Diana Cheng

Diana Cheng
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
2.5 28% The Aftermath (2019) ... the unconvincing storyline abruptly stops any appreciation I've had of other cinematic elements up to that point. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Avilés makes a seemingly mundane act a moving moment. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) To balance the fast changing landscape of the country, there are slower, reflective moments; from the billowing Yangtze to the expanding cosmos, Jia packs a lot for his viewers to mull upon. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2 Ripples 59% Greta (2019) As for the prominent leitmotif, Franz Liszt's Liebestraum (Love Dream), it just serves to stir up yearnings for something deeper and artistically satisfying, instead of, alas, leaving us with an illusive dream. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
93% Hotel by the River (2019) the serene camera capturing the two women against the expanse of freshly fallen snow is perhaps the most poetic in [Hong's] recent works. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3 Ripples 93% The Favourite (2018) If you're on an existential quest for meaning, look elsewhere. This film is pure entertainment, irreverent, surreal, sumptuous in set design, costumes, make-up, and spot-on in editing and acting; but it's not for the serious meaning seeker. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) "The Rider" is visual poetry on a subject that is seldom explored... - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/4 96% Roma (2018) Childhood memories are powerful markers of identity and experiences; thanks to"Roma"for evoking such while one is unaware, as it works magic in creating new imagery to sustain them. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 99% Free Solo (2018) ...stunning cinematography in chronicling star rock climber Honnolds' career and his rise to the peak (so far). What's thought-provoking is [the] focus not just on the physical but the psyche of those involved... - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3 Ripples 100% Shirkers (2018) Shirkers is... a narrative that transcends grievances to situate personal experience in a larger social and cultural context. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
78% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2018) Shot in black and white, the film allows viewers to observe the characters like a visual document, but at the same time, entertaining them with humorous nuances. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
91% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) The parallels are obvious, the sentiments genuine. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
94% Shadow (2019) "Shadow" is an elegant Chinese ink brush painting. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The very story of A Star is Born is itself a cautionary tale. Interestingly, Hollywood loves this story. The Cooper and Gaga version is the fourth time the tale is told. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki's realistic camera following Zain, whose family is undocumented migrants, takes viewers into the heart of a very real, universal issue, no, not about refugees, but the problem of unfit parenting. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The consoling breathers and the meaningful elements in the film then were [the] acts of kindness and courage. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda is a masterful storyteller. Just as we're complacent and pleased with how this peculiar family goes on, secrets begin to spill... Layer by layer we're led into stark, riveting realism. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) From this his first attempt at directing, viewers would be gratified to find Dano to be an actor's director; especially with the excellent cast he has under his helm, this is doubly rewarding. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang-dong has fleshed out the minimalist narrative of Murakami's story and created an extended ending, turning "Burning" from mere rumination into a dramatic suspense thriller... - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) The fine cast let us visualize the events of the book as experiences of real persons. - Ripple Effects EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Chaganty's style is fresh and contemporary, relevant and slick. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) What's in a name? It should be quite obvious that such a book title is intended to be satirical. That Nick has been hiding his wealth and privileged background in order to woo Rachel tells exactly the opposite of what the book/movie title conveys. - Asian American Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018