Deany Hendrick Cheng

Deany Hendrick Cheng

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I generally don't know what I'm talking about.

Favorite films

  • Comrades: Almost a Love Story
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Nashville
  • Yi Yi

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  • Shampoo

    ★★★½

  • How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★★

  • Early Summer

    ★★★★★

  • Minnie and Moskowitz

    ★★★★½

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  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★★

    I first saw this movie when I was eighteen or nineteen, already set on but yet to properly articulate what I gravitated towards in art, and it felt like everything to me. It felt real, in a way well-crafted things always feel real to people who have no idea what real is. I was a sophomore in college then, that precise age of half-formed-ness where you're most prone to imaginings of what adulthood must be like, what having a job…

  • Cleaners

    Cleaners

    ★★★★½

    QCinema Film #14

    Rilke once wrote that youth was a fountain of inspiration all our own, filled with stories that are our own, and no one else's. Everyone has a coming-of-age story, and there are only so many kinds of coming-of-age. However, what makes this genre sing isn't the broad strokes of plot, but the specificity of each attempt at its telling. 

    This is all to say that a great coming-of-age story need not be about everyone's childhood, but rather,…

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  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    ★★★½

    The costume work for this is exquisite, even as it never really amounts to much more than "Warren Beatty fools around with several gorgeous women", even with its grander designs about saying something about the contemporary American ethos.

    At least the stars are hot.

  • How Green Was My Valley

    How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★★

    A movie of almost pure feeling: All political pragmatism, half-finished threads, and expressive compositions. Some of it may not hold up so much under the light--particularly if you're not one for the unabashed sentimentality Ford employs here--but this isn't necessarily a film you put under too harsh a microscope. It's like life: Incoherence and beauty are features, not bugs.

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  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★★

    Somehow even thornier and trickier than I remember, and I've only mustered up the guts to rewatch it now because I've always found myself intimidated by how thorny and tricky I found it at 17, when I was still firmly in the Before Sunrise phase of my life. A part of me was worried it wouldn't age well, because I'd taken from it so much of my perception of what adulthood would be like, of what a more mature, fuller…

  • Iska

    Iska

    ★★★

    Cinemalaya: Film #7

    Shakycam aesthetic needs to be ethered, I'm sorry. Ruby Ruiz is bonkers good, but the rest of the film just felt interminable because of the shoddy filmmaking around it. Doesn't help that its ending is a stumble at best and a horrific betrayal of character at worst.