The Greatest Showman: film review

There is much that The Greatest Showman tries to achieve, and it is not hard to see: the story of showbiz, of a man who starts with nothing , of a world-changing circus of social outcasts, of diversity, of dream-making. It nails everything: from slick cinematography to empowering songs, but it misses the one thing: emotional potency. I had been dying to see The Greatest … Continue reading The Greatest Showman: film review

Farewell My Concubine: a queer international film

Growing up, I have not seen many Chinese films that discuss sexuality, nor ones that champion the beauty and vicissitudes of art and tradition. Farewell My Concubine(霸王别姬)is one such movie. It is a film not afraid of being too difficult. It has so much pain and grace which garnered it two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe, a Palme D’or at Cannes and many more awards. … Continue reading Farewell My Concubine: a queer international film

Call Me by Your Name: film review

It’s been a long long time/ Since I’ve memorized your face/ It’s been four hours now/ Since I’ve wandered through your place/ And when I sleep on your couch/ I feel very safe/ And when you bring the blankets/ I cover up my face… And words are futile devices (Futile Devices by Sufjan Stevens, a song that appears in the movie) It’s hard to encounter … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: film review

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!

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

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

Is Wonder Woman Too Wonderful?

I This summer, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman made history. II If for whatever reason, Marvel or DC decides that my life would make for an interesting superhero movie, the main character would be 16-year-old like any other 16-year old: fangirling, occasionally struggling with self esteem, discovering her identity, all the cliché stuff…and then one day she might wake up and realize that she has some … Continue reading Is Wonder Woman Too Wonderful?

books, movies, shows n’ peeps

coucou! it’s been a while… a whole month to be exact. i’ve been busy hosting my exchange partner from france and we had a couple rad weeks together. meanwhile, if you know me, the crazier my life gets, the more stuff i expose myself to. i just can’t help it: books, movies, musicals, and this month i got Netflix, so i watched me some good … Continue reading books, movies, shows n’ peeps