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An Imaginary Movie On Water Ghosts’ Origins

Sep. 27 | Those haunted by the inner demons of attachment, aversion and delusion, who do not see or vanquish them will eventually become outer demons. – Shilashanti There was a horror movie (based on a true story), about a woman swimming in a lake, when she...

Nobler Brotherhood For ‘A Better Tomorrow 2018’

Sep. 20 | ‘A Better Tomorrow 2018’ (英雄本色 2018) almost seems like exploration on what brotherhood (or sisterhood) means, in both the actual brotherly sense, and the non-sibling, sometimes gangster brotherly sense. Surely, it means loyalty, to...

‘The Empty Hands’ Full Of Spirit

Sep. 13 | ‘The Empty Hands’ is the almost literal translation of the ‘way of empty hands’ (空手道), otherwise known as Karate-do. As strongly urged by a Karate expert father, his daughter was trained when much younger, to be a brown...

How Does ‘Attack On Titan’ Relate To Humans?

Sep. 5 | ‘Attack on Titan’ (or more accurately, ‘Attack by Titans’, or ‘Advancing Giants’ in Japanese) presents a mystery of humongous proportions at first… Who are these titans, who seem to be monsters from beyond, who...

The Rise & Fall Of ‘Icarus’

Aug. 29 | In his acceptance speech at the 90th Oscars ceremony for best documentary feature ‘Icarus’, the director Bryan Fogel said, ‘We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger....

What Truly Is ‘The Shining’?

Aug. 22 | ‘The Shining’ (1980) is classic mystery horror, perhaps due to it being somewhat scripted to be ambiguous? A man goes to an isolated hotel to be its winter caretaker. He hears about a previous caretaker, who seemed to have had a murderous...

The ‘Historically’ Fantastic ‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’

Aug. 15 | ‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’ (妖猫传) is what can be called ‘fantastical history’ or ‘historical fantasy’ – a highly dramatised and romanticised retelling of how events might had been, that led to the demise of Yang...

‘The Monkey King 3’: Kingdom Of Women (Vs Four ’Monks‘)

Aug. 8 | Although also with ‘casual spirituality’ added for such movies meant to be entertaining yet somewhat ‘enlightening’, this third instalment (西游记女儿国) offers quite a bit of subtle food for thought on love and attachment....

Don’t Be A ‘Don Verdean’

Aug. 1 | Depending on the viewer’s perception, ‘Don Verdean’ is the kind of movie, that can be perceived as either sincere or satirical… or somewhat both at the same time. Verdean is a fictitious freelance archaeologist and writer, who...

Who Is The Beguiler & ‘The Beguiled’?

Jul. 26 | Five young women of various ages, with their teacher in a small girls school, encounter a wounded soldier, who had since deserted the army. Struggling slightly at first, to decide if he ought to be saved or reported, they decided to discreetly nurse...

‘The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio’ In A ‘Few’ Words

Jul. 18 | ‘The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio’ tells the true story of Evelyn Ryan (1913-1998), as based on a biography of the same title by her daughter Terry Ryan, with the subtitle of ‘How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less’....

Busting The ‘Ghostbusters’?

Jul. 11 | Despite the ‘good, clean (or rather slimy) fun’ portrayed in the comical ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984) movie, there are some subtle moral issues raised. When the pseudo-scientific team became famous for their exploits, they appeared in...

Without ‘Doubt’, The Best Anti-Gossip Sermon?

Jul. 4 | In the movie ‘Doubt’, Father Brendan Flynn masterfully delivered this unnerving sermon… ‘A woman was gossiping with her friend about a man whom they hardly knew… [Note: Such is the nature of gossip, which is spread of the...

From Life As ‘Surrogates’ To Being ‘Altered Carbon’

Jun. 27 | The universe of stacks (‘hard disks’ that contain consciousnesses) and sleeves (i.e. bodies that can be switched like clothes) of ‘Altered Carbon’ (2018) is as if expanded from the world of ‘Surrogates’ (2009). Thank...

Haikus On Movies, Documentary & Drama Series

Jun. 20 | Movie Haikus Watch a movie, have an adventure, into the unknown. Learn to empathise, watch your hopes, face your fears. Fictitious yet ‘real’, thought experiment with sight and sound. Serious yet not, live alternative lives of the protagonists. Series...
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