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Movie Review: The Red Turtle

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ― Ralph H. Blum Have you ever seen those videos where a camera pulls out from a person, expanding to view the whole house, town, city, country, then earth, solar system, galaxy, universe - creating a sense of human smallness and powerlessness? The …

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‘Your Name’ is the best movie of 2016

Your Name ( 君の名は。) is the best movie I've watched all year. And I don't have to watch Moana or Fantastic Beasts to know that this is the best one I'll watch before the end of 2016. I didn't think it would be popular, but the theatre I watched it at (a small one at …

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Movie Review: Short Term 12

I wrote a movie review of Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson. Really moving film.

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By Benjamin Ho

It is quite fitting that the Perspectives Film Festival’s opening film is one that emphasises learning to see a person’s life through their own eyes. Short Term 12 depicts a temporary home for troubled teenagers, exploring life in their shoes as well as life in the shoes of the twentysomething staff who run the home. Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second feature-length film after I Am Not A Hipster, Short Term 12 was inspired by his experiences in a group facility for teenagers.

The film chooses to use a cold open, leaving you guessing as to the exact nature of the home for a while. Cretton’s modus operandi for your discovery of the world of Short Term 12 is through mostly showing and a bit of telling – snippets of conversation between kids and the staff, and around-the-door camera angles that seem to put you in the eyes of a new worker…

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Ilo Ilo

I reviewed Ilo Ilo for The Cinnamon Roll – check it out!

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by Benjamin Ho

Ilo Ilo made history when it became the first Singaporean film to win an award at the Cannes film festival. Not the Palm d’Or, but the Camera d’Or. I’d never heard of that award before the news broke. Was the Camera d’Or any special? Turns out it is – it is an award for the best feature film debut of any director. Props, Anthony Chen!

I’m not very familiar with Anthony Chen’s oeuvre – although I no longer have any excuse now that Viddsee is hosting his short films online – but with his Cannes win, I was anticipating something special when I went down to the theatre to catch Ilo Ilo.

Its headscratching English name doesn’t give any clue as to what the movie is about (if anyone knows what it means pray tell) but its Chinese title means ‘Father and Mother Aren’t Home’. This is…

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