December 11, 2011
Love by Eubanks

Love (William Eubanks, 2011)

In Love, astronaut Lee Miller is alone to ponder the fragility of his own existence, as he grapples with his waning sanity and dwindling air supply.
December 29, 2011
Hello Ghost

Hello Ghost (Young-tak Kim, 2010)

Hello Ghost is hands-down the best film I’ve seen in 2011, utilizing appealing comedic techniques, and crafting new visual gags and convoluted situations.
September 7, 2011
Detective Dee

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010)

Although Hark makes good use of his limited budget, Dectective Dee’s script feels convoluted, while the actors perform as if they’re in a campy picture.
September 29, 2011
Ip Man The Legend is Born

Ip Man: The Legend is Born (Herman Yau, 2010)

Unimpressed by Ip Man: The Legend is Born trailer, the film didn’t make it into my preliminary list of ten films for the Fantasia Festival therefore, mere hours before the showing, cutting it close to showtime, I quickly decide on a secondary list of ten films for the festival, bringing my total up to twenty films so far. Once I […]
December 30, 2011
Underwater Love

Underwater Love (Shinji Imaoka, 2011)

Underwater Love serves instead as an odd artistic work on sexuality, the film medium, and the way we’ve been conditioned to respond to it.
September 21, 2011
The Unjust

The Unjust (Seung-wan Ryoo, 2010)

The most interesting feature of The Unjust is its main actor and star, Jeong-min Hwang. I discovered him in Private Detective (2009) at Fantasia.
August 12, 2011
Petty Romance

Petty Romance (Jeong-Hoon-Il Kim, 2010)

With its raunchy premise, Petty Romance begins with strong comedic elements. The most interesting part of the movie is its odd first half.
January 2, 2012
Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Johnny To and Wai Ka-fai, 2011)

Johnny To and Wai Ka-fai are two of the best Hong Kong directors of their generation (and To is one of the world’s best) and their production company, Milky Way, is a prominent example of industrial filmmaking without sacrificing quality and creativity. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart is an example of Milky Way’s effective filmmaking formula, and both filmmakers love […]
July 29, 2011
My Fantasia 2011

My Fantasia 2011: Selling out

A few weeks before the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, the programmers released a tentative list of noteworthy films to be screened at the festival. Before then, I’m a little underwhelmed about the festival this year, enthralled in activities out and about in the city. Montreal in the summer is something to experience; it’s frustrating really, choosing between all the happenings […]