Monday, September 5 2011
The final day of directors is here, Josef Von Sternberg through Zhang Yimou. German Expressionism, Dogme 95, contemporary views of Asian life, post-WWII malaise in Eastern Europe, and the alternately heartwarming and queer takes on everyday life in Baltimore all hold a space on today's list. Did we forget your favorite director on this list?
Thursday, February 3 2011
Zhang Yimou gives the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple a slapstick makeover.
Monday, March 26 2007
Even with all the gilded luxury surrounding them, the feverish tension between these characters is what holds your eye.
Wednesday, May 4 2005
While Zhang and Zhang's commentary track emphasizes the sheer effort that went into the film's production -- training, research, special effects work, hours on the set, physical hardships -- it also suggests the good time they shared.
Thursday, December 2 2004
While the men's trajectories seem well delineated, Mei's fate and meaning are both more opaque.
Sunday, November 28 2004
Hero reimagines history in a way that underlines its tragedy.