn from them is indeed a lesson in survival. But what if you fail to give yourself that chance to regret and repent? What if your decisions end up changing your destiny and inevitably damage someone you love? Translated to English as Sex and Dangerous Drugs, Sei no Gekiyaku – 性の劇薬 is a fast-paced psychological thriller that is equal parts horrifying as well as innately humane. The film’s cathartic attempts to instill “Survival Instincts” into a suicidal character aren’t exactly orthodox.

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Special Feature: Method 메소드 (2017) [Review]

There’s a fine line between the Method Actor and the Schizophrenic – Nicholas Cage

Can a person get caught into a web of his own emotions? Can an actor get so lost in his character, that his own feelings become supplanted by the role he portrays? These were the questions in my mind as I watched this thrilling yet dangerous love story unfold between the two strong yet stubborn main characters. Method is an emotional journey that betrays the forbidden romance between the experienced actor Jae Ha and flippant yet reluctant idol Young Woo.
Director Pang Eun-Jin has effortlessly created a universe where these two characters converge, and their emotional attachment leads to disastrous consequences. Park Sung-Woong’s Jae Ha draws on your attention while Yoon Seung-Ah’s Young Woo leaves you deeply wounded. Two totally different personalities who unknowingly get entwined in each other’s lives.

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Uncontrolled Love (2016) – Part 2 [Review]

Uncontrolled Love tells the story of two men from different walks of life and all their preconceived notions of each other. Uncontrolled Love 2, the direct sequel picks up where the other one left off. Continuing Xie Yan and Shu Nian’s journey to find their happily ever after, the second part of Uncontrolled Love aims to answer viewers’ questions about the two main leads’ budding relationship.

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Uncontrolled Love (2016) – Part 1 [Review]

“Uncontrolled Love” or “Irresistible Love: Secret of the Valet” are two titles that mean different things for the same movie. Depending on who you ask, either title is right, or either is very wrong. The stylish Chinese movie centers around two men who share a life together, albeit in an unexpected manner. One is born to wealth, one to poverty. One owns the other through money. One owns the other through a silent love that reminds me of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

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A Look Back: Red Wine in The Dark Night (2015) [Review]

BL feature films are literal chimera’s of the BL genre to fans. On the one hand, you have the Boys Love format we all know and love. But then there is the need to reach a much larger audience. For that, you have to create a larger scope of perspective, have more characters than normal, and a gripping story. Lastly, what makes a BL film either a success or a failure is the content. No longer bound by the inherent censorship of a television network, a BL film can get away with much more than a show can. This freedom from censorship allows more room to either grab the audience’s attention like in “The Blue Hour” or lose the audiences like in “Bittersweet Chocolate.” For Writer and Director Tanwarin Sukkhapisit’s feature film “Red Wine in The Dark Night,” the challenge of creating an arresting and interesting film was presented, accepted, and accomplished.

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