Written by Patrick Hao 75/100 Hollywood studios used to make romantic comedies – romantic comedies that would be delightful and stirring, and borderline problematic. But they've largely ceased making those except for the occasional films that go straight to streaming … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 25/100 All U Need is Love is not a real movie. Well that is to say that All U Need is Love is about as real as a movie as The Father of the Bride Part … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 55/100 One of the shames of watching a movie like Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It and other festival movies at VOD screenings is the palpable audience reaction to a movie that unfurls itself to the audience. … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 64/100 If filmmaking is a labor of love, then animation is the 12 Labors of Hercules. It’s a long, lugubrious, and isolating process. For director Takahide Hori, the stop motion animated film Junk Head is one … Continue reading.
Written by Taylor Baker 75/100 "Are we going to make a Hong Sang-soo film?" Moon played by Chui Mai Tan asks Pete Teo's Roger Woo. The intended director and writer of her next film, and seemingly her long time collaborator, … Continue reading.
Written by Taylor Baker 25/100 Shadows marks the first time director Glenn Chan has gone up to a 90 minute runtime. After previously releasing the 70 minute film Two Boys and a Mermaid in 2015, Glenn exchanges comedy for a … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 66/100 One of the most exciting features to be shown at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is the free retrospective screening of New Dragon Gate Inn. The film will be shown outdoors on August … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 73/100 “It takes hundreds of years for a tree to grow. But just minutes to cut it down.” Those are words said by Linzi (Eric Wang) which serves as a thesis for Jingling Cao’s feature debut, … Continue reading.
Written by Patrick Hao 52/100 Under the Open Sky is the disappointing feature from Miwa Nishikawa attempting to explore the difficulties an ex-convict faces as he tries to integrate back into society. That ex-convict is Mikami (Koji Yakusho), a former … Continue reading.