chris_zjx

chris_zjx

Favorite films

  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Memoria

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  • The Zone of Interest

    ★★★½

  • All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★

  • Casablanca

    ★★★½

  • The Taste of Things

    ★★★★

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  • The Boy and the Heron

    The Boy and the Heron

    ★★★★★

    Reminds me of a Sarah Kane quote: “To create something beautiful about despair, or out of a feeling of despair, is for me the most hopeful, life-affirming thing a person can do.”

  • Women Talking

    Women Talking

    ★★★★½

    As August had said, "This is not my place." All I can do is listen, listen to women talking, crying, fighting, leaving, knowing that they come from fear as much as from love, knowing that they are as disparate from each other as they are similar.
    During the movie, I was reminded of lots of strong, independent female figures that I grew up seeing, my mom among them, and somehow that explains/justifies August's presence as a character (and maybe my talking): "Your mother would be proud." I hope she is, too.

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  • The Exiles

    The Exiles

    ★★½

    Sundance #4

    As a native Chinese, I'm appreciative of all the footage, either censored or newly made, of a topic rarely brought up in where I came from. It's even more surprised to meet the unapologetic cigarette-smoking, fuck-saying QUEEN Christine Choy. I found it very intriguing for the film to juxtapose the political exiles past and present—especially with Choy showing the rare footage from some 30 years back—and to observe their reactions and lingering hopes for a country they still…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    Elusive as in Marienbad, haunting as in Funes of Borges, Memoria redirects us to the surreal realm of sound, where the touch of two solitudes rumbles like it's from the core of the earth.

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