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  • The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    ★★★★

    I first watched this a few years after I immigrated to the United States. At that point, my personal story was somewhere between the mothers and daughters, yet as soon as the voiceover intro began, I started identifying. The fact that I was a South Asian male didn't make any difference. 25 years later, it's amazing how timeless the experiences of The Joy Luck Club were. Thank you, Wayne Wang.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★★

    Good lord, Jon M. Chu: My expectations for Now You See Me 3: China Rich Girlfriend is insanely high now. Congrats on a film beyond majority of our expectations. This means something, and you made it happen—and the wedding sequence is perfection. #GoldOpen

    Further watching: Asian American Film 101 by Michael Kang.

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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★½

    LIFE AS FICTION Michael Fassbender is the best android ever: This, sadly, is the one true takeaway from Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe. If forced to admit another, it would be that the elder Scott brother has now further cemented himself as arguably the single most overrated director working today. For him, style over substance has become par for course, and while that isn’t a bad thing, it’s consistently kept him from being great since 1982. His…

  • Last Action Hero

    Last Action Hero

    ★★½

    Meta before meta was cool. Also: Hamlet and The Seventh Seal.