Scraps: “Nervous Translation”

Director & Writer: Shireen Seno
Cinematography: Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria

  • A film about the anxieties, curiosity and boredom of childhood.
  • Love the effort to emulate the unnerving, disjointed feeling of remembering your time as a child. Very expressionistic and modern in its approach.
  • The crispness of the cinematography feels distracting from the feeling that the film is trying to accomplish.
  • The miniature use is lovely.
  • Didn’t expect to see a lot of familiar occurrences in the film: Tropical floods, stretches of quiet time that are punctuated by big gatherings of family members, parental struggle to provide, political uncertainties.
  • Reminds me of Michel Gondry’s work.

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.