REEL TO REAL | DRAMA : WONDER WHEEL [REVIEW]

By Yong Shu Hoong While Wonder Wheel bears a lot of writer-director Woody Allen’s finger-smudges – from the plain and simple opening credits, and the use of old songs on the soundtrack, to the featuring of big-name Hollywood actors – it’s unfortunately one of his middling works to be parked Continue Reading

REEL TO REAL : BASED ON A TRUE STORY [REVIEW]

By Yong Shu Hoong First of all, a declaration: I might have been slightly in love with Eva Green ever since she graced the big screen as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006). So despite some bad reviews plaguing Based on a True Story, I decided to watch Continue Reading

REEL TO REAL : MOLLY’S GAME [REVIEW] BY YONG SHU HOONG

As Oscar bait to showcase American actress Jessica Chastain’s prowess (and hopefully add a golden statuette to the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress she’s already won for her CIA agent role in 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty), this new biopic Molly’s Game squarely delivers the goods.

REAL TO REEL : HOUSE OF CARDS SEASON FIVE – NO LONGER STRANGER THAN REAL LIFE

The main challenges that faced Netflix’s political drama House of Cards was twofold. One, how to match the ongoing dramatic events happening in the Trump administration and two, how to maintain interest in a narrative that was slowly but surely running out of fresh ideas.

REEL TO REAL: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Synopsis A 2015 American coming-of-age drama written and directed by Marielle Heller, based on the graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner. The film stars Bel Powley as a 15-year-old girl (Minnie) who becomes sexually active by starting a relationship Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

The new TV season is upon us geeks – even as Fear The Walking Dead and The Strain end their respective storylines for the time being (both will definitely be back), The Leftovers returns. Considering how popular The Walking Dead is, it’s no surprise that this spin-off did well in Continue Reading

FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD – BACK TO THE EGG

The Walking Dead is one of the most successful shows currently on television and with good reason. It is a smart, character-driven drama that has captivated audiences by constantly developing their characters and letting us become invested in their stories as they journey through the zombie apocalypse. It seems that Continue Reading

THE BOOB TUBE: HOUSE OF CARDS SEASON 3 – SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS

Much anticipated as it was, Season 3 of Netflix original series, House of Cards was a massive disappointment. Having fought his way from Speaker to Vice-President to President, it was expected that our protagonist Frank Underwood would bring his own vicious brand of politics onto the biggest stage of all, Continue Reading

GEEK OUT! 12 MONKEYS – IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE)

Even as I find the leading actors utterly unremarkable (it is obvious they were cast purely for their good looks), I am enjoying Syfy’s re-imagining of 12 Monkeys for its proper exploration of time travel implications. Sure, even that is not perfect but one can appreciate the genuine effort. This Continue Reading