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In-depth insights from film reviewer Stefan S.

For those of you, who like me, have never heard of the Singapore post-rock band I Am David Sparkle despite them being around for a decade already, this is your chance to make amends other than to hang our heads in embarrassment and shame. This is one of those moments where I kick myself for not getting to hear their sounds early enough, but it’s better late than never, thanks to this documentary film showcased at the Singapore Panorama section of this year’s Singapore Interntional Film Festival, a film that was two years in the making since it charted the …

Finally one of Korea’s cinematic gems over the last year has made it to our shores, and it’s better late than never to experience it on the big screen no less. For fans of gritty cop thrillers in the same vein as Se7en and Memories of Murder, I Saw The Devil serves up an engaging, disturbing narrative in similar veins, but surpasses with its intensity, characterization, and shocking imagery that even made me squirm in my seat (and I pride myself at not squirming easily).

Probably Steven Soderbergh’s final film for now as he embarks onto a new artistic career, but as with all things, never say never to a medium he’s so masterful in, balancing art and commercial sensibilities in most of his films. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a bona fide disaster like movie that dealt with a pandemic (although there’s a recent Japanese film that didn’t make it here), and most virus-like attacks on cinematic Earth coming more from out and out science fiction films.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. is this season’s equivalent of He’s Just Not That Into You, Valentine’s Day and other recent romantic dramas and comedies that sprawl in their dealing with that titular emotion that can drive you wild when things are going your way, or mad when things aren’t, and especially the latter which is what this film had its multiple narratives dwelling on. The ensemble cast makes it a bonus to sit through with its star power on display, with a good mix of veterans and the Hollywood youths stamping their mark to make this a lot more memorable than …
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Item girls are back with a vengeance given the much talked about Sheila Ki Jawani with the midriff baring Katrina Kaif in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan, that fast forward till today the buzz baton was ringing very loudly for Deepika Padukone in her item for Dum Maaro Dum.
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For those not in the know, I am an action junkie, and have always kept my eyes peeled for straight up action flicks from Thailand, with the likes of Born to Fight and Dynamite Warrior starring Dan Chupong, who also had the villain’s role in Ong Bak 2 and 3, in addition to other Tony Jaa flicks. Panna Rittikrai of Born to Fight fame is back with Bangkok Knock Out boasting death defying action with close quartered fisticuffs, and seriously, tell me if your inner action junkie isn’t excited by this trailer: