Joko Anwar interview: “I think it is best to be your own worst critic”

A few months ago I was lucky enough to interview Joko Anwar, who I think is one of the most important Indonesian directors working today. And even though I was pretty uncomplimentary about his HBO Asia TV show “Halfworlds”, he was charming and generous. Go over to Easternkicks to see what we chatted about! Advertisements

The Saga of Anatahan

It’s been a while, but I have a new review up at Easternkicks.com! And this one is a real curates egg of a movie – come find out what happens when the man who turned Marlene Dietrich into a global phenomenon decides to make a film in Japan! It’s time to hear all about Josef…

AC Film Club – Exte

The fifth episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I decided to get over excited about Tsui Hark’s “Peking Opera Blues”.

AC Film Club – Death Note

The fifth episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I decided to get over excited about Tsui Hark’s “Peking Opera Blues”.

AC Film Club – Peking Opera Blues

The fifth episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I decided to get over excited about Tsui Hark’s “Peking Opera Blues”.

AC Film Club – Chungking Express

The third episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I took us to Thailand, to talk about a movie that I never got to review here. Wisit Sasanatieng’s “Tears of the Black Tiger” is a fun psychodelic romp that mixes up a forgotten style of Thai Melodrama with a Western…erm Western.

The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio

So my work over at EasternKicks continues, this time looking at Takashi Miike’s follow-up to the hugely enjoyable ‘The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji‘. This is one of those rare beasts – a sequel that is possibly even more enjoyable that its progenitor! Go check it out!

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

More Easternkicks content.. this time I look at Steve “Hoop Dreams” James’ interesting documentary about the small Bank that seemed to take the fall for the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the USA. It’s not technically Asian cinema, but it’s very much about transplanted Chinese culture.

AC Film Club – Tears of the Black Tiger

The third episode of the AC Film Club Podcast is up now for those of you that fancy listening to me and Elwood talking for an hour. It was my choice this month, so I took us to Thailand, to talk about a movie that I never got to review here. Wisit Sasanatieng’s “Tears of the Black Tiger” is a fun psychodelic romp that mixes up a forgotten style of Thai Melodrama with a Western…erm Western.

Bad Genius

So there might be a fair bit of content from me over at Easternkicks.com over the next week or so as we start to cover things at the New York Asian Film Festival. Which has meant a lot of watching low-res ‘screeners’ on Vimeo that are plastered in watermarks.  First up is a rather wonderful…

Didi’s Dreams

Over at EasternKicks you’ll find my review of Dee Hsu’s charming yet flawed “Didi’s Dreams”, that my American readers may find is being shown in the US at the moment.

Halfworlds Season One

I have a new review up at Easternkicks – looking at Joko Anwar’s HBO Asia series “Halfworlds”.