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

REVIEW

Unbeatable - Dante Lam, Hong Kong (2013)

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Are Asians really not well represented onscreen?

September 29, 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 A Star is Born (2018).

In about a week or so, A Star is Born will finally make its official public debut and the surplus of YouTube covers following its release is all but an inevitable certainty. In fact,...

September 24, 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: Kenneth Branagh

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Domestic Gross: $181,030,624; International Gross: $268,295,994; Total: $449,326,618

At first glance, Thor seemed like a bit of a gamble for Marvel back in 2011. Still in its early days and not having solidified its reputation as a studio stronghold, the MCU's first outing into the fanta...

September 15, 2018

When I started this website back in 2016, I had always planned on writing about my experiences as a TIFF attendee. And although I've written about some of TIFF's year round events, almost 2 years after creating this website, I have yet to write about the actual festival itself. There's a couple of reasons for this, but the primary one is quite simple: attending the festival is exhausting in the best way possible, and I've always made a conscious decision to not pressure myself into writing (or d...

August 27, 2018

So here comes part two of my attempt to provide some thought provoking commentary on Crazy Rich Asians. Before you read this, make sure you read part one, where I lament about the importance that this film has on Asian representation in Hollywood, and popular culture in general. Even though I expected some personal resistance, I completely embraced the hype and am proud that I did. But given the timely spotlight on Crazy Rich Asians, I thought I'd shift the focus to another form of representatio...

August 26, 2018

This post is a bit late, but like most Asian people last weekend (and it seems this weekend as well, according to box office estimates), I ended up seeing Crazy Rich Asians. And if you've followed this website long enough or know me personally, you'll know that I have some gripe when it comes to discussions on Asian representation in cinema. I don't consider myself to be a bitter person, especially when it comes to watching movies, but I do feel very strongly about North American Asians supporti...

August 12, 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: 73%

Domestic Gross: $312,433,331; International Gross: $311,500,000; Total: $623,933,331

The first sequel film in the MCU might not seem overly important in the grand scheme of things, but it's a fun ride with a bit more significance than one might think. With Iron Man 2, we get the glorious ret...

August 11, 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 Raw (2016).

Although Raw has its fair share of shock-value in its 99 minute runtime, it's not overly grotesque from frame to frame. In fact, Julia Ducournau takes more of a tempered approach in slowly revealing how f...

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...

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