Author: Harris Dang

Film Review: Second Act (USA, 2018) is a likable piece of rom-com fluff, with an engaging Jennifer Lopez

December 10, 2018

Jennifer Lopez has a pretty spotty track record when it comes to her acting career. The last great film in the past 20 years is still Steven Soderbergh‘s crime flick Out of Sight. While she still has her charismatic and likable presence on-screen, unfortunately her choices of scripts have been quite sub-par. Apart from some […]

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Film Review: Climax (France, 2018) is an orgy of gracefully demented brilliance, drenched in LSD

December 1, 2018

French enfant terrible provocateur film director Gaspar Noe is back with his physically-impulsive, boundary-pushing sex-and-drugs approach. For those who don’t know, Noe is a prolific filmmaker who pushes the buttons of the audiences in extreme measures and beyond boundaries of good taste. His debut feature-length film, I Stand Alone, contained gruelling violence and references of […]

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Film Review: Creed II (USA, 2018) may not touch gloves with its predecessor, but it still packs a mighty punch

November 30, 2018

If there’s one franchise that I am utterly surprised that it is still ongoing at this point, it is the franchise of Rocky Balboa by Sylvester Stallone. Proving you can’t keep a fighter down (or you can’t stop beating a dead horse), writer/director Ryan Coogler came up with the idea to reinvigorate the franchise without […]

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Film Review: I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (Australia, 2018) is a wonderfully funny and joyous documentary about the positive reinforcement of fandom

November 27, 2018

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the term fangirling is defined as a female fan behaving and obsessing in an overexcited fashion. You may or may not forgive me for finding this definition quite amusing, but it sums up my expectations of director Jessica Leski‘s I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story perfectly. A film […]

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Film Review: The Children Act (UK, 2017) is a middling drama enlivened by a powerhouse performance from Emma Thompson

November 22, 2018

This may be a bold statement to make but it must be said: every film out there would kill to have the presence of Emma Thompson. Whether it is for her acting capabilities like she can elevate even the most fluffiest of films like the rom-com Love Actually with her fantastic acting chops; or it […]

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Film Review: Shoplifters (Japan, 2018) is a masterful and emotionally stirring look into an unconventional working-class family

November 16, 2018

It is incredibly hard to believe that we have a new Hirokazu Koreeda film coming out so soon after his last one, the 2017 courtroom drama The Third Murder, and yet we have one in 2018 called Shoplifters! Heralded as a film that goes back to socially relevant roots, similar to the 2004 heartwrenching drama […]

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Cine Latino Film Festival Review: Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma (Mexico, 2018) is an utter masterpiece

November 14, 2018

If there’s one film in 2018 that is guaranteed to garner Oscar buzz due to director recognition alone, it’s Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma. Ever since making his mark with his critically acclaimed drama Y Tu Mama Tambien, Cuaron has gone on to making fantastic films that are commercially viable as well as technically proficient; […]

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Film Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web (USA, 2018) lacks adherence but compensates with thrills, fun and a great performance by Claire Foy

November 8, 2018

Lisbeth Salander is back! In another reiteration! Over the years, we have had four films revolving around the characters created by acclaimed Swedish author Stieg Larsson, and each have been hits in their home territory, as well as receiving rave reviews from many critics. Many people have complimented the Scandinavian cinematic thriller tropes (i.e. winter settings, […]

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Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody (USA, 2018) is as spirited as it is sterilized

November 1, 2018

Biopics are a dime-a-dozen these days. And when one considers the marketable possibilities about them, it’s not hard to see why there are so many of them. Particularly when the subject of the biopic revolves around the entertainment industry. In the case of the music industry, we have had so many biopics revolving around that […]

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Why you need to experience Damien Chazelle’s First Man in IMAX

October 10, 2018

When one praises a film, one of the many positives that one would say is that the storytelling is incredibly immersive from a visual perspective. Films with such praise would include Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, J.J Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness and Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But what all those films mentioned have […]

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Film Review: Night School (USA, 2018) is a film that will have you begging for an expulsion

September 27, 2018

Night School is a film with a very well-worn premise that has been done many times before (Billy Madison and Old School to name a few), but there factors here that could make the film transcend my meagre expectations. One is the paring of Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, two of the biggest comedy stars right […]

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Film Review: A Simple Favour (USA, 2018) is an infectiously entertaining, naughty neo-noir, with two fantastic lead performances

September 12, 2018

If there’s one director that needs a true change of pace out there, it’s comedy director Paul Feig. He started off great making a successful string of comedies, starting from the romantic-comedy hit Bridesmaids to the buddy cop-comedy The Heat and the espionage-action comedy Spy. Then he hit a big of a snag with his […]

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Film Review: Beast (UK, 2017) is a ferocious character study with an outstanding performance from Jessie Buckley

September 12, 2018

According to a book by renowned author Christopher Booker, there are seven different plots in stories, which are: Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Rebirth Comedy Tragedy And since we have so many stories that essentially are encapsulated in one of these plots, what would make a story stand out […]

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Film Review: Searching (USA, 2018) surprises with inventive storytelling, timely themes and strong performances

September 11, 2018

It is quite amusing to think that we have many films released over the years, regardless of genre, that span across many imaginative worlds, planets, fantasy settings and so on. With the vast amount of superhero films and blockbusters, it’s hard not to see why. But, the world that has not been mined more than enough, […]

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Film Review: Mile 22 (USA, 2018) succeeds as an unintentional comedy instead of an action film

August 30, 2018

Oh, look! We have another Berg-er joint coming in cinemas! Mile 22 is the fourth collaboration between actor Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg after the three dramatic films that were based on true stories i.e. the biographical war drama Lone Survivor, the disaster film Deepwater Horizon and the crime drama Patriots Day. All of […]

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Film Review: Crazy Rich Asians (USA, 2018) is a well-executed romantic comedy with grounded observations on family traditions

August 29, 2018

A film like Crazy Rich Asians is a long time coming. For the past 25 years, since the release of Wayne Wang‘s expansive drama, The Joy Luck Club, there haven’t been a lot of films in the Hollywood system that featured Asian-Americans in substantial roles; let alone managed to assemble a talented ensemble cast. Whilst, the […]

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