Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Friday, April 18, 2008
Norah Jones in the latest film by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, My Blueberry Nights (TWC)
Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai is like a jazz musician and his films are like cinematic riffs. His films are all about mood. They really aren't about plot and in some ways not even about character. They are about longing, desire, obsession -- intangible feelings that can consume a person. As someone who has an aversion to most contemporary romantic movies, Wong is a filmmaker whose lush romanticism makes me swoon. His latest outing, My Blueberry Nights (opening April 18 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters, AMC Palm Promenade, and UA's Horton Plaza 14), is his first film in English. But romantic riffs like his translate into any language. (You can also listen to our Film Club discussion of Wong's film.)
April 19, 2008 at 10:08 AM
Thanks for the interview, Beth. This is a relief for me as I had been worrying quite a lot about his first English film. Now, I know to temper my expectations a bit. After all, his short in Eros is very moving. This may turn out to be a good year after all with WKW and Hou Hsiao Hsien both having a film released in this country.
April 19, 2008 at 05:24 PM
Max, I'm thrilled that there is another person out there waiting anxiously for a Hous Hsiao Hsien film. I wish more people had your taste. Thanks, Beth
Hungry Hank from San Diego, CA
April 20, 2008 at 06:41 PM
Beth, I find it so funny/sad that you and I are the only two critics with more good to say than bad ... and that I'm apparently the only man in America to like it as well after speaking with the staff at a theater who told me that the women seem to like the film, but no so much the men. Sure, this may not live up to WKW's previous work ... but I still enjoyed it immensely and I think it's better than 90% of the stuff being crammed down our throats recently - (*cough*) 88 Minutes.