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by Lawrence Garcia Film Retrospective

All the Corners of the World | Tsai Ming-liang

June 4, 2020

In 1989, following the success of a prime-time Chinese Television System soap called Endless Love, which he worked on as a writer, Tsai Ming-liang directed All the Corners of the World, a miniseries episode about a dysfunctional family in contemporary Taipei. The project offered about as much freedom as a young director could hope for within a mainstream television system — which is to say, more in terms of subject than in style. First introduced helping his mother scalp tickets…

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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

Madonna | Like a Prayer

There comes a time in every young pop vixen’s career — usually, after her third or fourth album has dropped and sales slowly start waning — where she supposedly has to “grow up” and re-shape her image if she wishes to remain professionally relevant.…

March 21, 2020
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

CineCina Film Festival 2019

The inaugural CineCina — officially, New York’s only Chinese cinema-focussed film festival — wrapped about a week ago. Featured in this report are just some of the fine narrative and documentary films from across the Chinese diaspora that played as part of the program,…

April 25, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Lawrence Garcia Film

A City of Sadness | Hou Hsiao-hsien

If A City of Sadness represents Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s greatest achievement to date — an assessment that its Venice Golden Lion and long-standing reputation would seem to support — this is in part because Hou’s oblique, elliptical approach to narrative creates an astounding frisson with the film’s…

February 16, 2019
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