favorites from last month. always logging stuff late. hapa boy from the bay area.

Favorite films

  • A Nos Amours
  • The Landlord
  • Panels for the Walls of Heaven
  • Yi Yi

Recent activity

  • Greetings from Crîngași


  • Messiah of Evil


  • Yi Yi


  • Jawan


Recent reviews

  • Elemental



    Pixar anthropomorphized morality lesson at an absolute endpoint. So fully exists as metaphor that it begs the question why it even took this approach at all. You know what everyone knows about? Fire. Water. Everyone knows that stuff. Might as well have been about poop and pee.

  • Terms of Endearment

    Terms of Endearment


    [with commentary | with director James L. Brooks, co-producer Penney Finkelman Cox and production designer Polly Platt]

    “It was so important that it be a comedy. The word ‘cancer’ then was just — you couldn’t imagine. It was just a word that nobody wanted to say or deal with at that time. It was a bizarre goal. But it was because the picture had to be a comedy to work.”

    I interviewed James L. Brooks.

Popular reviews

  • The Room

    The Room


    On an eleventh watch, I realize that Lisa and Claudette talking about breast cancer means that this film technically passes the Bechdel test.

    Also, masterpiece.

  • Far Far Away Idol

    Far Far Away Idol


    My family went to a house party in 2005. While all the parents drank and chatted downstairs, all the kids were up in the playroom, shooting Nerf guns and watching Shrek 2. When the credits rolled, the host's kids popped into the bonus features and queued up this motherfucker. After every character performed their song, we were asked to vote on who should win. I put up my hand for Donkey's passionate performance of "Disco Inferno," but, of course, Prince…