CJ Sheu

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CJ Sheu is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved, Taipei-based film critic for The News Lens and Critics at Large; he has been published by Bright Wall/Dark Room, Funscreen (Taiwan), and LeonardMaltin.com. He has a PhD in 21st-century American fiction.

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2021/08/30 | CJ Sheu

The Unexplored Existential Angst of ‘Night Drive’

Between the trendy conceits of time travel and taxi drivers taken hostage, ‘Night Drive’ is an original and weird tale.

2021/07/06 | CJ Sheu

‘Longing for the Rain’ Makes You Long for a Shorter Film

Shot in Beijing and Changchun, Longing for the Rain’s explicit treatment of female desire clearly distinguishes it as a Hong Kong film.

2021/06/16 | CJ Sheu

‘River of Exploding Durians’ Makes a Virtue of a Small Budget

On the surface a critique of Malaysian political corruption and societal acquiescence — and it still is that — ‘River of Exploding Durians’ is grounded in one young man’s devastation at losing everyone he cares about.

2021/05/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ A Solid Entry in a Stellar Series

‘Scarlet Bullet’ is the latest in the Detective Conan crime manga film series. Its action, humor, and formulaic plot are the main draws.

2021/03/26 | CJ Sheu

‘Our Story’ and the Possibilities of Literature

The manga-influenced ‘Our Story’ has the charms of a coming of age story, but also contemplates the power of literature.

2021/02/20 | CJ Sheu

‘Recipe for Happiness’ Shows How Muddling Through Life Can Keep Us Sane

Following the everyday life of openly unambitious and mediocre civil servant Namgoong Jin-Soo, 'Recipe for Happiness' captures what it’s like to be a young adult in the age of precarious neoliberal ecotastrophe.

2021/01/07 | CJ Sheu

In the Age of Digital Streaming, Will Literature Survive?

How to learn to stop worrying and love the literature of our new streaming-centric life.

2020/09/01 | CJ Sheu

‘Tenet’ Gives You Seven Heist Films for the Price of One

After the multi-paced reverse-heist of Inception, Nolan has upped the ante by folding time back on itself to create seven heists — count them with me: opera house, penthouse, warehouse, convoy, convoy again, warehouse again, pit.

2020/08/14 | CJ Sheu

2020 Is Wild. 'Bacurau' Is Wilder.

'Bacurau' starts with a truckload of coffins spilled across the road and ends with a burial. It's a wild tale well told.

2020/07/17 | CJ Sheu

Tsai Ming-liang's 'Days': A Diary of Connection and Loneliness

Tsai Ming-liang's new film 'Days' makes us nostalgic for a time when loneliness and alienation had a romantic tinge.

2020/06/02 | CJ Sheu

Bong Joon Ho’s 'Memories of Murder' Is a Film for Our Moment

Bong Joon-ho's 'Memories of Murder' will be rereleased in Taiwan on June 12. It couldn't have arrived at a more fitting time.

2019/12/24 | CJ Sheu

'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' Defies the Male Gaze in Cinema

"Portrait of a Lady on Fire," which won Best Screenplay at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is a passionate film that explores the female gaze and female desire with various art forms.

2019/11/15 | CJ Sheu

'The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead' Runs on Queerphobic Jokes

Perhaps "The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead" shouldn't have been produced in the first place.

2019/10/16 | CJ Sheu

‘Queering Voices’ Shorts Highlight Variety in Gender Experience

As Taiwan celebrates same-sex marriage legalization this year, the 2019 Women Make Waves Film Festival continues to voice the LGBT community’s concerns through its ‘Queering Voices’ series.

2019/10/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Romantic Comedy’ Makes a Case for Higher Quality Rom-Coms

The 2019 Women Make Waves Film Festival takes place from 10/4 to 10/13 at SPOT Huashan Cinema in Taipei. This review is based on a complimentary media screener.

2019/10/02 | CJ Sheu

'Vai' Explores a Pacific Islander Woman’s Life to Yield Multifaceted Rewards

The 2019 Women Make Waves film festival takes place from 10/4 to 10/13 at SPOT Huashan Cinema in Taipei. This review is based on a complimentary media screener.

2019/08/20 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'The Blond One' Crafts a Fleshed-Out Romance With Subtle Moments

The 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival runs from 8/15 to 8/25 in Taipei and from 8/28 to 9/8 in Kaohsiung. This film review is based on a complimentary media screening.