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Movies like “The Farewell (2019)” are the reasons I love watching films from around the world.  The film is about a loving Chinese family trying to hide from their matriarch, her late-stage cancer by organising a grand wedding in the family to keep her spirits high. Nai Nai (generic term to mean  ‘paternal grandmother’ in Chinese) is an old lady living in Changchun, China. After her husband’s death many years ago, though there are people around her, like a caring sister living nearby, a roommate and a maid, she misses having her two sons and their kids. She loves them…

Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994), this film has been in my bucket list for decades. I finally watched it today, and it turned out to be an unforgettable experience. It is about Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), a not so smart…

Kumbalangi Nights (2019)

Kumbalangi Nights (2019) is an offbeat rom-com by director Madhu C. Narayanan, an unbelievable debut film for him. Even for a Malayalam cinema, the first-half goes extremely slow, expending a lot of time in setting the mood, but after that,…

The Captain (2019): 中国机长 is a Chinese film produced by Alibaba Pictures-it is based on a real incident of an aircraft and its crew surviving a windshield disaster in 2018, midair near the Tibetan region. The film was about human endurance, how much can an experienced pilot and a qualified crew can achieve in the hour of crisis. The screenplay was not a nail-biter, yet it was thrilling to watch. Seeing the film I am impressed with how modern the aviation infrastructures are in China: the airport in a non-capital city like Chongqing looks sophisticated and really huge, also was…

American Factory (美国工厂; 美國工廠) 2019

American Factory (2019) is an engaging documentary from Netflix, that is not to be missed. It highlights the biggest problem facing Americans in recent years. Do American really want the “tough” manufacturing jobs back in the USA? Are they ready…