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  • Jam

    Jam

    ★★★

    Just guys being dudes linked in a chain of unlikely cosmic coincidence.

  • See You Tomorrow

    See You Tomorrow

    ★★★

    What if My Blueberry Nights, but Baz Luhrmann?

    The most orange movie ever made.

  • The Mindscape of Alan Moore

    The Mindscape of Alan Moore

    ★★★★

    In 2003 Alan Moore, a wizard in a tank top, predicts that, thanks to exponentially increasing information, right around 2015 our culture will reach its boiling point and turn to steam. 

    That seems to me as good an explanation as any for what has actually happened.

  • White Snake

    White Snake

    ★★★★

    Feel like this is probably the best possible version of a Disneyfied take on the White Snake story. With more visual imagination than anything I've seen out of Hollywood animation in years.

  • The Tap Box

    The Tap Box

    ★★★½

    Kind of a little bit Farewell My Concubine plus a little bit of The Odd One Dies, but with the rhythm of something like Last Life in the Universe.

    With this and Furie and The Third Wife it's been a banner year for Vietnamese films in the US.

  • The Crossing

    The Crossing

    ★★★★

    Kind of like School on Fire, but without the fire.

  • Taxi Hunter

    Taxi Hunter

    ★★★★

    Herman Yau Falling Down knockoff with Anthony Wong as an insurance agent who starts stalking Hong Kong’s terrible cab drivers after one of them wrecks his car and extorts money from him, and then another one drags his in-labor wife to death. 

    The wild mix of tones, Ringo Lam’s bloody streets at night plus Wong Jing style antics in the form of Ng Man-tat’s absurdist cop, is Wong and Yau in a nutshell. Political anger rendered with gleeful gore and deep silliness.

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★★

    For some reason I was the only person in the theatre who laughed for two minutes straight at RZA’s Wu-PS delivery truck.

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★½

    If the MCU movies are aggressively mediocre, then what is something like this? Apathetically mediocre?

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★½

    Rolling Thunder Dylan is the Best Dylan.

    Now restore and rerelease Renaldo & Clara, you cowards.

  • Don't Fool Me

    Don't Fool Me

    ★★★

    Herman Yau's second directorial credit is a Cinema City-esque light comedy made significantly better than it should be by Andy Lau and Tony Leung at their most adorable. Teresa Mo and Fenny Yuen aren't bad either, and Yau keeps things moving with an interesting flash of technique here or there among all the madcap farce. But the most important thing about the film is Anthony Wong's magnificent perm.

  • The Third Wife

    The Third Wife

    ★★★

    Reviewed as part of my look at the 2019 Austin Asian American Film Festival.