Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Days of Being Wild
The movie is set in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1960. Yuddy, or 'York' in English (Leslie Cheung), is a playboy in Hong Kong and is well-known for stealing girls' hearts and breaking them. His first victim is Li Zhen (Maggie Cheung) who suffered emotional and mental depression as a result of Yuddy's wayward attitude. Li Zhen eventually seeks much-needed solace from a sympathetic policeman named Tide (Andy Lau). Their near-romance is often hinted at but never materialises.
“ I’ve heard there’s a kind of bird with no legs. All it can do is fly and fly. And when it gets tired it sleeps on the wind. This bird can only land once in its whole life.”
Nothing describes better the series of beautiful films that Wong Kar-wai has made than this piece of poetic philosophy. When you, I or anybody experience the sheer magic of these works and then take a moment to understand what it has all been about, the result of a careful observance would be the enlightenment of the flightless bird.
We are all flightless birds who go through the motions of life waiting all the while for the indescribable enigma of the elusive…
Having seen and loved 2046 and In the Mood for Love, I was excited about finally seeing the first of the trilogy. I expected it to be good, but not as good as the other two. Well, it turns out I was right, but just barely.
Wong Kar-Wai is the master of loneliness and longing. No one does it better. It is not the easiest thing to film, this inner life, but he does it brilliantly. One of his ways is to show rain. He doesn't use rain in that typical way where the character is looking out the window at the bleakness of it all. He doesn't do it to set a tone or a mood. He does it…
There is a danger in not letting things go. In holding onto love (or its emotional siblings) past the expiration date until it spoils. It turns sour. It rots. It starts to change the meaning of love from the inside out for the person who won't give up the ghost. As much of a bum York is, he's a victim of this decay through his thwarted attempts to find his birth parents, and it's catching. Li Zhen and Mimi both find themselves in the quarantine zone at different times. In the end, the sickness gets York, and we're left to wonder if the same fate awaits Mimi and Li Zhen (or did Li Zhen take the antidote in time thanks…
What a Wonderful World Challenge Film #2
My third film by Wong Kar-Wai (Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love), and it is a testament to his outrageous talent that this would rank as my least favorite of the three. The man has an amazing ability to really bring out the humanity in the human beings his camera studies, with every frame exuding an authenticity that removes the idea of the subjects on screen merely being actors playing characters. From what I have seen during my three experiences with his work, while he deals with the loneliness and depression that can be associated with relationships, I also sense a tenderness and decency to the people he films and the…
Film #3 of Project 90
”16th... April the 16th. At one minute before 3pm on April the 16th, 1960, you're together with me. Because of you, I'll remember that one minute. From now on, we're friends for one minute. This is a fact, you can't deny. It's done.”
The story of people who can’t experience a pleasurable romantic relationship with spiritual gains seems to fascinate Wong Kar-Wai, like his In the Mood for Love (which sadly I wasn’t able to adore) here he portrays people who suffer from not being able to enjoy their relationships with each other, people who seem to be in a vicious cycle of human relationships where whatever they do to make things better only makes…
"Wong Kar-Wai's second feature is a brilliant dream of Hong Kong life in 1960. A young man of Shanghainese descent drifts through a series of casual friendships and uncommitted affairs, unconsciously pining for a relationship with his mother, who has started a new life in Manila. He finally takes off for the Philippines, where he sets himself up for the ultimate fall... The terrific, all-star cast enacts this as a series of emotionally unresolved encounters; the swooningly beautiful camera and design work takes its hallucinatory tone from the protagonist's own uncertainties. The mysterious appearance of Tony Leung only in the closing scene heralds a sequel that will sadly never be made. But this is already some kind of masterpiece." (Tony Rayns)
I missed the last twenty minutes or so because the DVD straight up pooped out and died, so take this with a grain of salt. I'm really just reviewing the first two thirds which is unfair but I'm doing it anyway.
Days of Being Wild is a nice little movie with some very strange personalities and some very lovely moments. Even this early on, Wong Kar-wai was able to find those moments of quiet in the middle of a maddeningly busy city, and create real intimacy. Maybe it's just that I missed the ending (it's probably that), but the feeling I got from this film is that he's still figuring out what he's doing, because while he's able to pull…
Wow, this is a beautiful and captivating film. I'll have to rewatch it several times to fully understand and appreciate all the layers. The storyline (like it's characters) drifts from one person to the next without fully going anywhere or connecting with anything, but there is poetry in the symmetry and parallels of all the narrative threads.
5 out of 4. (A+)
about as close to my definition of "perfect" as movies get
This goes out to my boi John Abrahamson. I might not be with you physically but I’m right there with you cinematically.
Wong Kar-Wai is one of the masters of cinema. Watch any one of his films and that much becomes clear. In “Days Of Being Wild” he demonstrates a suburb pacing and editing style that I could only liken to the flow and fluidity of the ocean. The film traverses the waves of many different characters and subplots with such ease, it makes you dizzy. A true cinematic marvel.
Wow... may return & review soon.
This is the second Wong Kar Wai film I've ever seen. His themes of imperfect and unrequited love that held my heartstrings at attention while viewing Fallen Angels are present in this film as well. I also found myself being struck by not only the story telling, but also the cinematography. Very simple but somehow, very alluring. One of my favorite things about his films are the atmosphere and mood. These love stories are harsh but, not any less charming.
I was a little taken aback toward the ending. A romance movie abruptly became a gangster flick, however, I'm almost glad that things panned out this way because there was a chance to focus on the secondary characters who, if…
Beautiful, melancholic film that really captures the feeling of loneliness in an authentic way. There is definitely a dream like quality to Wong Kar Wai's films that I really enjoy. I look forward to seeing more of his work.
Difficult at first to get into, but proves to be worth watching. Shot entirely in low quality, and tinted green, the movie's cinematography is oddly beautiful. The drama is all very good. The acting is strong and really supports the tone of the film. In some ways simplistic and others complex, a story is told about maturation of the main character. The film is hip and entertaining in a way that reminds me of Jarmusch films like Stranger Than Paradise. Overall it's successful at what it does, but has the potential to be a lot more.
Though there are times when it can feel somewhat aimless and underwhelming, Wong Kar-Wei's style lends itself handily to such character-driven stories.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game