mike L

Too many films too little time!

Favorite films

  • Babette's Feast
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Dreams
  • Elevator to the Gallows

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  • Resurrection

    ★★★

  • Christine

    ★★★

  • The Phantom of the Open

    ★★★

  • The Last Time I Saw Paris

    ★★

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  • Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous

    Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous

    ★★★★

    For me, someone who was born and raised in Hong Kong, the images that Christopher Doyle captured in 'Hong Kong Trilogy' are the Hong Kong instantly recognizable by a native eye. The man that pushes a cart stacked with flattened out cardboards which he collects and sells for a living is uniquely Hong Kong. The umbrella movement was not only a political movement, a cry for democracy, it was also an assertion of Hong Kong own's unique identity. Doyle is…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    This is hitting home even closer, much more so than Sally Potter’s The Roads Not Taken at the Berlinale earlier this year. My minds kept wondering back to the last few years when I cared for my dementia stricken late father as I watched this. Dementia as a disease is something intangible, the suffering is mental mostly and hard to grasp. Zeller’s The Father manages to translate that mental state remarkably well on to the screen. At least it reflects…

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  • The Last Time I Saw Paris

    The Last Time I Saw Paris

    ★★

    There is not much to see to begin with except the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor but once Elizabeth Taylor’s Helen dies there’s really nothing to see.

  • Chilli Laugh Story

    Chilli Laugh Story

    ★★★½

    Even though the plot is very thin it’s an unabashedly HK film. The scene where Sandra Ng was confronted by her son family leaving HK is quite touching. It’s history repeating itself and Hongkongers are facing another exodus (we can read between the line and it has nothing to do with the pandemic), breaking up families which families is the running theme here. It’s good to see the veteran HK actor Lo Hai Pang 盧海鵬 on screen playing the hot dog vendor, nostalgic indeed.

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  • Revolution of Our Times

    Revolution of Our Times

    ★★★★★

    This is probably the most comprehensive documentary among the ones I’ve seen on the 2019 Hong Kong pro democracy protests. It’s almost 3 years since the start of the movement and it’s no less difficult to watch the events unfolded on screen. The emotions swell from the very first image. The film ends with a choir and musicians in black, masked and wearing yellow helmets performing ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ the official protest anthem. The audience of the sold out screening sang along and sobbed. It‘s the most sad and moving theatre experience I’ve ever had. 

    光復香港 時代革命

  • The Crossing

    The Crossing

    ★★★½

    Pei Pei is one of the thousands of kids who cross the border from Mainland to Hong Kong to attend school everyday. In order to save up money for a fanciful trip to Japan with her HK classmate she ends up joining a gang to smuggle iPhone. 
    Not your typical coming of age story. The scene where Pei Pei and Hou tape moblie phones on each other body before a smuggling job is the most erotic I’ve seen in recent…