Tag Archives: documentaries

The return of Taiwanese cinema

Posted on April 27, 2013 by Toothpicker

Taiwanese cinema enjoyed its peak from the early 80s until mid 90s. This was the New Wave and second New Wave period during which many talented directors made their marks. Apart from the art house cinema's favourite, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, there are also Wu Nien-jen, Tsai Ming-liang,now the most famous Taiwanese director, Ang [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries and was tagged with documentaries, films, Taiwanese cinema


Films about SUSHI...

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

This blog entry actually coincides with my trip to Japan... the land of sushi!
 

The variety of sushi USB in Japan...
 
I remember the days when many English people would cringe at the thought of eating raw fish, but those days were long gone and now sushi has become so popular that it would [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Films & documentaries, Anything Japanese and was tagged with Food & dining, documentaries, films, sushi


The Bruce Lacey experience

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Toothpicker

The Bruce Lacey experience at Camden arts centre
 
I have heard of the eccentric British artist Bruce Lacey before, but I wasn't familiar with his work until his exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre ( one of my favourite galleries in London which is not actually in Camden) back in the summer.
The exhibition [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries, Art, Theatre & performance art, British art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, documentaries, ICA, performance art, Camden Arts Centre


London film festival 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I am a huge fan of world cinema and documentaries, but it's never easy to pick just a few from the long list at the London film festival. I usually would pick out the ones that are 'least' likely to get distributed here, hence I never pick the popular choices.
It is always [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


Documentaries marathon

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Toothpicker

Since the ICA would be closed during the Olympics, I decided to do a mini documentaries marathon, seeing three documentaries in 2 days... I have been more ambitious before but ended up feeling nausea afterwards, so I have learned not to overdo it.
 
Marina Abramovic: The artist is present
This is an engaging, spiritual [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Art and was tagged with documentaries, ICA, Marina Abramovic


Arirang & Kim Ki-Duk

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Toothpicker

I don't know how to describe renowned Korean director, Kim Ki-Duk's new docudrama, it is weird, fascinating, boring, humorous, experimental, self-indulgent, self-critical, meditative and intense all at the same time! How can a film be all of the above? Well, here we go, and it even won the 'Prix Un Certain Regard [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries and was tagged with documentaries, Kim Ki-Duk


This is not a film & Iranian cinema

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Toothpicker

I first encountered Iranian cinema around the mid 90s, and I found myself being mesmerised by films from directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf, and Jafar Panahi. Panahi's 'The White balloon' in particular, left a very strong impression on me. I liked the simplicity and humanity of the story, which has a [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, films, Human rights, Jafar Panahi


'The price of sex' by Mimi Chakarova

Posted on March 25, 2012 by Toothpicker

I hope that my blog title will not attract the wrong crowd thinking that this is a porn site! It's actually about a documentary that I saw at the Human Rights Watch film festival currently showing in London.
Before launching the website, I found the whole idea of social media quite daunting. Little [...]

This post was posted in Talks, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with talks, documentaries, ICA


The 'new' ICA

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Toothpicker

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955
 
I used to hang out at the ICA when I was an art student many years ago. It was the 'IT' place for 'cool' art and art house films, I even remember seeing Derek Jarman's film for the first time there. I don't remember when [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, documentaries, ICA


From graffiti to art: Style Wars

Posted on February 23, 2012 by Toothpicker

The most famous street art gallery: East side gallery, Berlin
 
I have always been fascinated by street art and graffiti, and I have taken photographs of these works of 'art' for quite a few years esp. during my travels. Hence I was glad that I managed to get one of the last few [...]

This post was posted in London, Travel, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti and was tagged with London, documentaries, graffiti/ street art


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