When I learned that Wong Jing is the writer-director of Chasing the Dragon, I feared the worst. Seriously, his filmography is pretty splotchy, mostly filled with disposable contrived movies that you won’t remember much the moment you walk out of the cinema. But my fears were unfounded, Wong Jing has pulled a rabbit out of […]Read more "Chasing the Dragon (2017)"
A friend WhatsApp-ed me the movie poster and shared with me in enthusiastic words that it is based on an amazing book and it is going to be a good movie. I thanked her and filed it at the back of my mind and forgot about it. Then… one night in bed, I found out […]Read more "The Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2017)"
It has been 35 years since Ridley Scott’s iconic Blade Runner (1982) exploded on the screen and introduced a generation of movie-goers to hypnotic dystopian cityscapes. It broke new ground, becoming a new breed of the thinking man’s sci-fi movie. It became a visionary cult-classic. Every viewing since then feels like a cautionary tale and […]Read more "Blade Runner 2049 (2017)"
I love Mark Millar’s work. His story ideas are always exuberantly inventive and freshly exciting. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, like Kick-Ass, Captain America: Civil War, Wanted, is one of his many babies in the comic world. Mathew Vaughn milks it and delivers a sequel that magnifies everything that worked in the original. When the […]Read more "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"
Okay okay… I got lured and pranked by the cool title, thinking it’s some zombie gorefest. I got even more keen to see it when I found out it’s an old-school ten-hankie tearjerker. Cried, I did, and every tear is earned. Over the course of the film, the odd title takes on meaning and made […]Read more "Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (2017)"
I used to frown on F1 concerts thinking they were pseudo-gigs and their purpose was just to rev up the crowd for the Formula One racing, a sport I wasn’t into. Apparently I knew nothing. It was my first time at the greens of Padang for a gig and the massive stage setup with twin […]Read more "Concert (17 Sep 2017) – Duran Duran"
For me, It is more successful as a coming-of-age tale than a scary movie. After last year’s excellent Netflix TV series Stranger Things where a bunch of likeable outcasts gang up against nefarious forces, It loses some steam in terms of novelty. Perhaps it is just me – I never get frightened with CGI ghost […]Read more "It (2017)"