Chen Wang:Late August, Early Septeember

  • You’ve got to watch a movie called “Late August, Early September”, an esoteric nevertheless sweet story about a circle of friends living in Paris. They are intellectuals, Adrien, a successful writer among his friends but a commercial failure in the eyes of the public, Gabriel, a devoted follower of Adrien, Jenny, Gabriel’s ex-girlfriend who is still very much in love with him, Anne, Gabriel’s lover whose fits of mood throw him off now and then, and Vera, a pure teenage enamoured with Adrien, who is about her dad’s age. The story is about Gabriel’s struggle with his own intellectuality, his own love, and his own material existence.

Yu Liu:Shawshank Redemption

  • As far as I know, everybody who ever saw this movie agrees that this is a “wonderful” movie, but I guess different people find different “wonders” from it. For me, the most touching moment in this movie is not when Andy escaped from the jail and stretched his arms to the stormy sky. The most touching moment is a rather listless moment: he leaned against the wall of prison, with his black friend, confessed that: I am guilty.

Chen Wang:East-West

  • If history does repeat itself, whether it is in the form of tragedy or farce is one of those grand and august topical controversies that intrigue and perplex historians, politicians, and probably sophists. But to us, every individual being who has gone through or about to go through the historical roller-coasting ride, the answer is crystal clear. It is a tragedy and will always remain so.

Rusell Chen:Chung King Express

  • Chung King Express, an old movie produced in 1994, appears weird to me at the first time. It is weird simply because of its structure: it is made up of two completely separate love stories. The first story starts with He Qiwu, a policeman, is struggling with the leaving of his girlfriend.

Rusell Chen:Duel

  • The story centers at two eminent Jianke, or fencers or knights. Ye Gucheng (Andy Lau) invites Ximen Chuixue (Ekin Chang) to fight on the top of the Forbidden City. Ye wants to defeat Ximen to prove that he is the No. 1 Jianke. Love stories go on between Ye and Yanzi (Zhao Wei), the emperor’s sister, and between Ximen and a girl who loves him. It appears to be another effort by which moviemakers try to interpret love using their conceptual framework or logic of love.

Rusell Chen:Sabrina

  • To be sure, the story is something of a trite, albeit a beautiful story. Somewhere in suburb New York, Sabrina (Julia Ormond) has loved one of the two young masters in the family her father chauffeurs for, David (Greg Kinnear), who never pays any serious attention to her. She leaves for Paris, where she studies photography. She feels that she has forgotten her silly love for David as she is ready to go home.

Chen Wang:Boys Don’t Cry

  • To call “Boys Don’t Cry” a gay or lesbian movie will undoubtedly do a horrendous disservice to the real story the movie is based upon. Brandon Teena (or Teena Brandon), the main character in the movie, never looks at herself as a lesbian. The fact the she dates only girls instead of guys comes naturally from her belief that she is simply doing so not because she loves girls but because HE loves girls.

Chen Wang: American Beauty

  • For anyone who does not want to entertain the thought of standing through an entire movie, to arrive half an hour earlier before the curtain rises for National Gallery of Art’s weekly free movie show is absolutely necessary and sometimes surprisingly rewarding as well. Not only can you pick a seat comfy but also steal a few minutes, say to meditate, …

Chen Wang: Eyes Wide Shut

  • For a very long time I considered human imagination the essence of one’s life. It is through an imaginative mind that flavor, beauty, romance are downloaded into the day-to-day earthliness. And life somehow becomes less burdensome, less unbearable, and less mundane. And your eat, drink, man and woman things have metamorphosed into novels, movies, poems. And you start to live like a film director, a writer, a painter, and a poet…

Chen Wang: Three Seasons

  • Both happiness and misery are relative concepts. They exist not only in one’s physical being but also in one’s mind and spirit. And it is the latter that we tend to neglect. To take American middle class life style as a reference point, people live in destitute nations certainly have a lot to say about the sheer physical poverty and suffering they have been going through on a daily base: the sweltering insomnia in muggy…