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Critical Essays
Wong Kar-Wai: An exploration of a director’s obsession with lost time and love by Shane Mok

Wong Kar-Wai: An exploration of a director’s obsession with lost time and love by Shane Mok

To the audience at large, the cinema of Hong Kong is best noted for its dynamic, disorienting action martial arts cinema, featuring directors such as Tsui Hark, Ching Siu-Tang, Ringo Lam and John Woo. In a system where the primary goal of cinema was to recoup financial investments by producing movies that appealed to a...
An Ode to Davies' Liverpool: Of Time And The City - A review by Khusoiry Misuary.

An Ode to Davies’ Liverpool: Of Time And The City – A review by Khusoiry Misuary.

How do you take a portrait of a City? Can you snap a few photos of its monumental architecture:  its market halls, strip malls, statuary, public landmarks and promenades?   Is a snapshot in front of the Esplanade building closer to capturing the feeling of a city then a dead pest on road tar or the...
Sepet: A Fresh Take on Malaysian films. A review by Endra Jamil

Sepet: A Fresh Take on Malaysian films. A review by Endra Jamil

Yasmin Ahmad teeters precariously on the tightrope between rejecting the standards of societal norms of her culture and adhering to her artistic vision of being a director who bends and meanders through the dogmatic and prototypical standards established by her stifled and oppressed society. This artistic vision is encapsulated through the distorted depiction of the...

A discussion of how Sidney Lumet achieves “a taut, absorbing and compelling drama that reaches far beyond the confines of its jury room setting.”

by Widya Chen Huijing 12 Angry Men (1957), was Sidney Lumet’s first feature film and the beginning of a luminous filmmaking career. A respected director with highly lauded films such as Serpico and Murder on the Orient Express under his belt, he has without a doubt, played a critical role in shaping the history of...

Making Sense of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1982) through a comparative reading of Bordwell and Thompson’s Non-narrative as Form

by Jessleen Loy According to Bordwell and Thompson (2008) , “Associational formal systems suggest ideas and expressive qualities by grouping images that may not have any immediate logical connection. But the very fact that the images and sounds are juxtaposed prods us to look for some connection-an association that binds them together.” (2008: 363) The format...

The Mask, the Veil and the Mirror: Issues of Sexuality, Health and Identity in Films Expressed Through Form

by Mads K. Baekkevold Though film is often seen to primarily provide us with a certain form of escapist fantasy – to leave the tedious drudgery of the real word for ninety minutes and be transported someplace magical – it is undeniable that many if not most films also aim to enlighten us on certain...