Lawrence Chua

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul by Lawrence Chua
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Lawrence Chua speaks to the filmmaker about Thai history and its ghosts.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady by Lawrence Chua
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s training as an architect may not be immediately perceived in his trippy and moving Tropical Malady.

Julie Mehretu by Lawrence Chua
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At the heart of Julie Mehretu’s paintings is a question about the ways in which we construct and live in the world. Perhaps that is what makes the work so radical: its willingness to unravel the conventionally given answers about the violent environment we inhabit today. 

Coming Down by Lawrence Chua

In the afternoon, Hollywood Ketsouvan-nasane listens to a radio describe the snowstorm that would arrive that night. 

Sherif el-Azma’s Pilot for a Soap Opera about an Egyptian Air Hostess by Lawrence Chua
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In Pilot for a Soap Opera about an Egyptian Air Hostess, Sherif el-Azma conjures the quiet tension of an object about to fall. 

Carlo Rotella’s Good with Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt by Lawrence Chua
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Meet psych major and boxer Liz McGonigal, bluesman and entrepreneur Buddy Guy, and cops-turned-muses Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso in Carlo Rotella’s anthology of blue-collar life stories Good with Their Hands.

Michael Haneke by Lawrence Chua
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After seeing my first Michael Haneke film, I left the theater sick to my stomach. Perhaps this is not the most obvious compliment to pay a director, but there is a visceral effect to Haneke’s work that I would be remiss in not sharing.

Tran Anh Hung’s The Vertical Ray of the Sun by Lawrence Chua
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Tran Anh Hung’s latest film is filled with love and infidelity, skirting the line between reality and a dreamworld.

Julien Temple by Lawrence Chua
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“Even if you’re a punk you can have feelings of love and friendship.” Julien Temple

Mike Marqusee’s Redemption Song by Lawrence Chua
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The man the world knows as Champion came into being on February 26, 1964. Cassius Clay had just defeated Sonny Liston and taken the heavyweight title and he announced his involvement with the Nation of Islam to the press. 

Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgan’s On the Ropes by Lawrence Chua
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“Boxing’s claim is that it is superior to life in that it is, ideally, superior to all accident,” writes Joyce Carol Oates in her influential essay On Boxing; “it contains nothing that is not fully willed.” 

Shohei Imamura’s Dr. Akagi by Lawrence Chua
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Shohei Imamura’s 25th film, Dr. Akagi, is a lovely mess of jazzy comedy, kink, and apocalypse that he has declared to be his last movie. 

Books to Film by Lawrence Chua
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Lawrence Chua reviews the then-new film adaptations of two American novels, Russell Banks’ Affliction and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

John Maybury’s Love is the Devil by Lawrence Chua
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Falling through the skylight of Francis Bacon’s studio, petty criminal, and thug-about-town George Dyer (Daniel Craig) falls into the arms of his future. 

Sara Chin’s Below the Line by Lawrence Chua
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Musuh Dalam Selimut: The Enemies in the Blanket by Lawrence Chua

Your skin is your uniform. A beacon and a membrane. Something to hold it all together.

Peter Greenaway by Lawrence Chua
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The architect of dreams, filmmaker Peter Greenaway describes his film, The Pillow Book, an ode to Sei Shonagon’s 10th century vernacular sex diary and CD-roms.

Yvonne Welbon by Lawrence Chua
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In Yvonne Welbon’s short films and videos, memory laps at the crumbling shoreline of history. 

Shu Lea Cheang by Lawrence Chua
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Shu Lea Cheang’s film Fresh Kill is non-stop motion, traveling between environmental and cyber space.

Hanif Kureishi and Gurinder Chadha by Lawrence Chua
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Filmmakers and writers Gurinder Chada and Hanif Kureishi talk with Lawrence Chua about the British ethnic experience, Pakistani punks, and the limitations of tradition.

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