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‘The Best Of Enemies’ As Better Friends

Jan. 20 | How do you transform an enemy, to make him or her a friend? By offering unconditional help as a fellow human being. By giving the least expected, yet the most needed without being asked, how can an enemy not be moved to see the ‘enemy’...

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’; Not Go To War?

Jan. 13 | The word ‘Parabellum’ comes from the the Latin adage, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum’, which translates as, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.’ It comes from the last two words combined, in English being...

On Students & Teachers In ‘The Kominsky Method’

Jan. 6 | In the last episode of season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’, ‘A Thetan Arrives’… (N)orman says, ‘I believe the next step for me is the journey inwards… the spiritual path… There’s an old saying that...

Is ‘The Devil Next Door’? 

Dec. 30 | TDND is a documentary series on the case of Ivan Mykolaiovych Demjanjuk, who lived as an ordinary family man, about whether he was truly ‘Ivan the Terrible’, the nickname given to a notoriously cruel guard at the Treblinka extermination...

Is There A ‘Dark Phoenix’ In You?

Dec. 23 | ‘Dark Phoenix’ is the tale of Jean Grey’s existential crisis. As she asks, ‘Who are we? Are we simply what others want us to be? Are we destined to a fate beyond our control? Or can we evolve, become something more?‘...

What Most ‘Complicated’ About ‘Singapore Social’

Dec. 16 | There is a kind of relationship sometimes labelled as ‘complicated’ or ‘complex’ due to its ambiguous nature. It is sometimes the ‘open’ or ‘semi-open’ kind. Beyond mere friendship, there is some sense...

Why ‘Hellboy (2019)’ Is Not Hellbound

Dec. 9 | Tall, large, with red skin, a tail, hooves and horns, the half-demon Hellboy is a reminder not to judge by appearances – both in the fictitious and real world. Even those who seem ‘definitely’ evil might not be so, who might do...

Is ‘Revenge Of The Pontianak’ Justified?

Dec. 2 | Ghostly vengeance sounds super scary and violent. Yet, revenge means there was wrong done, that seems to ‘justify’ the havoc, or does it? Bearing in mind that ghosts are ex-humans, which ghost is so downright evil, to wish to wreck chaos...

Out & ‘In The Shadow Of The Moon’

Nov. 25 | Fascinating as time travel stories can be, it is also a rather exhaustedly ‘travelled’ genre, ‘inspiring’ a sense of ‘Isn’t this like what I saw before? Here we go again?’ Then again, almost every time travel...

How Comedies Can Become Scary Movies

Nov. 11 | Naturally, we think of comedies as the direct opposite of horror films. The first is for fun and laughter, the latter for terror and shrieks. Then again, there is a way in which a brainless comedy can morph into an absolute horror movie, before you...

What To Make Of ‘Wounds’?

Nov. 4 | It is tricky trying to know what to make of ‘Wounds’. There is the idea that there are ancient rituals that see wounds as portals for summoning ‘higher beings’ to enter this world, which leads to the question of how to have...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Lack Of Logic On Balance 

Oct. 28 | A key philosophical problem with the Star Wars universe is that it is ‘romantically’ yet unrealistically portrayed in terms of balance. For example, Luke Skywalker explains the force as so to Rey, ‘The force is not a power you have....

How To Not Be ‘Haunted’?

Oct. 19 | Episode one of season two of ‘Haunted’ features among the most malevolent of ghosts, one who is both cunning and wicked. With the ability to read minds, the ‘Mimic’ is able to imitate the voices and forms of those familiar....

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Who Returned As Master

Sep. 30 | The Jedi Master Luke Skywalker once saw his apprentice Ben Solo, to be so potentially dangerous, that he almost destroyed him, in a bid to prevent him from actualising this potential. Yet, in that very moment, Skywalker forgot the existence of Solo’s...

Is ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Ours Too?

Sep. 23 | What is the meaning, purpose or point of this life, be it long or short? These existential issues are pondered by a dog, who is able to recall several immediate past lives. Is it just to have fun and games, to play and eat? If only it is that simple....
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