REEL TO REAL | DOCUMENTARY : LOST IN THE FUMES

As part of its 60th anniversary, the Singapore Film Society (SFS) has programmed a series of independent award winning documentary films between September to October as its core screenings in the lead up to the Singapore premiere of Sandi Tan’s award-winning SHIRKERS on 20 October.

MOVIE REVIEW: WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS – FOCUSING ON SOUTH EAST ASIAN INDIE FILM AND FILM-MAKERS

I was invited by my buddy Michael Lim (Singapore Film Society) to a screening of Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso’s When the Rooster Crows, a documentary on diversity and richness of Southeast Asian Cinema. The documentary highlights four indie film-makers viz. Brillante Mendoza (Philippines); Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Thailand); Eric Khoo (Singapore); and Garin Continue Reading

IS SEDUCED AND ABANDONED AN EXPOSE ON THE FILM INDUSTRY OR AN ELABORATE IN-JOKE? YOU DECIDE.

Directed by James Toback. Starring Alec Baldwin. The premise of Seduced and Abandoned is simple enough. Director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin try to sell a film concept at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and basically make a documentary about the experience. Along the way they interview influential directors like Continue Reading

DAVE GROHL PROVES HIS HEART & SOUL ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE WITH SONIC HIGHWAYS

It’s easy to get a lil cynical about Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters‘ marketing their upcoming new album Sonic Highways by way of a eight-part documentary series on HBO. But the cynicism will evaporate when one watches the first episode as Grohl and co record in Chicago and proceeds to Continue Reading

THE ROLLING STONES: CROSSFIRE HURRICANE [DVD REVIEW]

Considering the number of iconic films that The Rolling Stones have been associated with – Gimme Shelter, Sympathy for the Devil, Performance and Cocksucker Blues, it was simply not enough for director Brett Morgen to come up with a by-the-numbers 50th anniversary retrospective. Which, to his immense credit, he didn’t! Fact is, Continue Reading