A story about loss, redemption and coming-of-age, "Jump Ashin!" (翻滾吧！阿信) split its soul into so many pieces for maximum commercial appeal that it eventually reminds us of Harry Potter's Voldemort, whose soul degenerated because he split it into seven pieces to bid for power and immortality.
2011/8/12, 1 Comment
"Larry Crowne" serves as a reminder that you can have two of the most likable, bankable stars on the planet together, but strong writing is crucial to making them shine.
Ruba Nadda's "Cairo Time" is a film seeking poetry and not quite finding it.
Three lives clash in the Taiwanese crime thriller "Make Up" (命運化妝師) when a closeted music teacher takes her life, leaving a trail of unanswered questions for a make-up artist, a psychiatrist and a detective to follow.
"The Way Back" represents an exquisite example of style over substance, of vast visuals dwarfing the characters and nearly swallowing the story whole.
Don't be fooled by the title of Shu Qi's (舒淇) latest film "A Beautiful Life" (不再讓你孤單), a romantic tragicomedy that lures you into a false sense of security before pulling the chair from under you. What promises to be a light and airy romcom comes crashing down halfway in and a completely different film begins.
2011/6/17, 4 Comments
Gorgeous and ambitious, pretentious and baffling, tightly controlled yet free-flowing, "The Tree of Life" is unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Both geographically and dramatically, "The Human Resources Manager" covers a lot of territory.