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.
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.
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.