CJ Sheu

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CJ Sheu, an Assistant Professor of Applied English at Ming Chuan University, is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved, Taipei-based film critic for The News Lens.

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2019/07/24 | CJ Sheu

'Nina Wu' Brings Taiwan into the #MeToo Era

Nina Wu (灼人秘密) is the first Taiwanese film to stir conversations around the #MeToo movement.

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.

2022/03/29 | CJ Sheu

What’s in a Slap?

Smith was wrong to slap Rock, in public or in private. And Rock and ABC were wrong for approving the joke. But commentators are also wrong for treating this incident the same as they would had all three people involved been White.

2019/07/16 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'The Missing Body Episode 1' and the Future of Taiwanese VR Cinema

A review of the VR film The Missing Body Episode 1, featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival.

2018/12/27 | CJ Sheu

REVIEW: 'Shadow' Presents a Wuxia Tale in Staggeringly Beautiful Monochrome

This ink wash painting come to life carries thematic complexity and a veiled political message.

2019/08/15 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'Postcards From London' Puts a Spin on the Prostitution of Art

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.

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.

2022/03/21 | CJ Sheu

‘The Dawn of Everything’ Is a (Qualified) Masterpiece

‘The Dawn of Everything’ not only shows that there are alternatives to neoliberal patriarchal settler capitalism. It tells a compelling story of how we “got stuck” where we are now.

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.

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.

2022/04/23 | CJ Sheu

Zhang Yimou Crafts an Unusual Propaganda Film with ‘Snipers’

‘Snipers’ is an unapologetic Chinese patriotic melodrama. It’s not for everyone, but there were times that it was able to hint at a more multifaceted story.

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.