Arts & Entertainment

Movie Madness

For the past week, I caught a couple of films that got me impressed, something which doesn’t happen that often.


No words that I say (or write) can ever capture the beauty of this film. The peek into the era of jazz and Broadway and musicals is sweetly nostalgic and yet uncloyingly so. The film delves into the intricate relationship between Cole Porter, one of the greatest jazz composers ever, and his wife Linda. Director Irwin Winkler deftly steers through their immensely complex and yet selflessly simple love, showcasing how a gay Cole Porter could love Linda so much so that she becomes his muse, his reason for living. In return, she is able to accept his homosexuality and propel him forward in life.

I simply adore Ashley Judd in her portrayal of Linda Porter. She is so luminous, lighting up the screen whenever she appears, like a modern Audrey Hepburn. And her outfits! They are fabulous! Kevin Kline is not too bad either, he’s got a charisma that’s missing in many young actors nowadays.

The soundtrack is a gem to all jazz lovers. The cameos by singers like Robbie Williams and Alanis Morrisette are a hoot. It’s truly delightful, delicious, delectable, delirious!


Absolutely worth the hype, although it was a tad too long. As the boyfriend said, it was terribly indulgent, almost as if director Wong Kar Wai couldn’t bear to throw out any footage and made the decision to include almost every scene.

I liked the way he reflected on the realities of life, that not everything has a happy ending. Tony Leung chose the debauchery route in order to forget Maggie Cheung and not even a sexy siren like Zhang Ziyi could change his mind. Thankfully, the relationship between Tony Leung and Faye Wong were kept to a friendly growing of affections because if there anything further developed, I would have emptied my popcorn onto the screen.

The movie is one breathtaking experience, due no less to the artistic eye of cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Some of my favourite tableau include Tony Leung leaning on the shoulders of Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung in the cab, shots of Gong Li’s black cheongsam and glove while she was walking and the silhouette of Faye Wong smoking at the rooftop of the hotel.

“There are some things which I will never lend.”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Alright, I am a little slow here but I finally caught this amazing film on my baby. And I am glad I did because it’s so…..mindblowing.

I loved how the director weaved the two meetings between Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, and how Jim Carrey tried to fight the deleting of his memories by hiding her in his deepest, darkest secrets. I also liked the exploration of the inexplicable notion that the powers of attraction and love are somehow beyond the will of Man. Very thought-provoking.

Upcoming – Before Sunset

Back in May this year, I was already anticipating the arrival of Before Sunset and finally, after five long months, it has hit our shores.

The Strait’s Times’ film correspondent On Sor Fern had given it a rating of four out of five stars so do catch it once it opens on Thursday.

8 thoughts on “Movie Madness”

  1. for every shot that wkw include, i think he cut 4 or 5 more…i think his movies can go on will still be a treat… i like the part where tony leung character mused abt his relationship with faye wong’s…”love is about timing …in another time or place..maybe we would be together ” ( or something like tat ! )…

    interesting. cos in wkw’s film universe, tony leung and faye wong were already together ( sort of ) in another time and place ( Chungking Express)

    I just love to watch tony leung smoke………..comb hair……….eat bread……….hail a cab…….gambling…….flirting……..



  2. Hucks – I don’t necessary believe her, I simply believe in the movie. 🙂 Even if she had given it two stars, I would still catch it.

    Boh Liao – hey, I never thought about the connection with Chungking Express! Thanks! That was one of my favourite Mandarin movies. I hate Tony Leung’s moustache, though he did say that he had it to differentiate it from In the Mood for Love.


  3. All said, I swear by WKW’s movies and Tony Leung!
    Chungking express is my fave WKW movie.
    I used to have this really lao pok vcd, recently I ordered the DVD from amazon and it came yesterday! yippee

    Eternal sunshine is good right! That time Yenew and I just kept on blabbering abt it after stepping out of the theatre.


  4. who got Fallen Angels vcd ? i actually like that more than Chunking express..but cant find teh vcd leh..watched in sch lib last time.


  5. boh liao : I also dont have fallen angels. it’s quite hard to find.
    I have got chungking, happy together, ashes of time, in the mood for love, but no fallen angels!
    If you find it must share!


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