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: “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.

Scraps: “Force Majeure”

Director: Ruben Östlund
Cinematographer: Fredrik Wenzel

  • It’s getting kind of weird that I’ve unintentionally been seeing films that explore the toxicity and fragility of male masculinity.
  • Beautifully shot. The way the film looks help elevate the sense of discomfort and isolation.
  • Children are scary, but also realizing that you are stuck in a relationship and had built your entire structure of self-worth around an unreliable person is scarier.
  • This movie brings out a lot of droning anxieties around the prospect of a nuclear family.
  • A very dark movie in ways that get under your skin slowly, the fact that it’s very aesthetically pleasing really helps make it a little more terrifying.

Scraps: “Lady Bird”

Director: Greta Gerwig
Cinematographer: Sam Levy 

  • Went to see this without expectations, and was surprised at how lovely this film was.
  • Omg, Laurie Metcaif.
  • Took the feelings of its characters seriously, with some levity. It juggled ingenuity, bitterness and humor really well.
  • The scene where Danny cries holding Lady Bird after she took out the trash at the cafe is really great.
  • Really good cast in general.

Scraps: “Paris 05:59:Théo & Hugo”

Directors: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau
Cinematographer: Manuel Marmier

  • Dreamy, surreal dialogue.
  • Surprising structure and story, especially for a gay film.
  • Beautiful and anxious in all the right ways.
  • Makes me miss Singapore in the late night hours. Realized that I haven’t really seen that many movies about iconic cities being empty, during the odd hours.
  • The encounters with the strangers throughout the film, really made the film much better than if it was only about the two leading men. The monologues delivered by the supporting characters poignantly represented Paris as a character in the film.

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Scraps: “Thelma”

Director: Joachim Trier
Cinematographer: Sidney Lexy Plaut

  • Beautiful acting from all the leads.
  • Came in with a mild skepticism, as it’s a film about a young gay girl – made by an older straight guy. Was generally impressed that how sex and desire play out in the film, nothing felt forced or overly sensualized.
  • The film feels very restrained, despite the premise of the film. Even on its most over the top moments, there’s a sense of control that works. Very graceful.
  • Despite the meticulous film making, the film never felt condescending or trite – instead it felt very sincere, human.
  • Also feels very clear and trim as a film.