Category Archives: FILM

Film of every kind.

GEEK OUT! SOYLENT GREEN: A RETROSPECTIVE ASSESSMENT BY MARIA RAMOS

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Soylent Green on Energy Use, Pollution, and Overpopulation

1973’s Soylent Green may be best known for being people, but this classic of dystopian science fiction is much more than a catchphrase. At its heart, Soylent Green is a story of an overtaxed world, class disparity, and the trade-offs that humanity finds itself making in the name of survival. As a vision of the future it proved ahead of its time, envisioning what could happen if consumption were to continue unchecked.

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REEL TO REAL! FILM REVIEW: ANOMALISA – MOVIE OF 2015

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Apart from writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa being animated from stop-motion puppetry, there is initially nothing too different about the film. But knowing Kaufman’s reputation for weird story-telling (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), that normalcy does not last for too long.

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GEEK OUT! THE FRANCHISE MOVIE – BOON OR BANE?

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Fans and critics have been sharply divided in their opinion over Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For the detractors, the launch of the new trilogy is a simple re-hashing of plot elements from the original trilogy whilst the supporters feel that the movie has injected a freshness into the franchise after the disappointment of the prequel trilogy.

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GEEK OUT! 2015: THE YEAR IN MOVIES

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In hindsight, 2015 has proven to be a rather disappointing year for geek movies. Despite the hype accorded to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise proved less than satisfying but that could not stop the movie from grossing over a billion at the box office (and still going strong at time of posting).

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GEEK OUT! FILM REVIEW – THE LOBSTER

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More avant-garde/speculative fiction/fantasy than outright scifi, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is a triumph of imaginative allegory. There is a strong message running through the narrative that somewhat loses steam in the third act. The set-up though is well conceptualised.

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FILM REVIEW: THE JAM – ABOUT THE YOUNG IDEA

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We wanna say, we gonna tell ya/About the young idea/And if it don’t work, at least we still tried… (“In the City” – Paul Weller)

The Jam (1972 – 1982) was more than a band, it was a way of life, a way of thinking. And of course, a documentary about The Jam just cannot be a run-of-the-mill documentary.

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GEEK OUT! FINALLY. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS [SPOILERS]

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So much to say, too much to unload. Considering the sheer level of hype poured down on this movie, it’s fair to accept that it was never ever going to live up to the hype. I probably need to watch again to absorb all the nuances but basically, what I feel is that The Force Awakens is either a Star Wars reboot or a fan-made tribute or eye candy searching desperately for a story or perhaps all of the above.

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GEEK OUT: COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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The latest Star Wars sequel is a mere 3 days away from opening in Singapore and hordes of geeks are eagerly  waiting to see whether director JJ Abrams can return the series to its former glories, after the dismal critical reception of the prequels back in 1999 – 2005, despite the trilogy grossing a total of $2.5 billion at the box office.

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GEEK OUT! X-MEN APOCALPYSE TRAILER

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X-Men in the 80s! Continuing the new timeline established by X-Men: Days of Future Past, our merry band of mutants face off with their biggest challenge yet – mutant prime, Apocalypse! Thankfully, in this first trailer, our villain (Oscar Issac, above) looks frighteningly faithful to the original and that should assuage the skeptics.

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GEEK OUT! FIVE ECO-HORROR MOVIES TO GIVE YOU REAL WORLD NIGHTMARES!

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Not a day goes by when climate change isn’t on news headlines somewhere. Whether it’s unseasonable weather patterns or politicians using it as a talking point, we can all see its effects on our daily life. Since movies are nothing if not a reflection of everyday life, it’s not surprising that our worries about the environment fighting back have long been on the big screen.

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DVD REVIEW: THE WHO – LIVE IN HYDE PARK

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Nostalgia has been defined as “a sentimental longing for the past” and is usually associated with feelings of melancholia and loss. Music plays a big part in aiding human beings in re-creating a sense of the past that is long gone. Does this hold us back? In the sense that we are unable to move forward OR does looking back at the past give us impetus & inspiration for the future? It depends on intent and purpose of the individual but I’d like to believe that it is the latter case.

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GEEK OUT! THE CIVIL WAR TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE & IT’S A CRACKER!

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When news was announced about the cast for Captain America : Civil War, folks starting referring to the sequel as Avengers 2.5. But based on the first trailer, it’s clearly a Cap movie – it’s just that Cap’s quest for justice for his friend Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) leads him to war with Iron Man and his team.

Which is a clever twist to how the original comic book story played it. It’s about Cap being loyal to his best friend in the face of virtually impossible odds. What a story this is going to be! And we get a first look at Black Panther too! 2016 is going to be an amazing superhero movie year.

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7 AND 7 IS: FILM/TV DEATH SCENES

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I am a pretty emotional person, and am more so when I get older – I guess when you have a greater experience of loss and sadness – these scenes hit home. Sure, some of them are melodramatic and in fantastical settings (and one of them involves an imaginary friend) but death is a fact of life that as human beings, we will always be trying to come to terms with. Until of course, our own time is up! Enjoy (or not, as the case may be). 

And… spoilers, duh! 

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GEEK OUT! VII REASONS WHY STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MIGHT SUCK!

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Yes, like most geeks I can hardly wait to watch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens when it opens in Singapore on 16th December 2015 (and yes, I have purchased my tickets already!) BUT at the back of my mind I have lingering doubts whether the movie can live up to its enormous hype. So let’s look at SEVEN of them, shall we?

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FILM NEWS: INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FOR UNBELYEEVABLE THE MUSICAL

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Well, it was inevitable! A spoof on Amos Yee!!

Some background – in September 2015, the parody sketch show Chestnuts was asked to remove the entire sketch called “Amos Yee The Musical” from its programme, in order to be granted the performing arts license by the Media Development Authority.

So, the troupe decided to make a mini-movie based on the sketch and also to get crowdfunding for the production.

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GEEK OUT! FIVE TERRIFYING HOME INVASION MOVIES TO ENJOY THIS HALLOWEEN!

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Some of the best horror movies ever made involve characters getting caught up in a common misfortune: home invasion. While rampant gore, the undead, and killer clowns are creepy and frightening, nothing is scarier than a horror film which revolves around everyday events. These terrifying home invasion movies will have you triple-checking your door locks at night well after Halloween is over.

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