Jasper Ng writes about Damien Chazelle’s fourth movie, which doesn’t require jazz to dazzle the audience

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In cinema’s recent ventures into space, there have been visual spectacles like Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and kaleidoscopic narratives like Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but never have movies in this genre been as grounded — literally — as Damien Chazelle’s latest film, a historical drama.

Chazelle recounts a familiar story through a different lens, almost making it a completely new narrative in of itself. …

Shots from past summers — Olympus E-M10

A reflection on hierarchy

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Wes Anderson’s filmography is devoted to examining the delicate strings that hold together different kinds of relationships. From The Grand Budapest Hotel’s master and apprentice story to Moonrise Kingdom’s depiction of rebels vs. establishment, Anderson is no stranger to provoking the intricacies and politics of hierarchical relationships. Most of Anderson’s work urges the audience to punish class and rank and instead praise something like Monsieur Gustave and Zero’s peerage, but not quite so in Isle of Dogs.

The stop-motion animation of domesticated dogs exiled from the fictitious city of Megasaki to its neighboring Trash Island challenges that our understanding of…

Move over spring, it’s Oscar season

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My take on the merits of some of my favourite films of 2018.

Best Picture: Lady Bird — Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill

Tiptoeing into a class of diverse cinematic acclaim, full of big names and even bigger productions, Lady Bird has become a front runner for best picture as a refreshing coming-of-age story full of verve and wit. The female-centric nature of Lady Bird and its success in the Academy Awards is no small feat, but celebration is also due for Greta Gerwig’s creation of heartfelt characters, that just feel so, for lack of another adjective, real.

Lady Bird is a story told with such frankness and understanding of…

A film which does nearly everything right

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project introduces us to childhood naiveté and the wonderment of youth’s blissful ignorance juxtaposed with maternal struggle and sacrifice. Outstanding performances by first time actresses Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite found the realism of this piece, and a compassionate and loving character hiding under a stern facade is played perfectly by Willem Dafoe.

The enterprise that Baker embarks upon to tell an affecting story of a mother and daughter living on the thin economic margins of near poverty is an admirable one, and one full of subtext, nuance, and ingenuity. …

A stark and brave exposition of the Cambodian genocide


Uncovering the unforgiving truths of an overlooked atrocity on the Indochina peninsula, First They Killed My Father is a stark and brave exposition of the Cambodian genocide through the teary but resolute eyes of a seven year old girl, Loung (Sareum Srey Moch), and her siblings. Trip wire bombs, landmines, napalm, and mortar strikes contaminate jungles and grasslands of lush greenery to serve as constant reminders of the extensive degree of genocide and destruction that befell a ravaged country.

Telling the heinous story of war through the hardship of an adolescent girl illuminates an aspect of serious conflict that is…

A raw and unadulterated visual experience


The onslaught of mediocre, and often disappointing, sequels that has befallen the film industry in the last couple of decades — Jaws 2, RoboCop 2 — has conditioned us to take wary steps into the cinema for films that end with the number two. This cautiousness in approaching sequels rings especially true for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.

154–158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


This review was written for Yardbird’s old location at 33–35 Bridges Street, but I’m sure the food remains exceptional as always.

Yardbird’s buzz is fueled by the incessant coming-and-going of its patrons and the restless crowd shuffling outside. From the moment doors open at 6 p.m. until the lights are turned off at midnight, Yardbird shines bright on one of the busier streets of Sheung Wan. Inside, amidst the lively chatter and soft soul music, a sweet aroma of charcoal-grilled chicken fills the air. The architecture and décor is catered towards a ‘hipster’ demographic and the customers are mostly in…

Jasper Ng

Northwestern University ’20

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