videographic criticism

Michael Hui’s The Private Eyes (1976) was, at the time of its release, the highest-grossing Hong Kong film in history. It also happened to come out six months before my family relocated from the United States to Hong Kong, when I was 10 years old and my younger brother was six. In the years since then, I’ve gone on to do a PhD in film and media studies, and my brother has cultivated a sometimes-lucrative hobby writing about cars, the seeds of which are evident in this videographic exploration of film and the ‘third-culture’ audience.


Vid(eographic study) of celebrity, persona, and the audience gaze in/through the films of Leslie Cheung, who died by suicide on April 1, 2003.


Published with commentary at [in]Transition


Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal through the lens of William Godwin’s Things as They Are; Or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794) and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (1847). Accompanying paper by Evan Hayles Gledhill. Warning for gore and violence.


Accompanying blog post: “Televisual Videography (A Response to Jason Mittell)



Cinematic citation in Hannibal.


A lyrical study of camera and in-frame movement in NBC’s Hannibal. WARNING: features show-appropriate violence and gore; one scene has a brightly flashing light.

Music: “Danse Macabre,” Camille Saint-Saëns


A study of close-up and thematic cinematography in Hannibal

Music: Camille Saint-Saëns, “The Carnival of the Animals – VII. Aquarium”