(The Eye, dir. Pang & Pang, 2008)

Angelica Lee as Wong Kar Mun in The Eye (2008) Photo: IMDB. com Traumas and wounds become embodied indexes of a nation’s technological and cultural transformation in the film, The Eye (2008). The horror story centers on 20-year old Wong Kar Mun, a Hong kong classical violinist who undergoes an eye cornea transplant. Regaining her… Continue reading (The Eye, dir. Pang & Pang, 2008)

Mae Nak (dir. Pimpaka Towira, 1992)

Still from Mae Nak by Pimpaka Towira, dir., Mae Nak, VHS, 1997 Images of devotion form the nexus of Thai religions and social life. As shown by Justin McDaniel’s ethnography on the shrines of Mae Nak, a well-known Thai female ghost based on a mother who dies in childbirth during the reign of King Rama… Continue reading Mae Nak (dir. Pimpaka Towira, 1992)

The Cinematic Metaverse: Hollywood Science Fiction and Silicon Valley’s Vision of the Future

Mark Zuckerberg demonstrating the capabilities of the metaverse. Abstract This essay analyzes science fiction novels to reconstruct a partial literary genealogy of the Californian Ideology first described in 1995 by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, as a strange mixture of the counterculture hippie movement and the ideal of the free market. It addresses the ways… Continue reading The Cinematic Metaverse: Hollywood Science Fiction and Silicon Valley’s Vision of the Future

In the mood for love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)

In the Mood for Love. 2000. Hong Kong. Directed by Wong Kar Wai. With Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Man Yuk. 35mm. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 98 min. Hong Kong 1962: Ambitious newspaper editor Chow (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and shy secretary Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) are among the many immigrants who have fled to… Continue reading In the mood for love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)