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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

Cinema,movie,film,whatever you call it,this young art form made us all crazy about it.Have you ever thought of the question:What is Cinema?  Well,you might have heard of the name of a book by the great Andre Bazin,but have you really given a deep thought about the essence of the art you almost appreciate everyday? This might be the biggest and toughest… Read more »

10 February 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

A little bit too late for the news but just a memorial post for this great actor Ben Gazzara.I actually don’t remember your name but your face is familiar enough for me. Ben Gazzara films I have seen: Opening Night Buffalo ’66 The Big Lebowski Dogville Paris,Je t’aime I know I must have missed some major works from him,so please let… Read more »

05 February 2012 | Cinema Charmers

Since I spent a week at home during Chinese New Year without watching any films this month,I only managed to watch 17 films in 24 days.10 out of 17 are Criterion Collection films,they come from different countries (Japan,Korea,USA,France,England,Italy,Czech),different style(noir,college comedy,period drama etc.),different era(Early Hollywood,Japanese New Wave,Czech New Wave,etc.),but one thing in common,that is GREAT QUALITY as usual. Here is the… Read more »

03 February 2012 | CC Lists

I like the line in Make Way for Tomorrow which says:One of the pleasure of being old is you can pretend not to face facts in everyday life,so will you please let me pretend? Just like every stage of a man’s life,being old is as painful as the others.You have to face death,face the changed era and environment,face the fact… Read more »

31 January 2012 | CC Lists

We all know that Oscar Best Picture choices are not perfect,they actually suck most of the time.The most important reason for this “fantasy list” is discovering anything else great in the nomination list regardless of politics,PR,box office results etc. Below is my choice of the past 83 Oscar Best Pictures,and it is biased and totally  my taste.So if I haven’t… Read more »

25 January 2012 | Film Lists

R.I.P. Great Master                       Eternity Theme,from Eternity and a Day.The score I have listened over and over again.                     Eternity Theme Variation I   My fav Angelopoulos film so far: Landscape in the Mist,seen it twice,can’t forget those heartbreaking long takes.

24 January 2012 | Cinema Masters

Here is a brief introduction about Eclipse Series on Criterion.com: Eclipse is a selection of lost,forgotten,or overshadowed classics in simple,affordable editions.Each Series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer. The last few words “adventurous home viewer” interest me,I think there are 2 reasons Criterion call these people “adventurous“. First,the “overshadowed ” Eclipse Series are less known works of big  names… Read more »

20 January 2012 | Others

Speaking of making film dvds,nobody does it better than Criterion.But they can not release all the films ever made,so it is necessary to be aware of other dvd companies in other countries and regions. If you are a regular visitor of DVDBeaver,you might recognize some brands below,but I bet there are some you have never heard of.I will only give a… Read more »

18 January 2012 | Other Lists

Watching Criterion Collection dvds is a process of exploring.Explore people,explore themes,explore the unknown.Without it,I can never get familiar with so many director’s work and fell in love with some of them. Here is a list of directors whom I did not know well before I watched their works in Criterion and completely fell in love with after I finished all(most)… Read more »

15 January 2012 | CC Lists

You must have seen lots of reviews of this film, but this one is quite different. Today I’m going to talk about the fashion elements in this film, yes, FASHIONS. Speaking of Rear Window, few people will notice what great success it has achieved in fashion perspective, which should be attributed to 3 person: The first on is Edith Head,… Read more »

10 January 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

Criterion Collection is art in every department,sometimes a beautifully designed cover made me buy it.Reading those backstories of the creating process is like watching a making-of documentary,very inspirational for those professionals and very interesting for amateurs like me.It is not easier than picking top 10 films in the collection,and this list only represents my very own taste of art and… Read more »

03 January 2012 | CC Lists

My CC collection passed 300 this month which is THE most encouraging thing happened to me recently, I watched 63 of them this year and it is always tough to pick out the best ones.I was trying to pick them by guts and pulled it out finally.I just wrote about my TOP 20 films(CC&MOC excluded) yesterday,now here is the real… Read more »

31 December 2011 | CC Lists

Year 2011 is a pretty special year for me,I moved to another city,changed my job,got married,and now I do not have to watch films alone,my wife is my companion,a very good companion I suppose. I watched 203 films this year,most of them are satisfying,and it is not too hard to pick out those really-good ones from them.Since I watched a… Read more »

30 December 2011 | Film Lists