mike L

mike L

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Too many films too little time!

Favorite films

  • Babette's Feast
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Dreams
  • Elevator to the Gallows

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  • Listen

    ★★★

  • Mothering Sunday

    ★★★★

  • Juniper

    ★★

  • Arthur Rambo

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  • Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous

    Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous

    ★★★★

    For me, someone who was born and raised in Hong Kong, the images that Christopher Doyle captured in 'Hong Kong Trilogy' are the Hong Kong instantly recognizable by a native eye. The man that pushes a cart stacked with flattened out cardboards which he collects and sells for a living is uniquely Hong Kong. The umbrella movement was not only a political movement, a cry for democracy, it was also an assertion of Hong Kong own's unique identity. Doyle is…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    This is hitting home even closer, much more so than Sally Potter’s The Roads Not Taken at the Berlinale earlier this year. My minds kept wondering back to the last few years when I cared for my dementia stricken late father as I watched this. Dementia as a disease is something intangible, the suffering is mental mostly and hard to grasp. Zeller’s The Father manages to translate that mental state remarkably well on to the screen. At least it reflects…

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  • Mothering Sunday

    Mothering Sunday

    ★★★★

    Adapted from Graham Swift’s novella, Mothering Sunday directed by Eva Husson, is a beautiful period piece, sensual and aching. A reflection on survivor guilt, forbidden and lost love. Great performances overall especially the leads. You just melt with Josh O’Connor charming grin. Olivia Colman steals the scene as the grieving mother. Glenda Jackson playing the older Jane is a nice touch. There is quite a bit of equal opportunity full monty here, I guarantee Mothering Sunday will never be on PBS Masterpiece Theater.

  • Juniper

    Juniper

    ★★

    Even downing a few bottles of gin along with Charlotte Rampling can’t make this sentimental drivel any less painful to watch.

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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★★★

    Agnes Varda has to be the most creative director/visual artist alive. Along with the collaboration with JR, Faces Places gives us a marvelous visual feast with their warmth and charm. It's a tragedy a brilliant director/visual artist is losing her sights but it's comforting to know her artistic vision hasn't diminished one bit. It has been said that this was her last film. However I do hope that's not true and that Agnes Varda will give us more of her unique cinematic vision

  • The Crossing

    The Crossing

    ★★★½

    Pei Pei is one of the thousands of kids who cross the border from Mainland to Hong Kong to attend school everyday. In order to save up money for a fanciful trip to Japan with her HK classmate she ends up joining a gang to smuggle iPhone. 
    Not your typical coming of age story. The scene where Pei Pei and Hou tape moblie phones on each other body before a smuggling job is the most erotic I’ve seen in recent…