Stories from Opinion

  • 5 months ago

    Two very worthy genre gems from the world of indie horror

    NOVEMBER 10 — This has turned out to be a very healthy year for quality horror and genre flicks. From worthy mainstream hits like A Quiet Place and Hereditary to more...

  • 5 months ago

    Two wonderful new genre gems on Netflix

    NOVEMBER 3 — Even though we don’t really celebrate Halloween here in Malaysia, I’m pretty sure quite a number of us, thanks to the influence of American horror movies, are...

  • 5 months ago

    The road to the Oscars begins with ‘First Man’ and ‘A Star Is Born’

    OCTOBER 27 — Traditionally the Oscar season begins somewhere in December or late November, as the studios slowly begin the rollout of their Oscar hopefuls in cinemas and make...

  • 6 months ago

    ‘Andhadhun’ & ‘A Simple Favor’: In the spirit of the Coen brothers’ movies

    OCTOBER 20 — By now the Coen brothers brand is synonymous with the term “black comedy.” Even though they’ve made plenty of films with dark humour even before Fargo became...

  • 6 months ago

    Girl power in two new American indies from A24

    OCTOBER 13 ― Surprisingly, I've found quite a lot to love in this year's American indie offerings. I guess with the continued expansion of streaming services like Netflix and...

  • 6 months ago

    Check out some of the 'fringe' films playing in local cinemas

    OCTOBER 6 ― With the summer movie season long gone now that we've entered October, the non-stop Hollywood blockbuster assault that's been with us since May is a thing of the...

  • 6 months ago

    'Langsuir', 'Sebelum Iblis Menjemput', 'Paskal' and a potential awakening?

    SEPTEMBER 29 ― What is up with 2018? First, we got to witness the unlikely events of May 9 when an unlikely victory saw Pakatan Harapan end Barisan Nasional's 61-year reign as...

  • 7 months ago

    New killer Bs for you to check out

    SEPTEMBER 22 — Just a few hours before I wrote this, I read with much excitement about the announcement, launch and manifesto of a new Malaysian film production company calling...

  • 7 months ago

    'Munafik 2', 'One Two Jaga' or 'Rise: Ini Kalilah'?

    SEPTEMBER 15 ― After quite a depressing box-office slump in the last few years, August and September this year has seen the sort of recovery that can only be described with one...

  • 8 months ago

    Examining the impact of ‘Hantu Kak Limah’ and ‘Pulang’

    AUGUST 18 — Outside of Dukun (which reportedly made RM10 million at the local box-office) and KL Special Force (RM12.2 million), 2018 has been another slow...

  • 8 months ago

    Four films now playing in Malaysian cinemas near you

    AUGUST 11 — The arrival of August marks the beginning of the end of the summer movie season. Almost gone are the Hollywood tentpoles hoping to pick your pockets, and what we...

  • 8 months ago

    Apocalypse now and always

    JULY 28 — People often call Hollywood, and of course movies in general by association, the dream factory. It’s where people go after a hard day to forget the real world and...

  • 9 months ago

    The state of rom-coms today

    JULY 14 — Romantic comedies (or rom-coms as people often call them) used to be really big business. In the 1930s and early 1940s they came in the form of screwball comedies —...

  • 9 months ago

    Another three movies to see in Malaysian cinemas this week

    JULY 7 — The arrival of the month of July also means that the summer movie season will be in full swing now, even more so than the already pretty happening months of June and...

  • 9 months ago

    Three movies to see in Malaysian cinemas this week

    JUNE 30 — It’s been a long time since I last felt spoiled for choice in Malaysian cinemas. It may have even been two or three years since I last found it really hard to catch...

  • 10 months ago

    Two films give the superhero origin story a fresh twist

    JUNE 23 — Superhero movies may be ubiquitous now, but even after so many of them bombarding our consciousness, especially in the last decade, we still can’t seem to get enough...

  • 10 months ago

    The coming out of the mainstream coming of age teen movie

    JUNE 16 ― Like any other genre, the coming of age film also has a lot of variations... even sub-genres. Some come in the form of a serious drama, some go all out in the...

  • 10 months ago

    Two new Tarantino-esque films to check out

    JUNE 9 ― As loved and influential as Quentin Tarantino was and still is, the biggest downside to being that successful is the inevitable amount of bandwagon jumping and copycats...

  • 10 months ago

    Revenge, sometimes best served hot as well

    JUNE 2 ― As a matter of personal taste, the underdog wins every time. So in terms of cinema, a great trashy film is often something I find myself loving more than a great classy...