Tick, Tick… Boom!

might have also benefited from being given a little more space to breathe. Enjoyment. In both shows/films, however, Larson’s writing clumsily addresses some of those real problems – namely homophobia and the AIDS epidemic. Share this Share this Jonathan Larson’s celebrated stage musical gets the Lin-Manuel Miranda treatment – for better and for worse.Time seems to have been a particular obsession of Jonathan Larson, creator of hit Broadway show ‘Rent’, and it dictates the structure (and title) of his earlier effort, the more overtly autobiographical ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’. Like most…

Love in the Library – A brief guide to one of cinema’s most erotic spaces

There’s a naked woman in the library. Libraries ache with politeness. That’s why romances set in high schools so often include a library scene – stolen glances over textbooks are catnip to teenage hearts. As Jane, with her ambitions of becoming a writer, pauses in a space where she absolutely should not be – too working class, too female, too naked – the viewer gets a vicarious rush of the thrill she must be experiencing. It is full of inanimate objects, the fragments left behind by the dead – there…

Raging Fire

A brawl in a small shanty town shows off Chan’s expert use of vertical space, as Yen ducks and weaves from an overwhelming assault. He’s out for vengeance after his colleagues are killed by a mysterious group of masked crooks with ties to Cheung’s precinct. Outside of the action, Chan fills every sequence with electrifying visual flourishes – quite literally when he punctuates one scene with a cut to a bright yellow bolt of lightning streaking across the sky. Cheung and Yau’s respective crusades are similarly hypocritical: the former decrying…