Diana Cheng

Diana Cheng
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3 Ripples 94% 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 98% 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
76% 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
91% 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
88% 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
80% 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
82% 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