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Game, Set, Match Cut – The Other Final

July 13, 2014

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With the final of the World Cup imminent, Fikri Jermadi takes a look at a film that’s not about it at all.

‘The Other Final’ is one of the best football films I’ve ever seen.

That is a claim made with the firm acknowledgement that I have not seen every football related film ever made in the history of mankind. There’s a number of very strong candidates out there, including those I’ve yet to review for this site in this fashion. Nevertheless, bear in mind that I am a very big football fan; though I support primarily Malaysia and Manchester United (my conduit into this wonderful game), I am equally intrigued by regional football in South East Asia, how the war have affected the game in war-torn zones, and Slovakian football in the mid-90s (the subject of my next football article). It is safe to say that I am very keen on the sport, and have devoured a lot of texts and material produced in relation to the game.

With that in mind, let me repeat the first sentence: ‘The Other Final’ is one of the best football films I’ve ever seen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Football – The Forbidden Team

July 12, 2014

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Fikri Jermadi wonders how possible it is to talk about Tibet without being political, even in a film review.

How pervasive is politics in our life?

I considered that question greatly in watching ‘The Forbidden Team’. It is a documentary that follows the attempt by Tibet to field a team against Greenland in Denmark. Their journey is rife with political and practical obstacles, but this documentary is as much about the attempted emancipation of a segment of the Tibetan population as it is about the staging of an international football match. Read the rest of this entry »

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Puff Piece – Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager

July 11, 2014

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In reviewing ‘Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager’, Fikri Jermadi starts with an apology.

I’m sorry, I can’t help myself. I should have exercised some restraint in this matter, but when it comes to something like this, I guess you could say I have very little patience to actually wait for what’s coming next.

I highly doubt you could guess what it is I am banging on about, so I’ll just cut to the chase: in the middle of having watched a lot of films I’ve yet to review, I’ve decided to slot in another one just for fun. Writing the review for ‘Class of 92’, I chanced upon the fact that one of the co-directors, Gabe Turner, took it upon himself to direct a straight-to-TV effort called ‘Life of Ryan’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hello Mr Lasa – The Ref

July 10, 2014

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Yet another documentary about referees! Will they stop making them? And will Fikri Jermadi stop watching them?

Here’s a funny story: ‘The Ref’ is probably the first football film I watched at the start of this series of football-related reviews. I was intrigued by the idea of a documentary that follows a specific referee (in this case, Miguel Ángel Pérez Lasa), and I chanced upon the name of Justin Webster. He is a filmmaker based in Spain who specialises in the making of football-related documentaries. He was a resource person for the book ‘El Clasico’ by Richard Fitzpatrick. It was an interesting book, but I felt that for those who want more, ‘La Roja’ by Jimmy Burns might cover more areas more comprehensively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Godlike! – In The Hands of the Gods

July 9, 2014

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Fikri Jermadi came across this documentary by accident, but was glad he did.

Diego Maradona is an enigmatic figure, even at the worst of times. His genius on the football pitch may not be in question, but it is off the pitch that he seems to grow in legend and stature. Unable to keep quiet even until now (especially when Pele, his eternal enemy, has had his say), some of his soundbites are instantly quotable, so no matter how ridiculous he may sound at times, it makes him even more endearing that most. A podcast I listen to, The Football Ramble, even has a special ‘corner’ dedicated to him, and sometimes they visit that corner a bit more often than they initially thought. Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Memory Lane – Class of 92

July 8, 2014

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This review and the film may not be for everyone, but Fikri Jermadi does not care.

‘Class of 92’ is a wonderful walk down memory lane. Watching the film, which features David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes reminisce about their time at Manchester United, reminded me of simpler times when I would meet with my friends in the park, plonk down our bags and jackets as goalposts, and would fire away with our hearts content. Inevitably, the boy with the ball is king, and we would usually play until he would have to go home.

Ah, happy days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thoughts on Films – Episode 27: An Inner View with Maz Irwan Azani (part 2)

July 3, 2014

tof-icon1So we took a longer break than expected, because…one of us is a daddy! Congrats to Fikri, and welcome baby Jayken! Anyways, back to business. Apparently you can’t have a podcast with Maz and keep it under an hour. This continuation from a session with Maz Irwan Azani brings us to look at his view, his opinions and his thoughts (aren’t they the same thing?) on our local film scene. All these and more in the one and only film podcast to be recorded in Bahasa Malaysia! Read the rest of this entry »

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