Novelist, screenwriter, armchair movie critic
Not the kind of movie I usually enjoy (way too stressful!), but there is no denying the skill with which it is made, or the performances that anchor it.
I didn't totally buy in until about 2/3rds of the way through, when a plot twist that I did not see coming made me think there was something deeper going on here. There are a few more toward the end that elevate it to something more than just a slick suspense…
Love this film, love this filmmaker, love this sensibility. His first and perhaps still his best feature film, but 'What We Do In The Shadows' and 'The Hunt for The Wilder-People' are just as much fun and well worth checking out. Hope he doesn't get sucked into the blockbuster machine, like Peter Jackson, never to emerge with his own original work again.
An excellent film, gorgeously restored on Criterion, about growing up in 1960s Taiwan under military rule. It's long (4 hours) and relatively slow paced, but by the end you will feel deeply invested in the fate of this family.
Yang gets excellent - alternately charming and heartbreaking - performances from his young cast, at least one of whom - Chang Chen - has gone on to mature stardom. (You've likely seen him - in a very different role - as…