you have to watch these this winter!

It’s not escapism; it’s a contribution to living more deeply in this reality… -Julio Cortázar in one of his classes at UC Berkeley it’s hard for me to picture life without movies, but it’s impossible for me to picture a winter season without good movies. when i was growing up in China, it was the Chinese blockbusters that always came out during Chinese New Year, … Continue reading you have to watch these this winter!

Call Me by Your Name: book review

In the weeks we’d been thrown together that summer, our lives had scarcely touched, but we had crossed to the other bank, where time stops and heaven reaches down to earth and gives us that ration of what is from birth divinely ours… we had found the stars, you and I. And this is given once only. It’s that funny feeling of powerlessness that always … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: book review

Turtles All the Way Down: John Green was one turtle away

“Because it’s turtles all the way down,” I said again, feeling something akin to a spiritual revelation. The John Green hype is literally inevitable, so i gladly received a signed copy of Turtles All the Way Down as a birthday present. Aza Holmes is a girl who suffers from anxiety and obsessive thoughts- what she calls “thought spirals”. She is frequently anxious about a wound … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down: John Green was one turtle away

Tomboy: Movie Review

Tomboy is really simple, and really, really beautiful. Like other films written by Céline Sciamma, Tomboy swims through the story of “l’enfance blessée” (the wounded childhood), but it’s at the same time sweet, graceful and the right dosage of ambiguous. summer has the capacity for many secrets. 10-year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) moves to a new neighbourhood. She meets Lisa (Jeanne Disson), who mistakes her for a … Continue reading Tomboy: Movie Review

The Center Will Not Hold- the Joan Didion doc

“So who is this Joan Didion that you mentioned?” “Oh, she’s like a literary journalist, and a style icon…” “Yeah she sounds like your person.” When I explained to my friend who Joan Didion is and why I wanted to watch a documentary about her, that’s what she said. And it’s easy to find comfort in the “coolness” of Joan Didion, and to claim her … Continue reading The Center Will Not Hold- the Joan Didion doc

The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Frankly, I don’t know how to talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, and I don’t think I will be able to form a coherent opinion until I watch the Hulu TV series. I don’t feel adequately equipped to talk about it. It’s not even because of its heightened popularity. It’s that feeling when you discuss … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

How to (not) Survive the BTS Comeback

the kings are back and the world better be ready. in less than 24 hours, BTS, the wildly successful k-pop group, will be releasing the MV of the title song “DNA” of their new album “HER”.  even if you are not into k-pop, you might have seen news about their every move on Twitter headlines or heard from your screaming friends.         … Continue reading How to (not) Survive the BTS Comeback

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: mini movie review

Okay, so… it’s a The Fault in Our Stars pretext, but with an indie spin, and a guy who likes to make parodies of old films? I knew that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl would have the potential to be either stunning or awkwardly terrible. And unfortunately, it leaned towards the more disappointing end of the spectrum. So Greg thinks he’s the coolest … Continue reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: mini movie review

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

“The big gay road trip novel set in 18th century Europe you didn’t know you needed” is how author Mackenzi Lee describes her own book The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. But for me, right from the moment I heard about this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It was one of the quirkiest and most fun book I have ever … Continue reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review