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What is Wong Kar-wai's best film?

haven't seen any
1 (5%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)
As Tears Go By
0 (0%)
Days of Being Wild
0 (0%)
Chungking Express
6 (30%)
Ashes of Time / Ashes of Time Redux
1 (5%)
Fallen Angels
1 (5%)
Happy Together
1 (5%)
In the Mood for love
7 (35%)
2046
2 (10%)
Eros (segment "The Hand")
0 (0%)
My Blueberry Nights
1 (5%)
The Grandmaster
0 (0%)

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2009, 09:36:46 AM »
I'm pretty sure an artist can only have one masterpiece... but whatever.

WKW is awesome, and I've loved all I've seen. I like In the Mood for Love the best. I still need to see My Blueberry Nights, but Mrs. Thor never wants to watch it because it has Natalie Portman and Jude Law in it.
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2009, 06:36:15 PM »
The meaning and context of masterpiece has, I assumed, changed since, along with the meaning of the single piece of work that grants the maker the status of master-type definition, Merriam Webster also has a work done with extraordinary skill  ; especially : a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement and American Heritage has An outstanding work of art or craft.

Going by those entries, I guess, an artist can have more than one masterpiece.

Supreme also denotes singularity, but so does greatest and people often use greatest in ways like: What are Bob Dylan's greatest songs? or Who are some of the greatest center fielders in MLB history?  I dunno, LOL, whatever.  I'm wrong.
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2009, 06:56:26 PM »
Wikipedia: "Originally, the term masterpiece referred to a piece of work produced by an apprentice or journeyman aspiring to become a master craftsman in the old European guild system. His fitness to qualify for guild membership was judged partially by the Masterpiece, and if he was successful, it was retained by the guild."

I think, generally, we use the term two different ways around here — one at level of the individual artist and one in regards to art in general.  When we say, This film is her masterpiece, there's definitely the assumption there that we're relying on the definition of masterpiece as "a person's greatest piece of work."  But when we say, more generally, This film is a masterpiece, there's generally not an implicit reference to the film's auteur in such a statement (and the critical positioning of the film in that auteur's body of work); instead the statement relies on the more general and impersonal definition of a masterpiece as "a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind."  I can therefore argue that His Girl Friday is a masterpiece but it's not Howard Hawks' masterpiece.  I can then thumb my nose at auteurism and add, "It's Cary Grant's."

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2009, 07:18:21 PM »
You're doing God's work, pixote.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2009, 11:15:30 AM »
Only seen Chungking.
I actually consider a lot of movies to be life-changing! I take them to my heart and they melt into my personality.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2010, 05:58:41 PM »
1. Chungking Express
2. In the Mood for Love
3. 2046

4. Ashes of Time (Redux)
5. Fallen Angels
6. My Blueberry Nights
7. Days of Being Wild

8. Happy Together
9. As Tears Go By



I was really in love with him for a little while, but somehow I got kinda tired of him.
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2011, 05:58:36 PM »
A long read, but a good one: slant magazine.
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2011, 09:37:11 PM »
A long read, but a good one: slant magazine.

This was awesome. Thanks.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2011, 08:49:10 AM »
Bookmarking until I can watch My Blueberry Nights, which is on the DVR.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #29 on: June 20, 2011, 01:37:20 AM »
01. DAYS OF BEING WILD (A)
02. HAPPY TOGETHER (A-)
03. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (A-)
04. FALLEN ANGELS (B+)
05. 2046 (B)
06. CHUNGKING EXPRESS (C-)