March 13, 2023

Alternative Academy

If you liked: Movie (year)

Another Movie I'd Recommend (year)

why: a thing about Movie that I think is better portrayed or honored in Another Movie I'd Recommend

If you liked: Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

1. Tampopo (1985)

why: Asians doing random, frenetic things

2. Pushing Hands (1991)

why: its depiction of the trouble with being an Asian-American immigrant

3. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

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why: its depiction of the trouble with being a gay Asian-American immigrant, and the possibilities of love and reconciliation with traditional Asian parents

4. TikTok after refining your FYP

why: stories of immigrant familial reconciliation that offer queer validation sprinkled between visually dazzling, excitingly random skits

If you liked: Nomadland (2020)

1. Sorry We Missed You (2019)

why: its compassion for the life of warehouse and gig workers

2. The Runner (1984)
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why: poverty as containing still some measure of joy and beauty

If you liked: Parasite (2019)

1. The Servant (1963)

why: topsy-turvy power dynamics of the serving vs. the served

2. Burning (2018)

why: the cruelty and arbitrariness of social inequality (bonus: also with Asians, Koreans no less)

If you liked: The Favourite (2018)

1. The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

why: saucy aristocracy

2. The Handmaiden (2016)

why: hot, lesbian power dynamic sex
If you liked: CMBYN (2017)

1. Weekend (2011)

why: gay yearning

2. La Collectionneuse (1967) 

why: salty, sexy, seductive Summer in the Mediterranean / age-gap relationship

If you liked: Shape of Water (2017)

1. Possession (1981)

why: lol, freaky creature sex. This is a tongue-in-cheek suggestion. 

2. The Wailing (2016)

why: the misunderstood monster in a horror-fairytale story. But this movie plays with the expectations and tropes around the misunderstood monster, and is also a pretty scary movie. This is also kind of a cheeky suggestion.
If you liked: Birdman (2014)

1. Russian Ark (2002)

why: one-shot movie

2. The Great Beauty (2013)

why: a man having a late-in-life crisis questioning of his life and career as an artist 

If you liked: Any of the Avatars (2009-????)

Blue Man Group

why: blue people


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But I'm not above some friendly competition to guess what awards Hollywood will give out to itself 

And here’s a rumination on EEAAO that sums up my view perfectly. Bravo Justin Chang!! For putting to words what I’ve been feeling as I’ve taken in the breathless praise of this movie.