Ryan Wu

Lawyer and cinephile. Programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Favorite films

  • Vertigo
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • Ticket of No Return

    ★★★½

  • Ticket to Paradise

    ★★½

  • Causeway

    ★★★

  • Deep Water

    ★½

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  • The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    ★★★★★

    My new lifehack: set up a recurring calendar entry for an annual Lady Eve viewing in the first week of January. It starts the new year off right.

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★

    I would simply not give my Chinese bot a bowl haircut.

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  • The Crimson Kimono

    The Crimson Kimono

    ★★★½

    Pea Brain: You call this noir? It’s a dopey police procedural, lacking in tension and style, with a last-second revelation that makes absolutely no sense. For my money, this is the weakest entry in Criterion Channel’s Columbia Noir series.

    Normal Brain: Look, the whodunnit is a let down, but it’s a fascinating historical document on representation. How many movies of that era feature an Asian-American co-lead? How many explore the “just how American are you” question at the root of…

  • France

    France

    ★★★½

    First 30 mins (a zippy satire of French TV journalism, told via conventional editing and coverage shots): Hey, this is fun! Are we sure Bruno Dumont directed this?

    Next 70 mins (moves into a study of depression, with longer takes and more stylized camera angles (e.g., shooting France crying from the point of view of a steering wheel)): Wow, Léa Seydoux is absolutely crushing this, and Dumont's direction--his command of rhythm and the carefully chosen stylistic flourishes--is on point. Has he finally put it all together?

    Last 30 mins (starting with France's return to TV): Oh merde, c'est vraiment un film de Bruno Dumont.