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Movies and Tea #25 – The Father Knows Best Trilogy

Season 4 kicks off with a Lee’s first three films which are commonly refered to as his Father Knows Best trilogy with the three films connected by thier themes rather than characters.

Pushing Hands – Moving from Beijing, elderly tai chi master Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung) struggles to adjust to life in New York, living with his Americanized son Alex (Ye-tong Wang) and daughter-in-law, Martha (Deb Snyder), a writer who seems to blame him for her own paralyzing inability to focus. But when Chu begins teaching tai chi at a local school, his desire to make a meaningful connection comes to fruition in the most unexpected of ways.

The Wedding Banquet – Wai-Tung (Winston Chao) and his boyfriend (Mitchell Lichtenstein) are living happily as a gay couple in New York City even though Wai-Tung has not come out to his Taiwanese parents (Sihung Lung, Ah-Leh Gua). To get his parents off his back he decides to throw a fake wedding with his tenant and artist Wei-Wei (May Chin) who needs a green card to avoid deportation. Thing however go astray when Wai-Tung’s parents plan an extravagant wedding banquet.

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman – Master Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) is semi-retired and lives at home with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), a religious chemistry teacher; Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu), an airline executive; and Jia-Ning (Yu-wen Wang), an employee at a fast-food joint. Life at the family’s house revolves heavily around preparing and eating an elaborate dinner every Sunday. However with Chu losing his sense of taste and his daughters looking to leave the family hope the family must now deal with adapting to the changes effecting them all.

 

Further Viewing

Chef
Gran Turino
Joy Luck Club
The Farewell
Big Night
Babettes feast
Chocolate

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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After Hours #10 – Donnie Darko

Bringing our after hours epsiode to a close is the cult favourite Donnie Darko from Elwood’s favourite director Richard Kelly in which the time traveling demonic bunny Frank warns Donnie that the world is going to end in 28 Days, Six Hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds while putting him on the path to finding out how.

A film which blend together elements of teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror, and cultural satire into one truly unique experience

Further Viewing

Time Crimes
Detention
Source Code
Time Lapse
Triangle
Memento
Nightcrawler
Velvet Buzzsaw

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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After Hours #9 – Tigers Are Not Afraid

On this episode we discuss the directorial debut of Issa López which not only has seen her draw comparisons to the Guillermo del Toro but also his admiration aswell.

With her debut film she blends fairy tale fantasy against the harsh reality of the Mexican drug wars as a young girl called Estrella returns home to find her mother missing and persumed to have been  kidnapped by the local drugs cartel currently terrorising the city. Now joining  a group of orphaned street kids and empowered  with the gift of three wishes she joins them on their quest for  revenge.

Further Viewing

Pan’s Labyrinth
Devil’s Backbone
Krampus
Coreline
Sicaro
City of God

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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After Hours: The Shallows

Shark Week #3 is finally here and this time it’s the turn of “The Shallows”

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who despite giving us films such as Orphan and Non-stop is also the director responsible for the likes of “Goal 2: Living the Dream” and “The House of Wax” remake which so memorably was sold on the prospect of seeing Paris Hilton die.

So with the prospect of a bikini bottom clad Blake Lively cashing in the pretty girl dollars alongside a rather large shark as selling the movie you might expect the same sort of throw away summer fodder with all the dramatic depth of an Emma Watson performance…..I mean it couldn’t possibly be good….could it?

Further Viewing

The Reef
Backcountry
127 hours
Buried
Rogue

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Sia – Bird Set Free

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Movies and Tea #24 – The Beguiled

Season 3 and our re-evaluation of the Sofia Coppola filmography comes to a close with her remake of The Beguiled.

Using the Civil war as her backdrop Coppola with The Beguiled continued her evolution in style with a remake of Don Siegal’s original 1971 film only this time shot from the women’s point of view than the man’s as the arrival of Colin Farrell’s solider of fortune at a girls school begins to stire feelings in both the students and teacher alike.

The film being viewed by Coppola as a way to cleanse herself after 2013’s The Bling Ring from what she terms was “Such a tacky, ugly world”

We also discuss her use of the “Female Gaze” aswell as the changes that shooting from the girls perspective brings to the story aswell as highlighting our favourite, worst and hidden gem of Coppola’s filmography

Further Viewing

The Virgin Suicides
The Others
Pride and Prejudice
The Guest
Needful Things
Black Narcissus
Stoker

 

Music on this episode

Phoenix – The Beguiled Opening theme
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #22 – Somewhere

After the mixed reception to Marie Antoinette returned with Somewhere a film similar in style to Lost In Translation while also working memories of her own childhood growing up on her father’s sets as she here we follow Upcoming badboy Actor Johnny as he reconnects with his daughter Cleo and perhaps in turn finds what’s missing in his own life.

Further Viewing

Wonder Boys
Nowhere
The Rules of Attraction
Jersey Girl
Definitely Maybe
We Bought A Zoo

Music on this episode

Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset Part I
The Police – So Lonely
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #21 – Marie Antoinette

Originally envisioned as her second feature but stuggling with Historical true and an imposing roster of character which would lead Sofia Coppola to begin work on a parallel project which evolved into Lost In Translation whose success would inturn revamp this project.

Setting out to not create another stuffy costume drama Coppola here blends the contempory with the traditional as lavish gowns and powdered wigs are sound tracked to a combination of New Wave and Post Punk as the film follows the life of Marie Antoinette from her marriage to Louis XVI to the fall of the house of Versailles with Coppola drawing inspiration from Evelyn Lever and Antonia Fraser’s biographies of Antoinette to craft a film which is less of a history lesson but instead more of a rich girl fantasy as Coppola focuses on the life the queen and the people in Antoinette’s life

 

Further Viewing

The Other Boleyn Girl
Plunkett & Macleane
Anna Karenina (2012)
Eat Drink Man Woman
Chef
This is Not What I Expected

Music on this episode

Siouxsie and the BansheesHong Kong Garden
Aphrodisiac
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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