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Chat On Perfection In ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Apr. 8 | In ‘Nocturnal Animals’, Susan said, ‘I was so busy trying to be perfect and…’ Edward interrupts, ‘And you don’t feel that way?’ She replies, ‘No.’ He says, ‘That’s exactly what...

A Minute To The Midnight Of ‘Inferno’

Mar. 22 | In ‘Inferno’ is what many might see as a compelling speech by Zobrist, reminiscent of Agent Smith’s unnerving monologue to Morpheus in ‘The Matrix’, on how humanity is like a relentless virus. However, there are many more...

Some Dharma Depths In ‘The Shallows’?

Mar. 15 | A driver brings a girl (Nancy) to a beautiful beach but refuses to divulge its name. There, she meets two surfers, who also refuse to tell it. This was to prevent crowds from flocking there, with it being like a tempting secret paradise known only by...

‘The Magnificent Seven’ Reborn

Mar. 1 | ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016) is a remake of the 1960 Western classic. Though set in 1879, it has a contemporary multi-cultural update, perhaps accidentally hinting of how to make America truly great? A murderous robber baron, who represents...

Vengeance ‘In A Valley Of Violence’

Feb. 22 | The valley of violence offers a realistic study of vengeance, on the implications of taking it up and not. A wanderer enters a salon, simply seeking a break from his travels. However, he karmically (of course!) encounters the town bully. Sensing trouble,...

Who Is The ‘Genius’ Behind Good Books?

Feb. 16 | Writing is a deed that involves the triad of karmic thought, speech and action. All that is written is first formulated in thought, while the worded is a kind of speech and writing is action. Despite availability of audio and video recordings online,...

All Too Human, The ‘League Of Gods’

Feb. 8 | ‘League Of Gods (封神传奇)’ is a way too creative retelling of the fictional 16th century Chinese classical novel (封神榜), sometimes translated as ‘Canonisation Of The Deities’ or ‘Investiture Of The Gods’....

The Heat Of Debate In ‘Cold War 2’

Feb. 1 | In ‘Cold War 2’ (寒战 2), is an interesting courtroom debate. A police commissioner who did not do something according to traditional S.O.P. (Standard Operational Procedure) in the course of his duty explained that, ‘In extraordinary...

‘St. Vincent’ Or ‘Just Vincent’?

Jan. 25 | A school teacher who is a brother at St. Stephen’s School asks his class if anyone knows what a saint is. A girl replies that saints are ‘individuals who display and act out of exceptional holiness’. The brother replies – ‘that’s...

Some Universal Wisdom In ‘Central Intelligence’?

Jan. 18 | In ‘Central Intelligence’, while flying in a plane, Bob pretends to run of gas and sends it into a dive. He then asks Calvin, ‘What’s the one thing you wish you’d done in your life?… What’s the one thing you...

Growing Up In ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Jan. 13 | Who is a peculiar? One who is seen as weird, bizarre, strange by the majority, who is more of unusual, fascinating, amazing and unique. Note that these adjectives though seemingly synonymous, differ subtly but surely in meanings. The first half of the...

‘The Fatal Encounter’ Averted With Sincerity?

Jan. 5 | The last words of ‘The Fatal Encounter’ (逆鳞/杀王者) featured an invigorated king who survived assassination quoting Chapter 23 of the ‘Doctrine Of The Mean’ (中庸), while adding in his own words. As the English subtitles...

‘S Storm’ For Clearing Corruption 

Dec. 28 | These days, the higher one climbs in power and office, the greater are temptations for high-level corruption. Without crude robbery with arms and such, white-collar crime in this digital age can simply be about clicking the ‘right’ clicks...

‘Now You See Me 2’, Or Do You?

Dec. 21 | A paradox of the lure of seeing a magic trick performed, is that it couples the wish to be fooled and amazed by the magician’s trickery, with the reverse-wish to not be fooled, to be amazed by oneself being able to figure out the trick instead!...

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...