September 28, 2010
Forbidden love and In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Wong Kar-Wai is considered influential. In the Mood for Love (2000) was a big commercial success for him. How does it compare to Wong Kar-Wai’s other work?
April 20, 2010
Love Exposure

Love Exposure (Sion Sono, 2008)

Love Exposure is a beautiful film, a cherished secret I find myself unwilling to share but incapable of keeping. It's one of the best films I've ever seen.
November 6, 2013
Master Yip in Ip Man: The Final Fight

Ip Man: The Final Fight (Herman Yau, 2013)

Ip Man: The Final Fight is centred around an ensemble cast of characters including Ip Man’s first students, so we get to see the evolution of Hong Kong in this period through their eyes.
November 28, 2010
Overheard

Overheard (Felix Chong and Alan Mak, 2009)

Overheard is a Hong Kong film from Alan Mak in the vein of Infernal Affairs, with magnificent performances from its lead actors.
March 11, 2013
Punch

Punch (Han Lee, 2011)

Punch, a Korean drama, will more likely be remembered for the way it adds to the Korean conversation on immigration than for its other story elements.
March 26, 2010
Behind the Mask

Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (Scott Glosserman, 2006)

Behind the Mask supposes that the horror stories that haunt Elm Street or Crystal Lake are elaborate hoaxes which elevate their authors to legendary status.
April 20, 2010
Rough Cut

Rough Cut (Hun Jang, 2008)

Rough Cut constructs a dual history of characters, mirror images of one another, distorted through time, in a film within a film.
March 26, 2010
Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)

In Slumdog Millionaire, a disenfranchised wants to prove he did not cheat after participating in India’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
March 26, 2010
The Savages

The Savages (Tamara Jenkins, 2007)

In The Savages, Tamara Jenkins explores the importance of family and the effects of dementia in this hard depiction of growing old.
April 20, 2010
Adrift in Tokyo

Adrift In Tokyo (Satoshi Miki, 2007)

In a cluster of odd situations, Adrift in Tokyo makes us experience its city, from its empty residential streets to its Metropolis-like allure.
March 26, 2010
Felicidades

Felicidades (Lucho Bender, 2000)

In Felicidades,several lives intersect on Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires as they all strive not to spend the holidays alone.
November 24, 2010
Crows Zero 2

Crows Zero 2 (Takashi Miike, 2009)

In Crows Zero 2, the Miike cool is in full display in the characters,modern day warriors haunting the streets of Tokyo in search of a good fight.
October 1, 2010

The African diaspora: Colonialism and displacement

The transatlantic slave trade was one of the most disruptive acts in history, separating Africans from their backgrounds, traditions, and identities. This has had a significant impact on diaspora films.
March 20, 2018
Black Panther movie

Black Panther: A Perspective

I haven’t been motivated enough by any of the recent movies to add to the discussion. Black Panther has changed that. Although not a revolutionary film, elements of it speak to me profoundly.How does Black Panther paint the African-American portrait? How does it interact with other films from Africa and the African diaspora?