Before Midnight

Circa high school, when the days of sunlight seemed endless and love was fresh and untainted, I would bask in the words bouncing so naturally, between Jesse and Celine. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are two films that have some of the most beautifully crafted dialogue to ever enter our cinematic worlds. And now the third movie in the series- Before Midnight is out and I can’t wait to see it! I’ve heard great things so I’m sure it won’t disappoint an enthusiastically, hopeless romantic such as myself. On the off chance you haven’t had the pleasure of watching the first two films, I highly suggest you get on that before skipping to the cinema for the new one.

If you’ve already seen Before Midnight please let me know what you thought. Is it as wonderful as the first two?

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Oh, Gatsby

The Great Gatsby 大亨小傳 is…

I truly have no words…

It’s like bouncing off the highest trampoline or bungee jumping. That initial fear- will it live up to the classic that F.Scott Fitzgerald so carefully sculpted? Or will it leave you feeling deflated, lacking in that special adrenaline that can only come from throwing yourself straight into space? But then you jump, and you’re most certainly flying, faster than any bird, swooping into the openness from all angles (just like the crazy camera-panning of this movie), diving right on in to thee coolest party on the planet. You’re left dangling, suspended mid-action, gasping for air and laughing at the same time. You could cry because you’re so involved in the moment, living every second, but instead you just breathe it all in, savouring every scene, not wanting it to end.

But it does end; and you find yourself back on land, out of breath, even though you inhaled it all so slowly. It’s OK though, it’s not a movie/moment you’ll be forgetting for a while. It stays with you long after the afternoon sun has slipped behind the clouds and the moon is out to play. It’s one of those fantastical cinematic journeys that you can replay again and again in your head as you remember the dazzle and sparkle and exuberance of every single facial expression, costume and setting, all thought out to perfection. And the music! What a party!

If you haven’t seen it yet, please go! It is freaking spectacular.

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“So, we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

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L’écume des jours- Mood Indigo

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Audrey Tautou. Seeing as Audrey Hepburn is no longer with us, it seems only right that we have another beautiful Audrey gracing our big screens. Best known for her lead role in Amelie, she is a classically quirky, pretty girl. I adore her and I’m so excited to see her star alongside Romain Duris in Michel Gondry’s new film- L’ecume des jours, based on the 1947 novel, which translates as ‘The Foam of the Days.’ It looks absolutely magical and follows the relationship between Colin- a rich inventor of a pianocktail (a little mashup between the piano and the cocktail) and Chloe- a girl who gets sick when a water lily enters her lungs. Now if that doesn’t have you intrigued enough, wait until you hear the only solution to her little illness…

She must be surrounded with flowers at all times. Everyday. Fresh flowers. Everywhere.

Seeing as Gondry directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I wouldn’t really expect anything less from him to be honest. And he also directed The Science of Sleep- another of my favourites. Both gems of a movie.

Apparently it also features The Lumineers song ‘Hey-Ho’, which I’m sure you can’t help but dance along to.

It’s going to be a goody!

Out in France on April 24th…so we can only be patient. Gives us some time to brush up on our French…

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here’s a little sneak peek at the trailer, yay!

Paperman- a flight of love

Paperman is the new black and white animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s lovely! Please take 6 minutes out of your day to watch this cute little film. Boys, prepare your best paper aeroplanes because Valentines is just around the corner. Why not write a little love letter, rock your best origami, and send a flight of love flying her way?

Starry Night 星空

去年我看過兩個機米書的電影。一部電影叫星空。我推薦你看過了。這部電影很可愛。

this is a really cute taiwanese movie called ‘starry night’. it’s based on 機米’s (jimmy liao’s) book 星空. it’s on youtube and has subtitles, check it out here.

lovers are like buses…

If you haven’t already seen Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’, watch it! Now! The cinematography is beautiful, Colin Firth’s acting is outstanding, and it’s a really touching story. Every prop has been perfectly chosen, and the way they play with lights and colour is amazing!

‘Lovers are like buses; if you wait a few minutes another will come along…’

in the towers of your honeycomb

I was just having my weekly glance at www.chinasmack.com and I actually came across something beautiful, which for those of you who are familiar with the above sight, will be more than aware of the fact that this is somewhat of a rarity.

This is one story from the documentary ‘China-EU Love Links’ directed by Jason Lee Wong. It explores the relationships of 10 inter-cultural couples from China and Europe and looks at why the couples fell so much in love and the difficulties they’ve had to overcome due to their cultural differences and language barriers. It’s screening now at The 5th Annual European Union Film Festival in Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu and my old home- Shenzhen. Check it out!

I think this couple’s story in particular is beautiful. Isn’t love just wonderful?!