James Y. Lee writes (about) films.

  • I am an award-winning screenwriter and playwright.

  • I am a contributor for MovieBabble and Frame Rated, a member of the Ripe Banana critics group, and an affiliate member of the Chicago Indie Critics.

  • I have covered the Sundance, New York, Tribeca, and Melbourne International Film Festivals, among others.

  • I will be studying film at Northwestern University starting this fall. I live in the Chicago area.

  • You can contact me at

  • (I use he/they pronouns.)


Review Work:


2020 – Current

Frame Rated

  • Writing reviews for new releases of various genres as well as retrospective pieces for anniversaries.

  • I have also written longer features and analyses for the publication’s Medium page, found here.


2021 – Current


  • Currently writing reviews for new releases and retrospectives. Also includes all reviews for festival coverage.

  • I am also writing an ongoing series of essays on Korean cinema classics for the site titled Films from the Peninsula.

You can find me as a member of these groups:


Review Samples:

The Fractured, Deranged Genius of 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'
New York Film Festival 2021 Review: Parallel Mothers
Sundance Film Festival 2022 Review: Happening
Dune (2021)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off: 35 Years Later, Life Still Moves Pretty Fast
Minari (2021)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — 20 Years Later
Bo Burnham's 'Inside': The Perfect COVID-era Time Capsule
Films from the Peninsula: Aimless Bullet