awake, my heart is a fortress / in dreams I am vulnerable
Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is the best Chinese film I've ever seen.
I was born to Chinese parents in Melbourne, 1990. Theirs is a classic immigrant story: Having grown up in Shanghai during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, they were forced to give themselves the formal education Maoism denied; when the universities reopened in the late ’70s, they were the first back in. In the late ’80s, they boarded a plane to Melbourne, Australia, with fifty US dollars in their pockets.…
A POISONOUS VALENTINE TO HOLLYWOOD: why Mulholland Drive and The Room are the same film.
(this is not a shitpost, I unironically think they're similar in spirit, though opposites if you define artistry through talent/intent)
The first two-thirds of Mulholland Drive are the inverse of the last third. Betty is Diane's ideal self: a talented, optimistic actress with a sense of purpose - until Betty's set upon by incomprehensible Hollywood forces, and her uncanny dreamworld collapses. Diane confronts her reality,…
Blade Runner / RoboCop on Sesame Street.
Alita is often childlike, but nor does it shy away from body horror - which completely fits the perspective and journey of its main character. That allows for political commentary that’s unsubtle, but odd and electric and resonant and genuinely hopeful… much more so than a film with a similar premise like Elysium, with its aggressively dumb, teenage Call of Duty-player worldview.
Double feature of Alita and Speed Racer - who’s in??
François Truffaut once said, “It is impossible to make a true anti-war film, because the act of looking at violence is inherently exciting”. Robert A. Heinlein wrote, “Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor”. Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers would have had them both rolling in their graves. Verhoeven’s 1997 adaptation throws good taste — and Heinlein’s original novel — out the window. The rare film that indulges the horrors of war and the…