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Admit it or not,Chinese language films have never been fully valued by the Western audience and critics until this day.Many viewer’s impressions on Chinese films still stay at the level of the superficial Hong Kong Kungfu movies.The critics are not much better,in the latest Sight & Sound poll,only 3 Chinese-language films make it to the top 250,and the best rank… Read more »

31 August 2012 | Others

A couple of days ago I re-watched My favorite film from the Italian Maestro Bernado Bertolucci – The Conformist.I was lucky enough to be introduced to this film in the Alberto Moravia film retrospective in Beijing,although it was a projection display of poor quality dvd,the stunning stylish visuals still blew me away. After watching it again,I would include it in my… Read more »

30 August 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

Half a year ago,I was introduced to an fascinating photo essay about a Wong Karwai fan’s Hong Kong tour by the author himself,who’s also a regular commenter here,Michael G. Smith.In that essay he excellently compared the real film location with the stills from two Wong Karwai films(Chungking Express and Fallen Angel),it was such an exciting read that it made me… Read more »

24 August 2012 | Others

During my vacation,I accepted this award twice from two of my fellow LAMBs(glad to be one myself!) : Steve from 1001plus,and Tyler from Southern Vision.It consists of 3 parts:1.tell your readers 11 things about you.2.Answer 11 questions your friend passed to you.3.Ask another 11 questions and pass it to other 11 people. I’m not gonna do 1 and 3,because I’m… Read more »

19 August 2012 | Others

Let’s finish the film report before posting another couple of interesting ones. 8 1/2 Seeing this film in Criterion Blu-ray is something quite like The Leopard,this format really gave a new life to one of the most beautifully shot black&white films ever.As I proceeded an hour into the film,I suddenly realized this is the sister film of the master’s another… Read more »

21 July 2012 | Others

I have not updated this blog for almost a month now,so what have I been doing? Well,July is crazy for me. I’m about to take driving license test,so I spent many time reading the textbook.Also,me and my wife was planning a trip to Hong Kong and Thailand,which starts at the end of this month,and lasts over 2 weeks.Besides,taking marriage photos… Read more »

20 July 2012 | Others

I love films that offers more than one way of understanding it.Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad did the exact thing to me,the ambiguity of time and space,the intentional still performance from the actors,all provide me some kind of uncertainty of the story and the characters.Renair said it is a film you should sense,not try to comprehend,but a film geek… Read more »

20 June 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

When you see the title,you know something big is happening on this blog,right? Yes,it’s my 100th post on Taste of Cinema,and I’m gonna share my 100 geeky movie facts with you guys to celebrate the event. 1. I once imitated the famous dance of John Travolta in Pulp Fiction at home,my wife filmed it and saved the file somewhere I… Read more »

13 June 2012 | Other Lists

After re-visiting Martin Scorsese’s classic black&white film Raging Bull in the gorgeous Blu-ray format,I was BLOWN-AWAY.I think it’s the best work of both Scorsese and De Niro and Michael Chapman’s cinematography is one of the best in American cinema history. Though it was voted only the third greatest sports movie of all time after Rocky and Bull Durham by ESPN,I… Read more »

11 June 2012 | Cinema Masterpieces

My wife Doris recently listed her top 10 favorite films of all time on her Chinese blog,I decided to do a copy here after asking for her permission(yes,even she’s my wife).I do this for 2 reasons: 1.I’m proud of this list,I’m proud of the fact that she already saw half of it before we met,and I’m also proud that she… Read more »

05 June 2012 | Film Lists

For this blog-a-thon started by Nostra of My Filmviews, it’s about listing the 10 best actors ever where on person passes on that list to another where they can remove one actor in that list and insert a new one. It’s a simple contest but given that there’s so many actors, it’s a very difficult thing to do. Here’s what Nostra… Read more »

04 June 2012 | People Lists

Today I’m writing something very personal.Yeah,Brighter Summer Day,Chungking Express,Raining in the Mountain etc etc are my fave Chinese language films,but this one,Xiao Wu by Mainland China “Sixth Generation” director Jia Zhangke,is the only one which made me have a sudden impulse to make films,make films just like his.   The Intro Quotes I know many of you may have never… Read more »

01 June 2012 | Chinese Films

May has been a terrific month,one of the most important months for me as a cinephile,I would call it a breakthrough.In the past month I’ve discovered and re-discovered some of the greatest film artists the world has ever had,if you have watched all these genius work in a single month,I bet you must be as excited as I am now.So… Read more »

31 May 2012 | Others

Last week I held a competition of director matchups,15 sets of votes came to me from my blog and Facebook.The results surprised me a little,since there are only 3 pairs which have the gap equal or smaller than 3 votes.Anyway,let’s have a look at the list again: 1.F.W.Murnau vs Fritz Lang 2.Charlie Chaplin vs Jacques Tati 3.Billy Wilder vs Frank… Read more »

28 May 2012 | Lists, Others

I’ve watched two documentaries recently,one is Hearts of Darkness:A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,which is considered to be one of the best making-of documentaries in any dvds/Blu-rays.The other is The Beatles:The First U.S. Visit,easily the best visual extensions of the greatest band ever.What interests me about these two films are the intimacy the camera brought me,the intimacy between me and the characters,the intimacy… Read more »

24 May 2012 | Others

Last time I compared 15 pairs of classic films on this blog,this time I decide to go one step further with a director poll,another 15 matchups are carefully chosen and wait for your votes.The longer you stuck here,the more struggles you have,the happier I am,it proves that the pairing works.As usual,I am the first person to accept the torture,below are… Read more »

22 May 2012 | People Lists