Stories from Opinion

  • 5 months ago

    'Captain Marvel' and a few other goodies in Malaysian cinemas this week

    MARCH 9 ― The wait is half over. Avengers: Endgame might be the most anticipated film of 2019, thanks to Avengers: Infinity War's jaw-dropping ending, but the film's post-credit...

  • 5 months ago

    Alternatives and choices in 'Misteri Dilaila' and 'Happy Death Day 2U'

    MARCH 2 ― Now that the 2019 Oscars are over, and however you may feel about the results (for the record, I'm fine with Green Book's win because I can now call the genius...

  • 6 months ago

    My predictions for the 2019 Oscars

    FEBRUARY 23 ― The 2019 Oscars is just a few days away, and in a much welcome change from the previous Oscars, there doesn't seem to be any consensus at all between the preceding...

  • 6 months ago

    Four films you can catch in Malaysian cinemas now

    FEB 16 — Two more weeks to the Oscars on February 25, so I guess my predictions and notes will have to wait till the weekend just before the ceremony.  But it’s still...

  • 6 months ago

    Four interesting new genre films to start your 2019 with

    FEBRUARY 2 — I’ve been spending most of my free time at the start of 2019 just trying to catch up with as many of the Oscar-nominated movies as possible. I’ve still got a...

  • 7 months ago

    Four must-see films in Malaysian cinemas now

    JANUARY 19 ― Aside from being prime real estate for movies hoping to make their mark in that year's Oscar race, January has also long been known as a sort of dumping ground by...

  • 7 months ago

    My favourite Blu-ray releases of 2018

    JANUARY 12 — Every cloud has a silver lining, people often say. With streaming bulldozing its way through the home video market even more in 2018 and sales of physical media...

  • 7 months ago

    My 10 favourite genre films of 2018

    JANUARY 5 ― It's been another strong year for genre films, which I'm defining as films from more specific genres like horror, thriller, action films/fight flicks and a certain...

  • 7 months ago

    My favourite films of 2018

    DECEMBER 29 ― I'm pretty sure I say this almost every year, but 2018 really did feel extra special to me in terms of encountering pure cinematic pleasure. “Pleasure” of...

  • 8 months ago

    My favourite albums of 2018

    DECEMBER 22 ― It’s that time of the year again, when everyone will be geekily making lists of all their favourite things in 2018, and I don't want to miss out on the fun...

  • 8 months ago

    A beautiful dream you wish would never end

    DECEMBER 15 ― No matter how good your Internet connection is, and no matter how good your movie hunting/downloading skills might be, one of the biggest disadvantages to being a...

  • 8 months ago

    ‘Guang’ — the best Malaysian film of 2018?

    DECEMBER 8 — With the way things have been going for Malaysian cinema in the last two to three years, I don’t think anyone expected 2018 to be any different, be it in terms of...

  • 8 months ago

    Four films offering four different approaches to #BlackLivesMatter

    DECEMBER 1 — Give or take, it's been about five to six years since #BlackLivesMatter became a thing on social media. By most accounts, the use of that hashtag began after the...

  • 8 months ago

    'Polis Evo 2' changes the game again

    NOVEMBER 24 ― Who would have thought, back in 2015, that a mainstream Malay movie starring Shaheizy Sam and comedian Zizan Razak, with the unpromising title Polis Evo...

  • 9 months ago

    Three films now playing in Malaysian cinemas

    NOVEMBER 17 ― As we eagerly await the arrival of Polis Evo 2 into Malaysian cinemas next week ― hopefully another strong addition to this year’s unexpected local film...

  • 9 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...

  • 9 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...

  • 9 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...

  • 10 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...