Category Archive: Mandarin

House of Flying Daggers (Day 98)

My Opinion: 7.2 || Gorgeous imagery and surreal action — a visually stunning film. There’s nothing special, though, in the romantic storyline which is essentially a platoform for the sumptuous images and choreography.

Please Vote For Me (Day 49)

My Opinion: 6.6 || It’s short but dense with revealing perspectives about politics, children, and middle-class China. There’s no mistaking the relevance of watching third graders in a non-democratic country try to make sense… Continue reading

Not One Less (Day 24)

My Opinion: 6.7 || A movie that steadily gathers narrative and emotional momentum. The naïve, headstrong protagonist Wei is a refreshingly peculiar girl whose flaws are indistinguishable from her strengths. It’s a delicately flavored… Continue reading

  • About Me


    I'm an author and consultant in Portland, Oregon. My novel 'Beheld' will be published this June.

  • The Mission

    To watch and write about one new foreign film a day for 100 days. It's a cinematic world tour -- with an emphasis on diversity of language, era, and style.

    In addition to the daily commentaries, I'll post weekly and monthly wrap-ups. And explore cool ways of graphing the films and my responses to them.