I'm trying to get back in the habit of watching films. I watched very few new releases this year, but my favorite was the Ming-liang Tsai short Liang ye bu neng liu AKA The Beautiful Night is Slipping Away. It's a series of Hong Kong night scenes near an overpass, consisting of simple static shots that last a minute or two. There's a comfy ambience of urban white noise, engines rumbling along the pavement, indistinct Cantonese conversations.
The film is intended to be a response to the violent Hong Kong protests, showing a return to relative peace, and yet it shows a time that may be gone for good -- the "old normal" immediately before the worldwide covid panic changed everything for the worse. Hong Kong isn't the only thing slipping away.