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Review: 2046 (Hong Kong, 2004)


Wong Kar-wai is one of Asia’s most renowned filmmakers. If you’re a hardcore film buff, you’ve probably heard of him. If not, he’s definitely a...

Review: Control Room (United States, 2004)


More than a decade on, Control Room (trailer here) is perhaps more relevant and entertaining than it was upon its release in 2004. Set during...

Review: The World (China, 2004)


In the West, China is famous for its ripoffs–copycat smartphones, pirated DVDs with uncannily modified titles, and counterfeit luxury products. Movies and LV purses are...

Review: But Always (China, 2014)


  Today in New York, there was a massive snowstorm that led to my getting off of work early (alongside cancelling happy hours and impressively...

Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Japan, 2004)


Oftentimes compared to Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai is among Japan’s most acclaimed anime directors. Although he isn’t a member of the popularly known...


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