I recently read a film review, which I’ll discuss more below, and wanted to jot down some thoughts that I’ll probably return to and expand later. A lot of this connects back to issues I've discussed before. Do you know about Feng Xiaogang? He’s widely referred to as the PRC’s “Box Office King,” with almost … Continue reading BACK TO 1942 or: FLOWERS OF WAR 2
I am a fan of Keanu Reeves. The Bill and Ted movies and cartoons were a childhood favorite. Speed blew my mind, and I’ll never forget that movie’s score. I walked out of The Devil’s Advocate (I was way too young and should have never been allowed in that theater in the first place!). And … Continue reading Keanu Reeves and the Future of Martial Arts Cinema
...or, The Eternal Burden of Chinese Cinema The other day I finally got around to watching Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War. It was alright. Christian Bale and Chinese movies are pretty high up on my list of favorite things, so the film didn’t have to try very hard to keep me interested. There are … Continue reading THE FLOWERS OF WAR: A Non-Review
I love movie posters. Throughout my middle- and high school years, I used to make a point of getting to the multiplex extra early in order to have enough time to wander the halls and look at all of the posters for coming attractions. In undergrad, I had a class on movie marketing during my … Continue reading PLAYING FOR KEEPS: A Tale of Two Movies
I recently read Lucy Montgomery’s China’s Creative Industries: Copyright, Social Network Markets and the Business of Culture in a Digital Age (2010). The book traces China’s shift from state-controlled cultural production and consumption to the rise of what she dubs “entrepreneurial consumers” in the country. What I really liked about this book was its treatment … Continue reading On Historicizing Chinese Cinema
Before I get into what I want to get into, I need to mention something I forgot to bring up in the last post. I want to thank Anne Helen Petersen. Not only for her fantastic blog or Twitter feed, but also, most recently, her great piece in Frames on the need for a media studies makeover. … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Film Geek?
Though the time between my last post and this one was way longer than I originally intended, I’m back, and will discuss what I said I’d discuss: the curious case of Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable 《形影不离》. In keeping with a tradition I set in my previous and less official blog, I will be providing an abridged … Continue reading The Curious Case of INSEPARABLE: Some Notes…
Chinese cinemas and their industries have gotten a lot of attention in the last ten years, both academically and in the news. It’s an attention it fully deserves and which will only increase in the coming years. The growing presence of Hollywood players in China, both behind-the-scenes and in front of cameras will make sure … Continue reading On the Subject of Popular Chinese Cinema