A City of Sadness is an ambitious historical epic surrounding the circumstances of the “White Terror” in Taiwan. This was a period of martial law and repression of Taiwanese citizens by the Kuomintang government (KMT) who had taken over rule of Taiwan. The “White Terror” began following the February 28 incident of 1947 which resulted in thousands of Taiwanese massacred by the KMT. A City of Sadness, aptly titled, is the first film that portrays these events. Hou shows the…
As one of the 20th century’s greatest singers, the “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi) is immortal. His impact in the music industry is unmatched and he is beloved to this day, Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit Elvis evidence of this. With fame, however, comes visibility. Elvis’ romantic life was the subject of countless gossip columns and no one was more attuned to Elvis’ romances and infidelity than his wife Priscilla Presley (Cailee Spaeny).
There is no one more lost in this world than Frances. She’s awkward, unsuccessful, “undateable”, and perpetually low on cash forcing a series of moves that pushes her along with more intention than any of the decisions she makes on her own.
Noah Baumbach’s film is a coming of age story, though you have to squint a little to see it. As the weeks, months, and years pass by, Frances- though never changing a moment from her awkward self- gradually…