• Thelma & Louise, Ridley Scott
  • Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry
  • Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola
  • Boyhood, Richard Linklater
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight, Barry Jenkins
  • Playtime, Jacques Tati


  • Eat Drink Man Woman, Ang Lee
  • Taipei Story, Edward Yang
  • Together Apart, K. Rajagopal
  • Twinsters, Samantha Futerman & Ryan Miyamoto
  • Like Father, Like Son, Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • I wish (Kiseki), Hirokazu Kore-eda

Iranian films

  • About Elly, Asghar Farhadi
  • Taste of Cherry, Abbas Kiarostami
  • Certified Copy, Abbas Kiarostami
  • Ten, Abbas Kiarostami
  • Close-up, Abbas Kiarostami (rewatch)
  • The Apple, Samira Makhmalbaf
  • The Song of Sparrows, Majid Majidi


  • Your Name, Makoto Shinkai
  • L’illustioniste, Sylvain Chomet


Currently Reading: The Course of Love, Alain de Botton

To read:

  • The Bookseller of Kabul, Åsne Seierstad
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Censoring an Iranian love story, Shahriar Mandanipour
  • The Missing Rose, Serdar Ozkan
  • Kokoro, Natsume Sōseki
  • 69, Ryu Murakami
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Penguin Book of the British Short Story (Bishan Library)
  • The Symposium, Plato
  • On Photography, Susan Sontag
  • Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design, Michael Bierut
  • Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses, Thomas Elsaesser, Malte Hagener
  • Branding in Five and a Half Steps, Michael Johnson