“ENOUGH SAID” PRESS REVIEW
The advertising slogan really hits hard on you, if you allow it to do so.
It cajoles you that this movie is everything insightful, funny and stunningly performed. It is.
Writer and helmer Nicole Holofcener delivers a heartwarming message, admonishing us not to wallow in self-pity with this elusive element called love.
Should you suffer an unhappy first marriage, no problem …. there’re enough valid reasons not to heap past issues upon a new found second relationship.
“ENOUGH SAID” the movie explores the nuances of love during one’s middle years.
Everyone will grow old eventually, so fat hope to cosmetic laden dreamers who think they can be the Peter Pans of everlasting youth.
WE call this taking “second chances”.
Rather than mopping over your disastrous first, this one demonstrates any middle aged man or woman can still enjoy singlehood again despite failed marriages.
“ENOUGH SAID” is all about our two leads Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini.
A chance encounter leads them to discover they have the hots for each other and they waste no time in starting a sexual relationship. When there’s love, there’s sex, isn’t this thrilling? (guffaw)
But will they be able to juggle another relationship?
Our morale booster here nods YES, but be mindful that second chances will bring along its far share of emotional baggage.
Because nobody likes to grow old without a loving companion. Sad.
Actor James Gandolfini the sweet bearlike actor died unexpectedly in June 2013 at age 51.
So this film is a fond farewell of sorts.
He shared an affable screen chemistry with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Gandolfini, who was 51, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 52, play divorced parents who begin dating, but they are also wary of past romantic failures.
Shot on a modest budget, ENOUGH SAID is a fascinating and powerful film.
It has a perfect blend of humor and heart.
“THE WHITE STORM” PRESS REVIEW
(Chinese Title: 掃毒)
“THE WHITE STORM” has the slick and shine of a John Woo movie, but assuredly it has nothing to do with the doyen of gangster films, Sir Woo.
Instead this one is directed with grandeur by BENNY CHAN, whose body of work includes SHAOLIN which was done two years ago.
Except “THE WHITE STORM” is so much better.
BENNY CHAN helms the stylized production with a taut, no-nonsense script, and international critics hail this as one of the best gangster films to emerge from Hong Kong in the last couple of years.
Kudos to the film director who painstakingly provides all the “reelistic” thrills and spins of what a successful cop-robber-and-undercover feature should be about.
The principal actors are screen veterans such as SEAN LAU, LOUIS KOO and NICK CHEUNG who successfully pitch their efforts to “emo” this gut-wrenching story onto the big screen.
“THE WHITE STORM” is high in entertainment value, and is fast paced as it is brutally shocking, and everything a gritty feature should be.
And what does a white storm mean? In generic term, it refers to any drug cartel, a criminal organization developed with the purpose of selling and controlling drug trafficking operations. Get the drift now? It is all about drugs.
“THE WHITE STORM” breezes us through the astonishing careers of three childhood friends, Tin (Sean Lau), Wai (Nick Cheung) and Chow (Louis Koo) who join the police force.
While Tin and Wai become high-ranking police officers, Chow lands the thankless job of being an undercover cop working closely with his two pals to infiltrate a drug-dealing syndicate in Hong Kong.
Circumstances get really complicated when Tin, Wai and Chow are confronted with the uphill task of apprehending Eight-Faced Buddha (Lo Hoi-Pang), a notorious drug kingpin operating on the Thai-Cambodian border.
Here’s a brotherhood tale of “all-for-one” and “one-for-all” where their reel bonding gets “tested” layer by layer.
It is also demonstrates what betrayals, forgiveness, bonding and redemption really mean in this new-age film about the cops, robbers, undercover profilers pooled together.
At 2 hours and 15 minutes, this feature film is a real blast from start to finish.
“THE WHITE STORM” can easily fit in as the most entertaining HONG KONG film of the year, an edge of the seat thriller, non-stop action galore, a mayhem of brutality and violence, notwithstanding a brilliant powerhouse of acting by the three male leads.
Catch this one before it is too late!
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(This is not a fresh article. It has been almost 4 years since the original was published. Time has flown, but this Online Article brings back many fond memories of those vintage years. Has the issue of the disturbing global warming been put to rest? I am sharing this essay again, with all my dear readers).
THERE’S COLD DREARY WORLD OUT THERE,
Let’s brave it with every ounce of courage you can muster,….
Courage is doing what is right,
Courage takes to look at the truth,
Courage is to be yourself,
Courage is to stand out
to be ME,
Courage combines love and hope,
Courage gives you strength
to rule weaknesses,
Courage is something anyone can achieve,
The heart of love is
Don’t shut your eyes to this world,
Face your trials and tribulations with
a quiet mind and courage,
Treasure those who care about you
and who have stood by you,
In the name of God,
COURAGE IS THINE NAME.
“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” PRESS REVIEW
Sometimes we can reward ourselves with a well-earned couple of hours escapism at the cinema, after a hard day’s grind.
So I was pleasantly surprised that “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” the movie unexpectedly kept me harnessed on edge from start to finish.
It’s first class entertainment all the way, but I repeatedly question myself : “Are the events here for real?”
We’ve been told that it’s a true story, but the real facts one can never tell for sure.
This hijack thriller depicts a Somali pirate attack on an American container ship that carries everything but proper weapons to ward off dangers on the high seas.
Strange security measure.
TOM HANKS plays this merchant marine captain Richard Phillips. His is an award winning performance without doubt.
When the film opens, he is all set to pilot an American 17,000 ton container vessel on a hazardous 10-day journey around the Horn of Africa and into the new bandit country. Little does he know what he’s in for.
On uncharted waters, the vessel is peremptorily hijacked by four AK-47-wielding pirates who have sailed out from the Somali coast on a tiny speedboat skiff.
Alas, there’s no way for an unarmed merchant ship to outrun the speedboat. Besides, the ship’s water cannons are unable to prevent the four unscrupulous pirates from boarding the freighter.
The crew fight back, keeping control of the ship after overpowering one of the attackers, prompting the pirates to quit the vessel and hold Phillips hostage on a lifeboat.
After a dramatic three-day standoff, Navy Seals marksmen kill the pirates and rescues Phillips.
We cheer the poignant ending as our protagonist returns home to a hero’s welcome.
Watch the acting between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage.
TOM HANKS may be the ultimate hero, but it is really BARKHAD ABDI who steals the thunder.
“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” directed by PAUL GREENGRASS is a historical reenactment of
the life-and-death drama on the high seas.
The film is slick, fast paced yet brutally shocking.
This gritty feature with a tense build-up will jolt your senses like nothing you have ever experienced before.
It is an action packed journey layered with heart pounding excitement and a great human story.
A cinematic landmark?
Everything is possible.
Don’t miss it!
“A SECRET BETWEEN US” Press Review
This movie is kinda sad and sappy, but I am definitely bowled over.
The plot highlights a tortuous bitter-sweet romance that spins one whole decade, told mostly through flashbacks.
It affirms the proverbial saying that “whatever is yours will always be yours, irrespective of whatever odds you may encounter …. and that true love never binds.”
It also follows another well-known adage:
“If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.”
All said, everything is sweet, charming and heart-rendering nostalgic.
The film director PATRICK KONG takes us on a trudge down memory lane.
Nice love story needs not be complicated. This one serves to demonstrates what we already know.
Two childhood friends, Bobo (ANGEL CHIANG) and Ken (EDWARD MA) start to reminisce when they cross paths at a friend’s wedding.
Love with all your heart as books will tell you.
True love is never binding, as in “A SECRET BETWEEN US”.
And what of the secret?
Well, the lady works as a tramp, her body is for sale as she seeks big bucks only to treat her hospitalized mother who has kidney failure.
Her boyfriend is aware of everything but he’s helpless about the money matters. And I am not about to judge by diagnosing what is right or wrong. Sometimes when you are a financial desperado, you just do what your life beckons you, unless it is openly flouting the law.
The protagonists are lost in their own tunnel of confusion against their will, but when they emerge from the entanglement ten years later, both are now happily settled with different paramours.
I do not question the intents of “A SECRET BETWEEN US” because it explores innocent love when the protagonists were adolescents and the terrible angst and pains they encountered in the process of growing up.
True love never dies? Surely.
Old friends will connect.
Old flames will reignite a lost spark.
And perchance, everyone will rediscover just how much beautiful memories you can pack into one heartwarming reunion.
“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” PRESS REVIEW
No, you will not hear violent battle cries as the film’s name implies.
But make no bones about it, “BATTLE OF THE YEAR” can be an enjoyable flick despite its insipid title.
It’s all about dance, dance, dance … breakdance!
Here you find a radical assortment of American male dancers pitting against each other even in dedicated training, within the confines of a “breakaway fortress” far away from the madding crowd to focus, in order to improve their dance prowess.
If you wonder whatever happened to break-dancing movies these days, then the answer lies here, the revival.
“BATTLE OF THE YEAR” is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world. The Americans haven’t won in the fifteen years.
Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team.
Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country.
With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to bond as a team (despite the myriad of personality differences) if they’re going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started.
Will all efforts pay off? Will the American clinch the trophy?
You have to find out for yourself, but the dance choreography is awesomely impressive.
The key attraction of this film is the casting of controversial hip-hop artist turned actor, Chris Brown. Brown plays a character that is cocky, egocentric but very talented.
If you like dance flicks, then this one should do no wrong.
Go for it!
“KICK ASS GIRLS” Movie Review
Get set to switch off your suspension of disbelief if you wanna sail smoothly alongside this chick flick.
Because, midstream, you might want to switch gears and dock ship to kick some nasty ass.
It has a female director GC GOO BI on board.
GC with the unique name also doubles as a scriptwriter who knows how to wrangle a good story. She’s the Jill of all trades and knows every trick in the book about effective film making
Scene opens with three lovely but lethal femme fatales arriving in Malaysia. They are the direct exports from Hong Kong.
Lured by bright lights and big time money, they drop everything at home and zoom for Malaysia.
Count in the pouty Chrissie Chau, alluring Hidy Yu and squirmish queen Dada Lo.
Apart from Christie Chau, I’ll be honest to declare that I have yet to hear of the other two Hong Kong actresses.
Here’s a piece of grim reality:
Our home-bred Malaysian actresses Chris Tong and Emily Lim who can easily give their three counterparts a run for their money are playing minor roles here. Justifiably so, as the principal markets are Hong Kong and China.
Here’s the plot line-up:
The three female leads, Bao (starring Chrissie Chau), Miu (starring Dada Lo) and TT (starring Hidy Yu) are messed up and fickle-minded when they are confronted to solve problems of the heart and friendship betrayals.
They are headhunted as female bodyguards by a mysterious Malaysian lady Zhu Ge (Chris Tong) who promises them the heaven and the earth.
So seduced by the taste of attainable wealth, they throw caution to the four winds and fly to Kuala Lumpur.
But their initial lavish lifestyles are nipped in the bud as they are soon to discover that they are recruited as women warriors.
They have to fight tooth-and-nail for survival against murderous women fighters as pawns inside huge animal cages for lecherous gambling men who place their bets on whoever that’s deemed to emerge as winner.
Now, how are these bewildered damsels going to redeem their lives and regain their honor?
The movie has all the answers, so go watch.
‘KICK ASS GIRLS” is an action packed movie loaded with so much fun by a bevy of beautiful stars.
It’s ferocious, fearsome, full on and packs one hell of a punch!
The Press Conference on 16th November, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur
SPORTY MALAYSIAN ACTRESS EMILY LIM HAD SO MUCH FUN FILMING, DESPITE A CAMEO ROLE.
Lead actress CHRISSIE CHAU laments:
“I injured my left leg on the first day of shooting. It’s the result of spin-kicking some thugs whilst wearing a tight mini-dress and a pair of cumbersome six-inch heels.”
PRESS CONFERENCE PICTURES COURTESY of FRANK NG
“THIS ACTION COMEDY PACKS ONE HELL OF A PUNCH”
“KISS ASS GIRLS” is FUNNY, FEROCIOUS and FULL-ON!”
“IT’S LIKELY WE SHALL ALL RETURN WITH A SEQUEL!”
Here’s the movie TRAILER complete with whatever you should know BEHIND-the-SCENES.
“CARRIE” PRESS PREVIEW
You’d either love the CARRIE 2013 version, or hate it.
I enjoyed the film, despite the renewed dressings and crazy negative feed backs.
You just cannot please everyone.
In reality, it’s a decent remake of a 70s horror flick (directed by Kimberly Peirce) that is back after donkey years to rock the boat and to send delicious quivers down one’s spine all over again.
You’d need to switch off your suspension of disbelief mode though, to relish this one.
Hopefully you are able to detect an equal amount of adrenaline and testosterone, as compared with the original classic.
Yes, the mainstay is still payback, demonstrating that Karma still rules, that what you sow, you reap.
Let’s delve further into the plot:
This version of CARRIE is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about a school outcast called Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz).
She is brought by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore).
CARRIE’s adolescence has been a tough ride all the way.
She is emotionally humiliated and physically maimed by her so-called school friends whom she trusted.
The Moretz performance is, in many ways, admirable. She captures the pain and confusion of a young girl tormented by her classmates.
Moretz and Moore as the mother-and-daughter pair share an admirable chemistry and their performances shine during the movie’s major confrontation scenes.
The infamous prom scene, where Carrie goes horribly berserk using her psychokinesis powers, after getting doused with pig’s blood is rendered nasty and revengeful with a ghastly CGI polish.
This contemporary version of CARRIE is eerie, chilling and special effects laden.
Go watch it with an open mind.
“THAT GIRL IN PINAFORE” (A Singapore Love Story) Press Review.
Reach for a hankie please, should you feel the “emo” thing in this Singapore love story tugging at your heartstrings.
Like I have expressed many times before in my previous writings, it’s great to be young.
And what price youth?
You go figure, ‘cos everyone can only be young once.
Take stock of your teen years if you are an adolescent right now. You may not realize that those pre-adult, hassle-free years may be the best part of your life.
Growing up is fun, but should you fail to treasure “the little moments” that tick away your days of youth, “the little moments” may just dance right in front of your eyes and flicker off in a jiff.
The camaraderie you share with your chums, the incessant rubbishy school banter, slogging for the examinations and ah… falling in love … they are all laced here carefully, courtesy of the film director.
The young years is a subject close to everyone’s heart and it’s like demonstrating that the film director is taking the baby boomers (the secondary group), on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.
Yes, (repeat) it is exhilarating to be young.
“THAT GIRL IN PINAFORE” is a high-spirited and hilarious film by renowned Singapore director CHAI YEE-WEI.
It is an unfiltered, albeit comedic take on the Singapore Xin Yao period and has a notable balance of romance, puppy loves, controlling parents and growing up healthily and happily.
There is something for everyone here, young and old alike.
It is a song-led drama set in the 1990s revolving around the lives of a group of teens who dare dream.
After a dismal flunk with his ‘O’ Level exams, Jiaming (DAREN TAN) helps out at his parents’ pub by performing in a band with his friends.
He then meets May (JULIE TAN) and drawn together by their common love for xinyao music, they slowly discover they have the hots for each other. But this romance is short lived as May’s mum objects to the budding relationship, and is adamant about sending her daughter to the US for further studies.
The musical score is excellent.
Whether it’s Xin Yao, Ma Yao or Thai Yao, it’s just a juggling of regional musical terminology depicting a certain period.
The plot is not just boy-meet-girl and falling in love. If you dig hard enough you can unearth a common reminder, that of living in the present, and finding solace and hope in each moment. Grown-ups stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. Kidding. Where’s the other land? Youth is a time where you can watch the world sail by, without pretensions.
When you are an adolescent, there’s little chance that you’ll be swarmed with problems of the adult, that of injustice, competing and poverty. The young will find a different, innocent way to beat the odds.
At the press conference I ribbed Director YEE-WEI whether it was necessary to inject so much “crap” in the movie. There appeared a dedication of farts, pee and poop scenes to entice your guffaws.
I needn’t have asked, as this appears to be a favorite Singapore joke, an adherent “toilet” issue proudly featured in Singapore’s Media Corp drama series such as IT TAKES TWO and HOUSEWIVES’ HOLIDAY.
Singapore loves this kind of testy jokes, my colleague roared.
The film director’s painstaking attention to timing details, ably supported by a commendable young cast with the newly arranged hit songs add authenticity to the film.
“THAT GIRL IN PINAFORE” 我的朋友，我的同學，我愛過的一切 is definitely worth a see.
Watch your hazy dazy Teenage Days roll by in this Sweet, Mushy Film crafted in Singapore.
You will certainly be glad you did.
“THAT GIRL IN PINAFORE” PRESS CONFERENCE IN KUALA LUMPUR on
7th NOVEMBER 2013
PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY of TI CHIN HAN
Director CHAI YEE-WEI leads his merry team
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