Scraps: “Barry Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

Director: Ang Lee

  • Really wished that I had seen this in the movie theater.
  • Feels cohesive in his trilogy of American life (Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock.)
  • The ugliness and superficial feeling from the way the film is shot really captures the obscene, excess setting of the Super Bowl.
  • Felt like an uneven and strange film.
  • Weirdly, it’s a movie about America that I feel only a non-American could make.
  • Steve Martin as a villain like character is pretty terrifying.
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Scraps: “Crazy Rich Asians”

Director: Jon M. Chu

  • It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot of fun.
  • The film seemed to take on too much expectations on its very small shoulders. People seem to don’t realize that the director’s filmography includes Step Up 2, Step Up 3D and the Now See Me films.
  • Its problems and failures seem to be appropriate for a movie about Singapore.
  • Honestly just happy for a mainstream Asian led film that is a little silly.

Relevant Readings

Scraps: “My Beautiful Laundrette”

Director: Stephen Frears

  • Didn’t expect the film to have the tone that it does. In an interview with Criterion, the screenwriter (Hanif Kureishi) refers to Frears’ style to be ‘operatic.’
  • Mirrors used as a way to reveal and hide at the same time.
    • Tana showing Omar her breasts during the scene where all the men were drinking and smoking in Nasar’s bedroom. They were oblivious to her.
    • Omar looking at Johnny during the opening day of the laundrette – their faces superimposed at each other’s.
    • Rachel walking away from Nasar – at the end of their affair. She walks through a small wall of mirrors.
  • The camera floats, and often brings us through spaces in a way that feels supernatural.
  • Shot on 16mm.
  • The last scene with the breaking of the glass of at the laundrette – feels like a reveal, especially considering the use of mirrors in the film. The secret is out.

Notable Shots

  • The first kissing scene – which starts in an alleyway, but then the camera moves while the lights shift and turns it into a rather dreamlike moment.
    • The kiss is interrupted by the skinheads, and then we see the front of the laundrette again.
  • Right before Salim gets beaten up – we start with Johnny arriving, then the camera floats to reveal the punks hidden around the laundrette building (by the brick wall, in the foreground, on the roof, and by the front of the building.)

Work: 2018 Vice Photo Issue

Images from my ongoing series “Undressed” and “A Handful of Unfulfilled Wishes” are part of the 2018 VICE Photo Issuein collaboration with Broadly. The theme of this year’s issue is Privacy and Perception.

Click here to see the online feature.

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