Tag Archives: Hong Kong

“People get surprised by my choices. But that comes from me looking for something new.” — Maggie Cheung

People who love Maggie Cheung (and why wouldn’t you love Maggie Cheung?) really REALLY love her. She inspires a fervid love and fascination in her devoted worldwide fanbase, fanbase that has maintained its power for over three decades now. After … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

These women inspire, entertain, challenge, comfort, provoke, or were “there” in my formative years as an inspiration. The list is huge. Below the jump.

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January/February/March 2021 Viewing Diary

Better late than never. I moved at the end of January – a big interstate move – so I’ve been a bit, how you say, busy. Not too busy to keep up my viewing schedule but too busy to put … Continue reading

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For Ebert: On Stanley Kwan’s 1991 masterpiece Center Stage

It’s Women Writers Week over on Ebert (Table of Contents), and I wrote about the biopic with which I measure all other biopics: Stanley Kwan’s Center Stage about the brief intense life of “the Chinese Greta Garbo,” silent film star … Continue reading

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October 2017 Viewing Diary

11:55 (2016; d. Ari Issler, Ben Snyder) A Marine returns from the war in Iraq and gets sucked back into the criminal element in his old neighborhood, even as his sister, his girlfriend, his niece, plead with him to avoid … Continue reading

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November 2016 Viewing Diary

Elle (2016; d. Paul Verhoeven) I loved it. People HATE this movie. One lady on Twitter said that men should be banned from making films about rape. How you would enforce such a rule is beyond me. Also: No fucking … Continue reading

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Review: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2016)

A movie like Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong shows just how difficult it really is to pull off something like The Clock, or Dogfight, or the Before trilogy by Richard Linklater. Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong wants to be like … Continue reading

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Red Cliff (2008); Directed by John Woo

John Woo’s epic Red Cliff was butchered for its American release, cut down from its over-four-hour length to two hours. I have read of what was cut, and it actually makes me wince. Things like character motivation, small moments (the … Continue reading

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More on Rotterdam @ BAM

More reviews of mine to follow over at House Next Door (my first two are already up: Sun Spots, and The Temptation of St. Tony); more reviews will go live as the films premiere over the next couple of days, … Continue reading

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Rotterdam @ BAM: Sun Spots (d. Yang Heng)

[Editor’s Note: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is partnering with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to highlight the films in IFFR’s prestigious VPRO Tiger Awards competition (given to first- or second-time filmmakers). A weeklong series, encompassing 15 films, as … Continue reading

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