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Existential Chats In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 19 |   In ‘Café Society’ is discussion of some interesting existential issues. Bobby exclaims, ‘[W]hen the end’s near, you need something… I have to know that all this just doesn’t end… I need to believe...

Commitment Issues In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 13 | Why commit to another love interest if already committed to another? Was the first commitment not genuine then, and thus meaningless? If there was meaningless commitment for the first case, what makes one sure that the second case has genuine commitment? If...

Extreme Decisions For ‘Extremis’ Situations?

Apr. 7 | ‘Extremis’ is a documentary on the tough decisions that family members have to make in extremely difficult situations, near moments of potential death of their loved ones. Medical personnel are also shown to face much challenge when explaining...

It’s A Very Very ‘Mad World’

Mar. 28 | ‘Mad World’ (一念无明) accurately depicts of how the mentally ill, who deserve more empathy by society get more demonisation instead. Much more dangerous than the extremely rare ‘raving lunatics’, are the masses’...

An Outsider’s Review Of ‘The Outsider’

Mar. 19 | ‘The Outsider’ tells a fictitious tale of how a foreigner (gaijin) joined a yakuza gang, rising in its ranks to be its most ‘honourable’ leader. Often the case, such stories depict the fierce sense of ‘honour’ among,...

What Would Push You To Make ‘The Push’?

Mar. 8 | ‘The Push’ is a reality TV documentary by the mentalist Derren Brown. For choosing its ‘participants’, he shortlists, through an experiment, those who are especially socially compliant, without question. They are then put through...

Beyond ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’

Mar. 2 | This documentary (2017) features how one famous comedian Jim Carrey portrayed another famed comedian – Andy Kaufman (1949-1984) in the latter’s biopic – ‘Man On The Moon’ (1999). What intriguing is that Jim attempted to do what...

‘Bright’ On The Darkness Of Speciesism

Feb. 21 | Exploring issues due to inter-speciesism, ‘Bright’ portrays the near-future – with a hybrid of the familiar and gritty real world, mixed with a couple of fantastical species. Set in America, a black human cop partners a orc cop. This...

Is ‘An Honest Death’ An Ideal Death?

Feb. 11 | ‘An Honest Death: A Palliative Care Doctor’s Final Days’ is a documentary featured on NHK World Prime. Masahiro Tanaka was a palliative care doctor and a Japanese Buddhist priest, who had helped thousands to die peacefully. He requested...

‘Justice League’ On Bodhisattva Heroism

Jan. 24 | When Commissioner Gordon asked, ‘How many of you (i.e. heroes) are there (in the Justice League to be)?’, Batman replied with ‘Not enough!’ How many then, are enough? When everyone of us become heroic in nature, with none of...

‘Alien: Covenant’ Between Nature & Nurture?

Jan. 17 | This prequel instalment of the Alien series shows the ‘historical’ interconnections – of humans who created and ‘nurtured’ A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), who in turn tampered with nature’s monsters and ‘nurtured’...

Prepared For The ‘Shockwave’ Of Your Life?

Dec. 28 | ‘Shockwave’ is about the expertise of a heroic bomb disposal officer… and his tragic limitations. Even the most cool-headed and skilled ones who were able to save many in the nick of time will eventually run out of time in this life...

How ‘Demolition’ Led To Reconstruction

Dec. 21 | A man whose wife died in a car crash is seemingly numb at first. He even tries to cry but found it hard. As it turned out, he was too unmindfully spaced out in the final days of their relationship. So much so, that he was uncertain of what he lost,...

Do You Have The ‘Nerve’?

Dec. 13 | ‘Nerve’ is, (for now at least, thank goodness) a fictitious phone app game from the dark web. There are two ways to participate – as a watcher or player. The first decides and sees the latter live out increasingly outrageous dares in real...

‘The Legend Of Tarzan’ & The Reality Of Speciesism

Dec. 7 | If there is one word to summarise the essential message of this Tarzan movie, it could well be anti-speciesism… or anti-racism, or anti-discrimination. (Case 1) Due to misunderstanding of the unfamiliar in ‘his’ territory, a ferocious...
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