Category: #Watching

  • Scraps: Movies Watched, Jan. 2020

    Definitely dropped the ball in the last couple of months of last year. Going to try harder this year, hopefully. Here goes. Watched a lot of movies on the plane between Japan and New York, which accounts for all the randoms in the list. Hoping to carve out a more intentional time to see films […]

  • Scraps: Movies Watched, Oct. 2019

    Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slaves) Was so excited for this, only to be slightly disappointed. A fun romp, but didn’t expect it to be as hoakey as it was. There was no stakes, and it made the whole thing feel flat. Spiderman: Far from Home I mean, was entertaining, and Tom Holland is way hot. Appreciate […]

  • Scraps: Movies Watched, June 2019

    I am trying this format, inspired by Khoi Vinh’s “Movies Watched.” My previous attempts to keep track of films that I’ve watched was a little too time consuming, making it a habit that was easy to drop once I get too swamped. Rocketman (2019) An entertaining romp. Realized that I knew nothing about Elton John […]

  • Scraps: “Barry Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

    Director: Ang Lee Really wished that I had seen this in the movie theater. Feels cohesive in his trilogy of American life (Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock.) The ugliness and superficial feeling from the way the film is shot really captures the obscene, excess setting of the Super Bowl. Felt like an uneven and strange film. […]

  • Scraps: “Crazy Rich Asians”

    Director: Jon M. Chu It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot of fun. The film seemed to take on too much expectations on its very small shoulders. People seem to don’t realize that the director’s filmography includes Step Up 2, Step Up 3D and the Now See Me films. Its problems and failures seem […]

  • Scraps: “My Beautiful Laundrette”

    Director: Stephen Frears Didn’t expect the film to have the tone that it does. In an interview with Criterion, the screenwriter (Hanif Kureishi) refers to Frears’ style to be ‘operatic.’ Mirrors used as a way to reveal and hide at the same time. Tana showing Omar her breasts during the scene where all the men […]

  • Scraps: “Nervous Translation”

    Director & Writer: Shireen Seno Cinematography: Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria A film about the anxieties, curiosity and boredom of childhood. Love the effort to emulate the unnerving, disjointed feeling of remembering your time as a child. Very expressionistic and modern in its approach. The crispness of the cinematography feels distracting from the […]

  • Scraps: “Call Me by Your Name”

    Director: Luca Guadagnino Cinematographer: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom Writers: James Ivory (screenplay by), AndrΓ© Aciman (based on the novel by) Surprised that this movie somehow is still echoing at the back of my mind long after I’ve seen it. The music in the film definitely helps engrain it into my head further. Sufjan Stevens did a wonderful […]

  • Scraps: “Only Yesterday”

    Director: Isao Takahata Mellow, understated but very poignant. Feels very simple but with a quivering sincerity that still feels very relevant. Looks at urban life with a sense of apathy, but not hatred – while it faces quiet rural life with empathy, romanticism but also caution. Beautiful animation, naturally. The contrast of the fuzzy, vignetted […]

  • Scraps: “A Brighter Summer Day”

    Director: Edward Yang Cinematographer: Hui Kung Chang & Longyu Zhang Masterful and contemplative, an important film that lingers with you long after the viewing. Tensions of time, history and family life in an uncertain time. America is a character that is seemingly invisible in the background of the film, but apparent in other ways. Beautiful […]