Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

An abridged version of this review was published today at Christianity Today Movies.-How is childhood like a red balloon?Watching Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s new film Flight of the Red Balloon, there are many possible answers to that question. … [Read more...]

Good Medicine by Way of Paris and Taiwan: Thank You, Hou Hsiao-Hsien!

I may have the flu, I may have a voice like a gravel-crusher and a fever of 101, but I'm still here, propped up in bed editing Cyndere's Midnight.It may have had something to do with my diet of aspirin, soup, hot tea, cough medicine, whisky, and Airborne, but I was hypnotized and delighted by Flight of the Red Balloon, the new film by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, which I watched while slumped on the couch yesterday afternoon. It's one of the most visually inventive films I've ever seen, reminding me of … [Read more...]


It was just an ordinary mid-summer day in movieland, with a bunch of chatter about the box office and the Oliver Stone film's underwhelming opening weekend, when what should appear at Cinematical, but the sort of news that makes serious movie buffs sit up and pay close attention:China's Hou Hsiao-hsien, director of The Flowers of Shanghai, Cafe Lumiere and Three Times (one of this year's best films), is back at work. And this time, he's filming in Paris... with Juliette Binoche. … [Read more...]

Rosenbaum Reviews "Three Times"

Sure to be one of the year's best, Three Times is the latest from Hou Hsiao-hsien, whose film Cafe Lumiere is one of the best I've seen in the past few years. … [Read more...]

Cafe Lumiere

The more movies I watch, and the older I get, the more I enjoy a particular sight onscreen -- people who are thinking.And Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Cafe Lumiere is full of people thinking. Beautiful pictures of people thinking.At the same time, it's a tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, which is evident right away... … [Read more...]

Tracking Toronto

GreenCine Daily is providing all kinds of coverage on the Toronto International Film Festival, including some comments on The Smell of Paradise, a film that makes me uneasy just in its summary.Meanwhile, the blogging has begun in earnest at Long Pauses by Darren Hughes, who is determined not to be controlled by "blog guilt." He especially praises Sokurov's The Sun. (Great. Now, in future conversations with film buffs, we'll have to say, "The Sun.... No, S-U-N, not the Dardennes Brothers … [Read more...]