How Did Star Wars Get Serious?
A long and semi-fanatical discussion about the thrilling bleakness of ANDOR
“A Light Never Goes Out” Celebrates Hong Kong’s Iconic Neon Signs
"A Light Never Goes Out" is a spirited look into the craftsmen who build and maintain Hong Kong’s iconic neon signs. Though the film’s plot is somewhat boilerplate, it has beautiful cinematography, and demonstrates a genuine love for its subject
Looking Through Ẹlẹ́ṣin’s Hourglass
Or How to Render Metaphysics in Film
“Therapy Dogs” Offers a Cleverly Stylized Depiction of High School
Therapy Dogs is a creatively stylized take on high school, following two friends in their senior year. Though the film is unlikely to appeal to all viewers, given its deliberately disjointed narrative, it manages to capture something of the nihilism–and violence–of wayward teenagers
Taiwan’s Founding Mothers?: Untold Herstory
If America needs more 1619 stories than it does 1776 ones, then Taiwan needs more stories about 228 and the White Terror.
Jiufen Old Street: A 2022 Pandemic Profile from a Taiwanese American Tourist
If you've heard of Jiufen, you might know it is the site of filming for many Taiwanese movies, most notably City of Sadness. You might have heard it has wonderful teahouses, and maybe from a friend you heard to try the taro balls there. But you probably first and foremost know it as where Hayao Miyazaki allegedly drew inspiration from in Spirited Away.I
MELODRAMA-RAMA: ABSORBING DELIGHT
The Telugu film RRR is an incredible mixture of genres, influences, and ideas: a historical epic with obvious ahistorical qualities, a combat-heavy actioner with exuberant song-and-dance numbers, a homosocial friendship drama with recognizably romantic montages. Strong notes of melodrama accent its potent blend.
“Demigod: The Legend Begins” Breathes New Life Into Taiwanese Puppetry
Pili Puppetry is a well-known Taiwanese glove puppet series, which transposes wuxia tales of martial arts chivalry to a fantasy setting.
“Terrorizers” Pales in Comparison to its Edward Yang Namesake
This is a No Man is an Island film review written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist as part of coverage of the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival. Keep an eye out for more!
The Many Repetitions of Hong Kong History
There are few words fit to describe Blue Island (憂鬱之島), apart from “masterpiece.” The film stands out as an example of its genre, while also managing to be highly powerful and personal.
A Miao Church Choir Thrust into the Spotlight
A Review of "Singing in the Wilderness" written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!
Goodnight, Oscar Levant, Wherever You Are
An appreciation for the unappreciated.
Yes Look Up
Smart people wouldn’t yell in circumstances like those. They’d lay down their lives to persuade.