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September 4, 2016

★★ Director: Steven Spielberg   It’s a mystery whether Steven Spielberg’s BFG will impress young audiences in the same way that his cinematic offerings to previous generations did. We can assess the commonalities that The BFG has with E.T., Hook, and Jurassic Park—they’re all surreally good-looking surrealism—but The BFG is boring, and the rest aren’t.  If you’re Roald Dahl illiterate, BFG […]

May 29, 2016

Tickled is a documentary on the surreal practice of professional tickling uncovered by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve. Imagine receiving an unsolicited email inviting you to participate in competitive, endurance tickling with the promise of free flights, five-star accommodation, and thousands of dollars. In that same email, this disclosure appears: “Presently, I’ve been shooting all-male casts. It is […]

April 17, 2016

★★★★★ Director: Taika Waititi   It’s hard to imagine Taika Waititi delivering the next Thor instalment after his cinematic catalogue of New Zealand stories, from Boy to What We do in the Shadows. It’s a hell of a career leap to make. However, if he aspires to permanently shift into Hollywood blockbusters, then at least […]

April 10, 2016

★★★★ Director: Adam McKay   I laughed a lot for a movie about one of the most severe events of our lifetime. Director Adam McKay probably didn’t want to produce something gloomy and prescriptive. But, despite the light-hearted portions, the film has a serious message—and its late 2015 release is surely no coincidence with the […]

March 6, 2016

★★★ Director—Ben Stiller In 2001, Zoolander had the misfortunate theatrical release about two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, causing movie-goers to withdraw their appetite for comedy and avoid the theatre. Blue Magnum had to wait for DVDs to circulate before it became a standard photo pose for the everyday, ridiculously good-looking man. When I viewed the sequel, […]

October 11, 2015

Imagine a “Best Movies of 2015” list, conceived before half of the best movies of the year have even hit the big screen. Yup, here it is! Mad Max: Fury Road In a year dominated by a resurgence in movie franchises, the Mad Max revival came out on top. It’s an atypical masterpiece: the eccentricities in characters, unremitting action sequences, and dystopian setting went […]

October 4, 2015

★★★½ In 1964, NBC ran the pilot for a new spy series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Only four years later, the show had a severe drop in ratings, was cancelled mid-season, and its legacy was defined by reruns continuing right into the late 1980s. That was until 2014, when Guy Ritchie penned a script for […]

October 4, 2015

99.9% of the global population are Harry Potter fans (2011, Yahoo Answers). This makes me think that, sometime in the future when entertainment is consumed largely through virtual reality, demand for a next gen refurbishment of the classic saga will catalyse a remake. For a faction of the fan base, the remake will be another […]

September 27, 2015

As a moviegoer in 2015, you can pay around a one-dollar premium for a 3D option. While the opportunity cost of a couple of Mi Goreng packets is small, a lot of us still refuse to pay for the extra dimension of cinema. Since their golden era in the early 1950s, 3D films have had […]