Stories from Opinion

  • 1 year ago

    #UndiRosak: I hear you but don’t get you

    FEBRUARY 2 — #UndiRosak buzz is sweeping the nation. It is essentially a marginal movement (at most, one per cent of the voters) which aims to purposely spoil their vote in...

  • 1 year ago

    Will this be Christopher Nolan’s year?

    JANUARY 26 — It’s that time of the year again — the Oscars are upon us. It will be the 90th annual Academy Awards and I for one do not expect many surprises. ...

  • 1 year ago

    How 'The Killing' totally killed it

    JANUARY 19 ― There was a time when shows from Scandinavia were very trendy. I remember when the Swedish Lisbeth Salander series of movies first burst onto the UK movie scene....

  • 1 year ago

    Are we getting a new 'Saw' series?

    JANUARY 12 ― I pride myself on being able to figure out twists in films but when The Sixth Sense first came out in 1999, I was totally fooled. This is nothing to be ashamed of...

  • 1 year ago

    Is book banning ever the answer?

    DECEMBER 29 — Over two years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel with Zaid Ibrahim. He was promoting his book Assalamualaikum and I acted as an expert on...

  • 1 year ago

    ‘The Last Jedi’: A spoiler-filled review

    DECEMBER 22 — Two weeks ago, I speculated about what Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be like.  While I wasn’t falling all over myself in terms of expectations, I...

  • 1 year ago

    How casual racism escalates and how to eradicate it

    DECEMBER 15 ― I was rather shocked this week when I saw a tweet by an up and coming Malaysian star which used the universally unacceptable “n” word. I must be fair ― she...

  • 1 year ago

    How will ‘The Last Jedi’ fare?

    DECEMBER 8 — In 1999, I had one thing to look forward to. It was not — I am sure to my dad’s consternation — my graduation from university nor was it any significant event...

  • 1 year ago

    Can TV adaptations of movies work?

    DECEMBER 1 — Few people today would remember the movie Breaking Away. It was a coming of age drama from 1979 about four teens from the wrong side of the tracks. ...

  • 1 year ago

    Farewell to one half of ‘The Likely Lads’

    NOVEMBER 24 — When I heard the phrase “likely lad” spoken after so many years, it was on the sitcom The Office. My brother, who was studying in the UK at the time,...

  • 1 year ago

    Why our English problem is more than just about language

    NOVEMBER 17 ― Before I commence my rant, I must confess my privilege. I was very fortunate indeed that I was raised by my grandfather, an Anglophile if there ever was one. He...

  • 1 year ago

    Feel alive with 'The Walking Dead'

    NOVEMBER 10 ― You know a TV series is good when you get so absorbed that you forget where you are. For me, it was the iconic series The Walking Dead. The heroes had to sneak in...

  • 1 year ago

    How Malaysia can win a Best Foreign Film Oscar

    NOVEMBER 3 ― I would love it if one day I got to watch the “live” presentation of the Academy Awards and Malaysia is the winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.  Ok,...

  • 1 year ago

    Halloween horror 2017: Two major surprises

    OCTOBER 27 — I love Halloween season for its horror movies. It’s usually the best time for a new horror franchise to be rolled out or some low budget flick to surprise...

  • 1 year ago

    'Crimewatch': The end of an era

    OCTOBER 20 ― While other Malaysian students make it a point to travel across the UK and enjoy the obligatory trip to Europe (all my brothers have been), I made my adventure...

  • 1 year ago

    The passing of a world class philosopher

    OCTOBER 13 — For all my extolment of Kassim Ahmad (as my friends would wearily complain), I only met him in person once.  It was on a specially made trip to Penang in the...

  • 1 year ago

    Beer festivals: Where does religion end and irreligiousness begin?

    OCTOBER 6 ― The beer appreciation festival called Oktoberfest has created a great stir among Malaysians. When DBKL refused to grant a permit for the Better Beer Festival last...

  • 1 year ago

    The strange story of Lord Lucan

    SEPTEMBER 29 ― I was a little surprised this morning to read about the death of Lady Lucan. She was 80 years old and I just realised  that the mysterious disappearance of...

  • 1 year ago

    'Personal Shopper’ proves to be a satisfying watch

    SEPTEMBER 22 ― I should have watched Personal Shopper when it was first released last year. I must confess though that my bias against Kristen Stewart, the lead in the film,...