I should preface this by saying that I had never heard of film critics Nika Bohinc or Alexis Tioseco before today. And yet it seems only right to make note of their passing, in no small part because of the tributes from Gabe Klinger at the Auteurs Notebook, Kim Voynar at Voynaristic and Jonathan Rosenbaum at his personal site. (UPDATE: Noel Vera has also posted a piece at Critic After Dark.) The details of their deaths are horrible: The two of them interrupted some burglars in their Manila home and were shot multiple times. In life, so I now glean, they were colleagues and fellow cinema advocates, and I’m saddened that we’ll never have the chance to meet. One of my deep-held beliefs is the importance of building community—I think this is one way the respective art forms we practice, however beleaguered at times, will perpetuate and thrive. To Nika and Alexis: I did not know either of you here, but I hope our contributors, our readers and I can help to honor your memories. Good places to start are the remembrances above, as well as Criticine, a site that Alexis founded. More recommendations and recollections are welcome in the comments section.
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