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Before Crazy Rich Asians there was The Joy Luck Club

Actor Tamlyn Tomita breaks down why The Joy Luck Club was such a significant milestone for Asian American representation on film and celebrates the new wave of Asian American talent — both on- and off-screen — gaining traction in the industry after the watershed success of Crazy Rich Asians, the first film since The Joy Luck Club by a major Hollywood studio to feature a cast of majority Asian descent.

A Conversation about Judas and the Black Messiah

“I didn’t learn about the Black Panther Party in high school and history books. Now we’re learning that the history books were blatant lies anyway. Movies and art is where...we get to tell our own stories, and we take a responsibility for telling history.” —Dominique Fishback

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Bridging the gap between the French New Wave, Blaxploitation, and American termite art.

the way this film took french new wave to create such a visceral exploration of race....what a hidden gem of a film.

This is a story of a man who thought he could outrun racism. Bigotry travels first class.

I really enjoyed this film. Although the conclusion is heartbreaking on many levels, it was great watching Turner, a black GI stationed in France, entertain and take advantage of options that just weren't available back home.

The film revolves around a brief romance between Turner and a white French woman named Miriam. They dance, they drink, the frolic on the beach, and even…

LOVED this. it's basically the inverse of MICKEY ONE: where MICKEY is the transplantation of french new wave aesthetics into a hollywood movie, here the multi-hyphenate (truly, read his wikipedia, this guy did everything) melvin van peebles brings the Black american experience into what is essentially a french new wave film. van peebles honed his craft in france, at the cinematheque, and it's so technically centered in the nouvelle vague tradition that when THREE DAY PASS was shown in the…

there are few things more grating to me than describing a piece of art as “for the times” or “exactly what we need right now,” as if that means anything, but i was really struck by just how impeccably current Sound of Metal feels without being, like, directly about living through a pandemic. it’s a film about the trauma of having to adapt to new life circumstances that have been thrust upon you. it’s about not processing said circumstances as…

Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal

★★★★½

AFI 2020: film #5

"today is not a good day”

one of the most devastating parts of life is not being able to get back to a happiness you once had, especially if it involves people you love. feeling that joy slipping through your fingers, time cannot rewind and only moves forward, and without your consent. relentlessly, painfully. adapt or die. this is a crushing look at that fight against time and change, but it's also hopeful, and eventually peaceful. the sound design was incredible and the hardcoded subtitles were such a smart move. one of the most essential and fitting movies of 2020

Center Stage

Center Stage

★★★★½

Those final two shots gave me chills. What an elegant and lyrical way to end this wondrously experimental biopic by Stanley Kwan. There couldn't be a better tribute to both Ruan Lingyu and Maggie Cheung, Asian film icons of the past and present. And I guess that settles it: no one wears a cheongsam better than Maggie!

Center Stage

Center Stage

★★★★★

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4. Maggie Cheung is a goddess.
5. Sadly underseen.