TIFF 2019 Coverage

TIFF 2019 Coverage

Coverage during the 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

MCU Retrospective

MCU Retrospective

A retrospective on the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Interviews

Interviews

A collection of interviews with prominent figures of cinema in Toronto

Why Hong Kong Cinema is Awesome

Why Hong Kong Cinema is Awesome

A spotlight and retrospective on Hong Kong cinema

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Another personal reflection on why La La Land is awesome

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Can we talk about that scene? Jumping with 'no rope' in The Dark Knight Rises

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TVB - a necessary evil in the Hong Kong entertainment industry

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The Foreigner - Hollywood finally gets it right with Jackie Chan (again)

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How Donald Trump ruined Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Wonder Woman - not just a win for women, but a win for everyone

REVIEW

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Unbeatable - Dante Lam, Hong Kong (2013)

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Are Asians really not well represented onscreen?

August 4, 2018

I don’t necessarily agree with the concept of superhero movie fatigue, but I do acknowledge the general sentiment that certain (most?) audiences are growing tired of seeing larger than life comic book characters on screen. There's no shortage of superhero movies these days, and as much as I’m a fan of this sub-genre in commercial filmmaking, it is refreshing to be taken in other creative directions. A counter argument to this is the simple fact that there’s always alternative programming availab...

August 4, 2018

This is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Retrospective series (ie. a sane person's marathon of the MCU). All entries can be accessed by clicking here.

Director: Louis Leterrier

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
Domestic Gross: $134,806,913; International Gross: $128,620,638; Total: $263,427,551

Was The Incredible Hulk as bad as I remembered it? For many (or most?) who have chosen to completely wipe any memory of this film from their collective memories, re-watching it is a stark reminder that...

August 3, 2018

This is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Retrospective series (ie. a sane person's marathon of the MCU). All entries can be accessed by clicking here.

Director: Jon Favreau

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Domestic Gross: $318,412,101; International Gross: $266,762,121; Total: $585,174,222

So this is how it all started. No matter how expansive a vision Marvel executives might have dreamed of, 2008 was certainly a simpler time for superhero movies. Iron Man came out the same summer as The Dark Knigh...

June 5, 2018

'Can we talk about that scene?' is a periodic instalment where memorable scenes are discussed. Given the nature of these pieces, we will be entering major spoiler territory and the film(s) in question will be stated upfront. For additional entries, please click here.

SPOILER ALERT for Shock Wave (2017).

Commercial filmmaking tends to be a regular offender of overdramatizing emotional moments in cinema. And I'm not talking about a straight forward character death or brief encounter with tragedy. Th...

April 15, 2018

Do you remember when the first Avengers movie came out in 2012? This was a big moment in both cinematic and comic book history, and was really the first litmus test on whether or not a cinematic universe could work. The film obviously passed that test with flying colours, and even though other studios have attempted to replicate this kind of creative and financial success, their efforts have fallen quite far from the tree that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). There's no question that the...

April 14, 2018

Don't let the title of this post fool you. I have nothing personal against Stephy Tang, and to be perfectly honest, can't say I've followed her career too closely over the years. But like many singer/actresses in Hong Kong, even from the periphery, you tend to get a sense of who not to take seriously as an artist. Part of this could be due to an ignorance of facts or lack of proper exposure, but it's a casual form of judgement that's probably not all too uncommon.

Stephy Tang is simply one of tho...

March 25, 2018

While The Greatest Showman is by no measure of reality the greatest movie musical ever, it's certainly a pretty good one. The musical numbers are amazing, and bringing P.T. Barnum's story to the silver screen feels both timely and measured in today's sociopolitical climate. This might not be a de facto narrative on equal representation and celebrating diversity, but it does tug on the right strings just enough to get the message across. And it does all this while being a very fun movie.

I don't h...

March 24, 2018

Here's a question I've been asking myself for a while: why the hell did they decide to make Paradox? The supposed third installation to the SPL series just puzzles me on so many levels. Like most people, I thought the original SPL was fantastic and a real breath of fresh air (with a slight nostalgic breeze) for the action genre in Hong Kong cinema. Flash forward 10 years, and we get a sequel that mirrored the original film in so many ways, while still offering something very different. SPL 2 amp...

March 8, 2018

'Can we talk about that scene?' is a periodic instalment where memorable scenes are discussed. Given the nature of these pieces, we will be entering major spoiler territory and the film(s) in question will be stated upfront. For additional entries, please click here.

SPOILER ALERT for Les Misérables (2012).

Is it possible to win an Oscar for just a single scene in a movie? I suppose we can never know for sure, but with Anne Hathaway in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables, I'm willing to bet...

March 4, 2018

This year's Oscar race seems short of a clear best picture front runner, and to be perfectly honest, it's not due to a lack of quality films. Having to choose your personal favourite in a lineup that includes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name and Phantom Thread is a decision that most voters probably hope to be in every single year. I'm personally rooting for Get Out, but taking into consideration the still rather dated membership of the Academy...

February 22, 2018

For reasons that are blatantly obvious, Black Panther has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon. Its impressive box office numbers aside, Black Panther was always poised to be a landmark cinematic event. Although industry pundits didn't expect the film to do that well financially, it's not that surprising to me that they'd be wrong given that this is really uncharted territory for Hollywood. A movie starring predominantly black actors doesn't usually have this kind of budget and media attention,...

January 31, 2018

There's no question that mother! is an insane artistic endeavour. But what's even more insane, in my opinion, is the fact that Jennifer Lawrence seems to have gotten zero awards attention this year. Being an avid Darren Aronofsky fan, I was blown away by the sheer genius of everything the film had to offer, while fully understanding that it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. Having said that, what I can't wrap my head around is the fact that Jennifer Lawrence - a regular sure fire in Hollywood's...

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