Memory is a fickle thing. To remember something is to engage in an act of cartography of oneself — a path of temporal and psychic coordinates, tracing through a byzantine topography as hazy and fugue-like in some places as it is brilliant and startling in clarity in others.
This essay was originally written on 18 April 2013 for a high school film studies class. I have not read it since then, and cannot attest to its quality. With a repertoire that includes Funny Games, Cache, The White Ribbon and most recently Amour (which was nominated for Best Picture and won Best Foreign Film), … Continue reading Suburban Nightmare: Michael Haneke, and the rise of domestic horror
GAME: Make Me Real: Open Your Eyes PRODUCER: asire (@asirensure) LINK: https://asire.itch.io/make-me-real Modding is a bit of a fickle struggle. Especially for those who see it not just as an end on its own, but an end to its means - those who dare to create something new, something bold and separated from the source - there … Continue reading REVIEW: Make Me Real – Open Your Eyes
NOTE: This essay was originally written and submitted as my final paper for the class 01:165:470: The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film taught by Wiejie Song (宋伟杰) during the spring semester of 2017 at Rutgers University. It was, at least until that point in my life, my single most favourite course I'd ever taken, and … Continue reading The Topography of Melancholy: Nanjing, and the Unflinching Trauma of The City of Life and Death
Ever since that day, Ling never appeared again. I hold no resentment towards her, since I saw and experienced the same pain that she did. But aside from pain, I saw beauty. I no longer question why I am blind... for I have seen some of the most beautiful things in this world. Things I'll … Continue reading A Cinema of Shame: Subversion of Traditional Femininity in Hong Kong Horror
Film: You Are The Apple of My Eye (那些年，我們一起追的女孩) Country: Taiwan Director: Giddens Ko Starring: Ko Chen-tung, Michelle Chen Warning: spoilers ahead. Introduction Love is a strange concept to me. Of all the feelings the human heart is capable of feeling, of expressing, it's the one I understand the least. Who can define love? Who can truly say … Continue reading Review/Reflection: You Are the Apple of My Eye
Album: Recomposed Artist: Max Richter Released: 31 August 2012 Conceptually, reinterpreting Vivaldi into “modern” terms and succeeding is not just a composer’s nightmare, but also an outright musical iconostasis bordering on blasphemy. Reinterpreting his Four Seasons suite, then--a definitive monument of the Baroque era, not to mention a milestone of artistic achievement--would be virtually unthinkable. That … Continue reading Review: Max Richter – Recomposed