‘Rights of the Dead’ looks at the situation surrounding the death of Teoh Beng Hock, while he was in the custody of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). I know of that before watching the film. Heck, you guys know of that even before reading this review. A part of me is tempted to just skip the synopsis of the film, primarily because while it does make for an emotional read for those who might be leaning towards that side of the fence (as well as a more complete review), the subject matter is something so well-known that it would be no more than mere words, unconstructive to the discourse. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, in light of the upcoming Freedom Film Fest, I decided to check out the winners from last year’s competition. There are usually three projects selected from a significant number pitched to Pusat KOMAS, the organisers of the fest. The winners would then get a grant to complete their project. Of course, Pusat KOMAS being Pusat KOMAS, the subject matter tend to be very political at times, but then again, it is precisely these stories that struggle to get any sort of airing to begin with. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re back with yet another episode of the only film podcast in Bahasa Malaysia (maybe)! This time, Muz, Fikri and Diaz sat down, and having not learned their lesson, recorded another episode just before imsak. We look at ‘One Day’, ‘Before Midnight’, and the cultural value of films in Malaysia, as inspired by an article written by Encik Aidil Rusli. Read the rest of this entry »
The first episode! In this session, we have Muz, Fikri and Diaz talking about films, Rinko Kikuchi, and…polygamy. Hmm. It was recorded so many moons ago during Ramadhan, but don’t worry, they had broken their fast by the time of recording. Looking at the content, though, they might as well have named this the Nik Amir Mustapha tribute show… Read the rest of this entry »
I saw this film on the last day of its screening run at GSC Midvalley. Unfortunately however, I did not manage to make enough time to sit down and write this review. Funny, that…there are 24 hours in a single day, and if you look at the chronological expressions on this blog, it appears that I had time to do not one but two posts about ‘KL Gangster 2’. Yet I couldn’t find time to do this. I should have done this a long time ago, because ‘Psiko: Pencuri Hati’ is a movie worth creating further content on.
Why? Not just because it is a unique film in the context of Malaysian cinema (there are, interestingly, not that many psychological thrillers made in a more mainstream context), but also because it tells of a good story in a very good way. Read the rest of this entry »
Jai (Adi Putra) returns home, and walks silently towards the front door. He had been arguing with his mother, and relations between them are strained, to say the least. She had practically disowned him once she felt that her son was engaging in illegal activities.
What is he to do, though? Wait for Malek (Aaron Aziz), the golden boy to come good with his honest hard work? How much will he be able to make over the number of years that would actually help to pay off the loan sharks his father had owed? The interest, too, that’s a killer. Read the rest of this entry »
Quite a number of interesting films are on offer at the cinema this weekend. We have ‘Rush’, a film I am very interested in watching simply because, as a F1 fan, we have been absolutely starved skinny of a proper F1 film. The last proper F1 film was ‘Grand Prix’ with James Garner back when England were footballing champions. We also have ‘About Time’, promoted as Richard Curtis’s last directorial effort. The magician who brought us such sickly sweet love affairs in Love Actually and Notting Hill is hanging up his boots, so to speak, so that should be another great option for many as well.
Another film, more local in nature, will also be hitting the silver screens this weekend. The sequel to the biggest Malaysian box office hit in history, ‘KL Gangster 2’ has a strong following to build on. The first film was the epitome of the whole gangster film trend that had not completed faded, and so this release should bring about a noticeable boost in the box office takings of local films this year.
Except, of course, that it won’t. Read the rest of this entry »