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  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    ★★★½

    It was teenage memory for me going over a box of DVDs that I would watch over and over again, that includes Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer from Stephen Chow.

    James Gunn recently listed his "A+ Action Movies to Watch in Quarantine", and Kung Fu Hustle is the first one on the list. Rewatching the film after more than a decade it was firstly released.

    Chow's work often blends Hollywood visual analogy and reference into his own distinguished style.…

  • Objectified

    Objectified

    ★★★

    Another work by Gary Hustwit. The film explored the relationship between designers and their work in making objects. How objects become products and then become a part of our everyday life. However, the film was focused on the creative process of the makers. That’s where I felt the film was inadequate. It barely touched on the relationship between objects with its users, how people use products out of designers’ expectations or how bad design could affect our lives. I personally think that was a tipping point why I feel good design worths and deserve to be treasured.

  • Helvetica

    Helvetica

    ★★★★

    Helvetica was also a documentary I meant to watch for a long time. I believe it is one of the first documentary feature focusing on one, single font. But there is no better font like Helvetica, in terms of its popularity, cultural impact if you need to choose a font to make a film. The neutral nature of the font style has made it so successful but also ubiquitous. Until someone points it out for you, “That font is actually Helvetica”.

  • American Factory

    American Factory

    ★★★★½

    Watched just right before the Oscars when the film was awarded Best Documentary Feature. The film offered a down-to-earth insight into the dynamics between Chinese and Americans is the best part of it. It gets political as expected regarding the labor union dispute.

    But the most part of the film is about the daily lives of workers in Fuyao. The Chinese corporate visioned to expand in America, where they transition a closed GM plant into a glass manufacturing factory. Two…