Stories from Opinion

  • 8 months ago

    My Oscar predictions for this year

    FEBRUARY 8 ― From what we've seen on the road to the Oscars this year, it really is looking like it's going to be quite an easy one to predict, as all the preceding awards, with...

  • 8 months ago

    Two Bollywood films by female directors to kick off the year

    FEBRUARY 1 — Not being someone who keeps up with developments in the Bollywood film industry, only catching titles that interest me either because of a director’s track record...

  • 9 months ago

    Flirting with prestige with ‘1917’ and ‘The Garden Of Evening Mists’

    JANUARY 18 — With the Oscar nominations just announced earlier this week, we've definitely entered that stretch at the beginning of every year where “quality” films begin to...

  • 9 months ago

    Starting the year with horror remakes and superheroes

    JANUARY 11 ― As expected in January every year, outside of Oscar bait films (which have not made their way here yet, as the distributors here often wait till February when the...

  • 9 months ago

    My favourite Blu-ray releases of 2019

    JANUARY 4 ― There's no stopping the forward march of streaming services in 2019, with Disney+ and even Apple TV+ providing added competition to the behemoth that is Netflix, and...

  • 9 months ago

    My favourite genre films of 2019

    DECEMBER 28 — This has been another solid year for genre films, with plenty of highlights coming not only from the ever-dependable indie horror scene, but also major studios and...

  • 10 months ago

    My 10 favourite films of 2019

    DECEMBER 21 ― We've come to the end of 2019 and of course the end of the decade as well, and even though I've always come to expect cinematic excellence every year, provided one...

  • 10 months ago

    My favourite albums of 2019

    DECEMBER 14 — One of the biggest surprises this year was finding myself suddenly being in two bands, and spending most of the year being thoroughly stimulated musically as I dug...

  • 10 months ago

    Four films in Malaysian cinemas you might want to check out now

    DECEMBER 7 ― As we enter the month of December, which is usually reserved for Oscar bait and Christmas movies, and movies for kids since it's the school holidays here in...

  • 10 months ago

    Three films still playing in Malaysian cinemas you should not miss

    NOVEMBER 23 — We’re now deep into November, so even if the summer blockbuster season is long gone, this is more or less the time that the major Hollywood studios start...

  • 11 months ago

    Four films you can still catch in Malaysian cinemas this week

    NOVEMBER 9 — The biggest film opening in Malaysian cinemas this week is undoubtedly Doctor Sleep, courtesy of it being a sequel to the much beloved The Shining. ...

  • 11 months ago

    Three thrilling new horror films you should consider catching

    NOVEMBER 2 ― It's taken until November, but I may have finally found some true horror films that have a shot at making my favourite films of 2019 list later this year. The only...

  • 11 months ago

    Four new genre films to freshen up your viewing schedule

    OCTOBER 26 — I just realised that it’s been quite a while since I last got the chance to really sit down and binge on new genre releases, especially the indie ones that...

  • 1 year ago

    ‘Joker’ and ‘Ad Astra’: Making the blockbuster intimate

    OCTOBER 12 — An incredibly packed work schedule meant that for the last couple of weeks, I’ve only managed to see lots of films without being able to write about them....

  • 1 year ago

    Three Malaysian films on Malaysia Day weekend

    SEPTEMBER 21 ― I'm not sure if many people have noticed, but there's a been a huge drop in the number of Malaysian films released this year compared to the very prolific nature...

  • 1 year ago

    The closing of Speedy Video in Mid Valley and what it means for Malaysian cinema

    SEPTEMBER 13 — This week has seen a lot of posts on social media about the Speedy Video branch in Mid Valley closing this Sunday, September 15, which I guess could realistically...

  • 1 year ago

    Three films you should catch in Malaysian cinemas this week

    SEPTEMBER 7 — Despite this being nowhere near the peak of summer movie season, this has to be one of the most bountiful weeks of the year when it comes to movie choices...

  • 1 year ago

    ‘Ready Or Not’ — a wickedly fun horror flick you shouldn’t miss

    AUGUST 31 — I get excited whenever an indie horror flick (or a studio horror flick with indie horror pedigree) opens in Malaysian cinemas.  Normally the kind of pleasures...

  • 1 year ago

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    AUGUST 24 — For most people who started to watch films seriously in the 90s, the name Quentin Tarantino holds as much power and influence as Kurt Cobain’s name did for serious...