Category Archives: Films & Television

In the Loop (2009)

This one was a recommendation from Broken Forum and its director Armando Iannucci has been in the news lately due to his newest film The Death of Stalin. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a copy of it so it’s still sitting on my watch list. I’ve never watched anything else by him but it looks to me that he has made a career out of satirizing politics and this film was a spin-off from a successful British television series.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Given how lukewarm my own reception was towards The Force Awakens, I decided to base my decision about whether to watch the sequel on its reviews and word-of-mouth. Its high Rotten Tomatoes was a point in its favor but the rabid backlash from the fanbase only made it even more intriguing to me. The audience reaction was so harsh that it made me really curious to see it what’s up with it for myself.

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Soul Mate (2016)

This is another pick from my cinephile friend who definitely has a better eye than me on what is happening in Asian cinema. This one seems to have been a big success in the Chinese market and won some local awards but is probably not notable enough internationally to come to my attention. It feels very hip and contemporary to me being adapted from a written work that was originally published in Chinese magazines.

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The Red Turtle (2016)

This film ticks all the right boxes for being added to my list: it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, it was nominated for the Academy Awards, and most intriguingly, it is a cooperative effort by a German company and Studio Ghibli. It was directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, a Dutch animator, and its artistic sensibilities are distinctly European but I like to think that the Japanese provided their characteristic technical precision.

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

Since this sequel is a direct continuation of the first film I didn’t want to leave off watching it for too long. As usual with such epics, the running time is excessive but given the nature of these films, they’re easy on the eyes and not exactly taxing on the intellect. As with the previous film, it continues the story of both father and son though I was somewhat surprised to note that the portion allotted to the elder Baahubali carries heavier weight.

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