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HKIFF Review: Interesting Dot 2 Dot Concept Draws Too Slowly

11:03 AM 4/5/2014 by popcorn
Dot 2 Dot
Dot. Dot. Dot. Amos Why. Dot. Dot. Moses Chan. Dot. Dot. Subway Stations. Dot. Dot. Dot. Hong Kong History. Mainland Chinese teacher. Dot. Dot. Dot. Dot. Discovery. Dot. Dot. Dot. Dot. Understated romance. Dot. Dot. Dot. Dot. Dot. Clever.

Review: Captain America Becomes Current and Relevant

9:36 AM 4/5/2014 by popcorn
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The result of missing the first ten minutes of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier is quickly forgotten for the fun mixture of easy to follow big data taking over the world storyline, teenage one-liner dialogue and unstuffy special effects driven action scenes that look more natural and realistic, say, compared to the king of big bangs, Transformers.

Still Searching for "Ilo Ilo" After the Asian Film Awards (AFA)

3:42 AM 4/2/2014 by popcorn
Ilo Ilo
Ever since Yeo Yann Yann won best supporting actress for her portrayal of a jealous mother in the film Ilo Ilo at the Asian Film Awards, AFA, I have been searching for the film in Hong Kong. I wanted to watch every film from the AFA to see what award-winning filmmaking and acting is about and how they are valued in the Asian cinema.

HKIFF Review: An Entertaining Unordinary Life of "Barber's Tales" (Mga Kwentong Barbero)

2:33 AM 4/2/2014 by popcorn
Barber's Tale
Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales” details the life of the politically jaded lower class citizens living under the corrupt regime of Ferdinand Marcos and the student rebellion that took place in 1975. It is told from the perspective of a widowed barber’s wife, Marilou (played unassumingly well by Eugene Domingo), and narrated by her close friend, Susan.

HKIFF: A Simple Story of "The Invisible Woman"

12:41 AM 4/2/2014 by popcorn
"The Invisible Woman"
In Ralph Fiennes second directorial venture, “The Invisible Woman”, he tackles the story of Charles Dickens’ affair with a muse half his age, Ellen (Nelly) Ternan. The film is a simple, straight-forward story that focuses exclusively on the affair and marital values of the Victorian period, told with no visual extravagance or grandiose costumes.

Nymph()maniac + Blue is the Warmest Color = Porn

3:26 AM 3/31/2014 by popcorn
If you take all the sex scenes from Nymphomaniac and Blue is the Warmest Color, you have a top quality pornographic film directed by highly regarded auteurs. Why are these films critically acclaimed and respectable mainstream films and not regarded as porn, only watched in some red light district or in the privacy of your hotel room?

The Darker Side of a Nymphomaniac

10:25 AM 3/30/2014 by popcorn
Charlotte Gainsbourg being sandwiched in "Nymphomaniac: Vol. II"
If you have seen Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Vol. 1, the explicit pornographic scenes may have cease to shock you. Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 shocks in a different way, by being a darker story that takes some unexpected turns. While the first film evokes sexual pleasure and maintains a sense of humor about sex, the second film snaps you out of it, into the reality of her pain and suffering of an incurable addiction.

HKIFF: Enthralled By Chip Tsao, Not His Film

3:10 AM 3/30/2014 by popcorn
Kelvin Kwan in "Enthralled"
The most interesting character in Chip Tsao’s directorial debut “Enthralled” is Chip Tsao. To say the film follows three childhood friends’ vastly different romantic experiences in modern day Hong Kong is superficial and almost incorrect. The underlying story is about a middle-aged, highly controversial commentator sharing his biased views on Hong Kong culture through various characters of Hong Kong society.

HKIFF: Celebrities and Water Aplenty at the Asian Film Awards (AFA)

11:44 AM 3/29/2014 by popcorn
Asian Film Awards
The 8th Annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) took place in Macau at the City of Dreams’ House of Dancing Waters Theater. Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster took home seven of the fourteen nominations, including Best Film, Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi), Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Costume, Best Composer, and Best Production Designer.

From the Outside Looking in at HKIFF

4:16 AM 3/28/2014 by popcorn
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Being a first timer at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), every new encounter heightens my curiosity and sense of wonderment. I am fascinated by everything, from the small, intuitive adjustments like a light sensor under the sink to alert water flow, to the low key manner and openness of celebrities, to the grandiose celebrity filled billboards and flat screen televisions lining the subways and high rises, keeping you in the know on the latest products, shows and activities.
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