Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1996)

I loved this film.  The pairing of the very related stories is fresh, hip and alive in a way completely foreign to me.  What little I know of Godard and the New Wave was in presentation here, I think.  Ironically, my parents lived in Hong Kong when this film was made and I spent a good amount of time there myself.  The film really captures the incredible energy of the place.  The movie is very sexy and so are the female leads, especially Faye Wong, playing “Faye” in the second of the two stories.  She is delightful and I won’t … Continue reading Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1996)

Breaking The Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)

A profoundly moving film experience.  One of the best films I have seen in a while – the best film experience I have had since The Lives of Others.  This was my second Lars von Trier film after Dancer in the Dark which I loved as well.  This film is as close to perfection as they get – a deeply expansive narrative with so many layers, just unbelievable performances from all principles, ghostly perfectionist cinematography, impeccable editing, lovely well developed characters without an ounce of pretense but with subtle humor spread throughout, one of the best soundtracks ever complied for … Continue reading Breaking The Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)