91 minutes | Jul 31, 2019

TC #117 - Justin Chang (Flowers of Shanghai)

Being the metropolitan area newspaper's film critic has its set of burdens and responsibilities to a number of diverse audiences, but for Justin Chang, those challenges are multiplied by the the odd nature of Los Angeles as the movie capital of the  world. In this final episode from the City  of Angels as Peter says adios to the city he's called home for the last five years, he sits down with the former Variety and current Los Angeles Times critic to explore how to look and consider the industry and the various entanglements that expand out from it. Justin explains his growth from intern to critic within the city's oldest trade publication to the issues of representation and politics within Hollywood today. The two cap off their conversation by looking at Hou Hsiao-Hsien's strange and hypnotic Flowers of Shanghai, looking at how the director lays clues throughout to explore a 19th century brothel wrapped into a romantic mystery. 0:00–3:11 Opening3:51–11:39 Establishing Shots — Celebrating Seven Years of The Cinephiliacs12:24–1:04:31 Deep Focus — Justin Chang1:05:28–1:09:15 Sponsorship Section1:10:27–1:28:49 Double Exposure — Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)1:29:02–1:31:29 Close / Outtake
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