On the Other Side of the Screen: To Stream or Not To Stream

by Sean Wang & Sorfina Bumidin   The days of traditional cinema seem to have long passed. The entry of streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max has made…

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Bright, bittersweet love in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and La La Land (2016)

Designed by: Nurin From the bright pastel umbrellas in motion to that jazzy score by Michel Legrand in the opening scene, fans of La La Land (2016) would not be…

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Let’s Get Physical (with safe-distancing measures)

TAIPEI FILM FESTIVAL 2020 SETS THE BAR FOR PHYSICAL EVENTS IN PRESENT COVID-TIMES The new normal has us at our laptops at odd hours, attending more film festivals, music gigs,…

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Film Journals #5 – YouTube: The New French New Wave

It’s easy to nit-pick at the flaws of YouTube videos and label them as “trashy” or “low production value”. But in this episode, we will compare YouTube’s history to that…

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Film Journals #4 – How Shane Dawson Manipulated His Audience? Tiger King, 13 Reasons Why

Is sensationalism really always a bad thing, or could it actually do good as well? In this episode, we look at trending web series such as Netflix’s Tiger King and…

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Film Journals #3 – Hollywood Makes Propaganda

Change my mind: Interstellar is a great space exploration film, but it is also a propaganda film for America. In this episode, we compare famous Hollywood films to propaganda films…

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Film Journals #2 – When Bad Is Better

Tired of picture-perfect Hollywood? Why not try embracing imperfection instead! In this episode, we discuss the philosophy of Wabi Sabi — the Art of Appreciating Imperfection — and delve into…

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