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This year marks the 15th anniversary of Wong Kar-wai’s superb “In the Mood for Love," and a new video from The Nerdwriter arrived to help us better understand the sumptuously-shot film. Roughly nine-minutes-long, the newest video in the “Understanding Art” series not only digs into the thematically-charged cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bin, but also the subtext of the relatively simple story: after realizing their spouses are having an affair with each other, two neighbors in early 1960s Hong Kong help each other deal with the fallout of the infidelity. Much is made about how the shots featuring the two leads, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, have them framed by the architecture of the sets, i.e. window and door frames, as well as by hallways. Also noted is the fact that the two philandering spouses are never properly seen onscreen, instead centering this story of »
- Cain Rodriguez
With the John Singer Sargent exhibition, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art opening today, here is the second half of my conversation with Gay Talese on the seduction of fashion and film at China: Through The Looking Glass.
Myrna Loy, Anna May Wong, Callot Soers, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Mila Parély in Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game, Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, Cesar Romero, Tyrone Power, Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis plus Ziegfeld Follies, Fred Astaire and the Duke of Windsor were conjured up. Gay told me about meeting Gene Kelly, Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini during La Dolce Vita and we discussed tailoring while strolling »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Watching a film by Olivier Assayas is a little like wandering into the bedroom of a teenager, taking in the aesthetic décor that clings to his or her walls and bookshelves—posters, pop records, hastily cut-out collages of idols, and literature—and being left to draw a logical conclusion based on these ephemeral scraps. This idea of collage, assembling or reinventing an identity, has always been a concept inherent to punk and youth culture: British punk historian Jon Savage coined the term “living collage” to describe European teenagers in the 1970s who tore apart thrifted vintage clothing at the seams to fuse and repurpose them with safety pins. Assayas’ work is essentially the filmic equivalent of that same idea: he populates his frames with torrents of ideas and surfaces and lets loose cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Eric Gautier to pan wildly, struggling to encapsulate everything into their widescreen, handheld compositions. »
- Mark Lukenbill
Yonfan, the former model, actor and photographer-turned-filmmaker, has had a distinguished career as a director of artistic and challenging films.
He has made detailed and often sexually daring pictures, including “Bugis Street,” “Bishonen” and “Color Blossoms,” and given career fillips to many of today’s top Asian stars, from Chow Yun-fat and Maggie Cheung, to Shu Qi and Daniel Wu.
While Yonfan has earned recognition and admiration, with films in Venice and Moscow, he has not gained the cult status or adulation of his decade younger contemporary Wong Kar-wai, with whom paths have criss-crossed many times. But that doesn’t seem to rankle.
From now on Yonfan won’t be getting stressed, having retired from filmmaking after 2009’s “Prince of Tears.” Instead, these days, he has taken up writing as a nearly full time occupation.
Another sideline has been to become a film investor. He was one of the first to back “Concrete Clouds, »
- Patrick Frater
Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
Sammo Hung is one of the greatest Screen Fighters, Directors and Choreographers in Martial Arts cinema history. Started his early career as an extra in Shaw Brothers productions, then became of fight choreographer on a few of there movies.
It was when he started his career with Raymond Chow at Golden harvest Studios, that Sammo started to show what he could do in terms of action in-front and behind the camera. Sammo Hung has made some of the finest movies of all time and also bringing us some incredible talent such as Yuen Biao, Angela Mao, Lam Ching Ying, Michelle Yeoh and many more.
This is a list of 30 Sammo Hung movies you should check out, this list is also for new fans of the genre. So i hope you enjoy the list and i also mention some other Sammo Hung movies at the end of the page.
Yuen Biao is one of the greatest screen performers of all time. He exploded onto our screens when Sammo Hung cast him in the amazing movie Knockabout and he has never looked back since.
This list will be familiar with most fans around the world, but this list is also for people who are new to this genre and want to check out some great flicks. I have added a few movies, which are a bit low budget but does contain some nice action.
I know there are still many Yuen Biao movies i could have named in this list, some i shall give a mention to at the bottom of the feature. So i hope you like the movies i have listed, if your new to Yuen Biao please check out some of these great flicks.
Directed By: Yuen Woo Ping
Cast: Kwan Tak Hing, Leung Kar Yan, »
7 items from 2015
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