Scraps: “Cold” by Rich Brian


Scraps: “Call Me by Your Name”

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cinematographer: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Writers: James Ivory (screenplay by), André Aciman (based on the novel by)

  • Surprised that this movie somehow is still echoing at the back of my mind long after I’ve seen it.
  • The music in the film definitely helps engrain it into my head further. Sufjan Stevens did a wonderful job.
  • Timothée Chalamet is very alluring and charismatic. Definitely stole the show, despite all the “buzz” over Arnie Hammer.
  • For the first time in a while, noticed the blocking in a film. Guadagnino and Mukdeeprom created a very hypnotic dance between the actors and the camera that helped create a sense of dizzying romanticism and tension.
  • Walked in with heavy skepticism and very low expectations but definitely seduced by the end of the film. Appreciated how internal the film felt, despite it being set against a setting that I am lately very cautious/ apprehensive of.

Scraps: “Only Yesterday”

Director: Isao Takahata

  • Mellow, understated but very poignant.
  • Feels very simple but with a quivering sincerity that still feels very relevant.
  • Looks at urban life with a sense of apathy, but not hatred – while it faces quiet rural life with empathy, romanticism but also caution.
  • Beautiful animation, naturally. The contrast of the fuzzy, vignetted watercolors in the flashbacks and the crisp, vibrant colors from the present time work wonderfully.
  • The narrative maintains a sense of struggle without having a villain or antagonist that is a person, but instead it’s this ever present sense of dissatisfaction and anxieties that can’t easily be resolved.

Scraps: “A Brighter Summer Day”

Director: Edward Yang
Cinematographer: Hui Kung Chang & Longyu Zhang

  • Masterful and contemplative, an important film that lingers with you long after the viewing.
  • Tensions of time, history and family life in an uncertain time.
  • America is a character that is seemingly invisible in the background of the film, but apparent in other ways.
  • Beautiful cinematography – having seen Yi Yi as my first Edward Yang film, A Brighter Summer Day definitely feels like a precursor to some of his signature techniques that are more present in Yi Yi.
  • Summoned a sense of nostalgia, despite having been raised in Indonesia.
  • Definitely worth revisiting after a while.

Scraps: “Thor: Ragnarok”


Director: Taika Waititi
Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe

  • Very, very, very fun.
  • Definitely one of my favorite Marvel films ever, even though I hated Thor as a character and a premise.
  • Visually amazing – from the production design, to the cinematography, just a blast in all directions.
  • “Fun” but doesn’t feel tedious or tacky despite the over the top sensibilities.
  • The world building is ace.
  • The comedic beats are awkward, snappy and genuine in ways that humanized all the characters, even Cate Blancett’s deliciously villainous character, Hela.
  • Appreciated all the physical, vaudeville comedy.
  • All the acting was great! Except maybe Mark Ruffalo who seemed to have had way too much fun to care.