|Articles||written by David Liu|
David Liu edited the arts & entertainment section of The Daily Californian for three semesters. Prior to that, he served two semesters as lead film critic and three semesters as a staff writer, writing and blogging on both American and international cinema.
He earned first place honors in Best Arts Criticism two years in a row from the California College Media Association. In 2011, his personal website Kino Obscura (http://kino-obscura.com) was named Best Review Blog by the UK-based publication Total Film.
Liu graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in political economy.
|All Quiet on the Eastern Front|
Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 | 8:54 am | By David Liu
Shells fly, walls crumble and bodies fall in the first 25 minutes of "City of Life and Death," Lu Chuan's monumental account of the Japanese occupation of Nanji...
|OFF THE BEAT: Bookshelves and puzzle pieces|
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 | 5:38 pm | By David Liu
Someone once remarked there is absolutely nothing that compares with the influence of a mother. For me, it is a testament to a fine truth, one whose foundations...
|Of Time and the City|
Friday, Sep 9, 2011 | 6:22 am | By David Liu
Fifteen months after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, New York City was reborn in glorious fashion on celluloid. It took a pa...
|Summer sneaks: Film|
Monday, Apr 25, 2011 | 5:02 am | By David Liu
The wait is almost over. It began in early 2006, in the immediate wake of the release of "The New World." Just as Terrence Malick's rapturous meditation on the...
Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 | 5:29 am | By David Liu
Wayne Wang's "Chan Is Missing" (1982) begins as a gritty detective story set in San Francisco's Chinatown district, following the exploits of two cab drivers as...
Monday, Jan 24, 2011 | 5:35 am | By David Liu
Standing before an intimate audience at UC Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies, Taiwanese playwright Stan Lai waxed metaphorical. "The deepest, most reve...
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 | 9:42 am | By David Liu, Liz Mak, David Getman, Cynthia Kang, Jessica Pena
TRUTH OR HOAX? By and large, 2010 featured a host of fascinating developments in the juxtaposition of reality and fiction in movies. In their own ways, two h...
|Things Fall Apart|
Monday, Nov 29, 2010 | 5:54 am | By David Liu
A specter haunts the African continent in "White Material," Claire Denis' savage rumination on the clash between developing societies and their bourgeoisie occu...
|Films, Music and TV to Play in the Background...|
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 | 12:56 am | By David Liu, Cynthia Kang, Lynn Yu, Leslie Toy , Katie Dowd
THE NEW WORLD There's no better film to play in the background during a marathon study session than "The New World." This isn't to say that Terrence Malick's E...
|Films, Music and TV to Actually Learn From|
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 | 1:21 am | By David Liu, Cynthia Kang, Lynn Yu, Leslie Toy , Katie Dowd
ZODIAC July 4, 1969. Three Dog Night's "Easy To Be Hard" blares as fireworks illuminate the Bay Area night sky, followed by a shot through a nondescript suburb...
|Films, Music and TV For Procrastination Purpo...|
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 | 1:25 am | By David Liu, Cynthia Kang, Lynn Yu, Leslie Toy , Katie Dowd
ALI Whenever someone asks me to list my favorite films of the last decade, I brace myself for a look of utter confusion when I get around to "Ali." As it sta...
|Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy...|
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 | 12:50 pm | By David Liu, David Wagner, Jack Wang, Rajesh Srinivasan, Nastia Voynovskaya
The Daily Cal staff weighs in on Kanye West's fifth studio album....
|It Takes a Train to Cry|
Monday, Nov 15, 2010 | 8:34 am | By David Liu
Few contemporary filmmakers capture the inner cries of our times with greater eloquence than Kelly Reichardt. Haunted by economic doldrums and fractured working...
Thursday, Oct 7, 2010 | 4:14 am | By Matthew Putzulu, David Liu
Amid record fee increases, systemwide protests and rising fears over the fate of public education, Homecoming provides a temporary respite. At first it may seem...
|The World Is Yours|
Monday, Oct 4, 2010 | 4:58 am | By David Liu
For to what purpose," Adam Smith once wrote, "is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, of po...