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Stanley Kubrick, the film God, is my all time hero. It’s impossible to compare directors since they make different types of films, but Mr. Kubrick had some quality that is so rare to be seen on other great directors. As one of his biggest worshipers, I summarized 10 pretty convincing reasons why this man, not Bergman, not Welles, not Kurosawa… Read more »

03 April 2012 | People Lists

I watched 24 films in March,11 being re-watched ones.As I’m buying more and more blu-rays,the number of re-viewings could only increase.And as it’s getting warmer here,I have to spare more time working out in the gym instead of lying comfortably on sofa and watching films for hours a day,my wife did not appreciate the shape of Hitchcock. The biggest surprise… Read more »

01 April 2012 | Others

I re-watched Alejandro Jodorowsky’s cult classic El Topo last night in blu-ray with director’s commentary,which gave me lots of insights into the ideas of making a cult film.Jodorowsky was a bad-ass when he made the film,he did everything against the government and director union in Mexico during his shooting.It’s interesting he said a director should make films only to express his… Read more »

30 March 2012 | Others

Thanks to Steven over Surrender to the Void for inviting me to do this post,in fact,this is my first post of this kind and I’m a little bit excited now. Well,we have some rules here,you should read it in a Tyler Durden way RULE 1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you. RULE 2: Link to one… Read more »

21 March 2012 | Others

Someone over Facebook argued that Johnnie To’s Life Without Principle instead of Ann Hui’s A Simple Life should be crowned “the best HK film in 2011″,then my fellow friend,a huge fan of the diretor,Michael mentioned it again in my comments how awesome it is and wrote a fantastic review on his own blog.So I could not wait to find out… Read more »

20 March 2012 | Chinese Films

L’Atalante  8/10 This is the kind of film you either have watched or at least heard of ,so I’m gonna skip any cliche here.As one of the most poetic and romantic love films ever made,this film does have its big moments.I love two scenes maybe three especially,one is Jean diving into the river to “see” Juliette’s face,another is the intercuts between… Read more »

17 March 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

This month really goes well for me since I already watched 11 films in 13 days.After the double comedy I wrote last week,I’ve collected another 5 first time viewing films to  express some opinions.3 Reviews comes first and another 2 on Friday.   A Simple Life  8/10 As a Chinese,I’m not expecting any upcoming Chinese films in theater since they always… Read more »

14 March 2012 | Chinese Films

Since this is the 50th post on this blog,I’m gonna do something special to mark it.Finally,I’ve decided to make the ultimate list every film buff would make. One key phrase in the title needs special attention here,”current but ever changing”,it means this list is made from a very restricted view of mine,so if you wonder why xxx is not in… Read more »

09 March 2012 | Film Lists

I love comedies,though I don’t watch them too often,I always had a great time.As a matter of a fact,there aren’t great comedies in modern times any more,and our time is lack of comedy masters like Chaplin,Tati,Brooks etc,that’s too sad.We have to go back to the pre-Great Depression and Great Depression era to find these lost classics from directors like Buster Keaton… Read more »

06 March 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

I actually watched 21 films last month but lots of them were just re-visits.I’m always in the dilemma of choosing re-watching the old and exploring the new,just decided to be on the nostalgia side for a while and finished almost all the BDs I bought at the beginning of the month.As I said in the previous post,it has been a… Read more »

03 March 2012 | Film Lists

One of my major tasks of February film watching is finishing Stanley Kubrick: Visionary Filmmaker Collection Blu-ray. It has been the best-experienced film month I’ve ever had. Re-visiting those 7 Stanley Kubrick films is more than appreciating the master’s cinema. It is like BEING STANLEY KUBRICK, you know. Like the film Being John Malkovic, enter the brain of one of the most… Read more »

28 February 2012 | Other Lists

This is the last part of my Love Film List Marathon,though I have mentiond so many Criterion Collection love films in the previous lists,there are still too many left,which are  no less powerful as the ones have been mentioned,let’s see what they are,I will just use the words from Criterion.com for introductions. #10 Knife in the Water With stinging dialogue and… Read more »

23 February 2012 | CC Lists

This is the very list I mostly expect to write about in the whole marathon.Only when love develops to marriage in films,they begin to have depths.Let’s have a look at these 10 films about marriage and use them as a mirror to reflect and learn.   #10 Three Colors:White This is the least-liked one by me in the three-color trilogy,but… Read more »

22 February 2012 | Film Lists

Love is an universal subject but it does differ from West to Orient.Western love is more open while Oriental love is always quite restrained.There are some exceptions as Oriental love films like In the Realm of the Senses goes extremely crazy and Western love films like Remains of the Day and The Age of Innocence hold emotions in a restrained… Read more »

21 February 2012 | Chinese Films, Film Lists, Lists

We fans always wish that every director can make films in the speed of Woody Allen,but unfortunately some of them make films in the speed of Stanley Kubrick.Among the directors I’m gonna mention below,some of them really kept us waiting for a looong time,like Wong-Karwai(5 years),Paul Thomas Anderson(5 years),Leos Carax(13 years),and some of them just impressed us with their latest… Read more »

17 February 2012 | People Lists

In my last post,I list some of the greatest romance films ever-made,in today’s list,we are gonna discover the dark side of it together.Love is horrible when it becomes an obsession,women are man’s obsessions and love itself is women’s obsession.So I’m gonna divide this list into two parts to explore some of the craziest love stories in cinema history.You should not… Read more »

15 February 2012 | Film Lists

This is the second part of my Love Film Lists Marathon .In China,there is a famous song called “the most romantic thing”,you know what the lyrics are like? One of them is like “The most romantic thing I can think of is growing old with you”,typical traditional Chinese stuff.I agree with the philosophy here,but this does not mean roses or chocolates… Read more »

15 February 2012 | Film Lists

This list is the first part of my Love Film Lists Marathon.The purpose of it is not bragging about how many love films I have seen or how deep I understand about love,I just want to share the strong emotions those films brought me or lessons I have learned from them.Making this list is like choosing The One in one’s life,purely… Read more »

14 February 2012 | Film Lists

                      Happy Valentine’s Day,Guys!! I hope Cupid’s Arrow finds you well. To Celebrate “the only thing that matters on earth”,I’m gonna start my Love Film Lists Marathon,they are: 1. My Top 10 All-Time Favorite Love Films 2. My Top 10 Favorite Romance Films 3.Top 10 Love-Obsession Movies 4.Top 10 Chinese Love Films 5.Top 10 Films… Read more »

13 February 2012 | Film Lists