The Graduate

Advertisements The Graduate opens with a party. But instead of a joyous celebration, we find a nervous, claustrophobic Ben (Dustin Hoffman), lost in a sea of his parents’ friends. He’s ambushed; hands reach from out of frame to pull and push and…

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Advertisements If you read my Meet the Staff piece, you saw La La Land atop my (arbitrary) list of favorite films. Director Damien Chazelle cites The Umbrellas of Cherbourg as one of the greatest influences on his film, which was how I was exposed to Jacques…

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Phantom Thread

Advertisements There are several things I do not like about the movie viewing experience in Taiwan, and chief among them is the erratic release schedule for films that aren’t blockbusters. The award nominees usually get picked up by local distributors during (or…

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Three Identical Strangers

Tim Wardle's documentary shines a light on an incredible true story, but lacks the necessary insight to do its subjects justice.…

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Ant-Man and The Wasp

Advertisements The original Ant-Man was a surprise hit: despite the worrisome replacement of original director Edgar Wright, the film was released as a well-rounded superhero flick, with the intermittent brilliance reminiscent of Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy bridged by the competent in-between sections that…

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Black Girl

Advertisements Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl (originally titled La noire de…) depicts the tragedy that can arise from isolation and loneliness. It deals with ideas of francophone identity, particularly in a post-colonial African context. It is arguably Sembene’s most acclaimed and well-known feature…

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Leave No Trace

Debra Granik's adaptation of Peter Rock's book is an emotionally complex indie drama and one of the year's best films.…

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