First of all, I am so glad I saw this in 2020 with a friend instead of 2018 when the discourse against and for this movie was so, so annoying. I have very complicated feelings about representation, mainly how I don't see it as the hill to die on. Meaning, I think it is important in some ways, but it won't lead to our liberation, which is the most important thing to me. I mainly think this way because I…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“Daddy, can we only know half of the truth?”
“What? I don't get it.”
“I can only see what's in front, not what's behind. So I can only know half of the truth, right?”
Edward Yang's Yi Yi is a masterful analysis of the trials, conflicts, and emotional struggles of reality. While the movie focuses on the entire Jian family, it primarily follows the lives of the father NJ, the daughter Ting-Ting, and the young son, Yang-Yang.
One thing that…
Let me paint the scene. It’s Saturday night, wayyy before COVID-19 was even a thing. Everyone is going to the theatre to watch Jojo Rabbit and whatever other cool movies are out. I think Little Women was playing, too. Many people are upset and getting turned away at the ticket booth because a lot of movies were sold out. But us? Me and my friends smile as we ask for 5 tickets to see CATS. The ticket booth guy blinks…