Amelia (剩女)

Amelia (剩女)

If you want to learn how to analyze narrative, always start with Aristotle.

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★

    Nearly uncut, and nearly independent; one of cinema's most substantial director's cuts has eventuated, due in no small part from an impassioned fan campaign.

    It would be easy to riffle through a list of extensive criticisms, or draw up comparisons to its theatrical cut completed by Joss Whedon and anathematize the studio process. However, I feel that both approaches would miss the point entirely.

    Zack Snyder is an auteur of whom I've had my misgivings with. Not just his filmography,…

  • In the Heat of the Sun

    In the Heat of the Sun

    ★★★★½

    Impressions: 21/02/2021 | Originally a comment left on a friend's review.

    The film is a perfect encapsulation of memory and nostalgia, within a draconian reality. My parents would have lived through the Cultural Revolution, and when I visit my parents native province, before they became immigrants to another country, there's a sense of history everywhere I walk.

    I used to play with my cousins down woodland paths, when we traveled back to China. It's that fondness of a past, imprinted…

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    "The invitation to become introspective is one of cinema's greatest gifts."
    ―Ghiscari

    What is the value of a human life? This is one of the central questions An Elephant Sitting Still ponders. It gives no answers. Once you've read about Hu Bo, it becomes impossible to not construe the film's themes of hopelessness and spiritual dissatisfaction. I'm not going to give a read on the film though. I'm going to dispense with the verbosity and poetics. This is less of…

  • Last and First Men

    Last and First Men

    ★★★★★

    16mm black and white monochrome photography of concrete spomeniks dressing a morose and desolate landscape, comparable to the garish design of modern obsession. Is this merely the ego of a species long forgotten, masquerading under a profound guise of artifice? That artifice would be called "legacy" by some. The final exploration of human depth, and its search for meaning before the inevitable end that awaits all manner of object alike.

    Jóhann Jóhannsson's bold adaptation of a 1930 science fiction novel…