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FILM: Safari DIRECTOR: Ulrich Seidl YEAR: 2016 SYNOPSIS: Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on holiday. German and Austrian hunting tourists drive through the bush, lie in wait, stalk their prey. They shoot, sob with excitement and pose before the animals they have bagged. A vacation movie about killing, a movie about human nature. Review by Hubert Lawrence Yeo. Screened as part of the Singapore Writers Festival 2017 in collaboration with Anticipate Pictures, this was my first time watching a documentary made by the Austrian film director, Ulrich …
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FILM: Suburbicon DIRECTOR: George Clooney YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns — the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. The Black Comedy That’s Neither Dark Nor Funny Enough Review by Melissa Lee. It’s hard not to go into Suburbicon with certain expectations. After all, not only is George Clooney a two-time Oscar winner, but his directorial …
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FILM: Thor: Ragnarok DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. A Shiny New Spin on the Classic Superhero Genre Review by Melissa Lee. Fun. That’s the keyword that comes to mind when trying to describe the experience that is Thor: Ragnarok. It pops up over and over in one’s head all throughout watching the movie, while walking out of the cinema, even while thinking about the …
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FILM: City of Ghosts DIRECTOR: Matthew Heineman YEAR: 2017 SYNOPSIS: City of Ghosts takes a behind-the-scenes look at the work of a coalition of Syrian citizen journalists called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS). These brave men risk their lives to document the unreported atrocities committed by ISIS in their hometown of Raqqa. Facing persecution by the terrorist group, the documentary follows their journey as asylum-seekers, capturing the intense emotions of hope and fear that ensue. Review by Hubert Lawrence Yeo. To date, I have spent about 10 months of my National Service (NS) with the Ministry of Home Affairs. My job requires me …
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Trailing on last year’s release of the F8, Zoom has announced their newest multitrack field recorder; the F4. This 6-input/8-track field recorder includes 4 low-noise mic preamps and promises high-quality audio recording at a price-point that’s even more accessible to the independent filmmaker. The F4 can record to up eight tracks with six inputs at resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz. There are 4 locking XLR/TRS combo connectors, a 3.5mm stereo input and a Zoom accessory capsule which allows it to mount a variety of proprietary mics and accessories. Output options include two Main Outs and two Sub Outs in addition to …
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At Photokina 2016, Panasonic announced the development of their new flagship mirrorless camera the LUMIX DMC-GH5, which will have some highly impressive features such as 6K photo capture at 18MP, 4K/60 video and even internal 4K capture at 10bit 422 – a first for any mirrorless camera or DSLR! After months of speculation and a good dose of rumors (most of which were surprisingly true) and teasers, earlier today, as expected, Panasonic did a “soft-launch” of the upcoming GH5 announcing they are working hard on bringing you one of the most advanced mirrorless cameras to date. The company also re-affirmed …