A Different Love Story

We all recognize Quentin Tarantino. The majority of his films are random and violent. To better paraphrase this, Tarantino is synonymous with unpredictability. To even better distinguish his films, we need to draw up a checklist of stuff: violence (as mentioned), macabre humour, incredible dialogue, lanky wit, pop culture, and enough profanity to make a parent cringe. Of course, it is dangerous to live in such a world, but the benefit of starring in it means garnering a fandom, seeing that Mia Wallace is the front cover of literally every Pulp Fiction poster, or that Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo revels…


To Be Determined

For many people, the topic of eugenics is a very touchy subject. It is controversial, especially given the turbulent periods in history mankind has seen. Simply put, eugenics is the practice or advocacy of improving the human species by selectively mating people with specific desirable hereditary traits. It aims to reduce human suffering by “breeding out” disease, disabilities and so-called undesirable characteristics from the human population. Obviously, like many of the debatable topics today such as abortion and universal healthcare, eugenics has a lengthy list of pros and cons. Of course this goes without saying, it is grounds for philosophical…


Don’t Get Me Wrong

Don’t get me wrong — Howl’s Moving Castle is no way shape or form, bad. Objectively speaking, this film is one of the best Japanese animation has to offer. Subjectively speaking, it tastes like a bowl of mac and cheese. The level of comfort varies across different genres. You obviously wouldn’t watch Evil Dead to feel good. It is raining outside and you’ve turned on the heater, all while enjoying a deliciously happy movie. We hold these memories close to our chest during the darkest moments and also the most banal ones. …


Letting Imagination Run Loose

It’s been decades since My Neighbor Totoro has been introduced to the public. Older audiences today can still recall Hayao Miyazaki’s infamous film as pleasant, perhaps downright satisfying, which compared to animated children’s films now, feels even more impressive. Unlike its peers, 1988’s fantasy chooses the moment over the traditional storyline, meaning that more emphasis is placed on small bouts of drama, rather than the lengthy story. A world of childish innocence is created, and in it, are two young girls exploring it. There is no need for good guys or bad guys, just reminders for how peachy our childhood…


Staring Into The Deep End Together

Lars von Trier is not an easygoing director by conventional standards; his films always seem to bear greater meanings than others’ do, testament to perhaps his grandiose imagination, or just a very different method of thought. Behind the infamous lenses of Nymphomaniac and Breaking the Waves, the director flexes his intellectual muscle for all to see. The former, garners equally erotic and brutal attention as it sees its main character wrestle with a monstrous and dense subject matter, in the way that is only von Trier-esque. In the latter, he reveals a crisp contrast between the subjugation of communal religion…


Only Time Will Tell

In the end, Marcus is carried out by paramedics on a stretcher, and Pierre, taken away by the police. While all this is happening, two men are chatting somewhere else. It is a dimly lit room, made even dimmer after Butcher reveals that he committed incest, Oldboy-style. The continuation of Seul Contre Tous, a corrosive masterpiece from Gaspar Noé, briefly mentions time’s negative impact on everything. To understand how Marcus and Pierre ended up in this position, one must first look back, chronologically of course.

Calling Irréversible a difficult film is an understatement — it delineates perplexities few can tolerate…


An Honest Goodbye

Don’t get me wrong, Shrek will always be remembered fondly by his audience, the titular ogre being more than just a symbol of funny gags and non-accidental trolling. We remember this cranky CGI ogre’s first film, and then his second. We also remember the third, though not with as much enthusiasm. Where film series are involved, you can never really have too much of a good thing. Many trilogies have seen their end around the third film, for a matter of different reasons. Heck, who’s actually seen the most recent Transformers back in 2017? There are of course, notable exceptions…


Keep Doubting

In an interview with Pascal Laugier, he discusses the phenomenal power film has on the rationale, especially that of the horror genre. It means to do more than just scare, and plutôt, transcend to a new level of melancholy. Yes, Laugier has taken an extreme approach, one that will forever stain his audience’s palettes. However, it remains a paradox which people continue to revisit, even after everything.

Take the worst of the human condition and transform it into art, into beauty.

Art can come in the most convoluted manners, the most sublime ones will always go beyond the perspectives of…


Growing Up

Where coming-of-age stories are concerned, we are always inclined to pay attention, because anyone who has gone through the maturation phase can relate to this. It is a time filled with mystery, comedy, worry and then relief, all in that order. Imagine an adolescent thrown into the lonely world, without a single clue as to how different adulthood is from childhood. Films of these genres are empathetic, and when done correctly, can be a huge success amongst its audience. Moonlight. Call Me By Your Name. Superbad. Mean Girls. Lady Bird. The list of films just goes on and on. Behind…


Rediscovering Your Childhood

Indeed, our tastes in film embellish and spiral to various degrees, testament to us growing up and shedding the cocoon of childhood. With that, we slowly forget how thoroughly we enjoyed animated films, the sphere of innocence that they carried, along with their important messages. And who could deny the profound effects films such as Toy Story and The Incredibles have had on our immature minds, much less how they taught us to differentiate between right and wrong. We smiled when Shrek and co. got their happily ever after, cried when Ellie Fredricksen passed away in Up, and danced along…

Dimitri Ng

Just another idiot who thinks he can write

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