No one else captures the feeling of growing up into adulthood, like Hou Hsiao-hsien. Moving to the city, failing at trying to make money, meeting new friends only to see them disappear from your life, young love. It's all here. This, as well as his other films, have this incredible feeling to them. And the fact that when you watch these films, it feels as if time has slowed down, makes it all the better.
Made in 1984, this film appears in the midst of Jackie Chan's masterpieces. Project A was made just a year before, and in 1985 we would see Police Story. Yet, here we have Wheels on Meals which is more of a comedy film than an action film. And it turns out to be my personal favorite comedy of all time.
It's a nearly flawless film. Especially, the comedic timing and chemistry between Sammo, Yuen, and Jackie. Not a single funny…
The most beautiful film I have ever seen. The soundtrack, cinematography, script, visual effects, actors, and atmosphere are all perfect. I can't get the visuals out of my mind, either. The rain, neon, smoke, spinners, and those digitized building ads are the most beautiful things I've seen in film ... and they make me want to watch this film day after day after day.
But one of the most underrated things about this film is the acting. I love the…
I have no idea why Ozu is called the most Japanese of his country's directors. His themes are universal. The fact that they can resonate with someone in the United States, in 2013, only proves that. It's amazing how his films have so much of humanity in them. Feelings of resistance, feelings that you want everything to stay as they are, feelings of loss, feelings of joy. All these are not in Early Summer, but they really resonate with you.…