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Is ‘Krampus’ Just The ‘Bad’ Cop In Us? 

Dec. 13 | ‘Krampus’ is the ‘evil’ shadow opposite of Santa Claus, the bad cop to the good cop, who takes ‘care’ of the naughty. A goat-like ‘demon’ from pre-Christian European pagan folklore, such is the unlikely...

‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ & The Missed Deaths Of Many Other Animals

Nov. 30 | This animated feature tells the tale of ‘flushed pets’, who have become ‘freedom fighters’. They meet kept pets called ‘leash lovers’, to whom they explain their cause. The abandoned pets’ revolution sought to...

‘Star Trek: Beyond’ Being Episodic

Nov. 23 | This instalment of Star Trek introspects the whole ‘enterprise’ of space exploration when Captain Kirk reflected thus – ‘Things have started to feel a little episodic. The farther out we go, the more I find myself wondering what...

Rise & Fall Of ‘Z Storm’ Of Corruption

Nov. 16 | ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) is Hong Kong’s official internal investigation bureau. Featured in this story, its chief assigns an independent team to check ICAC’s principal investigator of a major case for corruption....

‘No Escape’ From Karmic Retribution?

Nov. 3 | ‘No Escape’ is a thriller that serves as critique on a new form of colonialisation – the corporate kind, that even leads to a kind of slavery. As the character Hammond, who is a frequent visitor to the featured fourth world country...

Ghost-Counsellors Over ‘Ghostbusters’!

Oct. 28 | Though fictitious in the name of fun, the very title and anti-ghost logo of ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016) is already morally wrong in the eyes of Buddhism. Why bust ghosts when they ought to be counselled to turn over a new leaf for taking better...

The Meta Nature Of ‘The Meddler’

Oct. 24 | ‘The Meddler’ features Blues Traveler performing. As it is a real-life band, the lead singer John Popper commented so an interview, ‘We’re playing ourselves, which, you know, it’s kind of the toughest role, because, does...

‘The Lady In The Van’ In The Writer’s Mind

Oct. 16 | This film is in part about the life of an old lady (who lived in a van), and in equal part about the life of the writer (who encountered her). While both lives are interesting, this review will focus on the writer’s inner life. In the script appears...

‘Our Brand Is Crisis’, Our Brand Is Clean?

Oct. 7 | ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ is a story on political strategists’ elaborate schemes behind electoral candidates’ efforts to win votes. But of course, they are paid by the candidates themselves, to do their work to help them win, and...

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Is On The Joker

Sep. 30 | Based on the acclaimed comic book, in its animated feature, the Joker seeks to demonstrate that there is not much difference, if any, between him and everyone else… as ‘crazy’ as this might sound. The idea he deludedly and desperately...

‘Money Monster’ Driven By Delusional Greed

Sep. 23 | ‘Money Monster’ is an unnerving yet realistically portrayed look at the interconnections between corporations and their investors. An ‘inexplicable isolated’ computer glitch occurs, that sends the market into a frenzy over a company...

From ‘Mood Indigo’ To Mood Mono?

Sep. 13 | Titled after a 1930 jazz song by Duke Ellington and company, ‘Mood Indigo’ was originally titled ‘Dreamy Blues’. As many jazz pieces are, it is bittersweet, though arguably more bitter than sweet due to its renaming. Then again,...

Redemption Of ‘The Bodyguard’

Aug. 24 | An old retired man develops dementia, forgetting this and that… while not forgetting one incident every day awake – the loss of his young granddaughter, which was indirectly his fault due to an accident. Having been a skilful bodyguard to many...

Hail Humour Of ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Aug. 18 | The following is perhaps the most interesting part of the critically acclaimed ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ It is an argument over the nature of God, as believed by some faiths. (You can catch the humourously depicted debate at https://youtube.com/watch?v=KJEiDRi4Itc)...

Is There A ‘Macbeth’ In You?

Aug. 3 | The tale of ‘Macbeth (2015)’ is one of those classic tales that simply have to be retold for all generations. It warns of the perils of listening to ambiguous soothsayers, witches, mediums and such. As in his case, given some vague predictions,...