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3… 2… 1… The Cinema vertical is where you’ll find anything and everything about film and movies. Within the realm of this page, the silver screen is the deity and we are all just fawning acolytes. Grab your popcorn!

Shiren & Ragi: A Story Of Forbidden Love And Political Intrigue

Shiren & Ragi: A Story Of Forbidden Love And Political Intrigue

Blending stage and cinema, Geki×CINE’s Shiren & Ragi brought the popular stage performance of the same name to Golden Village’s (GV) silver screens in Singapore – GV’s first foray into such alternative content. The play stars Tatsuya Fujiwara – best-known for his leading role in the Death Note series – as well as other recognizable stars from the Japanese entertainment industry. Synopsis The fictional play is set in the Nanboku-chō period, when Japan was divided between the North and the South. Shiren (Hiromi Nagasaku), a legendary Northern Assassin, was sent to the South as a spy to assassinate Godai (Katsumi…
Actions Speak Louder Than Words In ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

Actions Speak Louder Than Words In ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’

The highly-anticipated John Wick: Chapter 3 hit the big screens on Thursday, 16 May 2019, and it did not disappoint. Subtitled “Parabellum” – Latin for “prepare for war” – the third instalment of the franchise delivered the promised action sequences in the same flawless, unrelenting style built upon its predecessors. Similar to Chapter 2, Chapter 3 – Parabellum – picks up immediately after the ending to the previous instalment. John Wick (Keanu Reeves), having broken its rules in the previous movie by offing a member of the High Table in the criminal sanctuary known as the Continental Hotel, now has…
Finn Little Shares His Experience Working With The Cast And Birds Of Storm Boy

Finn Little Shares His Experience Working With The Cast And Birds Of Storm Boy

On Tuesday, 15 January 2019, Salt Media & Entertainment hosted the red carpet premiere of the iconic Australian film, Storm Boy, in conjunction with the launch of Big Picture theatre – Singapore’s first cinema in the financial district. Asian-Australian director Shawn Seet, producer Matthew Street and breakout young star Finn Little graced their presence at the Storm Boy Red Carpet Premiere; held at Salt Media @ Capital Tower. Synopsis A retelling of the 1964 book by Colin Thiele stars Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney, as well as young co-actor Finn Little. The film starts with retired businessman Michael Kingley (Geoffrey Rush)…
Asian Film Archive announces list of programmes for 2019: Here are the highlights

Asian Film Archive announces list of programmes for 2019: Here are the highlights

Back in January, the Asian Film Archive (AFA) announced the return of the Oldham Theatre, newly revamped and equipped with 4K digital and 35mm film format projection capabilities alongside its 132-seater hall. Alongside its slated April 7 opening, several films were teased to be shown upon its return, including Oily Maniac (1976), a Hong Kong film based on the Orang Minyak legend, Raffles Hotel (1989), directed by Ryu Murakami (of Audition fame), and Medium Rare (1991), Singapore own entry loosely based on the Adrian Lim ritual murders. Recently, we were invited to preview the upcoming programs that the AFA has…
Is This The Endgame For The Original Avengers Cast?

Is This The Endgame For The Original Avengers Cast?

“We are in the endgame now” is the pivotal line by Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War. Indeed, we too are approaching the final stages of the massive saga that has lasted more than a decade. The question is, does that also ring true for the actors in the film? Like the Marvel film series, the actors portraying these characters have gone through a long journey. Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) has been portraying his titular character, Iron Man, for the longest time among the original cast. Even before Iron Man, RDJ was in the film industry for a long time,…
Avengers Endgame: Thanos Demands Your Silence

Avengers Endgame: Thanos Demands Your Silence

Tomorrow, it all comes to an end. The highly-anticipated movie from Marvel Studios – Avengers: Endgame – will premiere on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, in Singapore. While many of us may have been able to snag a ticket for screenings on the first day, there are also fans who were only able to grab tickets to screenings for the first week; maybe even later. Gold Class tickets at Golden Village are all sold out! Let’s also not forget that – despite the film’s premiere screening today at the US – Avengers: Endgame only releases on 24 and 25 April 2019…
Movie Review: P Storm <<P 风暴>> Falls Short of Expectations with a Thin Plot

Movie Review: P Storm <<P 风暴>> Falls Short of Expectations with a Thin Plot

Following Z Storm (2014), S Storm (2016) and L Storm (2018) comes P Storm <<P 风暴>>, the fourth instalment of the Hong Kong crime thriller series. This time, William Luk (Louis Koo) goes undercover as an inmate to investigate correctional officers who are receiving bribes from an inmate. The film opens with William Luk intentionally getting himself arrested for drink-driving. The next scene reveals his target: inmate Cao Yuen Yuen (Raymond Lam), the wealthy, cold-blooded son of a Chinese tycoon. Yuen Yuen is due for early release, but William believes that Yuen Yuen bribed the officers of the Hong Kong…
Captain Marvel Press Conference in Singapore: It’s an Action-Packed “Emotional Journey” for the Latest MCU Movie

Captain Marvel Press Conference in Singapore: It’s an Action-Packed “Emotional Journey” for the Latest MCU Movie

On February 14 2019, the cast and directors of Captain Marvel graced their presence for a press conference and Red Carpet Event at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre – the only promotional stop in Asia. After a warm welcome by members of the media from across the Asia-Pacific countries, cast Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Gemma Chan (Doctor Minerva) and Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck went on to share about the movie enthusiastically. While the cast shared about their respective characters in detail and how they came to embody themselves in their…
Movie Review: ‘One Cut Of The Dead’ Gives A Jocular View On Indie Filmmaking

Movie Review: ‘One Cut Of The Dead’ Gives A Jocular View On Indie Filmmaking

After a string of award-winning short films, One Cut Of The Dead (Japanese Title: Camera wo Tomeru na) is director Shinichiro Ueda’s feature film debut. Having successfully earned 250 times its working budget in the box office, the film has also recently won the Audience Choice at the Singapore International Film Festival 2018 (SGIFF). The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film. The film’s director (Takayuki Hamatsu) is exasperated with the actress’ (Yuzuki Akiyama) acting skills and even takes it out on the actor (Kazuaki Nagaya). The crew takes a break…
Just A Breath Away Movie Review: An Unconventional Take On Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

Just A Breath Away Movie Review: An Unconventional Take On Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

Post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Just a Breath Away’ (French title: Dans la Brume) takes to the rooftops of Paris as the film follows a family of three attempting to escape amidst the poisonous gas cloud that has blanketed the city. The film starts with Mathieu (Roman Duris) arriving back from Canada, where he was trying to find a cure for his 11-year-old daughter’s immunodeficiency disorder. It was introduced later in the film that his wife, Anna (Olga Kurylenko), and daughter, Sarah (Fantine Harduin) live in a state-of-the-art hermetic bubble. The film wastes no time as an earthquake hits Paris, unleashing a thick…
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