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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…
Event Guide: Arts Events & Films for the Ultimate Christmas Experience

Event Guide: Arts Events & Films for the Ultimate Christmas Experience

Although Singapore cannot offer you a white Christmas, there are still other ways to steep yourself in the festive mood. Whether it is watching classic Christmas films, going to a Christmas concert, or even trying out a new concept of Christmas-themed theatrical dining, we have compiled a guide for you to enjoy Christmas through film and arts. Christmas Films Watching Christmas films as a family can be a very relaxing and effective family bonding experience. The problem is, there are too many Christmas films to choose from! Fret not, for DANAMIC has narrowed it down for you. The Grinch In…
Sink or Swim Movie Review: A Lighthearted Take On Self-Discovery Through Sychronised Swimming

Sink or Swim Movie Review: A Lighthearted Take On Self-Discovery Through Sychronised Swimming

“You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, and you can’t fit a round peg in a square hole”. Directed by Gilles Lellouche, the premise of Sink or Swim (French title: Le Grand Bain) attempts to falsify the above-mentioned statement. Sink or Swim is a comedy film about a ragtag bunch of “losers” who form an unlikely team of male synchronized swimmers. Viewers who are well-versed with French cinema will notice that the majority of the main cast are prominent actors in French cinema, some of whom even have directorial and filmmaking experience.  The plot starts with Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric), an unemployed father of…
SGIFF 2018: A Showcase of Emerging & Established Film Talents

SGIFF 2018: A Showcase of Emerging & Established Film Talents

Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. This year, the 29th edition of SGIFF aims to showcase both emerging and established film talents, focusing on the regional while expanding out to the global. From highly anticipated film screenings to programs and masterclasses led by experts in the film industry, there is something in store for all. Festival Opening & Special Presentation Films Cities of Last Things (2018) SGIFF will be opening with Malaysian-born director Ho Wi Ding’s Cities of Last Things, where we are introduced to Zhang, a retired…
The Mystery of Shirkers

The Mystery of Shirkers

To call Shirkers a mystery would be an understatement. The documentary, now out on Netflix, explores the story behind Sandi Tan’s 1992 would-be film of the same name. Together with her best friends and teacher from film class, they embarked on a two-month long adventure to make Singapore’s first surrealist indie road movie about a serial killer. Just when shooting was over, however, their teacher, Georges Cardona, vanished with the footage. He left no reason for his disappearance and no trace of the film the friends had poured so much into. The film answers the questions raised by the disappearance…
“Ruin Me” is A Slasher Film That Is Mediocre at Best

“Ruin Me” is A Slasher Film That Is Mediocre at Best

At first glance, Ruin Me looks set to be a decent horror flick with the interesting premise of a girl being brought into a camping trip that doubles as a haunted house, and has to make it out alive when things go awry. And of course, what could go wrong eventually went wrong. This is the debut feature film for director Preston DeFrancis and honestly, it isn’t perfect. But that’s fine, and there are certainly positive points about the film. For now, however, let’s not sugarcoat things. The film stars Marcienne Dywer in the leading role as Alex, a non-horror…
What Documentary Film ‘Shirkers’ Could Mean for Singapore

What Documentary Film ‘Shirkers’ Could Mean for Singapore

Shirker (noun):Someone who avoids something, especially work (Cambridge English Dictionary). If you aren’t sure what the film is about, even after watching the trailer, you will not be alone. The mysterious trailer raises several questions while giving almost nothing away. Nevertheless, let me try and break it down for you. Premiering at the Singapore Film Society’s 60th anniversary event on 20 October and globally on Netflix on 26 October, Shirkers is a documentary by Singaporean-born film-maker Sandi Tan. The film chronicles the story of Sandi and her friends’ first movie-making experience back in 1992. The group filmed a Singapore-based indie…
Crazy Rich Asians: Game Theory and the Gospel

Crazy Rich Asians: Game Theory and the Gospel

Everybody wants to know what everyone else thinks about Crazy Rich Asians (CRA), particularly, if you’re Asian. Many commentators have already weighed in about how CRA is either a triumph of representation for the Asian community, or an opulent neo-colonial misrepresentation of the Singaporean, Asian, and Asian-American ethnic groups, and an actively discriminatory film. These are critical issues that deserve attention, but they ultimately grapple with the contexts that the film interacts with, and not the heart of the film itself. If we want to understand what the film means to the people who are watching it, then we should…
The “Four or Five Moments” That Saved Deadpool 2

The “Four or Five Moments” That Saved Deadpool 2

“Four or five moments, that’s all it takes,” Colossus declares towards the end of Deadpool (2016). He goes on to dictate, in his booming and richly accented voice, how it is just a few instances in life that make or break a hero. The choices made at those points are what will define someone; everything that happened before or after is irrelevant. As a film, Deadpool 2 has its share of those moments – four or five of them, in fact. These moments sure made their landings in triumphant superhero fashion, and in doing so, saved the day – just…
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