What’s worse than forgetting everything that defined your life?

Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Thrilling, touching, and poignant, Florian Zeller’s debut feature, The Father, masterfully captures the wrenching reality of dementia. Directed by Zeller based on his play of the same name, the award-winning drama employs a fragmented narrative to tell the story of a father whose memory fades away faster than he can ever realize.

Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Two Popes) plays Anthony, an elderly Englishman living with his daughter Anne, portrayed by Olivia Colman (The Favourite, Hot Fuzz). Navigating the apartment's dimensions in which he lives, Anthony refuses to admit that something isn’t quite right with him. …

What can time travel teach us?

Credit: Netflix (top); Universal Pictures (bottom)

“Why do people say that anyways? ‘To have time.’ How can you have time when it clearly has you?” — Jonas Kahnwald

Time travel plays such a persistent role in pop culture and beyond. It’s one of the most explored ideas — and convenient plot devices — in movies. It’s one of the most thought-provoking motifs in books. It’s also something I bet everyone has once pondered: can one turn back time and change things? …

Traditions, Legacy, and Empathy

“I don’t like when an Asian-American actor says, ‘I’m entering this business to change Hollywood.’ It feels like the wrong reason — I would prefer they entered the business for artistic reasons, because they need to do it.” — John Cho

(idk, can’t find a more relevant quote:) )

Last week, I participated in a two-week summer academic program. We talked about the role of race in society and the ways it intersects and interacts with gender, culture, tradition, and history. We read essays and novels and watched narrative films and documentaries. …

What if ghosts are real?

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.” — Benjamin Disraeli

Have you ever heard strange, sudden noises in your house? Those crackling, crisp sounds that break the silence of the night? Have you ever had a book fall from your shelf, supposedly resulted from a gust of wind or perhaps a simple misplacement?

I’m sure I’m not alone here. These strange occurrences are no stranger. To me, they’re the result of my neighbors’ moving chairs, my parents cracking their knuckles, or an object finally experiencing enough force that it overcomes friction…

Do the ends ever stop justifying the means?

Credit: Alcon Entertainment (top) ; AMC Studios (bottom)

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.” — Winston S. Churchill.


One of the most dominant motives in storytelling is one’s love for family. From Hamlet to The Lion King, The Ballad of Mulan to Interstellar, we’ve been crafting stories that explore the sacrifices we make for our parents, partners, and children. …

Yunqi Li

High school senior, film nerd, and storyteller. // Find me on YouTube: Hephaez Films

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store