Wonder (2017)

The first day of school sucks. Even though I am a teacher now, it still sucks. Back when I was a student, I was always a bundle of nerves on the first day – Will I get a good form teacher? Who will be my partner? Have my friends grown cooler than me? Even when […]

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A Taxi Driver (2017)

The best book I read last year was Hang Kang’s The Vegetarian, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2017. I immediately followed that up with another one of her novels, Human Acts, which tells the story of the infamous 1980 Gwangju Uprising in a devastating and haunting manner. Since then I have seen a few […]

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Coco (2017)

Back in 2014, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) was used as subject matter in The Book of Life, but I couldn’t get pass the half hour mark. It was too kid-friendly and too contrived for my taste. I never like stories which I can map out the narrative trajectory way ahead of […]

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Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

It was said that Leo McCarey’s Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) inspired Yasujirô Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953), which in my book belongs in the “must see before you die” category. When Orson Welles was asked whether he has seen McCarey’s film, he famously said the film is so sad it could make a stone cry. […]

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Frankly, I didn’t like the first two Thor movies, the game plan was so clear from the get go. Same old “save the world” routines, brooding hero with a burden, a love connection born out of necessity and bloated battle scenes. It is the same blueprint for many superhero movies, but Thor has the God […]

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