Chungking Express worked for me. Fallen Angels doesn't. The latter started as a segment in the former, but maybe the two stories in the former were enough for Wong Kar-Wai to riff on Godard. Obviously not; he made another movie. It's the night time companion to the daytime dreaming. There are shots in the movie that are transfixing: the final turning upward at the end from the misfits in the tunnel, the violent outbursts of night and the detachment these characters have from reality. Is it an anticipation of the modern isolation of smart phones and wireless earbuds? Now one-sided conversations passing us on the street are an everyday occurrence, everyone following their little water tubes like Donnie Darko, which is an apt comparison because it too is a movie about nothing, that feels closing your hand on so much sand draining between the gaps in your fingers. Isolation and…

Read More