Saturday, March 30, 2013

5 Things That Still Pass As Comedy in Malaysia

You know, at first I thought that the only reason I've been away from this blog a lot was because I've been keeping myself busy with other forms of writing. But that's starting to smell like a lot of cowdung. I think I've inadvertently kicked the habit of blogging, and I really should re-incorporate it into the list of things I do on a regular basis. Maybe I'll try to update this blog at least three times a day, even when I don't have anything extensive to talk about.

Maybe simple movie news would do.

Today, however, I'm just gonna focus the things that still pass as comedy here, including the plethora of Raja Lawak spin-offs (and their spiritual successors too) and the common traits that they all have. So yeah, please note that I'm not saying this disparagingly. Comedy is hard, and it takes a lot of confidence to try and be funny. All I'm saying that if you're looking to write a passable comedy (at least here), feel free to incorporate any of these;

(Yes, I'm being sarcastic)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sembunyi: Amukan Azazil [2013]

Director: Kabir Bhatia
Writer: Alfie Palermo
Starring: Diana Danielle, Remy Ishak, Umie Aida, Sharnaaz Ahmad, Fizo Omar
Genre: Horror
Rating: Teen (horrific images)
Verdict: "Like watching a flower that takes a little too long to blossom, but once the petals start to unfurl, whoa..."

1941. The Japanese invasion of Malaya. Aishah (Diana Danielle) tries to flee from the invading forces while her village burns behind her. Caught between the Japanese and the Royal Australian Air Force (if I'm not mistaken), it sends her further into the state of panic and disarray, and she's nearly killed when an explosion erupts not too far away from her. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself in the loving care of Ibu Zain (Umie Aida) and the protection of her son, Kamal (Remy Ishak). When she sees with her own eyes that her village is no more, she warms up to the idea of making this other village her home. But behind the peaceful facade lies a terror so great, it can only be matched by the atrocities of the war.

What to Expect
1. A multi-layered story
2. A sense of mythology to the story
3. A genre movie that evolves into something bigger and better
4. To care about the characters
5. An absorbing experience

What NOT to Expect
1. Lazy screenwriting
2. For it all to be a dream
Started out as a paint-by-numbers horror flick, but ended up rising above the genre
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