#467TH Film Of 2020
My first experience with an Edward Yang work was Yi Yi, which was a film entirely different to anything I’d seen prior and one that moved me a great deal and remains one of my all time favorites. Yang’s most acclaimed film A Brighter Summer Day has long been my most anticipated viewing. Sometime ago I purchased…
It's so great to see this restored, now let's get those last two Yangs fixed as well.
I don't know that Hou Hsiao-hsien is really much of an actor, but this seems to me the closest he came, Time to Live aside, at portraying himself on screen. There's a bit in the doc Our Time, Our Story where some of the other New Cinema directors talk about Hou's trouble fitting in with their group, him having grown up relatively poor,…
An attempt to know someone truly and an attempt to know what is known as you. Architectural framing. These are all similar-looking buildings that make you invisible to those on the streets and where you can't even tell which ones were designed by you. "I wanna go somewhere better." though what if it's just the same as here? The biggest events are distanced from us when it's shown here. After all, we still need glasses for this, it's hard to…
Phantasms of the past invading the present realm with its armies of melancholy, solitude, even metaphysical elements disturbing inner peacefulness, all of this presented in broken relationships, untied emotional bonds of a reality that is no more, against a urbanized backdrop of technological and microeconomic changes. I can't ask for anything more: my introduction to the well-respected Edward Yang was a complete emotional experience and my favorite of his as well so far.
When we came across an abandoned playground it had just started to rain, giving the grass an open, welcoming, lush scent that made the area feel like it was calling out to us. We were too grown up, too big, too adult to really enter the play area, but there was an old swing set that felt more attainable. The swings were covered in rust, and looked like they hadn’t been used since we were kids, but we took the…
Taipei Story is a masterpiece of inner feeling. It reflects the calm of life, through still shots of windows and beds and phones, and yet it reveals a constant inner chaos. Taipei was the centre of a new middle class in a rapidly developed economy. Edward Yang made cinema that probed the hypocrises and weaknesses of middle class living. In Taipei Story people feel lost in an urban maze, using sunglasses to hide their soul. A moving pepsi can becomes…
Among the most palpably sad films I've ever seen, nearly every frame a miniature tragedy in which gulfs of space are precisely arranged for maximum feelings of loneliness. Two people sitting in front of a TV, sometimes touching but nonetheless worlds apart; clutter on a dresser counter; clubs where groups of friends are set in isolated clusters. THe contrast of the woman whose depressive slumps are offset by her being pushed forward at a rate faster than her most hustle-prone…
From the opening shot, already can we see the collusion of Antoinoini and Ozu that will reach its fullest manifestation in Yi Yi, but to write about an artist such as this one in merely cinephilic terms barely can scratch the surface - if not an outright disservice. On initial viewing, the riffing on Antoinoini is obvious - indistinct relationships between shot geography and the individual characters within these shots, as always indicating isolation if not complete alienation between two…
to start out 2021 i re watched Yang’s second feature
i saw this in july for the first time and i genuinely loved it then. this rewatch made me love it even more.
the atmospheric and beautiful cinematography mixed with Chin Tsai & Hou Hsiao Hsien’s performances make such a intimate masterpiece
Yang & Hsiao Hsien’s dialogue is meaningful and beautifully well written
Edward Yang is truly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time
THIS MAN IS LIKE SIXTIY, JUST BREAK HIS KNEES!
At best, this is a stupid, dum fun slasher. At worst, it’s a excruciating exercise to see how far you can suspend your disbelief.
I can’t tell if I completely hate this or found some enjoyment in how stupid it is. It tries so hard to have a serious message about mob mentality that comes off as pretty laughable. It’s far less funny than the 2018, and that works to the…
All bite and no brains.
First things first:
It never answers the question of if the Silver Shamrock masks are here then are they cannon and if so what happened to them? Is H3 cannon? Are they too afraid and is it just shallow fan service?
Deeply mean sequences mesh poorly with a bunch of fan service (which I will always find patronizing) and a lack of a clear political thesis with the idea of mob mentality and…