NBA writer for The Ringer.
I was moved by Tigertail. It tells the story of the challenges of an immigrant family, the pitfalls of a narrow-minded pursuit of a dream, and the choices we make along the way that shape who we become. It’s deeply emotional. It’s wonderfully performed. It’s beautifully shot. Alan Yang shines with his feature directorial debut, and Tigertail will surely go down as a timeless film that forever makes its viewers feel.
White Men Can’t Jump gets labeled a great sports movie, but this is a great movie, period. Basketball might be played — and the slow-motion scenes are beautifully shot — but it’s not even really about sports. It’s really about the struggle of supporting a family, the risks that often have to be taken, and how “sometimes when you win, you really lose. And sometimes when you lose, you really win."
When Harry Met Sally feels real. I mean, it doesn’t feel like I’m watching Billy Crystal play a guy named Harry and Meg Ryan portray a woman called Sally; it actually feels like I’m actually watching two real people named Harry and Sally. There is a sense of realism and authenticity from their dynamic personalities, the things they say and the choices they make. They’re both just trying to figure out who they are, which is a feeling everyone could relate to at one point in their lives. It’s their relatable imperfections that make When Harry Met Sally such a rewatchable rom-com.
Classic Alex Garland. A visual spectacle. A trippy soundtrack. What I care most about when watching movies is the experience, the feeling you feel as you sit down watching. I felt wonder throughout. Then that wonder turned to fear in the final act. It was mesmerizing. And normally I don’t care about the plot holes, as they can often be ignored. But at times when following the story I felt myself saying, much like Natalie Portman, “I don’t know.” Nonetheless, I do know I enjoyed the experience.