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  1. Film studies: Minority report

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... people, and it remains to be seen whether Her's effort in Gran Torino will lead to a breakthrough in how mainstream US society views her community. Gran Torino opens today ... Kowalski; she's also pleased to be part of a project which, for the first time in the history of American cinema, shines a light on one of the most unsung ethnic minorities in the US. 'The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673018/film-studies-minority-report
  2. Tune in, turn off

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... who was in town to promote his latest film. He sighs, and says no more: the disappointing business the film has done since it opened in the US on August 26- the US$30 million production has grossed just US$7.5 million until now- speaks for itself. And it still rankles enough for the usually soft-spoken filmmaker to break into a fury: 'If I was younger, I would argue with people: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694187/tune-turn
  3. Fresh canvas

    Posted Mar 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... the contemporary art scene- small steps like making our office very transparent so every visitor could see us working and could talk to us directly.' Berger says he's made Artspace openings more ... Berger's appointment, he'll quickly set to work preparing for his first survey exhibition on contemporary Hong Kong art, due to open in September. 'It gives me a good chance to learn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/493799/fresh-canvas
  4. Eyes wide open

    Posted Jun 07th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... film. These films just gave us new life. And then out of Hong Kong, John Woo- and John was influenced by American films and Sergio Leone and Jean-Pierre Melville; and somehow [later] Infernal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/682893/eyes-wide-open
  5. Towelhead

    Posted Feb 01st 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... into a new life in Houston just as the US readies to embark on the first Gulf war in 1991. In line with nearly all of Ball's past work, the squeaky-clean, pastel-coloured terrain of middle-class ... object, an issue brought into focus by the key image which adorns the cover of this DVD release. That Towelhead lies open to such a charge is unfortunate, given how the film offers a brutally ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668535/towelhead
  6. Film studies: A lost gem restored

    Posted Mar 26th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... with her father's other lost works from the 1930s and 40s. 'Ever since the country was opened up in the 1970s, when it became more convenient for us to travel [back to the mainland], ... Mu's films, couldn't locate Confucius, she says. The initial excitement of the rediscovery was tempered by the state the material was in. When the archive's technicians opened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674641/film-studies-lost-gem-restored
  7. Back in the ring

    Posted Apr 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... mathematician trying to decode the workings of the stock market, shot on a budget of just US$60,000, and 2000's Requiem for a Dream, a near-hallucinatory portrayal of four addicts in Los Angeles, ... of telling original stories. Then came The Fountain: a film about the pursuit of immortality told through three interrelated stories set in 15th century Spain, present-day US and outer space ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/675520/back-ring
  8. Film studies: power plays

    Posted Jun 11th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... war fought between the US and the Soviet Union after the second world war. The way the political circumstances are manifested in local cinema is laid open in a series of articles in the book ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/683280/film-studies-power-plays
  9. Also showing: Jacob Cheung

    Posted Oct 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... found on Yutong when she was left at the orphanage 25 years earlier leads to her intense search for her roots. The journey opens the city-dweller's eyes to how peasants live and work. ... earlier work than Battle's bombast. Still, he insists a social undercurrent underlies all his work. Battle, for example, was a timely look at the morality of war at a time when the US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657344/also-showing-jacob-cheung
  10. Watchmen

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... Ozymandias) and a bumbling, overweight everyman, Night Owl (real name Dan Dreiberg, played by Patrick Wilson). Watchmen is set in an alternate version of the US in 1985, with Richard Nixon having won ... Comedian. His death alerts his former associates of a possible conspiracy to eliminate all Watchmen. The killing is swiftly put into context by a clever opening title sequence featuring an outline ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673013/watchmen

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