Category: Essays

I’ma Go For It: Elevating (Vehicular) Bodies in Justin Lin’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Pt. 2

— Fast Five is a whole different ballgame. The movie’s central narrative and aesthetic theme is about starting anew – rebuilding, regrouping, remaking, re-familiarizing. If you fuck up your life by becoming fugitives, rebuild it. If you and your crew part ways on the run, regroup (in Rio de Janeiro). If your family is broken, remake it bigger and better… Read more →

Eat, Pray, Tour – My Experiences (and then some) at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria

This was written in the summer of 2014 when I was going through an incredibly rough time. In the spirit of new beginnings and new years, I decided to try to finish all the pieces I have backlogged, including this one. Some of what I wrote is now dated (it was shortly before Expendables 3 premiered), but I think it’s still worth posting—visiting the studio… Read more →

History in the Shaw Brothers

  For as many great films as Lau Kar-leung made, and he made a lot of them, the one that he’s best known for today, that still best defines his work, is The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Made in 1978 and starring his adopted brother Gordon Liu, it tells the origin story of the legendary monk San-Te, who enters the… Read more →

Balance & Motion: Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi”

Man of Tai Chi is one of the best action films of recent years. The credit for much of its success must go to first-time director Keanu Reeves. Reeves may be a newcomer to the director’s chair, but he brings a distinct visual style and vocabulary to the project that belies his inexperience behind the camera. He and cinematographer Elliot… Read more →

Shine On: Transgender Allegory in Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a vague science fiction picture loaded with images both abstract and very blunt. The content of those images covers many different ideas, but my reading of this picture is specifically about what it means to be a transgender woman in a society that doesn’t see that as normative behaviour. The transgender community is ignored… Read more →