Jason Huang (黃擎元)

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  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    Feels like a modern-day Tarkovsky film with neon-lit cityscapes, Chinese people/characters that I can actually differentiate, and a more direct narrative focusing on a love story. This was made just for me. The first time I watched this film, I had seen zero Tarkovsky films. Revisiting after completing Tarkovsky's filmography only made me appreciate this more. There are some superficial references to Stalker in this film, but more than anything, it reminded me of Mirror due to its fragmented nature…

  • Music and Lyrics

    Music and Lyrics

    ★★★★★

    The perfect rom-com. The one that started it all. I watched this when I was much younger and it sparked my love for these kind of guilty pleasures. For a whole year of 2011, all I pretty much watched were rom-coms.

    I won't even deny that this is extremely formulaic. Boy meets girl in some super weird way (she waters his plants LMAO) but they hit it off right away. Slowly they fall in love, but there's obviously an ex…

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  • Life, and Nothing More...

    Life, and Nothing More...

    ★★★½

    Kiarostami's films have never been particularly fast-paced, but I think this is the first film of his where I've kind of felt the length. It's not a long movie, but it doesn't quite have the driving force of some of my favorites from him, like Taste of Cherry and the first part of the Koker trilogy, Where is My Friend's House?.

    Despite this, I find this to be a fascinating "sequel" to his first film. It's a unique way for…

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    ★★★½

    Nobody:
    Absolutely nobody:
    Ennio Morricone: BOINGGGGGGGGGGG

    Super interesting premise and ideas but I can't help but feel a bit disappointed by the end result. I can't blame the filmmakers though; I think Elio Petri made exactly the film he wanted to make. This is really different from a standard whodunit, where instead of trying to find the killer, the killer is revealed in the first scene and we spend the rest of the film wondering why nobody is arresting this…

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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★½

    First time back to a theater in the United States since Les Miserables 16 months ago. I loved the first half of the film, and the energy and vibrancy just popped off the screen. Unfortunately, due to its runtime, the film has a hard time maintaining that energy during parts of the second half, although it certainly makes up for it in the last twenty minutes or so.

    Overall, I'm just a huge fan of musicals, and this one was…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Essential viewing, especially for Asian-Americans. Our parents made infinite sacrifices for us to be here today. They came to America without knowing a word of English. They gave up the security of being in their home country so that we could have a better life. At some point in their lives, they had their own dreams they wanted to pursue; some were lucky and were able to achieve their goals, but others, not so much.

    Jacob Yi is one of…