Knit to This: Hollywood Chinese

August 20, 2022

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  • DG. So glad you gave a shout out to the Criterion Channel. I couldn’t agree more! I recently subscribed and have been immersed in Czech New Wave Films! ( which led to reading more Czech history and researching recipes…the list goes on!) Love the old Dick Cavett interviews, directors’ commentaries,etc.

  • I recently read Nghi Vi’s Siren Queen, which is a fantasy novel featuring a Chinese American heroine trying to break into (and then keep working in) a fantasy 1930s Hollywood that’s run on rituals and fairy magic and blood sacrifice. I really enjoyed it.

    • I’ll have to look for Siren Queen! Thanks for mentioning it

      Her novellas “Empress of Salt and Fortune” and “When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain” are also very good

      • I love Nghi Vo’s work! A third novella in the series is coming out in October.

        Her first novel was a retelling of The Great Gatsby (with magic, from the point of view of Jordan Baker, who is reimagined as a Vietnamese adoptee) called The Chosen and the Beautiful, which I like much better than the original.

        • I also absolutely adored her novellas and own copies of both! This did remind me that I’ve been meaning to pre-order the third one and I should do that.

  • I started watching the doc and some films this past week. I value Criterion Channel!

  • Thank you for sharing this important documentary and these films

  • Ooh! I’ll have to check that out!!

  • I have always found The Criterion films interesting and occasionally odd, my husband loves them, I’m more wish-washy.

  • Agree. Criterion is the best. All the obscure films that used to be available in the best video rental places but would never make it to Netflix in a million years. The pre-code series was priceless. (Did you catch the nightclub singer’s jaw-dropping ode to marijuana?) Also, I lived in Taiwan as a kid, so movies like The Wedding Banquet, Three Times, etc are a special treat.

  • Would not have made it through the pandemic lockdown without the Criterion Channel!

  • Once again y’all gave me something to start watching that isn’t Marvel or Star Wars related. THANK YOU (although I won’t part with Brit Box/Doctor Who). And just in time for hopefully a rainy week here in Dallas.

  • The Criterion channel is fantastic. Also, I highly recommend the novel “Interior Chinatown ” by Charles Yu. Hollywood, movies, an aspiring actor….it is great and really original.

  • Oh my gosh, Mr. Strong, you are a wonder! Thank you! Here in Tucson we have an independent movie rental store, which is a treasure, but I did not know of the Criterion Channel.

  • We’ve been subscribers since Criterion launched its streaming service and every penny is well spent. we watched the documentary you mention last weekend and it was absolutely fantastic. Haven’t had time this week to delve into some of the movies but hope to this weekend.