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We know it's only a matter of time, and it happened yesterday. Disney Singapore has officially announced that The Avengers has overtaken Avatar, gaining the crown of Singapore’s #1 all-time biggest title as of yesterday. And now it's only how much this film will rake in at the end of it's theatrical run.
A film that aspires to be a horror story as much as it tries to celebrate them through its DJ-sharing-stories-on-air conceit, Ghost on Air, local director Cheng Ding An’s sophomore feature, is a bewildering farrago of horror clichés that never cohere to anything of importance. Technically apt and serviceably scary, the film has generous amounts of spine-tingling moments, with sound design – the film’s brightest spot – cranking up the sense of dread, eschewing the standard break-out-strings-on-cue formula for a more visceral and immersive score. It builds up the chilly atmosphere, somewhat lending the film more suspense than the narrative could muster, which is precisely the central flaw of the film: it is long on mood and short on urgency and story.
For a film with so many derivatives of the word 'expect' in its title, What To Expect When You're Expecting will be exactly what you're expecting from a film about expecting...did we lose you there? Okay, put simply, the film is predictable, and quite badly so.
Following the release of the new poster a few days back, Sony has unveiled the first teaser trailer of Skyfall - the 23rd James Bond adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
For some reason, Asian martial arts films tend to rate highly with Western critics. The Raid: Redemption looks set to continue this trend. The Indonesian-language action film, while good at what it does and possessing the unique quality of centreing on silat-based fight sequences, will probably strike Asian audiences as being just more of the same. After all, it's a well known fact that all Asians know Kung Fu; in fact, my gran kicks my ass with the Golden Mantis Crane Fist when I don't do the dishes.