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by Iris Xie Film Retrospective

Spring Fever | Lou Ye

May 17, 2019

A film built upon gay male hypersexualization overlaid with some hamfisted prose, Spring Fever turns the sadness of being gay and Chinese into a dry drama that does not say anything new about the LGBTQ experience. The film opens with a jangly driving sequence between two men, Jiang Cheng (Qin Hao) and Wang Ping (Wu Wei). Their playfulness as they bump into each other while pissing off a bridge quickly transitions into a secret afternoon tryst, where their exertions are…

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by Lawrence Garcia Retrospective

Hahaha | Hong Sang-soo

True to its title, 2010’s Hahaha is very funny — amusing in ways that might even cloak its generous, searching ambition. The film follows two skirt-chasing, barely-employed Korean men: Joong-sik (Yoo Jun-sang), a depressed film critic pursuing an extramarital affair, and Moon-kyung (Kim Sang-kyung), a director…

October 19, 2018
by Steve Carlson Film

The Other Guys | Adam McKay

Will Ferrell is a very funny guy who has been accused of doing a certain type, a type he falls into easily, too often. I prefer to think of his as a coherent body of work. Whether macho man or milquetoast, Ferrell’s characters are…

October 5, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Toy Story 3 | Lee Unkrich

“We’re all just trash, waiting to be thrown away…” Consider what it must be like to be a toy in the world of the Toy Story films. It’s all fun and games as long as your owner is of the age where you matter.…

July 23, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Splice | Vincenzo Natali

“What’s the worst that could happen?” The smart viewer, upon hearing this phrase during a film, will cringe. This is always intended as a rhetorical query, yet the asking will invariably summon up the barrel-bottom worst-case scenario that the characters are doing all they…

July 19, 2010
by Steve Carlson Film

Kick-Ass | Matthew Vaughn

The problem with Kick-Ass is that it has too much Kick-Ass in it. That statement could be read a couple of ways, all true. There’s a terrific story and a terrific film in this material—there’s probably several terrific films, truth be told—but for Matthew Vaughn’s…

April 20, 2010
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