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Storytelling from Taiwan: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

Storytelling from Taiwan: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

Having relocated to the north-east coast of Taiwan only a matter of weeks ago, my partner and I ventured out to the cinemas of Taiwan for the first time. With some shoddy directions we stumbled down a dead-end road where five Taiwanese children were out playing on the street. After giggling at our white faces, … Continue reading

Review: Looper – Rian Johnson

Review: Looper – Rian Johnson

It’s 2044, time-travel has been invented and almost immediately outlawed. Crime syndicates, of course, don’t care what’s illegal. By 2072, murdering and disposing of bodies has become too difficult in an increasingly ‘nanny-state’ society. For crime to continue, time-travel has become a necessary device to bump-off human baggage, so these crime organisations use rusty, chicken-wire … Continue reading

Review: A Simple Life – Ann Hui

Review: A Simple Life – Ann Hui

Rooted in the metaphorical substance which nourishes the soil of the vast majority of Chinese and Hong Kong texts, A Simple Life is composed of subtle and unspoken feeling. A Simple Life tells the story of an ageing housekeeper, Ah Tao (Deanie Ip), who has worked for the same family for over sixty years. When … Continue reading

Blither for a Blog: What to Watch?

I will now endeavour to watch all the films that have won the Palme d’Or post-1975. This is my current film ambition, which was, of course, formerly to watch as many Spike Lee films as I could before reaching a state of coma from over indulgence in Black-Culture-Bed-Stuy-Brooklyn-Streets-Hoods’n’Burbs-Bad-Case-Of-Jungle-Fever-Buggin’-Out-Glory. Plenty of people set a target of the IMDB … Continue reading