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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Review: JAGAT (2015)


Set in the early 1990's, JAGAT revolves around a 12-year-old Indian boy named Appoy (Harvind Raj) living in a small village town. His father, Maniam (Kuhan Mahadevan) is a hardworking and strict patriarch, who wants his son to excel in school because he doesn't want to see him end up as losers like his two brothers, Bala (Senthil Kumaran Muniandy) and Mexico (Jibrail Rajhula).

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Review: IP MAN 3 葉問3 (2015)

Despite the episodic storyline, IP MAN 3 succeeds as a tense martial-art action genre and a surprisingly heartfelt character-driven drama.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Donnie Yen, Lynn Xiong and Raymond Wong At JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur For IP MAN 3 Press Conference

(L-R) MY FM Jeff Chin, Raymond Wong, Donnie Yen and Lynn Xiong
Photo by Ezli Qamari

Thanks to distributor Lotus Five Star, the highly-anticipated third (and reportedly final) instalment of the IP MAN franchise is scheduled to arrive in Malaysian cinemas next Thursday beginning on 24 December 2015. I have seen it in the press screening, and all I can say I was impressed that director Wilson Yip (IP MAN, IP MAN 2) and martial-art superstar Donnie Yen has done it again! (Full review coming soon!)

And to coincide with the upcoming release of IP MAN 3, producer Raymond Wong, Donnie Yen and his co-star, Lynn Xiong made guest appearances at JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur to talk about their experiences working on the set of IP MAN 3.

More photos after the jump.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)

The first live-action STAR WARS movie in ten years is a sigh of relief: a massively entertaining, if heavily-flawed epic space opera filled with plenty of memorable characters, spectacular action and riveting storyline.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Retrospective: The STAR WARS Original Trilogy


With the long-awaited STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS inching closer to the release date this Thursday on December 17th, revisiting the STAR WARS original trilogy has definitely brought back the nostalgia factor. Even after all these decades since the original trilogy's cinema release, the STAR WARS saga remains as timeless as ever. After spending the weekend watching the original trilogy all over again, here's my retrospective as follows:

Monday, 14 December 2015

Relive The Cinematic Experience Of Six STAR WARS Movies For FREE!


In case you've been living under the rock, it's a crazy STAR WARS month this December (sorry, Christmas). With the highly-anticipated STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is nearing its cinema release this Thursday across nationwide, this is also the best time to relive your memory with the previous six STAR WARS movies.

And lucky for you, our very own prominent Malaysian YouTuber Dan Khoo from DanKhoo Productions and Jared Lee from GRIM FILM will be hosting six STAR WARS movie screenings at Pintu Suka Hati in Bandar Sunway from 11am on December 15 till 3am on December 16!

But that's not all, since you also get the chance to indulge mouth-watering burgers courtesy from myBurgerLab during the movie screening! How cool is that?

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your friends and experience these awesome six STAR WARS movie screenings for... FREE!

To find out more about the event, just click here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Review: POINT BREAK (2015)

This POINT BREAK remake has its fair share of jaw-dropping stunts, but suffers from an overly-pretentious plot and bland acting.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Review: THE GOOD DINOSAUR (2015)

It's far from a Pixar classic, but this prehistoric adventure still packed a punch with stunning visuals and heartwarming storyline.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Review: SPECTRE (2015)

A rousing, if flawed follow-up to SKYFALL that manages to break the sequel jinx often befalls the Bond franchise.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Retrospective: LICENCE TO KILL (1989)


Following the global box-office success of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS in 1987, it was proven that fans and audiences were responding well with Timothy Dalton's edgier and less tongue-in-cheek version of James Bond than his predecessor, Roger Moore.

Then came LICENCE TO KILL two years later. Released in the mid-summer of 1989, the US audiences didn't care much about the movie. The US$42 million-budgeted movie flopped with a measly US$33.2 million at the box office. However, the international box office was still encouraging, even though the movie made significantly less money than THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (US$154.7 million vs. US$190.1 million). So, what went wrong? Here's my analysis:

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Retrospective: ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)


Following the departure of Sean Connery after his fifth Bond movie in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967), the producers at EON Productions took a huge gamble on an unknown Australian model-turned-actor George Lazenby to take over the iconic 007 role. The result was ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, which saw Peter R. Hunt making his directorial debut after spending his career editing four Sean Connery era of Bond movies including DR. NO (1962), FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), GOLDFINGER (1964) and THUNDERBALL (1965).

At the time of its release in 1969, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE did manage to make money in the box office. However, the sixth Bond movie grossed significantly lower than the previous entry, which was YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. Back then, the reviews were mostly mixed.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Review: THE WALK (2015)

Robert Zemeckis successfully brought Philippe Petit's true story to life with an inspiring, yet spectacular cinematic experience best seen in IMAX 3D.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Review: CRIMSON PEAK (2015)

Guillermo del Toro's highly-anticipated return to the horror territory is brutal, yet twisted love story with an eerie Gothic undertone.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Review: GOOSEBUMPS (2015)

Rob Letterman's big-screen adaptation of GOOSEBUMPS is nothing more than a disposable family-friendly entertainment.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Review: PAN (2015)

This big-budget prequel offers nothing new in term of its origin story, but packed a punch as a rousing action adventure.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: KNOCK KNOCK (2015)

This FUNNY GAMES-like home invasion thriller should have left the door unopened.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Review: MR. HOLMES (2015)

Ian McKellen brings a subtle touch of poignancy in this elegantly-paced, if uneven mystery drama about the twilight years of Sherlock Holmes.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review: THE MARTIAN (2015)

Ridley Scott's sci-fi comeback is well-acted and visually stunning, but emotionally-hollow space drama.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: EVEREST (2015)

EVEREST is a rousing, yet emotionally-penetrating disaster drama blessed with a solid ensemble cast and top-notch production values.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Review: THE GREEN INFERNO (2015)

Eli Roth's attempt to revive the cannibalism genre has all the necessary gore and violence, but the movie itself is pretty much an average horror flick.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Review: THE VISIT (2015)

M. Night Shyamalan's blend of found-footage horror genre with comedic undertone is odd, but surprisingly scary little movie.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Retrospective: 6 Essential Wes Craven Movies


It was devastating to learn that Hollywood has lost one of the most recognisable and influential horror filmmakers in the modern cinema. According to The Hollywood Reporter, horror maestro Wes Craven died at the age of 76 from brain cancer. Once a humanities professor at Clarkson University, Craven left the academic world to begin his next journey as a filmmaker. Surprisingly enough, he started his early film career dabbling in hardcore porn under various pseudonyms. Then in 1972, he finally made his directorial debut in THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. But it wasn't until the year 1984 that turned Craven into an overnight sensation following the phenomenal success of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. The rest, of course, is history.

In honour of his life as a filmmaker throughout the decades, here is the six essential movies directed by Wes Craven in chronological order:

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Review: SINISTER 2 (2015)

SINISTER 2 has a few effective jump scares, but hardly enough to overcome the déjà vu feeling of the same old setup.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Review: NOTA (2015)

A spellbinding, if laboured psychological drama featuring a scene-stealing performance from the late Ramli Hassan.

Review: OUR SISTER MAMBO (2015)

Strong cast and involving storyline helps overcome this otherwise forgettable slice-of-life dramedy.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Review: HITMAN: AGENT 47 (2015)

Like the awful 2007 version of HITMAN, this reboot misses the target for the second time.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review: THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Photogenic cast, classy soundtrack and retro-chic '60s period production design can't escape the dullness of this surprisingly bland spy caper.